During its 2018 budget negotiations, the Spanish government conceded to raise public pensions and to decrease the public deficit. To fund this additional cost, the Spanish Minister of Finance proposed a new digital services tax. On Jan. 25, the Spanish government finalized and published the tax bill, which is set for an upcoming parliamentary vote.Read More
On Monday, Denmark began erecting a 42-mile fence along its border with Germany in an attempt to protect its pig farms from African swine fever (ASF). Though the disease has not been spotted in Denmark or Germany to date, Danish lawmakers and Denmark’s national environmental agency approved the project last summer following an outbreak in Belgium.Read More
A 28-year dispute between Greece and Macedonia came to end on Friday when Greece’s parliament, in a 153-to-146 vote, approved Macedonia’s name change to North Macedonia. The name change will allow North Macedonia to join NATO and eventually the European Union which is expected to bring more stability to the Balkans.Read More
When Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was sworn in for his second term on Wednesday, his governing coalition announced plans to offer free public transportation for all starting in early 2020.Read More
A dispute with state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn led German rail union EVG to initiate a workers’ strike on Monday. The strike lasted four hours and caused chaos among millions of German commuters, with delays continuing throughout the day even after the strike ended at 8 a.m. GMT. Long-distance rail traffic, commuter, and freight trains were disrupted after EVG talks with Deutsche Bahn fell apart Saturday.Read More
Spain’s far-right party, Vox, won 12 parliamentary seats in the Andalusian regional elections on Dec. 2. The results of the election have come as a surprise, since the far-right party, led by Santiago Abascal, was only expected to win five seats. There are 109 seats in the Andalusian regional parliament, and with this win, Vox could form a right-wing governing coalition with the conservative People’s Party (PP) and Citizens party.Read More
As a part of President Macron’s five-year plan to restrain climate change, France has recently released plans to triple its onshore wind power capacity by 2030 and increase its solar power generation by five times. These recent actions have been in support of the nation’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, more than a quarter-million people took to the streets all over France to protest planned increases in gas taxes. The majority of the 2,000 demonstrations were concentrated in the suburbs and rural regions of France where there is a heavy reliance on motor vehicles for day-to-day activities. Demonstrators blocked highway access roads, roundabouts, intersections, and even border crossings.Read More
All 27 members of the European Union met in Brussels on Sunday to discuss British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. After twenty months of negotiations, EU leaders approved the deal in less than an hour of discussion. The meeting was mostly symbolic, as approval was expected despite concerns from Spain about the British territory of Gibraltar.Read More
Since President Trump’s announcement in May of reimposing harsh economic sanctions on Iran, European countries have struggled to implement an alternative paying mechanism to continue their purchasing of oil and other Iranian goods. Although the U.S. pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, Iran and the other countries within the deal have remained.Read More
Leaders from around the world gathered in France this weekend to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I. The war, which lasted four years from 1914 until 1914, cost the lives of some 9.7 million soldiers and 10 million civilians. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a solemn Armistice Day ceremony and a three-day peace summit — the Paris Peace Forum — in the French capital.Read More
The foremost Jewish organization in Germany has called for special classes against anti-Semitism for Muslim immigrants. Its vice president, Abraham Lehrer, said that immigrants are arriving from countries where “anti-Semitism is part of the rationale of the state” and integration classes should be “tailored” to the respective country of each immigrant.Read More
In an effort to lure in investment funds leaving Britain after Brexit, numerous countries have taken action to attract firms.
Thousands protested the horrid degradation of the Italian capital in Rome’s ancient forum on Saturday. The organizers’ message, “Roma dice basta,” or “Rome says enough,” is now trending online. Outside city hall, citizens condemned Mayor Virginia Raggi for not addressing large quantities of garbage and potholes in the roads, among other concerns.Read More
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 27 leaders of the European Union convened in the European Council in Brussels, Belgium to discuss Brexit. In June 2016, Britons voted 52 percent to 48 percent in favor of leaving the EU. More than two years later, negotiations are still underway to find a Brexit deal that both the British government and EU leaders can agree on.
A 15-year-old male student in France was charged with aggravated violence for threatening his teacher with a fake gun. The student made the threats on Thursday at his high school in Creteil, a southeastern suburb of Paris. The student, whose name remains confidential, appeared before a youth judge on Sunday.Read More