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- Serbia: Belgrade rocked by anti-government protestson 2023-06-03 at 22:24
Protesters returned to the streets as President Aleksandar Vucic ignored their calls to resign. The latest rallies come amid public anger following two deadly mass shootings.
- Ukraine war: Twenty injured after Russian strike on Dniproon 2023-06-03 at 21:50
Five of those hurt are children, of whom three are in a serious condition, a Ukrainian official says.
- Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in for 3rd term as presidenton 2023-06-03 at 19:58
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was inaugurated for another five-year term, calling for reconciliation with his political opponents after a bitter election battle. In a cabinet reshuffle, Mehmet Simsek was named finance minister.
- Tens of thousands gather in Belgrade for fifth anti-government protest since mass shootingsby FRANCE24 on 2023-06-03 at 19:02
Tens of thousands gathered in Belgrade on June 3, 2023 for the fifth in a series of anti-government protests since two mass shootings in early May. FRANCE 24’s Laurent Rouy reports.
- Tens of thousands in Belgrade stage fifth anti-government protest since mass shootingsby NEWS WIRES on 2023-06-03 at 18:48
Tens of thousands gathered on Saturday for the fifth anti-government protest this month in Serbia’s capital Belgrade after two back-to-back shootings that killed 18 people, half of them children.
- Lebanon says will send investigators to France after Beirut’s envoy accused of rapeby NEWS WIRES on 2023-06-03 at 17:44
Lebanon’s foreign ministry said Saturday it would send an investigation team to Paris following reports that Beirut’s ambassador to France, Rami Adwan, has been accused of rape and intentional violence.
- Russian wineries maintain production despite EU sanctionson 2023-06-03 at 15:47
Russian wine suppliers have been facing difficulties due to EU sanctions. But Putin’s favorite vintners have been trying to import material from Portugal and France through third-party countries. DW investigates.
- Ukraine updates: Zelenskyy ‘ready’ to stage counteroffensiveon 2023-06-03 at 15:39
The Ukrainian president warned of huge casualties unless Western allies can deliver more Patriot air defense systems. The IAEA meanwhile said the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is "extremely vulnerable." DW has the latest.
- ‘A first’ from Mars: European spacecraft sends livestream from red planetby NEWS WIRES on 2023-06-03 at 12:53
A European spacecraft around Mars sent its first livestream from the red planet to Earth on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of its launch, but rain in Spain interfered at times.
- More than 1,100 air raid shelters in Ukraine found ‘unfit for use’ or lockedby FRANCE 24 on 2023-06-03 at 08:46
Ukraine’s interior ministry said Saturday that an inspection of the country’s air raid shelters found nearly 900 “unfit for use” and more than 250 locked. The announcement came two days after a woman in Kyiv allegedly died while waiting outside a locked shelter door during a Russian missile attack. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
- Polish government slammed for ‘instrumentalizing’ Holocauston 2023-06-03 at 07:15
In an attempt to dissuade people from attending an opposition march ahead of elections, Poland’s governing PiS party released a video showing images of the Auschwitz death camp. Observers say the move could backfire.
- France avoids S&P credit downgrade despite concerns over national debtby NEWS WIRES on 2023-06-03 at 05:29
France managed to avoid a fresh credit downgrade from a leading rating agency on Friday, despite mounting concern over the country’s surging national debt.
- Kyiv missile strikes: Tracking the rise of Russian attackson 2023-06-02 at 23:14
Russia is mounting more frequent missile and drone raids on Ukraine recently, with a focus on Kyiv.
- Sanda Dia: Belgium reckons with verdict over black student’s hazing deathon 2023-06-02 at 23:01
Sanda Dia died after being made to consume excessive amounts of fish oil and alcohol in 2018.
- Lake Maggiore boat accident: Questions remain over spy deathson 2023-06-02 at 23:00
Intelligence officers from Italy and Israel are among the four people who drowned on 28 May.
- Kaija Saariaho: Feted Finnish composer dies at 70on 2023-06-02 at 19:02
Saariaho, who was suffering from brain cancer, was seen as a leading light of contemporary classical music.
- Attacks in Russia ‘destroy myth of Putin’s invincible army’on 2023-06-02 at 18:44
Recent drone attacks and the shelling of a Russian border town have forced residents to flee their homes, sowing panic and fear. The Kremlin has downplayed the raids, but experts think they reveal Putin’s weaknesses.
- Do Russians really hate the West?on 2023-06-02 at 17:01
The BBC’s Steve Rosenberg visits Yaroslavl to find out if people there carry the Kremlin’s message.
- Jose Mourinho: Roma boss charged for using abusive language towards official at Europa League finalon 2023-06-02 at 16:42
Roma coach Jose Mourinho is charged by Uefa for using insulting or abusive language against a match official at Wednesday’s Europa League final.
- Iran frees more Europeans after prisoner swapon 2023-06-02 at 16:40
Two Austrians and a Danish citizen are released a week after Belgium freed a jailed Iranian diplomat.
- Ukraine updates: Kyiv downs Russian missiles in early attackon 2023-06-02 at 15:41
Authorities have lifted air raid warnings after intercepting more than 30 Russian missiles and drones over the city in the early hours of Friday. DW has the latest.
- Ukraine war: Why are drone attacks increasing in Russia?on 2023-06-02 at 15:36
Recent weeks have seen an escalation in drone attacks in Russia and Ukraine. What’s behind the increase, and how has the West reacted?
- Kosovo PM Kurti hints at new mayoral vote amid tensionson 2023-06-02 at 15:17
Following violent protests in northern Kosovo, opposition lawmakers blamed Prime Minister Albin Kurti for deteriorating relations with the West.
- Belgorod: Shelling in Russian border region kills two, governor sayson 2023-06-02 at 15:13
Officials say two women died in Ukrainian shelling, as anti-Putin fighters claim another cross-border raid.
- ‘I don’t want Russian provocations,’ says Georgia’s Zurabishvilion 2023-06-02 at 14:55
The biggest war in Europe since 1945 has prompted several countries to try to speed up their integration with the West. Those include Ukraine itself but also nations in the western Balkans, as well as Moldova and Georgia, which has been knocking on NATO’s door for many years. The former Soviet Republic applied for EU membership in March 2022, although it has not yet been given candidate status. Our guest on The Interview is Salome Zurabishvili, the president of Georgia.
- Russia accused of holding 20,000 Ukrainian civilians captiveon 2023-06-02 at 14:53
Desperate families are trying to secure the release of more than 20,000 Ukrainians held captive by Russia. Rights activists have said the Geneva Conventions are being violated.
- Polish president Duda backtracks on Russian influence lawon 2023-06-02 at 14:25
A new law in Poland has prompted outrage, with many arguing it would block government rivals from running for office. President Andrzej Duda now says he will introduce changes to the bill.
- German row over jail term for woman who attacked neo-Nazison 2023-06-02 at 13:39
Lina E’s conviction has angered Germany’s far left, but the right is furious she is free pending appeal.
- Fact or fake: Does the EU cohesion policy ignore young people?by Sophie SAMAILLE on 2023-06-02 at 13:15
One in six Europeans is aged between 18 and 29. The demographic was particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and despite the economic recovery that followed, youth unemployment levels remain high. The EU has a few programs in place to help them. We tell you more in this edition of Fact or Fake.
- Spanish Grand Prix: Max Verstappen sets pace in first practiceon 2023-06-02 at 12:44
Max Verstappen set the pace in a first practice session that gave little insight into the true competitive picture at the Spanish Grand Prix.
- Spain becomes the first European nation to offer menstrual leaveby Annette YOUNG on 2023-06-02 at 12:17
Spanish women will be the first in Europe to be able to take time off work for severe period pain. But could such a law backfire and instead reinforce gender discrimination? Annette Young talks to menstrual health specialist, Maria Carmen Punzi. Plus we take a look at the latest summer fashion item trending on TikTok, dubbed the “subway shirt,” where women wear an oversized item of clothing so as to prevent unwanted male attention while using public transport.
- German rescue ship defies Italy’s disembarkation ruleson 2023-06-02 at 11:34
A ship that saved migrants in the Mediterranean has taken them to another port than that assigned by Italian officials. The NGO that owns the ship now risks a fine.
- Germany’s Baerbock emphasizes security in Baltic Sea regionon 2023-06-02 at 10:48
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said the war in Ukraine has been a turning point for the region, as she adressed the Council of the Baltic Sea States meeting.
- Fighting poverty across the EU – one of the bloc’s top priorities (part 1)by Armen GEORGIAN on 2023-06-02 at 10:38
Bulgaria is one of the most recent members of the European Union, and also the poorest. EU funds contribute a vital role to the economy: €12 billion for the period of 2021-2027, and €6.6 billion already thanks to the post-Covid recovery fund.
- Fighting poverty across the EU – one of the bloc’s top priorities (part 2)by Armen GEORGIAN on 2023-06-02 at 10:37
How does the European Union use cohesion funds to reduce poverty and inequality across the bloc? Our first stops are in two of the EU’s poorest countries, Bulgaria and Romania, to look at the role that EU aid plays in the areas of education and public transport. We also visit one of Europe’s richest countries – France – to see how the European Union can help to level up parts of the EU that display some surprising inequalities.
- Blinken says strong Ukraine a prerequisite for ‘real peace’ with Russiaby NEWS WIRES on 2023-06-02 at 10:34
America’s top diplomat on Friday insisted that a strong Ukraine in control of its own territory was a prerequisite for talks with Russia, warning against a “Potemkin” or fake peace through a ceasefire.
- Deadly shelling strikes Russian border region of Belgorod as hundreds fleeby FRANCE 24 on 2023-06-02 at 09:34
Four people died Friday in shelling in the Russian region of Belgorod near the border with Ukraine, the regional governor said. In Kyiv, authorities said air defence forces destroyed 15 missiles and 21 drones from a new wave of overnight attacks that left two people wounded. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
- In a boost for bikes, cities back sustainable mobilityon 2023-06-02 at 09:14
The bicycle has long been central to the Dutch way of life, and now other European cities are following suit. But the move away from cars is also meeting with resistance.
- Zelensky presses case for Ukraine’s membership in NATO, EU at Moldova summitby FRANCE24 on 2023-06-01 at 23:58
President Volodymyr Zelensky pressed his case for Ukraine to be part of the NATO military alliance as he joined European leaders on Thursday in Moldova ahead of an expected counter-offensive against Russian forces.
- Ukraine war: Teens used to report Russian propagandaon 2023-06-01 at 23:22
Children as young as 16 are working at TV channels in occupied Ukraine, spouting Russian propaganda.
- Poland’s quest to retrieve priceless Nazi-looted arton 2023-06-01 at 23:11
A 16th Century Italian painting looted by the Nazis has been returned to Poland from Japan.
- BRICS open to enlargement in call for ‘multipolar’ worldon 2023-06-01 at 21:18
Russia and China have raised the possibility of BRICS accepting new members. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attendance at an August summit remains unclear.
- European Parliament questions Hungary’s fitness to head EUon 2023-06-01 at 19:59
Hungary is scheduled to assume the rotating presidency of the European Union in 2024. However, members of the European Parliament are expressing skepticism about its worthiness for the post.
- Austria not liable for Ischgl ski resort COVID outbreakon 2023-06-01 at 19:24
Austrian state cannot be held liable for the Ischgl crisis that saw thousands catch COVID-19, a court has ruled, rejecting the plaintiff’s claims of "catastrophic mismanagement."
- France influencers: Jail threat for those found flouting new ad lawson 2023-06-01 at 19:16
France’s new rules ban or restrict certain commercial practices by online personalities.
- Ukraine tops agenda at major European summit in Moldovaon 2023-06-01 at 18:58
The European Political Community has met for its second summit in Moldova. There was a lot of support expressed for Ukraine, but no concrete decisions were made.
- Macron, Scholz call for new elections in tense northern Kosovo districtsby NEWS WIRES on 2023-06-01 at 18:13
France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday urged Kosovo to allow new elections in four northern municipalities, amid renewed tensions with the area’s Serbian population.
- Zelenskyy renews call for fighter jets at Moldova summiton 2023-06-01 at 17:02
Moldova, which borders Ukraine, is hosting the second European Political Community summit, as it seeks to solidify its EU bid. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s president has urged a decision on NATO admission.
- Sunak prioritises illegal migration in European talkson 2023-06-01 at 16:30
Rishi Sunak was in Moldova for a summit of 47 nations that was dominated by the war in Ukraine.
- Polish radical right-wing MP disrupts lecture on Holocauston 2023-06-01 at 15:21
A Polish radical right-wing MP’s violent disturbance at a lecture on the Holocaust at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw prevented a renowned historian and researcher from speaking.
- US carpenter helps rebuild Notre Dame Cathedralon 2023-06-01 at 00:02
Peter Henrikson uses medieval techniques to create the new roof for the fire-ravaged structure.
- Ukraine war: The mothers going to get their children back from Russiaon 2023-05-31 at 03:59
Russia is taking Ukrainian children. Their mothers are travelling into enemy territory to save them.
- Video appears to show drone flying over Moscowon 2023-05-30 at 12:14
Mobile phone footage appears to capture footage of a drone flying in the south west of Moscow.
- Moscow drone attack: ‘The windows of my home shook’on 2023-05-30 at 06:50
BBC Russia editor Steve Rosenberg describes hearing and feeling a drone attack on Moscow.
- The ‘exploding’ demand for giant heat pumpson 2023-05-29 at 23:23
Whole towns in Europe are being heated by huge, energy efficient heat pumps.
- Turkey elections: What to expect from newly emboldened Erdoganon 2023-05-29 at 01:33
Voters in the strategic Nato country opted for a seasoned autocrat – rather than an untested democrat.
- Erdogan victory speech: ‘Today nobody has lost’on 2023-05-29 at 00:19
The re-elected Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, addressed supporters outside the Presidential Palace.
- Turkish president sings to supporters from top of buson 2023-05-28 at 19:33
The Turkish president burst into song as he claimed victory in his country’s election.
- Portugal housing crisis: ‘I’ll have to move back in with mum’on 2023-05-28 at 02:00
Anger is rising in the Portuguese capital Lisbon, where affordable homes are rarer and rarer.