Five migrants die in mass attempt to enter Spain’s Melilla

Melilla and Ceuta have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa, making them a magnet for migrants Five migrants were killed and dozens were injured when a huge crowd tried to cross from Morocco into Spain’s Melilla enclave on Friday, the latest migrant tragedy at the doors of Europe. Add 2,000 migrants and over … Read more

Macron ‘compromise’ call meets opposition resistance

France risked prolonged political deadlock Thursday after parties gave a frosty reception to President Emmanuel Macron’s call for “commitments” to keep France governable after an indecisive parliamentary election. Macron made his plea in an address to the nation late Wednesday days after failing to retain a majority in parliament, a setback that threatens to cripple … Read more

EU weighs Ukraine candidacy as Russia inflicts ‘hell’ in east

A partially destroyed educational and laboratory building at a Kharkiv college struck by Russian rocket fire EU leaders met in Brussels on Thursday to discuss making Ukraine a candidate to join the bloc, a “decisive” moment likely to infuriate Russia as its forces battled stiff resistance to advance in the embattled eastern Donbas region. Western … Read more

EU backs Ukraine’s ‘European dream’ as Russia cuts gas supplies

Map of Ukraine showing position of military forces in Ukraine as of June 17, 0700 GMT Europe feels a powerful symbol of solidarity with Ukraine on Friday, when Brussels backed Kyiv’s bid for EU candidate status, even as Russia shelled frontline Ukrainian cities and cut back gas supplies to the West. With the European Commission’s … Read more

Kinder factory at centre of Salmonella cases can reopen

Ferrero’s Belgian factory is authorized to restart Kinder chocolate production subject to strict testing A factory in Belgium behind a Salmonella contamination in Kinder chocolates sold in Europe can reopen conditionally after a clean-up by owner Ferrero, health authorities said Friday. Belgium’s AFSCA food health safety agency “has decided to give Ferrero conditional authorization for … Read more

Ukraine, Ukrainian war: EU leaders arrive in Ukraine as war rages, French President Emmanuel Macron addresses crisis

Three major EU leaders have landed in one of Ukraine’s hardest-hit towns, prompting an outburst from a high-ranking ally of Vladimir Putin. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited Irpin on Thursday, the battle-damaged suburb of Ukraine’s capital, in a show of support for the country at … Read more

EU agrees single charger standard, in blow to Apple

EU member states and MEPs believe a standard cable for all devices will cut back on electronic waste, but Apple argues a one-size-fits-all charger would slow innovation and create more pollution European officials on Tuesday agreed the text of a proposed EU law imposing a standard charger for smartphones, tablets and laptops sold in the … Read more

Russia takes ‘half’ of key city as EU clinches oil deal

Russian forces have seized control of half of eastern Ukraine’s key city of Severodonetsk, a senior official said Tuesday, while EU leaders were split over banning gas from Moscow after agreeing to embargo most of its oil. Ukraine meanwhile pushed on with an investigation into war crimes since the Russian invasion. Officials said thousands had … Read more

EU leaders plead with Hungarian President Viktor Orban to back Russian oil ban

Europe will try to persuade Hungarian President Viktor Orban to back a plan against Russia after a month of haggling over sanctions. EU leaders will try to persuade Hungarian President Viktor Orban to back a watered-down oil embargo against Russia after a month of haggling over the bloc’s latest sanctions. The sixth wave of measures … Read more

Ukraine- Russia war: President Zelensky make surprise frontline visit

The Ukranian president has been holed up in Kyiv since war broke out, but on Sunday he left the capital to make a surprise visit to the frontline. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the country’s war-ridden east for the first time since the Russian invasion, on a trip to the Kharkiv region, from where Moscow … Read more