EU leaders ‘not bluffing’ over Brexit terms, warns Malta’s PM

Media captionJoseph Muscat speaks to Katya Adler EU leaders are not “bluffing” when they say the UK will be left without access to the single market when it leaves the bloc if there is no free movement of people, Malta’s prime minister says. Joseph Muscat, whose country assumes the EU’s presidency in January, told the […]

One dead in attack at French retired missionaries’ home

One dead in attack at French retired missionaries’ home

Image copyright EPA Image caption About 70 former missionaries live in the home French police are hunting for a man who burst into a retirement home for former missionaries before tying up and stabbing a woman to death. The attack, which happened late on Thursday, is not linked to Islamist militancy, a prosecutor said. Christophe […]

France presidential election: Conservative rivals clash

France presidential election: Conservative rivals clash

Image copyright AFP Image caption Francois Fillon (L) and Alain Juppe: Some media commentators say their visions are “almost identical” The two rivals for the centre-right French presidential nomination have clashed over the level of change they promise to bring, in a TV debate. Surprise frontrunner Francois Fillon said his project was “more radical”, and […]

EU leaders ‘not bluffing’ over Brexit terms, warns Malta’s PM

EU leaders ‘not bluffing’ over Brexit terms, warns Malta’s PM

EU leaders are not “bluffing” when they say the UK will be left without access to the single market when it leaves the bloc if there is no free movement of people, Malta’s prime minister says. Joseph Muscat, whose country assumes the EU’s presidency in January, told the BBC “this is really and truly our […]

Ukraine citizens to get visa-free travel to EU

Ukraine citizens to get visa-free travel to EU

Image copyright EPA Image caption Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (L) met European leaders Jean-Claude Juncker (C) and Donald Tusk (R) at the summit Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to most EU countries without a visa, European Council President Donald Tusk has announced. He said the country had met relevant standards “perfectly” and in […]

Storm over local ban on French gay safe-sex posters

Storm over local ban on French gay safe-sex posters

Image copyright AFP Image caption One of the health ministry’s safe-sex posters on the streets of Rennes, western France. French judges are considering a controversial decision by several conservative mayors to take down HIV-awareness posters featuring gay love. The campaign, launched by the socialist government, shows men embracing, with safe-sex slogans underneath. At least 10 […]

Russia’s border doesn’t end anywhere, Vladimir Putin says

Russia’s border doesn’t end anywhere, Vladimir Putin says

Image copyright Rossiya 24 TV Image caption President Putin gave two boys an impromptu geography quiz Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia’s border “doesn’t end anywhere”, addressing a televised awards ceremony for geography students. “That was a joke,” Mr Putin said amid applause and laughter from the audience at the glitzy ceremony. He was […]

Euro MPs vote to freeze Turkey EU membership talks

Euro MPs vote to freeze Turkey EU membership talks

Image copyright AFP Image caption Opposition has grown in the EU to the prospect of Turkey joining the bloc The European Parliament has voted to suspend Turkey’s EU membership talks because of the Turkish government’s crackdown since a coup attempt in July. The MEPs’ non-binding vote has already been dismissed as “worthless” by Turkish President […]

Austrian far-right hopeful Hofer may back EU vote

Media captionThe BBC goes on the campaign trail with Norbert Hofer Austria’s far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has said he would push for a referendum on EU membership, if the EU became more centralised after Brexit. He told the BBC that while the 28-country bloc was important for Austria, he wanted a “better European Union”. […]

Ukraine names woman, 23, anti-corruption head

Ukraine names woman, 23, anti-corruption head

Image copyright Ukraine Lustration Committee Image caption Ukraine’s “Lustration” committee aims to purge officials tainted by corruption A 23-year-old lawyer has been given the task of leading Ukraine’s anti-corruption drive, the second major appointment of a young woman in weeks. Anna Kalynchuk’s promotion has provoked consternation among some Ukrainians who say she is unqualified and […]