All the latest news and developments in Western European countries. Our writers Jaella Brockmann, Helen You, and Rowena Henley produce weekly. Our section editor is Nicole Link.
The firm became widely known for its questionable contributions to the latest US elections.
The Trump Administration decided last-minute on Tuesday to delay punitive aluminum and steel tariffs in Europe by a month. This news annoyed European leaders, who view the act not as one of generosity or conciliation, but as another 30 days of uncertainty that will undermine supply networks and deter economic growth.
Member states voted to ban the outdoor use of neonicotinoid insecticides throughout the EU on Friday.
The case doesn’t only pose questions regarding the decision-making authority for a child, but also a question of judgment.
French President Emmanuel Macron became the first foreign leader to make a state visit under President Donald Trump this week in Washington, D.C. Although his relationship with the American president has earned him the nickname the “Trump whisperer,” Macron, alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, will be visiting with the president this week in a last-minute lobbying effort to prevent him from walking away from the Iran nuclear deal, and discuss a variety of issues including climate change, counterterrorism, and Russian aggression.
UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt threatened to introduce news laws for social media firms if they do not introduce new measures to protect young people using their platforms.
The apology proceeded the Commonwealth leaders summit this week and is considered a response to the increasing pressure by more than 140 British MPs on Prime Minister Theresa May.
Following the aftermath of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of 87 million user profiles for the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, the European Union plans to impose a strict set of data privacy rules.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May defended her decision to launch a coordinated airstrike in Syria this week, stating that there was no “alternative path” in stopping the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. May said that it was “moral and legal” to take military action to “alleviate further humanitarian suffering.”
Sara Danius, the head of the Swedish Academy that selects the Nobel Prize winner for literature, resigned on Friday amid the growing crisis surrounding a supporter of the institution charged with sexual harassment allegations.
Europe faced significant air travel disruption Tuesday as protests that began with French SNCF rail workers transitioned to Lufthansa and Air France, the biggest airlines in Europe.
Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in critical condition after being poisoned by a nerve agent four weeks ago in southern England.
Considered a hero by some, Falciani was sentenced by Swiss courts to five years in jail in absentia in 2015.
French and European rail networks will be severely disrupted after rail workers announced that they will be striking two out of five days for the next three months following President Macron's released plans to overhaul France’s rail road system and alter labor laws.
Over 100 Russian envoys have been expelled from 25 countries in the last two days, as a sign of solidarity with the U.K. Earlier this month, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were found slumped on a beach and remain in critical condition at Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a poisonous nerve agent in the United Kingdom. While Russia denies involvement, the incident launched a massive attempted-murder investigation by London’s Metropolitan police and increased tensions between the European Union and Russia.
Germany, France and Poland expelled four Russia diplomats each. Lithuania, and Czech Republic expelled three. Denmark, Italy and the Netherland expelled two. Estonia, Latvia, Croatia, Finland, Hungry, Sweden and Romania expelled one each. All 25 countries believe that Russia was behind the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter.
EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová called on the U.S. to adopt more “robust and reliable” data protection legislation in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
While Macron is often viewed as a European defender of progressive democratic values abroad, his purposeful strengthening of governmental power has led to a different domestic reception.
Clocks across the European continent continue to run up to six minutes slow after a disruption to the electric power grid — and the dispute between Serbia and Kosovo is responsible.
French Equity Minister Marlène Schiappa supported the decision this week to change the legal age of sexual consent to 15. The decision comes after discussion of two cases involving sex with 11-year-old girls.
The European Union has said that they will respond “firmly” if President Trump goes ahead with planned tariffs for metal imports. Trump announced on March 1 that starting this week, the U.S. will be imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
Catalan independence movement leader Carles Puigdemont was not able to attend an official ceremony in Spain this Thursday, which led Spanish courts to rule his aspired presidency illegitimate.
Essener Tafel charity released a statement implementing a temporary restriction on the use of its food backs by foreigners in Germany. According to the organization’s board, they wish to reorganize the distribution of their food to the needy, which no longer includes any non-Germans.
A new mental health helpline was launched on Sunday for active members of the UK Armed Forces. Military Mental Health Helpline will work alongside Combat Stress’ existing phone line for veterans suffering from PTSD.
Court officials allege the staff of the Swiss drug manufacturer Novartis of bribing Greek doctors and politicians. As Greece slowly emerges from the debt crisis that revealed a deeply corrupt elite, this case poses new challenges to the government.
A new law passed in Poland has criminalized any statements imply that the country had a role in the Holocaust. Poland’s top senator, Stanislaw Karczewski, urged Poles both at home and abroad to notify diplomats when anyone slanders Poland.
Superseding the temporary caretaker government leading Italy since Prime Minister Renzi’s resignation in December 2016, upcoming elections in March once again challenge domestic and international issues.
French president Emmanuel Macron visited Corsica for the first time in his legislation period on Tuesday. The visit was intended to appease nationalist sentiments on the island that have increased since their success in recent regional elections.
Policy experts warn that the terror threat to Europe will only increase this year as numbers of foreign fighters return home with high tech weapons and knowledge from the battlefield. Last year, Europe experienced a number of terrorist attacks, including five in London, one in Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm and Berlin from March to June 2017.