International  March 28, 2017
What happened today in France's presidential election
French presidential election candidate for the left-wing French Socialist (PS) party Benoit Hamon gestures as he speaks during a meeting on March 21, 2017 in BrusselsLess than a month to the first round of the French presidential election, Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon found support in Germany and far-right contender Marine Le Pen said the EU was "crumbling".Here are three things that happened in the campaign on Tuesday:- Hamon meets Merkel, wins Schulz backing - Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, who risks e...  Full Story
EU 'firm' on citizens' rights after Brexit: negotiator
European commission member Michel Barnier listens during a session on Brexit preparations on March 22, 2017 at the European Parliament in BrusselsEU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned London Tuesday on the eve of its Brexit launch that the bloc would be "firm" on the rights of European citizens living in Britain."#Brexit made EU citizens worry about their future in EU27 and UK. EU will be firm on their rights @The3Million #citizensfirst," former French minister Barnier tweeted in Englis...  Full Story
WHO warns of measles outbreak across Europe
National vaccination levels in several European countries against the measles are below the 95 percent threshold considered necessary for protecting the entire populationThe World Health Organization warned Tuesday of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunisation has dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported across Europe in January."With steady progress towards elimination over the past two years, it is of particular concern that measles cases are climbing in Europ...  Full Story
Italy police foil plot to steal Ferrari's body for ransom
Formula One legend Enzo Ferrari, pictured in March 1987, is buried in a cemetery in Modena behind a plate of marble in a large chapel secured by a heavy iron gateItalian police said they caught a criminal gang Tuesday that had been plotting to steal the body of Formula One racing pioneer Enzo Ferrari for ransom.Detectives in Sardinia said they had stumbled across the plot while investigating a group of 30 or so crooks who were involved in drug and arms trafficking on the Italian island but were exploring ot...  Full Story
Poland to withdraw from Eurocorps force: official
Soldiers of a Eurocorps detachment carry the EU flag in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern FrancePoland will withdraw from the Eurocorps force by 2020, a spokesman for the Strasbourg-based intergovernmental military body said Tuesday.The withdrawal of NATO member Poland, which has "associate-nation" status in Eurocorps, is a "decision of the Polish government," Colonel Vicente Dalmau told AFP....  Full Story
Eastern EU members slam 'blackmail' by Brussels on migrants
(L-R) Prime ministers of the Czech Republic (Bohuslav Sobotka), Hungary (Viktor Orban), Poland (Beata Szydlo) and Slovakia (Robert Fico) display the signed Warsaw declaration after a meeting on March 28, 2017Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland rejected on Tuesday what they called Brussels' use of "blackmail and diktat" over planned resettlements of migrants across the EU.Long opposed to sharing the burden of hosting mainly Syrian refugees, the four eastern EU states ruled out any links between accepting them and future disburs...  Full Story
Madrid woos separatist Catalonia with 4.2 bn-euro investment
Rajoy promised to strive for a rapprochement with Catalonian government when he took power again in November, to solve what he has dubbed SpainSpain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged Tuesday to invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.6 billion) in Catalonia by 2020 as a battle for hearts and minds rages between Madrid and regional authorities that want independence.At loggerheads with the separatist government in the northeastern region, which plans to hold a Scotland-style independence referen...  Full Story
No peace deal in Syria without US role: opposition
Syrian main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) chief negotiator Mohamad Sabra (R) and leader Nasr al-Hariri arrive for a meeting with UN Special Envoy during Syria peace talks in Geneva on February 27, 2017A political deal to end the Syrian conflict is not possible without a strong US role, the opposition's chief negotiator told AFP, warning that Washington's absence was threatening ongoing peace talks. Lead negotiator for the main opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC), Mohamad Sabra, said in an interview late Monday that the UN-backed talks ...  Full Story