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Polish MPs vote through legislation just as top court rules its provisions unlawful
'Declaration of war': Polish row over judicial independence escalates
#Poland #Europe #Worldnews
 
Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel sign document seven days before exit day

A sombre Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, the leaders of the European commission and council, have formally signed the withdrawal agreement as Brussels prepares for the UK’s exit from the EU in seven days’ time.

In photographs issued of the signing ceremony in the EU’s Europa building on Friday morning, the bloc’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, can be seen standing behind the two presidents.
Sombre EU leaders sign Brexit withdrawal agreement
#Brexit #UrsulavonderLeyen #MichelBarnier #EuropeanUnion #Europeancommission #Europe #Politics #UKnews #Worldnews
 
Polish art collection, parts of which were once the property of Nazis and communists, reopens amid financial controversey

From rare parchments and ancient Egyptian mummies to artworks including a Rembrandt and a prized Leonardo da Vinci portrait, the Czartoryski collection, added to by generations of Polish nobles, is one of the most intriguing and varied in Europe.

Its fate has been a mirror of Polish history: begun in lieu of a national museum at a time when Polish independence was under threat, it was taken to Paris when the country disappeared from the map in the 19th century. Parts were later seized by the Nazis, then grabbed back by the Soviets.
Czartoryski collection back on display after decade-long wait
#Poland #Worldnews #Europe #Arttheft #Art #LeonardodaVinci #Nazism #Culture #Artanddesign
 
Philanthropist unveils plan for global network of institutions at Davos and attacks Trump as ‘ultimate narcissist’
Soros gives $1bn to fund universities 'and stop drift towards authoritarianism'
#GeorgeSoros #Business #Davos #Davos2020 #DonaldTrump #USnews #Worldnews #Hungary #Europe
 
Lisbon police say they are prepared to help with Angolan corruption investigation after death of EuroBic manager Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha
Executive at Portuguese bank co-owned by Isabel dos Santos is found dead
#IsabeldosSantos #Portugal #Banking #Europe #Business #Angola #Africa #Worldnews
 
Sami people say supreme court victory strengthens their fight to control ancestral land
Indigenous reindeer herders win hunting rights battle in Sweden
#Indigenouspeoples #Worldnews #Sweden #Europe
 
Police say the woman from Newcastle-Under-Lyme in Staffordshire has confessed to the killing

A British woman has been detained in Finland after being accused of murdering her young child.

The child died on Sunday at a two-bed apartment in the Suurpelto area of Espoo, Finland’s second biggest city. Details were confirmed by Finnish police on Wednesday, when a woman, aged 35, was detained prior to trial by Länsi-Uusimaa district court.
British woman held in Finland over murder of her young child
#Finland #Europe #Worldnews #UKnews
 
Chinese embassy in Paris urges citizens to comply after woman tells of travelling from Wuhan
Chinese tourist says she evaded coronavirus checks to fly to France
#Coronavirusoutbreak #China #France #AsiaPacific #Europe #Worldnews
 
Fashion’s enfant terrible leaves industry with collection that upcycles past glories

Jean Paul Gaultier was never going to make a French exit from the fashion world. The 67-year-old designer staged his swansong on Wednesday evening, bidding adieu to the industry as loudly as he could.

Supermodels were joined by celebrities, dancers, contortionists and drag queens on stage at the Théâtre du Châtelet – an unforgettable show that had the hundreds of audience members cheering non-stop for almost two hours. For many there, it was an emotional goodbye, not only because Gaultier is beloved for his iconic designs, but because he is one of the few living designers to be considered a national treasure, instantly recognisable to the public for his peroxide hair, Breton stripes and Cheshire cat grin.
Paris says adieu as Jean Paul Gaultier puts up an exit show
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Charity says Athens depriving minors of adequate medical care for chronic illnesses

Greece’s government has been urged to order an immediate evacuation of more than 100 sick children from a notorious refugee camp on Lesbos.

Médecins Sans Frontières accused Athens of “deliberately depriving” at least 140 minors of adequate medical care for what it described as chronic, complex and life-threatening diseases and said it was urgent they were moved to the mainland or to other EU member states.
Greece urged to move 140 ill children from Lesbos refugee camp
#Greece #Refugees #Migration #Europe #Worldnews
 
Five men acquitted of human trafficking as country seems to be losing war on smugglers

A judge in Sicily has acquitted five Eritrean men of participating in a human-trafficking ring, marking another failed attempt by Italian investigators to tackle migrant smuggling at source.

Despite anti-mafia expertise and international police cooperation, Italy seems to be losing its war against smuggling networks. Countless innocent people continue to end up in prison, while the smugglers’ businesses remain largely intact.
Italy’s anti-trafficking tactics fail again as Eritreans released
#Italy #Worldnews #Humantrafficking #Migration #Europe #Mafia
 
Country’s top security official says move is ‘clear message’ against far-right extremism
Germany bans neo-Nazi group Combat 18 Deutschland
#Germany #Thefarright #Worldnews #Europe
 
Scientists discover vitrified remains caused by immense 520C heat of disaster in AD79
Mount Vesuvius eruption 'turned victim's brain to glass'
#Archaeology #Science #Italy #Europe #Worldnews
 
Politician seek to calm turmoil within party but will retain role as country’s foreign minister
Luigi Di Maio resigns as leader of Italy's Five Star Movement
#Italy #Worldnews #FiveStarMovement #LuigiDiMaio #Europe #MatteoSalvini
 
Lord Dubs, who drafted amendment, calls MP opposition to measure ‘bitterly disappointing’

The government has been condemned by opposition MPs after overturning a House of Lords amendment to its Brexit legislation which would have restored the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with their families in the UK.

Lord Alf Dubs, the Labour peer and former child refugee who drafted the amendment which would have guaranteed the rights, said it was “bitterly disappointing” that the government had ordered Conservative MPs to oppose the measure.
Government rejects Lords bid to protect child refugees
#Brexit #Refugees #HouseofLords #HouseofCommons #EuropeanUnion #Politics #Europe #UKnews #Worldnews
 
High winds, heavy rain, snowfall and huge waves hit the eastern side of the country

Nine people have died and four are missing after storm Gloria continued to batter eastern Spain with high winds, heavy rain, snowfall and huge waves.

The storm, which had left 220,000 people in the Tarragona region without electricity on Tuesday, began to shift away on Wednesday, but some north-eastern and Balearic areas remained on orange alert.
Nine dead and four missing as storm Gloria batters Spain
#Spain #Worldnews #Europe
 
The original sheep, which had been painted over, has now been revealed, ‘freaky’ eyes and all. No wonder – it is a symbol of Jesus, and he was more man than baa-lamb
Why laugh at the humanoid sheep in the Ghent altarpiece? It is majestic
#JanvanEyck #Art #Artanddesign #Culture #Belgium #Europe #Worldnews
 
Guardian reporting from the day the United Kingdom officially became a member of the EU
We're in: the UK enters Europe - archive, 1 January 1973
#EuropeanUnion #Europe #Worldnews #EdwardHeath
 
This astonishing account of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance who tried to incite rebellion in the camps, won the Costa biography award
The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather review – the hero who infiltrated Auschwitz
#Historybooks #Books #Culture #Secondworldwar #Worldnews #Nazism #Poland #Europe
 
Countries from Britain to Greece are guilty of democratic backsliding. And that threatens the integrity of the EU itself, says researcher Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
Make no mistake: Poland and Hungary aren’t the only EU states abusing the law | Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska
#EuropeanUnion #Hungary #Poland #Europe #Law #Worldnews
 
Painstaking operation to return Adoration of the Lamb to its former glory has left many speechless
'Alarmingly humanoid': shear disbelief over restoration of Ghent altarpiece
#Belgium #Art #Europe #Worldnews #Artanddesign
 
Talks in Davos raise hope of agreement to find multilateral solution to taxing digital firms

France is poised to announce on Wednesday that it is dropping its go-it-alone plan to tax big US tech companies in exchange for Washington’s agreement to press ahead with attempts to find a multilateral solution.

Hopes were rising in Davos on Tuesday night of an agreement after several days of intense talks involving the French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, the US treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and Ángel Gurria, the head of the rich-country thinktank the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
France poised to drop plan to tax tech giants amid signs of US deal
#France #USnews #Davos #Business #Europe #Worldnews #Technology #E-commerce #Internet #Amazon
 
Defence, foreign and interior ministers remain in place while sport and culture change hands
Top Russian ministers keep posts as Putin appoints new cabinet
#Russia #VladimirPutin #Europe #Worldnews
 
The last thing Europe needs is another talking shop chaired by the polarising Guy Verhofstadt, says Alberto Alemanno, professor of EU law at HEC Paris
The EU won’t fix its democratic deficit with another top-down ‘conference’ | Alberto Alemanno
#Europeancommission #EuropeanUnion #UrsulavonderLeyen #Europe #Worldnews
 
Portrait of a Lady was hidden in same Italian gallery from which it went missing in 1997
Klimt art thieves confess to stealing then returning painting
#Arttheft #GustavKlimt #Artanddesign #Culture #Art #Italy #Europe #Worldnews #Painting
 
Minister hits out at ‘scandalous’ action targeting Orly airport and thousands of homes and businesses

French energy workers cut electricity supplies to about 35,000 homes and businesses south of Paris, including to Orly airport and the city’s fresh food market, as they continued to protestagainst pension reforms.

Members of the hardline CGT union’s branches said the action was targeted to “have an impact on the economy and above all make ourselves heard”.
French energy workers cut power to 35,000 homes in pensions protest
#France #Europe #Worldnews
 
Trump’s request that Ukraine help find dirt on Joe Biden has led to an impeachment inquiry – and drawn in multiple people
Trump, the whistleblower and the comic: key players in the Ukraine scandal
#Trumpimpeachmentinquiry #Ukraine #DonaldTrump #USnews #Europe #Worldnews #Trumpadministration #USpolitics
 
Mauro Ferrari joins organisation at a tricky time and says his focus is on identifying ‘breakthrough people’

At the age of 43, Mauro Ferrari astonished his peers by giving up his career as a highly regarded professor of engineering at the University of California in Berkeley to enrol at medical school.

He had been driven to find a cure for the cancer that had killed his wife at the age of 32, leaving him alone with three traumatised children. “I feel comfortable talking about this now – I didn’t for years,” he says. “Everyone has got a wound that pushes them to do better.”
New EU science chief warns of drop-off in UK research funding
#Science #EuropeanUnion #Researchfunding #Europe #Worldnews #NewsCorporation
 
Men in New Zealand and Spain calculated longitude and latitude to perfectly align both slices
'Earth sandwich': two men, two slices of bread and 12,724km of filling
#NewZealand #Spain #AsiaPacific #Europe #Worldnews
 
Josep Lluís Trapero faces up to 11 years in prison for colluding with regional government

A former Catalan police chief has denied being close to the deposed regional president who led the failed bid for independence from Spain two years ago, as he appeared in court accused of rebellion over his alleged role in the push for secession.

Josep Lluís Trapero, who served as the chief of the Mossos d’Esquadra until he was sacked by the central government in October 2017, faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted of colluding with the regional government of Carles Puigdemont.
Catalan police chief denies being close to Carles Puigdemont
#Spain #CarlesPuigdemont #Catalonia #Europe #Worldnews
 
Criminal inquiry opened after child dies in incident caused by burst heating pipe

At least five people including a child died in the Russian city of Perm when a broken heating pipe flooded their hotel rooms with scalding water, investigators said.

The accident happened on Monday in a small private hotel in the basement of a block of flats in the industrial city in the Urals region.
Five killed in Russian hotel as scalding water floods room
#Russia #Europe #Worldnews
 
Progress party quits over move to bring home woman from Syria suspected of being in Isis
Norway populist party quits coalition over 'Isis bride' repatriation
#Norway #IslamicState #Worldnews #Europe #Migration
 
Italian film-maker and author who became a founding member of the British Free Cinema movement
Lorenza Mazzetti obituary
#Film #Culture #Italy #Europe #Worldnews #London #Secondworldwar #Books
 
Structure made famous by noir TV series The Bridge to be painted for first time since opening to traffic in 2000
Bridge linking Sweden to Denmark to get new lick of paint in 13-year operation
#Denmark #Sweden #Europe #Worldnews
 
Divided loyalties in Emilia-Romagna as work by anti-fascist artist, grandfather of far-right candidate, donated to Sardines
Sardines movement takes on League in birthplace of Italian socialism
#Italy #Thefarright #Worldnews #Europe
 
We asked locals in the Belgian city to tell us how things have changed since the shake-up

The city has become a pedestrians and cyclists’ joy, especially for people like me who live in the city centre and have no car. As I type, they are busy turning our street into a low-traffic, communal woonerf or ‘living street’. It has become easier and safer to navigate the town on foot or by bike. Having recently returned from the Middle East the changes are even more striking, especially when it comes to my son. We were not ready for him to cycle before but teaching him to cycle on the roads here has been a fun and relatively stress-free experience. The changes have made an enormous difference to people’s quality of life. Khaled Diab, journalist and writer
'The streets are more alive': Ghent readers on a car-free city centre
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Ghent’s overnight transformation produced shorter journeys, cleaner air and a cycling explosion
How a Belgian port city inspired Birmingham's car-free ambitions
#Environment #UKnews #Birmingham #Transport #Belgium #Europe #Worldnews #Travel #Citytransport #Cities
 
Editorial: The start of the American presidential race next month may seem more alluring. But the Irish general election is of more immediate importance for Britain
The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences | Editorial
#Ireland #Europe #Worldnews #NorthernIreland #UKnews #LeoVaradkar #FiannaFáil #Politics #EndaKenny #SinnFéin
 
Boris Johnson says during talks in Berlin there will be no normalisation of UK-Russia ties

Boris Johnson has told Vladimir Putin there will be no normalisation of the relationship between the UK and Russia, almost two years on from the Salisbury attack.

The pair met in Berlin on the sidelines of an international summit about the future of Libya. According to an account of the conversation released by Downing Street, Johnson stuck closely to the robust stance taken by Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May.
No change in UK's stance on Salisbury attack, PM tells Putin
#Foreignpolicy #Novichokpoisonings #BorisJohnson #VladimirPutin #Russia #Politics #Europe #UKnews #Worldnews
 
Berlin summit seeks to stop latest round of fighting turning country into ‘a second Syria’

An international force, possibly including British and other European troops, is being considered to monitor a proposed Libyan ceasefire and possibly enforce an arms embargo after an international conference in Berlin designed to bring an end to the fighting between the two warring sides.

The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France joined other global leaders at the talks hosted by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and held under the auspices of the UN. The summit’s main goal is to get foreign powers wielding influence in the region to stop interfering in the war – be it through weapons, troops or financing.
Libya: international force could monitor proposed ceasefire
#Libya #Africa #MiddleEastandNorthAfrica #Worldnews #UnitedNations #Germany #Foreignpolicy #Europe #Politics #UKnews
 
European intervention now can preserve the peace process, says the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s Saeb Erekat
The EU has a duty to recognise the state of Palestine | Saeb Erekat
#Palestinianterritories #Israel #EuropeanUnion #Europe #MiddleEastandNorthAfrica #Worldnews
 
Benedict and his inner circle are accused of intervening to halt Pope Francis relaxing celibacy rules as the battle between conservative and liberal factions takes a new twist
Two popes, plotting cardinals and the fallout of an explosive book
#Vatican #PopeFrancis #Thepapacy #PopeBenedictXVI #Catholicism #Italy #Christianity #Religion #Europe #Worldnews
 
Everyone from Trump to Thunberg is coming, but the World Economic Forum has been called much ado about nothing
Warm words in the alps … Davos prepares for 50th economics shindig
#Davos2020 #Davos #Business #Europe #Worldnews #DonaldTrump #AngelaMerkel #USnews
 
Its new commission is failing to enact its grand ambitions, as destructive global power games are played out by others
The Observer view on the EU’s weakness on the world stage | Observer editorial
#EuropeanUnion #Europeancommission #Europe #Worldnews #DonaldTrump #Syria #Libya #Iran #UrsulavonderLeyen #UKnews
 
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