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January 12, 2020

Europe has urged airlines to avoid all Iranian airspace "until further notice" after Iran admitted its armed forces "unintentionally" shot down Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, killing all 176 people aboard.

EU air safety regulator EASA advised carriers to avoid overflying the Islamic Republic, regardless of altitude, "as a precaution."


Iranian officials who had for days denied responsibility for Wednesday's disaster, adm...

December 23, 2019

In an attempt to prevent an outbreak of swine fever, Germany's Agriculture Ministry is putting up electric fences to stop wild boars from crossing its border with Poland.

The first fences were erected alongside the border with Poland on Friday near the city of Guben, in the German Land of Brandenburg.


The German Ministry of Consumer Protection has said it is focusing is on the Spree-Neisse and Oder-Spree districts as well as the City...

December 10, 2019

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said the country was willing to let the World Trade Organization decide on the United States' proposed sanctions against French products.

The tariffs would be in retaliation over France's digital services tax. US President Donald Trump has said the tax unfairly hits American technology companies.


The US trade representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer concluded earlier this week that the US wou...

October 30, 2019

France introduced new regulations on e-scooters this week.

The battery-powered, motorised vehicles have been the subject of heated debate across Europe amidst reports of multiple accidents.


The country is now imposing a speed limit of 25 kilometres per hour on the vehicles with a fine of €1500 for people possessing e-scooters capable of a higher speed limit.

The new changes to France's driving code incorporate a minimum age of 12-year...

October 23, 2019

It has been an EU member for six years, and now the Commission has given Croatia the greenlight to join the Schengen zone.

"It's an area that comes with freedoms and privileges but also with great responsibilities, joining this club is not something that we take lightly..." Greek Commissioner Dimitri Avramopoulos explained.


After four years of assessment the Commission says that Zagreb meets the necessary conditions to be part of the...

October 21, 2019

In a move that threatens to ignite a transatlantic trade war the US is set to impose tariffs on 6.8 billion euros of EU goods.

Donald Trump called it 'a nice victory' on Twitter, saying the 'European Union has for many years treated the USA very badly on trade due to tariffs, trade barriers, and more.'


But that is just the first half of the WTO verdict. The Geneva-based organisation had already found that both Airbus and Boeing recei...

October 4, 2019

British travel company Thomas Cook is in talks with government officials and potential investors about a last-minute rescue deal to fend off potential bankruptcy.

The world's oldest travel company was fighting for its survival over the weekend after lenders threatened to pull the plug on a rescue deal that has been months in the making.

Hurt by high levels of debt, online competition and geopolitical uncertainty, Thomas Cook needs to...

October 2, 2019

The European Union's ruling on Apple taxes 'defies reality and common sense' - says the US company as it launches a legal challenge against the 2016 decision.

Back then the EU ordered Apple to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes to Ireland.

But Ireland is also questioning the EU ruling. The country has attracted many companies with its rather low tax rates. This ruling could change it, even though the country would get paid.

Brussels ba...

September 25, 2019

Members of the US Congress blamed Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabian crude oil facilities on Sunday but said the US should be careful about any retaliatory military action — especially because a clearer picture of who was behind the attack was needed.

President Donald Trump has said it is "looking like" Iran was behind the attacks, despite a claim from Houthi rebels that they launched the attack from Yemen, but insisted that he di...

September 23, 2019

Facebook still aims to launch its Libra digital currency next year, its executive overseeing the project told Swiss newspaper NZZ, as the company presses ahead despite authorities around the world pouring cold water on the plans.

Since the US tech company unveiled its plans in June, its proposed cryptocurrency has met with regulatory and political scepticism, with France and Germany pledging to block Libra from operating in Europe.


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