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  • EU agrees on starting membership talks with Ukraine, Moldova
    on 2024-06-15 at 00:24

    Member states’ ambassadors have "in principle" agreed to begin accession negotiations with Kyiv and Chisinau, the Belgian EU presidency said. Hungary is to take over the rotating presidency next month.

  • Pope jokes around as he hosts famous comedians
    on 2024-06-14 at 22:56

    Among the US celebrities were Whoopi Goldberg, Stephen Colbert, Chris Rock and Jimmy Fallon.

  • Euro 2024: Wirtz and Musiala ignite Germany’s Euro dreams
    on 2024-06-14 at 20:55

    Germany beat Scotland in the opening game of Euro 2024 as the tournament finally started. Victory for the hosts has the potential to spark a memorable summer.

  • EU agrees ‘in principle’ on starting accession talks for Ukraine and Moldova
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-06-14 at 20:52

    Ambassadors from the EU’s 27 member states on Friday “agreed in principle” on beginning accession negotiations with Ukraine and Moldova on June 25, the Belgian presidency of the European Council said.

  • Macron’s Gambit, ‘lame ducks’ at the G7?
    by Gavin LEE on 2024-06-14 at 20:36

    It’s been a week of political aftershock in France, after the earthquake that was President Macron’s sudden call for snap elections. His gambit, in testing the far right’s EU election triumph and his banking on it being just a sign of voter frustration is an “all the chips” on the table moment and early polls suggest the National Rally are on course for victory. Meanwhile, an ‘electionally challenged’ G7 gathers in Italy.

  • French left forms ‘Popular Front’ to fight far right
    on 2024-06-14 at 18:48

    France’s left-wing parties say they have united to take on National Rally in snap elections.

  • ‘We can’t leave France to Le Pen’: Leading left-winger Glucksmann throws weight behind new alliance
    by FRANCE 24 on 2024-06-14 at 17:36

    Raphaël Glucksmann, whose Socialist-backed coalition came third in Sunday’s European elections, has emerged as a pivotal figure of France’s political centre-left. His support for the new alliance of the left could swing the balance away from the ascendant far right in the snap parliamentary elections called by President Emmanuel Macron for June 30 and July 7.

  • Scots take over Munich center ahead of Euro 2024 opening
    on 2024-06-14 at 17:09

    Scottish fans began arriving in the southern German city, preparing for the opening game of this year’s Euro tournament. Scotland’s "Tartan Army" of traveling fans are in Bavaria for the opening game against Germany.

  • Putin lays out his terms for ceasefire in Ukraine
    on 2024-06-14 at 16:14

    Ukraine immediately branded the Russian president’s proposals “offensive to common sense”.

  • ‘Probably more EU integration to come,’ former WTO chief Pascal Lamy says
    by Douglas HERBERT on 2024-06-14 at 15:42

    Pascal Lamy, a 77-year-old “globalist” Frenchman who has staked his decades-long career on the idea that more Europe is always better than less, has told FRANCE 24 he’s hopeful that the solid gains by hard-right and Eurosceptic parties in the EU elections will spur Europe’s 500 million citizens to build more bridges. Speaking to Douglas Herbert, Lamy also discussed the new political landscape in his native France, following President Emmanuel Macron’s shock decision to call snap elections. He predicted that the most likely outcome is that France will have “an extreme-right government sometime in July”.

  • Ukraine peace summit: Which Southeast Asian nations are going?
    on 2024-06-14 at 15:22

    World leaders are converging in the Bürgenstock Resort in Switzerland for a summit on peace in Ukraine. A handful of Southeast Asian delegates have flown in for the meeting.

  • France at a crossroads: Is the far right on the verge of power?
    by Douglas HERBERT on 2024-06-14 at 15:05

    Charles de Gaulle famously complained that governing a country with 246 kinds of cheese was all but impossible. Less known is what De Gaulle said just before that: “Only peril can bring the French together”. President Emmanuel Macron had peril on his mind when he stunned his compatriots by calling a snap national election after the far right routed his pro-European party in Sunday’s European elections. Macron is betting that faced with peril – the risk of being governed by the most extreme-right party since the Nazi-era Vichy government – French voters might put their grievances aside and unite against what he sees as a common threat. But will they? Douglas Herbert puts the question to Sandro Gozi, a French MEP from the centrist Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, and Thierry Mariani, a French MEP from the right-wing Identity and Democracy group, which includes Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally.

  • G7 agrees $50bn loan for Ukraine from Russian assets
    on 2024-06-14 at 14:57

    The funds will help Ukraine to fight invading Russian forces, a move Moscow condemns.

  • Putin’s peace conditions are Hitler-like, Zelensky says
    by FRANCE 24 on 2024-06-14 at 13:45

    Russian President Vladimir Putin promised Friday to “immediately” order a ceasefire in Ukraine and begin negotiations if Kyiv started withdrawing troops from the four regions annexed by Moscow in 2022 and renounced plans to join NATO. Ukraine responded by calling Putin’s proposal “manipulative” and “absurd”.

  • Pope Francis rules out women priests
    by Annette YOUNG on 2024-06-14 at 13:10

    There is much anger among Catholic feminists over comments made by Pope Francis where he ruled out the possibility of women serving as ordained deacons or as members of the clergy. Also as polls continue to suggest that support for abortion rights is growing in the US, what impact is this having on the presidential election campaign? Annette Young talks to Amanda Becker, the Washington correspondent for The 19th News website and now an author of a book on the battle for reproductive rights. Plus we meet the first Black South African woman to own and conduct an all-Black orchestra.

  • Putin: Peace if Ukraine stops NATO plans, gives up regions
    on 2024-06-14 at 13:10

    The Russian leader’s conditions for peace were swiftly rejected by Ukraine, which described them as a sham. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will outline his own peace-plan in Switzerland over the weekend.

  • The battle for Poland’s public media
    by William HILDERBRANDT on 2024-06-14 at 12:45

    Poland’s new pro-EU government has taken sweeping steps to reform the country’s public media outlets. It claims the actions are necessary to restore press independence after eight years of populist rule. But the situation may be more complicated. Until a new independent press is created, the government is benefiting from favourable coverage, much like the previous administration. We speak to journalist Daniel Tilles, editor-in-chief of the news website Notes from Poland, as well as professor and author Aleks Szczerbiak from Sussex University.

  • US tourist missing for days on Greek island
    on 2024-06-14 at 12:13

    Local officials say the 59-year-old did not return after setting out on a hike on Tuesday.

  • What will be the human cost of Poland’s new border defenses?
    on 2024-06-14 at 11:28

    With a steep increase in the influx of migrants and a desire for greater security, Poland has announced plans to fortify its border with Belarus. But critics are asking at what — or whose — cost the project will come.

  • French left-wing alliance New Popular Front vows ‘total break’ with Macron policies
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-06-14 at 11:23

    France’s left put up a united front on Friday, vowing a “total break” with President Emmanuel Macron’s policies if it wins historic polls, while far-right figurehead Marine Le Pen pledged a “national unity government” if her party emerges victorious. 

  • Germany introduces new measures to make country less attractive to migrants
    by Anne MAILLIET on 2024-06-14 at 11:16

    From a payment card that does not allow cash withdrawals, to mandatory community service, Germany is introducing measures to make the country less attractive to migrants. The country remains the destination of choice for asylum seekers within the EU. More than 330,000 people sought asylum there last year: almost a third of all applications in the EU, according to the European Asylum Agency. But the new measures – agreed by the government and regional leaders last November – are beginning to appear in municipalities across the country, especially in eastern Germany, where regional elections are due in September. The far-right AfD party is leading the polls there and its main campaign theme is immigration. Our correspondents report.

  • Pope meets Jimmy Fallon and 105 other comics at Vatican
    on 2024-06-14 at 11:07

    Other big names, including Whoopi Goldberg and Conan O’Brien, were also present at the audience.

  • Watch: Bagpipes and beers as Scots take over Munich
    on 2024-06-14 at 08:58

    Ahead of Scotland’s match against Germany, the Tartan Army are partying it up in Munich’s streets.

  • Peace summit for Ukraine opens in Switzerland, but Russia not invited
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-06-14 at 06:40

    Switzerland will host scores of world leaders this weekend to try to map out first steps toward peace in Ukraine even though Russia, which launched and is continuing the war, won’t take part.

  • French MEP Glucksmann joins left-wing union New Popular Front, vows clear stance on Gaza, Ukraine
    by FRANCE 24 on 2024-06-14 at 06:37

    French MEP Raphaël Glucksmann on Friday said he was joining the left-wing union, the New Popular Front, in a bid to stop the far-right from winning a parliamentary majority in France’s snap elections later this month.

  • Germany aim to regain past lustre under new coach Julian Nagelsmann for Euro 2024
    by Marc DAOU on 2024-06-14 at 05:35

    Having fallen into a slump since winning the World Cup in 2014, Germany’s national team, the Mannschaft, has rediscovered its dynamism and ambition since Julian Nagelsmann was appointed head coach in September. Hosts Germany are among the favourites to win Euro 2024, with fans nostalgic for the upbeat mood when the Germans organised the World Cup in 2006, remembered as a “summer fairytale”.

  • Will Euro 2024 give Germany another summer fairytale?
    on 2024-06-14 at 05:00

    Germans – divided by politics and economic struggles – hope to unite behind the national side.

  • G7 summit: Leaders focus on migration, Africa, AI
    on 2024-06-14 at 03:58

    G7 leaders in Italy discussed the climate, migration, Africa, Iran, nuclear proliferation and more. Pope Francis joined, giving a speech on AI, as did an array of non-G7 leaders like India’s Narendra Modi. DW has more.

  • G7 leaders set their sights on migration on final day of summit
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-06-14 at 03:46

    The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations turned their attention to migration, artificial intelligence, economic security and the Indo-Pacific region on Friday, the second and final day of their summit in Italy. The G7 leaders stressed their determination to meet global challenges “at a crucial moment in history.”

  • Celine Dion says ‘I’m back’ after health struggles
    on 2024-06-14 at 00:18

    The vocal powerhouse tells the BBC about her devastating health battle and her comeback plans.

  • These news sites are AI-generated Russian propaganda. Here’s how to spot them
    by Vedika BAHL on 2024-06-13 at 20:44

    There’s been a rise in the last few months of Russian-linked disinformation sites that look misleadingly like real news outlets. These may look like regular print news websites, but the content is AI-generated with a pro-Russian narrative looking to intentionally mislead users. In this special edition of Truth or Fake, Vedika Bahl gives our viewers some insight, tips and tricks on how to tell what’s true and what’s fake.

  • A ‘non’ for Mélenchon? France’s left seeks unifying figure ahead of legislative elections
    by Barbara GABEL on 2024-06-13 at 18:26

    Three-time French presidential candidate and hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Wednesday said he is “capable” of becoming the country’s next prime minister should a leftwing union win a majority in the snap legislative elections set for June 30 and July 7. His statement was met with a cool response from some coalition allies amid concerns that Mélenchon is too divisive to lead the left.

  • Meloni’s moment: Italy hosts G7 summit amid far-right surge
    by François PICARD on 2024-06-13 at 18:10

    What are summits about? Most of the time, minions and sherpas have long before agreed on policy points before the red carpet has even been rolled out. Arguably most important in a summit are the photo ops: a chance for politicians to show they are at the helm, helping to rule the world in a spirit of cooperation. So what does this lot rule over? Dateline the Puglia resort of Borgo Egnazia on Italy’s Adriatic coast. 

  • US journalist Gershkovich to stand trial in Russia on espionage charges
    on 2024-06-13 at 16:33

    Russia has accused the journalist of collecting “secret information” on behalf of the CIA, charges the US denies.

  • US reporter Evan Gershkovich to stand trial in Russia on espionage charges
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-06-13 at 16:12

    Russian prosecutors sent US journalist Evan Gershkovich’s case to court on Thursday, paving the way for him to be tried on espionage charges denied by his employer and the White House.

  • From the front lines, Ukrainian soldiers share thoughts on upcoming peace summit
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 16:04

    Ukrainian soldiers of the 59th Brigade in the eastern Donetsk region are sceptical about the upcoming Ukraine Peace Summit that is to be held in Switzerland on June 15 and 16. Oleksandr, 53, admits he doesn’t “have the time to watch the news” and is only vaguely aware of the event. “We don’t even have time to just call our families,” he says, adding that “the main thing is to have peace… all the guys want to come home alive”.

  • AI tools refuse to write in style of controversial French author Michel Houellebecq, publisher says
    by NEWS WIRES on 2024-06-13 at 15:45

    The world’s favourite French misanthrope writer Michel Houellebecq is too controversial for the world’s new AI tools, which find his views so offensive that they cannot be repeated.

  • G7 nations to issue loans using interest from seized Russian funds
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 15:28

    Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed to engineer a $50 billion loan to help Ukraine in its fight for survival. Interest earned on profits from Russia’s frozen central bank assets would be used as collateral. Details of the deal were being hashed out by G7 leaders at their summit in Italy. The money could reach Kyiv before the end of the year, according to US and French officials who confirmed the agreement before a formal announcement. FRANCE 24’s Philip Turle reports.

  • French left expected to soon announce ‘Popular Front’ alliance
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 15:20

    Major left-wing parties in France are expected to announce a deal Thursday evening after holding multiple talks to agree on a joint platform for the upcoming general elections, FRANCE 24’s Clovis Casali said. The negotiations on a plan to share constituencies include parties such as France Unbowed, the Socialist party, the Communist party and the Greens, Casali said.

  • Iconic Paris cinema shuts after 90 years in sign of Champs-Elysees decline
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 14:50

    The iconic UGC Normandie cinema on the Champs-Elysees in Paris closed its doors Thursday after 90 years – with critics seeing another sign of tourism and fashion sucking the life from one of the world’s most famous shopping boulevards. Once a preferred spot for gala premieres, the UGC Normandie was one of several grand cinemas on the Champs-Elysees that made the area a hub for film buffs in the 1960s and 70s.

  • Greece: Heat forces Acropolis closure for 2nd straight day
    on 2024-06-13 at 14:50

    The UNESCO-listed site in Athens was closed from noon until 5 p.m. local time. Situated atop a hill with no shade, the tourist hotspot is exposed to the elements.

  • Italian authorities seek to combat over-tourism on Amalfi Coast
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 14:48

    The Italian government is seeking to battle over tourism on the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful and visited coastlines in the world and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Authorities have put in place a plan of alternate circulation during the region’s busiest days to avoid traffic jams on the only road that connects the ten towns on the coastline.

  • China threatens WTO action over EU electric car tariffs
    on 2024-06-13 at 14:45

    China accused the European Union of "naked protectionist behavior" in an evolving dispute over electric car import duties.

  • Macron could end up ‘sandwiched’ between RN and left-wing coalition
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 14:42

    Contrary to what President Emmanuel Macron had envisioned when he called for early elections Sunday, Macron and his party Renaissance could end up “sandwiched” between the far right and a unified left-wing coalition, FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman said. “Out of the 577 seats, it shows that 536 of them – so essentially 90 percent – you will have National Rally candidates versus leftist candidates,” Perelman said, citing projections from French daily Le Figaro, adding that it would be a “nightmare scenario” for Macron.

  • French right wing parties in turmoil ahead of early elections
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 14:27

    French right-wing parties were mired by infighting Thursday as campaigning intensified for snap elections called by President Emmanuel Macron. Eric Ciotti of the mainstream right Republicans party announced a surprise alliance with the RN this week, which prompted the rest of the leadership team to vote him out Wednesday. Meanwhile Reconquest leader Eric Zemmour ousted Marion Marechal, who led the far right party’s European Parliament list, after she called on voters to choose her aunt Marine Le Pen’s National Rally at the ballot despite failing to secure an alliance with the party.

  • French political turmoil highlights ‘normalisation of far-right politics’, expert says
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 13:42

    The recent political turmoil in France following President Macron’s surprise announcement of early general elections is highlighting the “normalisation of far-right politics”, said Katy Brown, Postdoctoral Fellow at Maynooth University. As French media focuses on the recent ousting of The Republicans’ leader after a proposed alliance with the far right, Brown said more attention should be paid to the “mainstreaming of exclusionary politics with people at the sharp end of far-right politics suffering the consequences the most”.

  • Far-right Reconquest founder Zemmour expels Maréchal from party
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 13:32

    Right-wing politician Eric Zemmour announced on Wednesday evening on BFMTV that he was excluding Marion Maréchal from Reconquest, denouncing the “betrayal” of the head of his party’s list for the European elections. Maréchal has earlier pointed out that Zemmour was making a mistake in wanting to field Reconquête candidates against the far-right National Rally led by her aunt Marine Le Pen.

  • Ten-year security deal between US and Ukraine is ‘landmark event’, FM Kuleba says
    by Marc PERELMAN on 2024-06-13 at 12:53

    Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba granted an interview to FRANCE 24 on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Italy, where Ukraine and the US are signing a 10-year bilateral security agreement. Kuleba called the deal a “landmark event”, noting that it’s the first of its kind between the two countries since Ukraine gained independence in 1991. Kuleba noted that Kyiv is signing similar agreements “with all G7 countries and beyond”, saying that a “new security architecture” is being built around Ukraine.

  • Ukraine targets Russian missile launch systems
    by FRANCE24 on 2024-06-13 at 12:40

    Ukrainian forces appear to be conducting an operation targeting Russia’s missile launch system, FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg said, reporting from Kyiv. According to the Ukrainian general staff, the army has taken out two radar systems used to operate S-300s and S-400s in Crimea, Cragg said.

  • EU court fines Hungary €200m over its asylum policy
    on 2024-06-13 at 10:19

    The EU court will also impose a penalty of €1m a day until Hungary changes its policy.

  • France braces as election campaign begins with a bang
    on 2024-06-13 at 09:57

    The French public faces a historic choice in the upcoming snap elections, potentially boosting the far right into power. Campaigning began frantically, with protests and a barricade at the Republican party headquarters.

  • Russia’s frozen assets to aid Ukraine: How the West plans to use them
    on 2024-06-13 at 09:36

    G7 leaders plan to use interest from $300 billion in frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine. The funds will serve as collateral for a substantial loan to Kyiv, bolstering its defense against Russia.

  • Record 120 million people displaced globally in 2024 — UN report
    on 2024-06-13 at 08:55

    A UN report reveals that 120 million people were forcibly displaced globally in 2024 due to conflict and violence. This marks a record high, affecting 1.5% of the world’s population.

  • French citizen returns home freed by Iran
    on 2024-06-13 at 07:13

    Louis Arnaud was arrested in 2022 on accusations of participating in anti-government protests.

  • Italy’s Meloni basks in G7 limelight with Western leaders
    on 2024-06-13 at 02:47

    PM Giorgia Meloni will welcome other world leaders to Puglia after election success for her party.

  • Italy’s Giorgia Meloni riding high as G7 begins in Puglia
    on 2024-06-12 at 19:13

    Italian PM Giorgia Meloni, strengthened by EU election results, hosts the G7 summit in Puglia. Key topics include Ukraine, Gaza, and migration.

  • Ukraine updates: Fatal daytime strike on Zelenskyy hometown
    on 2024-06-12 at 18:37

    Ukrainian officials say eight were killed and more than 20 injured in a missile attack on the southern city of Kryvyi Rih. Overnight, Ukraine reported missiles targeting the capital Kyiv. DW has the latest.

  • French right ditch leader over far-right alliance deal
    on 2024-06-12 at 17:54

    The party ousts Eric Ciotti after he called for an alliance with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally.

  • Russian missile strike kills 9 in Zelensky’s hometown – officials
    on 2024-06-12 at 17:20

    Another 29 people are injured in the missile attack on the southern city of Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine says.

  • Slovak government takes aim at media following PM shooting
    on 2024-06-12 at 16:32

    Following the shooting of Prime Minister Robert Fico, Slovakia’s government seems to be accelerating efforts to wrest control of the media landscape. Some say the attack on Fico is being used to curtail press freedom.