Catalonia referendum: Tensions high ahead of protests

Catalonia referendum: Tensions high ahead of protests

Image copyright EPA Image caption There were tumultuous scenes outside the regional economy ministry in Barcelona overnight, as police scoured the building for referendum materials Tensions are high in the Spanish region of Catalonia ahead of more planned protests by referendum supporters. Overnight, police occupied the region’s economy ministry as hundreds of protesters remained outside. […]

Florian Philippot: Le Pen’s top aide quits National Front

Florian Philippot: Le Pen’s top aide quits National Front

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Philippot was emblematic of the party’s embrace of a softer stance on social issues One of the best-known figures in France’s far-right National Front (FN) has announced he is leaving the party. Florian Philippot was right-hand man to Marine Le Pen during the recent presidential election which saw her […]

Bere Island buzzing over mystery lottery win

Bere Island buzzing over mystery lottery win

Image copyright RTÉ Image caption Mary Murphy, the island’s postmistress, sold the winning ticket from her post office on Monday It’s the lottery jackpot mystery that has left a small island off the southern tip of the Republic of Ireland feeling lucky. There is one winning ticket, with a 500,000 euro (£442,555) jackpot – and […]

Catalonia referendum: Spain PM calls for ‘escalation’ to stop

Catalonia referendum: Spain PM calls for ‘escalation’ to stop

Media captionCatalonia’s separatist government is defying a Constitutional Court order to halt the 1 October vote Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has gone on national TV to urge Catalan separatists to abandon their plans for a referendum on 1 October. He asked the region’s government to give up its “escalation of radicalism and disobedience”. The […]

Beslan siege: Russia ‘will comply’ with critical ruling

Beslan siege: Russia ‘will comply’ with critical ruling

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thirteen years on, relatives of those who died in the bloody siege continue to question the government’s response to the siege Russia says it will comply with a ruling requiring it to pay €2.9m (£2.6m; $3.5m) in damages over the 2004 Beslan school siege. About 330 people, including 186 […]

Die Urbane: How do you form a ‘hip hop’ political party?

The youngest political party on the ballot in Germany’s federal election has a unique premise – it’s based on the values of hip hop. So how did Die Urbane get itself on the ballot? Founder Raphael Hillebrand explains. Video by Colleen Hagerty Die Urbane: How do you form a ‘hip hop’ political party?

Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote

Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters surrounded Spanish police vehicles as the raid took place in the economy ministry in Barcelona Spain’s Guardia Civil police have detained a dozen senior Catalan officials and raided regional government ministries involved in organising a banned independence vote. Tensions were already high when Josep Maria Jové, number two […]

Tata and ThyssenKrupp agree steel merger

Tata and ThyssenKrupp agree steel merger

Image copyright Christopher Furlong India’s Tata Steel and German rival, Thyssenkrupp, have taken the first step towards merging their European steel operations. The tie-up will lead to job losses, to be shared between the two companies. The deal would create Europe’s second-largest steel group, after ArcelorMittal. The two companies have been in negotiations since last […]

Iraqi refugee in Berlin praised for handing over cash find

Iraqi refugee in Berlin praised for handing over cash find

Image copyright AFP Image caption The handbag containing €14,000 (£12,400; $16,800) was left on board a subway by its 79-year-old owner Berlin police have praised an Iraqi refugee who handed in a handbag she found containing €14,000 (£12,400; $16,800). The bag was left on a U-Bahn (subway) train last Friday night by a 78-year-old woman. […]

Catalonia referendum: Spanish raid on Unipost deals blow to vote

Catalonia referendum: Spanish raid on Unipost deals blow to vote

Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters arrived at the Unipost offices in Terrassa during the day Spanish police have discovered a mass of documents directly related to a banned Catalan independence referendum scheduled for 1 October. Early on Tuesday, the Guardia Civil arrived at offices of Spain’s biggest private delivery company, Unipost, in the Catalan […]