Europe

Over 15,000 gather in Dresden for latest anti-immigration demo – police

Anti-immigration movement PEGIDA gathered in Dresden on Monday (December 22) for the latest in a series of public actions criticising the German government for ignoring its fears of being overrun by Muslims. According to police estimates, 17,500 demonstrators from the grass-rootsmovement staged a rally in front of the city’s Semperoper opera house, waving flags and holding banners reading: “Against religious fanaticism”. Grass-roots movement PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, has drawn […]

Scotland may seek new independence vote if UK delays devolution – Salmond

(Reuters) – Scotland may seek another independence vote if Britain’s rulers fail to honour their pledge to grant it further autonomy, outgoing Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond warned on Friday, less than two months after Scots spurned independence. Salmond, in his final speech as party leader, told members that Scotland would eventually secure his dream of independence from London. He also delivered a warning to British Prime Minister David Cameron: “Let the message be […]

Scuffles break out in Italian anti-government protests

Scuffles broke out in Milan on Friday (November 14) as students took to the streets to demonstrate against Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s job reforms. There were anti-government protests in cities from Milan and Rome to Naplesand Palermo in the south, with isolated clashes in which several people suffered minor injuries. In a deliberate attack on one of the central credos of the Italian left, Renzi has pledged to scrap rules which offer workers in companies with more than 15 employees the right to go […]

Climate change high on the French agenda

As the host of COP 21 in December 2015, France has placed climate change among its foreign policy priorities. “With the upcoming visit of President Hollande, we hope to be able to open new areas for cooperation, as well as to strengthen our existing partnership in various sectors, and among them is the environment,” the French envoy said. The Embassy of France to the Philippines is committed to work together with the Philippines to address […]

Climate change on the agenda of French President’s visit to the Philippines in 2015

After President Aquino’s historic official visit to France as part of his European tour last September, French President François Hollande is expected to reciprocate it with a visit of his own to the Philippines next year. President Aquino’s visit to France from September 17 to 18, 2014 was the first visit of a Philippine head of state since 1994. Both heads of state discussed issues of mutual interest and witnessed the signing of three agreements […]

Hollande popularity plumbs new low in mid-term French poll

(Reuters) – Half-way into his five-year mandate the popularity of French President Francois Hollande hit a new low on Thursday, hours before the Socialist leader addresses the nation to defend his shaky record on the economy. In the worst score for a president in modern-day polling, Hollande received a 12 percent approval rating in the monthly survey by pollster YouGov, down 15 percent from the prior month. Other recent polls have put his popularity at 13 […]

Europe won’t recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

(Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday’s planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognised by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel’s spokesman Georg Streiter said at a government news conference. He said in the call there were diverging opinions on Sunday’s […]

Sweden gets two new sightings, as hunt for undersea intruder goes on

(Reuters) – Sweden’s military is working on two new observations that could be evidence of suspected “foreign underwater activity” near the country’s capital, a senior naval officer said on Tuesday. Swedish forces have been scouring the sea off Stockholm since Friday, after what the military called three credible reports of activity by foreign submarines or divers using an underwater vehicle. The vessels were unidentified, but during the 1980s the Swedish navy from time to time […]

Suspected Ebola case on Air France flight in Madrid

(Reuters) – Madrid’s Barajas international airport activated emergency measures on Thursday after a passenger arriving on an Air France flight was suspected of possibly having Ebola, a spokeswoman for airports operator Aena said. Spain’s health ministry confirmed that an Ebola emergency protocol had been set in motion but declined to give details. Aena and Air France said in separate statements that a passenger on Air France 1300 from Lagos via Paris had started shaking during the flight. Air France […]

Ebola patient in Germany died of “severe case of disease,” doctor says

(Reuters) — A U.N. medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia and died in a German hospital suffered from a “severe cases of the disease,” a chief physician said in Leipzig on Tuesday (October 14). Bernhard Ruf of the department of infectious and tropical diseases and nephrology at St.Georg clinic said in a video message released by the hospital that “the patient who was hospitalised … and was treated with a severe case of Ebola died yesterday due to a very severe case of the disease […]