Sir Tim Barrow: UK’s new ambassador to EU ‘tough negotiator’

Sir Tim Barrow: UK’s new ambassador to EU ‘tough negotiator’

Image copyright Foreign Office Image caption Downing Street said Sir Tim would “bring his trademark energy and creativity” to the job Senior diplomat Sir Tim Barrow has been appointed the UK’s new ambassador to the EU, replacing Sir Ivan Rogers. Downing Street described the former ambassador to Russia, who will now play a key role […]

FN leader Le Pen calls for France to leave euro but stay linked

FN leader Le Pen calls for France to leave euro but stay linked

Image copyright AP Image caption Ms Le Pen is trying to attract more voters from mainstream parties whilst holding on to her core support France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen has outlined plans for France to leave the euro should she win this year’s presidential election. But she proposed Europe could return to a parallel […]

Berlin truck attack: Man held who had dinner with killer Amri

Berlin truck attack: Man held who had dinner with killer Amri

Image copyright Belgian police Image caption Belgian police have now revealed that Amri travelled through Brussels on his way to Italy Berlin police have detained a Tunisian man suspected of eating dinner with Anis Amri the night before he drove a lorry into a crowded Christmas market. Twelve people died in the 19 December attack. […]

French cyclist Robert Marchand sets new record aged 105

French cyclist Robert Marchand sets new record aged 105

Image copyright AP Image caption Lonely at the top – Robert Marchand goes for another record at the national velodrome He may not be the fastest cyclist round a velodrome, but he is easily one of the oldest. Robert Marchand has clocked up 105 years and now a new record for the furthest distance cycled […]

Guildford parkour runner dies in Paris Metro ‘accident’

Guildford parkour runner dies in Paris Metro ‘accident’

Image copyright BrewmanParkour Image caption Nye Newman died on the Paris Metro on New Year’s Day An “inspirational” British free runner has died after a “train accident” on the Paris Metro. Nye Frankie Newman, from Guildford in Surrey, died on 1 January, his parkour group said. The 17-year-old was a keen participant of the sport, […]

Turkey nightclub attack: Gunman identified, says minister

Turkey nightclub attack: Gunman identified, says minister

Image caption Images of the suspect have already been circulated in Turkish media Turkey’s foreign minister says officials know the identity of a gunman who carried out the Istanbul nightclub attack on New Year’s Eve but he has stopped short of naming him. Mevlut Cavusoglu gave no further details about the inquiry into the murder […]

French baby death linked to vitamin dose

French baby death linked to vitamin dose

Image copyright Uvesterol France has acted to suspend the sale of a vitamin D supplement after the death of a newborn baby who suffocated hours after being given it. The 10-day-old baby had been given a dose of Uvesterol D, widely given to French children under the age of five to prevent vitamin D deficiency. […]

Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1% in December

Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1% in December

Image copyright Getty Images Eurozone inflation has surged to its highest rate in more than three years, driven by increased prices for energy, food, alcohol and tobacco. The annual inflation rate hit 1.1% last month, according to official statistics agency Eurostat, a sharp jump from November’s rate of 0.6%. The rate is the highest since […]

UK’s EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge ‘muddled thinking’

UK’s EU ambassador tells colleagues to challenge ‘muddled thinking’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Sir Ivan said negotiating experience was “in short supply in Whitehall” The UK’s ambassador to the EU urged British colleagues in Brussels to challenge “muddled thinking and… speak truth to power” as he quit ahead of Brexit talks, it has emerged. Writing to staff, Sir Ivan Rogers said ministers needed […]

Germany sees ‘overwhelming’ sales of Hitler’s Mein Kampf

Germany sees ‘overwhelming’ sales of Hitler’s Mein Kampf

Image copyright AFP Image caption A Nazi-era copy of Mein Kampf: It was Hitler’s manifesto for conquest and racial intolerance The German publisher of a special annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf says sales have soared since its launch a year ago. About 85,000 German-language copies of the anti-Semitic Nazi manifesto have been sold. […]