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Europeans back preserving historic places of worship, poll finds

Norwich, UK An overwhelming majority of European citizens believe that preserving religious heritage and historic places of worship is crucial to their community in the present and future, according to Brussels based organisation, Future for Religious Heritage (FRH).    Rocio Sanchez, spokesperson for the non-profit FRH – which describes itself as European network for historic […]

In Wales, Europe’s first Black national leader sees racism resurging

Cardiff, Wales Reuters When he took office as First Minister of Wales in March, Vaughan Gething became the first Black head of government in Europe – yet he believes UK society is more overtly racist than a decade ago. “On virtually every piece of social media that went out for my campaign, there’d be a […]

Pope takes aim at guns and condoms at pro-birth conference

Rome, Italy Reuters Pope Francis criticised the weapons and contraceptive industries on Friday, accusing them of destroying or preventing life in his speech at a conference on the demographic crisis gripping Italy and Europe. Europe’s fertility rate has been stuck around 1.5 births per woman for the past decade. That is above lows seen in […]

“Europe could die”: Macron urges stronger defences, economic reforms

Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron called on Thursday for stronger, more integrated European defences as he outlined his vision for a more assertive European Union on the global stage. In a speech at the Sorbonne University in Paris, he also said the continent must not become a vassal of the United States. “There […]

France’s air traffic control strikes ground flights across Europe

Paris, France/London, UK Reuters Delays and flight cancellations were set to impact swathes of Europe on Thursday, after authorities failed to reach a deal with some French air traffic control workers to avert a strike. France’s DGAC civil aviation authority said on Wednesday it had asked airlines to cancel 75 per cent of Thursday’s flights […]

At least 10 jihadist attacks prevented in Europe in 2023, Dutch agency says

Amsterdam, The Netherlands Reuters Western intelligence prevented at least 10 jihadist attacks across Europe last year and the current war between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas has increased the threat of further attacks, Dutch intelligence agency AIVD said on Tuesday. The foiled attacks included a plan to stab people at random and preparations […]

France’s Macron does not rule out Europeans sending troops to Ukraine

Paris, France Reuters French President Emmanuel Macron opened the door on Monday to European nations sending troops to Ukraine, although he cautioned that there was no consensus at this stage as allies agreed to ramp up efforts to deliver more munitions to Kyiv. Some 20 European leaders gathered in Paris on Monday to send Russian […]

Zelenskiy urges leaders to send arms as “artificial” shortage helps Putin

Munich, Germany Reuters Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged allies at a global security conference on Saturday to plug an “artificial” shortage of weapons that is giving Russian forces the upper hand on the battlefield and said stalled US aid was imperative. Addressing the gathering of politicians, diplomats and military officials from around the world, who […]

Farmers block Dutch-Belgian border as protests spread across Europe

Brussels, Belgium Reuters Farmers blocked the Dutch-Belgian border and occupied roads in Greece on Friday, while a Polish union announced plans to shut border crossings with Ukraine as European protests over prices and red tape spread. Protests have erupted in several countries, exposing anger about low prices for produce, rising costs, cheap imports and constraints […]