Angela Merkel faces key test in German state election

Angela Merkel faces key test in German state election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Angela Merkel has been campaigning with CDU candidate Armin Laschet Voters in Germany’s most populous state are going to the polls in an election seen as a crucial test for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Polls show Mrs Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) could unseat the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in North […]

Emmanuel Macron to be sworn in as French president

Emmanuel Macron to be sworn in as French president

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emmanuel Macron will be France’s youngest leader since Napoleon Tight security is in place across Paris for the inauguration of Emmanuel Macron as France’s president. Mr Macron, an independent, won a resounding victory in last weekend’s second round of voting against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The former investment […]

Eurovision 2017: Portugal’s ballad wins contest

Eurovision 2017: Portugal’s ballad wins contest

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Salvador had missed rehearsals due to illness Portugal have won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in the competition’s history. Salvador Sobral, 27, won with his love ballad Amar Pelos Dois, which was written by his sister. He said on receiving the trophy: “We live in a world […]

Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses

Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses

Image copyright AFP Image caption The case dates back to 2008 but is only now, after many procedural challenges, coming to court Eight Arab princesses are on trial in Brussels for trafficking and abusing servants during a stay there. Sheikha Hamda al-Nahyan and her seven daughters hired a floor of rooms at a luxury hotel […]

Stayin’ Alive: Bee Gees hit free to German first aiders

Stayin’ Alive: Bee Gees hit free to German first aiders

Media captionVinnie Jones demonstrates CPR in the British Heart Foundation advert German schools can now play the Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive without charge to help children learn emergency heart massage. The German music rights body Gema told an MP, Roy K├╝hne, that the hit could be played during first aid lessons in his town, […]

Brexit Irish border answer can be found – EU’s Barnier

Brexit Irish border answer can be found – EU’s Barnier

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Brexit negotiations will firstly be “human, social and economic”, the EU’s Michel Barnier said There is “always an answer” to the issue of what form the Irish border will take after Brexit, says the EU’s chief negotiator. Michel Barnier was speaking on a two-day visit to the Republic of […]

Eurovision: Bulgaria’s Kostov can take part

Eurovision: Bulgaria’s Kostov can take part

Image copyright AFP Image caption At 17, Kristian Kostov is the youngest competitor this year As Eurovision fans prepare for Saturday’s final in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, it looks like the song contest has avoided yet another row – this time over the Bulgarian entrant. Kristian Kostov visited Crimea in 2014 when it was annexed by […]

Eurovision Song Contest: Ireland knocked out

Eurovision Song Contest: Ireland knocked out

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ireland’s Brendan Murray during his Eurovision performance Ireland have failed to qualify for the Eurovision Song Contest for the fourth year running after getting insufficient votes at the semi-final stage. Galway-born Brendan Murray, 20, had a hot-air balloon with him on stage in Kiev, but it was not enough to […]

France’s Macron announces gender equal list of political outsiders

France’s Macron announces gender equal list of political outsiders

Image copyright AFP Image caption The president-elect had made several conditions for candidates to sign up to The party of French President-elect Emmanuel Macron has selected a diverse list of 428 candidates for parliamentary elections next month. Only 24 of those chosen are outgoing MPs from the current parliament. Some 52% come from civil society […]

Copenhagen imam accused of calling for killing of Jews

Copenhagen imam accused of calling for killing of Jews

Image copyright MEMRI Image caption Denmark’s immigration minister called Mundhir Abdallah’s sermon “completely preposterous” A video of an imam appearing to call for the murder of Jews in a sermon during Friday prayers at a Copenhagen mosque has caused outrage in Denmark. Mundhir Abdallah was reported to police after being filmed citing in Arabic a […]