Member States


    • Europe burns, sweats in record heat

      Europe burns, sweats in record heat

      Wildfires burned tracts of land in France and Spain at the weekend as Europe sweltered in record-breaking temperatures that pushed the mercury toward all-time highs on Sunday in Germany, killing at least seven people. Temperatures in France’s southern Gard region hit an all-time high of 45.9 degrees Celsius on Friday - hotter than in California’s Death Valley - sparking scores of fires that burned 550 hectares of land and destroyed several homes and vehicles.

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    • Spain's parties enter in 'game of chicken'

      Spain's parties enter in 'game of chicken'

      Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will next Tuesday set a date for a parliamentary vote on whether he can stay on in the role, despite his Socialist party (PSOE) failing to secure the necessary support beforehand, news wires reported. The talks of PSOE with the leftist Podemos party of Pablo Iglesias stalled on Tuesday, raising the possibility of repeat elections two months after an inconclusive vote.

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    • Denmark to form leftist minority government

      Denmark to form leftist minority government

      Denmark officially turned to the left as last Wednesday Social Democrats leader Mette Frederiksen announced she will lead a minority government relying on the support of other left-winged parties, news wires reported. “It is with great pleasure I can announce that after three weeks of negotiations, we have a majority to form a new government,” said the 41-year-old, who is set to become Denmark's youngest PM.

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    • Poland's judicial reform ruled unlawful

      Poland's judicial reform ruled unlawful

      The EU's top court ruled last Monday that the Polish law that pushed Supreme Court judges into early retirement violates EU law, news wires reported. In its ruling, the European Court of Justice said the measures “undermines the principle of the irremovability of judges, that principle being essential to their independence.”

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    • Czech's PM resignation demanded in largest protests since 1989

      Czech's PM resignation demanded in largest protests since 1989

      In the largest protest in 30 years, almost 260,000 Czech demonstrators took to the streets of Prague on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis and of Justice Minister Marie Benesova. Organised by “One Million Moments for Democracy”, the 23 June protest filled the historic Letna Park, the site of massive anti-Communist protests during the 1989 Velvet Revolution that brought down the hated Soviet-backed regime.

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    • Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Ten tourist cities in Europe have joined together in a stand against world’s most popular online hospitality service Airbnb. In a joint statement addressed to the EU institutions last week, the signatories (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia, and Vienna) are asking bloc's authorities to assist them in their battle against the short-term lettings website, which they consider is not only locking locals out of the housing market, but also leading to the 'touristification of numerous neighbourhoods' and the increase of rental costs.

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    • Merkel: Rightwing extremism must be fought

      Merkel: Rightwing extremism must be fought

      Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany must rigorously fight rightwing extremism after the murder of a prominent politician. Walter Luebcke, the head of the district government in Kassel in the state of Hesse and a regional ally of Merkel known for his pro-migrant views, was shot in the head at close range on the terrace of his home.

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