Estonia general election: Polls point to tight vote

Image copyright AFP/GettyImage caption Prime Minister Juri Ratas and his Centre party face a strong challenge from liberal rivals Reform and from Eurosceptic populists Estonians are voting in a general election, which pits the ruling Centre party against the liberal Reform party and a strong populist challenge. Prime Minister Juri Ratas of the Centre party […]

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Milan anti-racism march draws “hundreds of thousands”

Image copyright EPAImage caption Demonstrators marched under the slogan “People First” Huge crowds have gathered in the northern Italian city of Milan to protest against racism. Organisers said about 200,000 people turned out in the city in Lombardy, a region where the right-wing populist League party has strong support. Campaigners say the government promotes fear […]

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Government pays Eurotunnel £33m over Brexit ferry case

Image copyright Getty Images The government will pay £33m to Eurotunnel in an agreement to settle a lawsuit over extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In December, the Department for Transport (DfT) contracted three suppliers to provide additional freight capacity on ferries for lorries. But Eurotunnel said the contracts were handed […]

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Brexit: EU rejects no deal citizens rights call

Image copyright AFP The EU has rejected calls for an agreement to protect UK and EU expats’ rights, if there is a no-deal Brexit. Tory MP Alberto Costa quit his government job to table an amendment calling for the protections. It was backed by the government in votes on Wednesday, with Mr Costa urging the […]

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Feminine job titles get go-ahead in France

Image copyright French fire brigadeImage caption Women firefighters are already often called sapeuses-pompières Decades after other French-speaking countries adopted feminine names for professions, the official guardians of the language in France have also backed the change. The Académie française, whose members are known as “immortals”, has said it has no obstacle in principle to such […]

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