Analysis: Desire for change saw the French ready to elect ‘goats, donkeys and hippos’
France

Analysis: Desire for change saw the French ready to elect ‘goats, donkeys and hippos’

Analysts and politicians have suggested that French voters would have elected goats, donkeys or even hippos, such is their desire for change in France and for new President Emmanuel Macron to succeed.

Macron’s priorities for France: Three reforms he aims to push through parliament
France

Macron’s priorities for France: Three reforms he aims to push through parliament

These are the three reforms Macron will be focusing on in the coming months...

Macron wins majority in French parliament but record abstention mars election
France

Macron wins majority in French parliament but record abstention mars election

A huge victory for Macron's party but his opponents may say a hollow one, given the record abstention rate.

Temperatures in France soar as Paris and south west placed on heatwave alert
France

Temperatures in France soar as Paris and south west placed on heatwave alert

Time to get out of Paris.

Record number of French voters abstain in parliamentary elections, polls say
France

Record number of French voters abstain in parliamentary elections, polls say

French voters just don't seem to care much about these parliamentary elections, despite everything that is at stake.

Renowned Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored by bull in south west France
France

Renowned Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored by bull in south west France

Renowned Spanish bullfighter Ivan Fandino died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in southwestern France, a medical service source said.

French mayor arrested for clash with right-winger
France

French mayor arrested for clash with right-winger

A 55-year-old village mayor was arrested on Saturday for allegedly attacking a prominent French right-wing parliamentary candidate while she was out campaigning.

Sweden to send SMS warnings by location during dangerous incidents
Sweden

Sweden to send SMS warnings by location during dangerous incidents

Sweden’s SOS Alarm emergency control centre is to introduce SMS warnings to people in areas that it considers to be in danger.

Football: Green Germany expect tough Confed Cup start
Germany

Football: Green Germany expect tough Confed Cup start

World champions Germany will pit an inexperienced line-up against Australia in their Confederations Cup opener on Monday with striker Timo Werner anticipating a robust challenge from the Socceroos.

Who killed Banco Popular? Spain puzzles over rescue
Spain

Who killed Banco Popular? Spain puzzles over rescue

Is there something fishy behind the rescue of Spain's Banco Popular? Questions are swirling over the last-minute buyout of the country's sixth largest bank by its bigger rival Santander.

Spain-based footballers’ advisers under scrutiny over tax evasion
Spain

Spain-based footballers’ advisers under scrutiny over tax evasion

Cristiano Ronaldo under suspicion, Radamel Falcao investigated, Lionel Messi sentenced... Spain's courts have been busy tackling the alleged and real multi-million-euro tax evasion of football's greatest stars.

Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored
Spain

Spanish bullfighter dies after being gored

Renowned Spanish bullfighter Iván Fandiño died in hospital on Saturday after being gored by a bull during a fight in southwestern France, a medical service source said.

Spain dispatches help to Portugal after deadly forest fire
Spain

Spain dispatches help to Portugal after deadly forest fire

Spain dispatched two water-bombing planes on Sunday morning to aid the Portuguese fire service on the ground after a huge forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 58 people and injured 59 others.

Vatican mulls excommunicating mobsters and the corrupt
Italy

Vatican mulls excommunicating mobsters and the corrupt

Excommunication could be on the cards for mobsters and the corrupt following an international debate hosted by the Vatican, Italian media said Sunday.

Swedish soldier fired for hateful social media posts
Sweden

Swedish soldier fired for hateful social media posts

A soldier with the Swedish army’s Skaraborg Regiment has been discharged from duty after writing inappropriate messages on social media.

Sweden Democrats leader Åkesson: ‘I support immigration’
Sweden

Sweden Democrats leader Åkesson: ‘I support immigration’

Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the populist Sweden Democrats party, was interrupted twice as he spoke to a hostile crowd at the Järvaveckan cross-party political forum on Saturday.

Macron eyes next stage in revolution in French parliament polls
France

Macron eyes next stage in revolution in French parliament polls

French voters went to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections set to hand a landslide victory to the centrist party of President Emmanuel Macron which would complete his stunning reset of national politics.