Germany’s interior minister rebuffed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to shake hands with him on Monday as the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country rose to 150 with Berlin reporting its first infection. When Merkel reached out to greet Horst Seehofer at a meeting on migration in Berlin, he...
A regional minister in Lombardy, the Italian region most affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak, has tested positive for the virus. The Lombardy region said in a statement on Monday that the contagion concerns Alessandro Mattinzoli, 60, who serves as Commissioner for Economic Development. The region said the entire 17-member Lombardy...
A new British banknote featuring a self-portrait by the 19th-century painter J.M.W. Turner entered circulation on Thursday. The 20-pound note is the third to be made of durable polymer material rather than paper, following the launch of new five-pound and 10-pound notes in 2016 and 2017. “Moving the 20-pound note to...
Britain’s finance minister, Sajid Javid, resigned on Thursday, just weeks after Brexit and a month before he was due to deliver the government’s annual budget. Javid’s spokesman confirmed he would be leaving just as Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out the first reshuffle of his cabinet since winning a parliamentary...
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson began a post-Brexit shake-up of his top team Thursday by sacking his Northern Ireland minister, despite his role in restoring devolved government to Belfast. Julian Smith was a surprise casualty of the Conservative leader’s first cabinet reshuffle since his victory in December’s general election and...
Greece’s parliament on Wednesday elected the first female president in the country’s history. She is 63-year-old Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law. A cross-party majority of 261 MPs voted in her favour, parliament chief Costas Tassoulas said. “Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou has been elected president of the...
Ursula von der Leyen will meet the Prime Minister on Wednesday in Number 10 to discuss the opening positions of the EU and the UK in the upcoming negotiations. The visit comes ahead of Britain’s expected exit from the EU on January 31 and will provide the first opportunity for...
Britain’s minimum wage is to increase by more than four times the rate of UK inflation from next year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced Tuesday. A 6.2 per cent increase from April takes the so-called national living wage for workers aged 25 and over from £8.21 to a minimum...
A leading European Union (EU) official, Frans Timmermans, has penned a love letter to Britain, expressing his “deep hurt” over Brexit and concluding: “You will always be welcome to come back.” Timmermans, who is European Commission Vice-President, wrote the letter in The Guardian. “Since I went to a British school, you...
Britain’s Prince Philip left the hospital on Tuesday after a four-night stay that renewed concern about the 98-year-old’s health. Images broadcast by British media showed Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, dressed in a suit, taking a few steps and being helped into an SUV vehicle before being whisked away. Philip did not...