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.
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.
A revolutionary recycling system used in Norway may be implemented across the UK in the near future.
Environmental Minister Nicolas Hulot, one of the most popular members of President Macron’s cabinet, has denied rumors of sexual harassment.
French President Emmanuel Macron hinted that it might be possible for the UK to secure a ‘special’ trade deal upon exiting the EU.
Milos Zeman confirmed his second term as president of the Czech Republic this week after a
second round of voting. After failing to receive enough support in the first election, this
unprecedented outcome is expected to pose a “nightmare” for the EU, as the populist
president is known for his anti-European statements and close ties to Russia and China.
French journalist Sandra Mueller, creator of the hashtag 'ExposeYourPig' as an extension of the #MeToo movement, stated Wednesday that she is being sued for defamation. The suit was initiated by Eric Brion, who was publicly accused of sexual harassment by Mueller last year.
Plans to build the €580 million ($170 million) Notre-Dames-Des-Landes airport were halted by activists who refused an order to leave by French Prime Minister Édouardo Philippe.
Donald Trump announced via Twitter last week that he would no longer be attending the U.S. embassy opening in London scheduled for February 2018.
In cooperation with local police forces, the British Security Service M15 put the suspect of a planned terror attack on British Prime Minister Theresa May in custody Wednesday.
The Treasury announced Monday that under a new EU-wide plan to launch next year, they will apply anti-money laundering and counter terrorist laws to all cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin. Concerns that the cryptocurrency is being used in tax evasion, money laundering, and other financial crimes have led legislators to propose strict regulations.
A military commander from the former Yugoslavia died Wednesday after ingesting poison during a UN war crime hearing. Upon learning that his 20-year sentence was to be upheld, Slobodan Praljak drank a small bottle of potassium cyanide and was pronounced dead a few hours later.
The US-UK relationship reached a crucial turning point Wednesday after Trump reacted to May’s critique of his retweets of islamophobic videos.
American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement on Monday after months of speculation. They confirmed their wedding would take place at Windsor Castle in May next year.
The UK is set to lose its seat in the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) after a decision made this week to withdraw their judicial nominee. It will be the first time the UK is absent from the ICJ since the court’s conception in 1946.
The Swedish Film Institute announced a new sexual harassment training program this week in response to a series of recent scandals in the industry. Production companies are required to participate if they wish to receive funding.
British sources revealed this week that Russian-linked Twitter accounts were used to influence British politics during the Brexit vote. This follows NY Times reports of similar accounts spreading Trump propaganda raised the issue to global attention. Following hacking accusations related to both the French election and the regional referendum in Spain, Britain is the third case of Russian meddling in Europe politics.
A misleading statement from UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson once again threw the fate of British-Iran aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe into uncertainty.