Storm in western Germany kills six, disrupts transport

(Reuters) — At least six people were killed in storms that swept Germany’s most populous state late on Monday, forcing Duesseldorf airport to shut down, with falling trees leaving some roads impassable. After a scorching hot three-day holiday weekend, thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain pounded the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, causing Germany’s third-largest airport in Duesseldorf to close for about an hour. Three people were reported to have died in the state capital […]

Ukraine’s new leader stands up to Moscow over Crimea and Europe

(Reuters) – Ukraine’s new president Petro Poroshenko said his country would never give up Crimea and would not compromise on its path towards closer ties with Europe, spelling out a defiant message to Russia in his inaugural speech on Saturday. The 48-year-old billionaire took the oath of office before parliament, buoyed by Western support but facing a crisis in relations with Russia as a separatist uprising seethes in the east of his country. Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in […]

Head of France’s main opposition UMP party to step down amid allegations of party funding fraud

The head of France’s main opposition UMP party to step down amid allegations of party funding fraud as UMP officials allegedly told company to produce fake invoices opening race on for UMP leadership and its 2017 presidential ticket. Francois Cope, head of France’s main opposition UMP party, agreed to step down amid allegations of party funding fraud, party officials said, triggering a race to secure the conservative party’s ticket for the 2017 presidential election. Ivy […]

EU Elections 2014

European elections in the EU 28-member states are underway from May 22-25 The EU voters are to elect the 751 members of the new European Parliament who will be serving the next five years. They represent EU’s more than 500 million inhabitans. MALOU FRANCISCO REPORTS