Turkey-Netherlands row: Erdogan slams Dutch over Srebrenica

Turkey-Netherlands row: Erdogan slams Dutch over Srebrenica

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Erdogan has directed a series of controversial slurs at the Dutch Turkey’s war of words with the Netherlands has worsened after the Turkish president accused the Dutch of contributing to a massacre of Muslim men at Srebrenica, Bosnia, in 1995. Dutch UN peacekeepers failed to protect the men […]

EU workplace headscarf ban ‘can be legal’, says ECJ

EU workplace headscarf ban ‘can be legal’, says ECJ

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Not only headscarf-wearing Muslim women, but other working people who express their religious adherence through clothing and insignia could be affected by the ruling Workplace bans on the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign” such as headscarves need not constitute direct discrimination, Europe’s top court has ruled. […]

Francois Fillon placed under formal investigation

Francois Fillon placed under formal investigation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Until recently, Francois Fillon was the favourite to win the presidential elections French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has been placed under formal investigation over an alleged diversion of public funds, prosecutors say. The centre-right contender is suspected of paying hundreds of thousands of euros to his family for work they […]

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Holyrood ‘must shape’ plans for vote

Scottish independence: Sturgeon says Holyrood ‘must shape’ plans for vote

Image caption Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to seek a referendum on Monday Plans for a second independence referendum “must be made in Scotland”, Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking after a meeting of her cabinet, the first minister said details of the vote should be shaped by the Scottish Parliament. UK Prime Minister Theresa May […]

Theresa May hails ‘defining’ Brexit moment

Media caption‘A defining moment for our whole country” Parliament’s backing for the government’s Brexit bill will be a “defining moment for our whole country”, Theresa May has told MPs. The prime minister said her timetable of triggering formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track. And she told the SNP – which has […]

EU workplace headscarf ban is legal, says ECJ

EU workplace headscarf ban is legal, says ECJ

Image copyright AFP Image caption Banning the headscarf is not discriminatory if there is an existing ban on all employees wearing visible religious symbols, the court says Employers are entitled to ban workers from the “visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign” including headscarves, Europe’s top court has ruled. But the ban must […]

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch ambassador barred

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch ambassador barred

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Security is heavy outside Dutch diplomatic buildings in Turkey Turkey has announced a series of measures in retaliation for a Dutch decision to block its ministers from campaigning for a referendum. Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said the Dutch ambassador would be barred from returning to Ankara, and high-level political […]

Pair who posed as Paris attack victims face trial again over Nice claim

Pair who posed as Paris attack victims face trial again over Nice claim

Image copyright EPA Image caption Dozens were killed when a lorry ploughed into a large crowd in Nice A couple who posed as Paris attacks victims to win compensation are facing trial again over a similar claim about the Nice attack last summer. The pair were imprisoned in December after claiming €60,000 (£50,000; $64,000) from […]

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch warn citizens after Erdogan threat

Turkey-Netherlands row: Dutch warn citizens after Erdogan threat

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption One Turkish newspaper referred to the Dutch on Monday as the “dogs of Europe” The Netherlands has warned its citizens over travel to Turkey as a row between the countries shows no sign of abating. Germany, Austria and the Netherlands blocked Turkish attempts to hold rallies in those countries. […]

Catalan ex-leader Artur Mas banned from office over illegal referendum

Catalan ex-leader Artur Mas banned from office over illegal referendum

Image copyright AP Image caption Artur Mas held the referendum despite a ban from Spain’s constitutional court Former Catalan leader Artur Mas has been banned from holding office for two years after organising an illegal independence referendum in 2014. The 61-year-old was convicted in Catalonia’s Superior Court of Justice of civil disobedience for organising the […]

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