Monday, January 20, 2020

EU could waste €29bn on gas projects despite climate action plan

The European Investment Bank risks wasting €29bn (£25bn) of EU taxpayers’ money by overinvesting in gas projects which will be unnecessary under Europe’s...

The Guardian view on Ireland’s election: a contest with consequences | Editorial

Britain’s political class is insular. It rarely shows any interest in foreign elections. That general rule may get bent as the United States...

No change in UK's stance on Salisbury attack, PM tells Putin

Boris Johnson has told Vladimir Putin there will be no normalisation of the relationship between the UK and Russia, almost two years on...

Libya: international force could monitor proposed ceasefire

An international force, possibly including British and other European troops, is being considered to monitor a proposed Libyan ceasefire and possibly enforce an...

Paris transport set to return to normal as rail union suspends strike

Paris’s strike-hit public transport network is expected to return to near normal this week after the city’s main rail union voted to go...

The EU has a duty to recognise the state of Palestine | Saeb Erekat

After nearly two years, on Monday 20 January, the foreign ministers of the European Union will meet, with the issue of Palestine officially...

Belgian neurologist wins €1m prize for work on serious brain trauma

A pioneering Belgian neurologist has been awarded €1m to fund further work in helping diagnose the most severe brain injuries, as he seeks...

Two popes, plotting cardinals and the fallout of an explosive book

The pilgrims filing into the papal audience hall last Wednesday were mostly oblivious to the saga enveloping the Vatican over an explosive new...

The Observer view on the EU’s weakness on the world stage | Observer editorial

It has been a difficult start to 2020 for the EU and the new European commission, which took office last month. Ursula von...

Police fire teargas as gilets jaunes protests return to Paris

French police fired teargas under a rain of projectiles, used stun grenades and arrested dozens of people on Saturday as thousands of “yellow...

Iran to send crashed plane's flight recorders abroad for analysis

Iran will send the black box flight recorders from the passenger jet it accidentally shot down abroad for analysis, a senior investigator has...

Erdoğan tells Europe to support Tripoli government or face new threats

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has warned Europe it could face new threats from terrorist organisations if Libya’s UN-recognised government in Tripoli...

Putin, a criminal and incompetent president, is an enemy of his own people |...

News that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s latter-day tsar, is making plans to cling to power indefinitely comes as no surprise. All the same, it...

Rent rises force revered LGBT bookshop out of Paris's gay district

In the window of France’s best-known gay bookshop, above the display of Lucian Freud art books, opera singer Maria Callas’s memoirs and a...

Jean-Paul Gaultier bows out as fashion designer after 50 years

The renowned designer Jean-Paul Gaultier is bowing out from creating clothes after a 50-year career, he has said. But he has told fans...

Samuel Beckett and the human condition | Letter

You report (17 January) that, in awarding Samuel Beckett the Nobel prize for literature in 1969, the committee were concerned about his “bottomless...

French chefs stew over renowned restaurant's loss of Michelin star

The world of French fine dining has become embroiled in yet another ratings row due to the removal of the three-star Michelin ranking...

Being a caretaker in paradise can be fun – as long as you respect...

There is nothing on Earth more beautiful than the view from the top of Great Blasket island on a bright, clear day. The...

Painting found inside Italian gallery wall confirmed as a Gustav Klimt

Art experts have confirmed that a stolen painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls is Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady. A...

British woman's false rape claim appeal a 'critical moment' for Cyprus

Activists in Cyprus have described the determination of a British teenager to overturn a conviction that she lied about being gang-raped on the...

Amsterdam to buy out young people's debt to offer 'new start'

The city of Amsterdam is taking over the debts of its young adults as part of a drive to liberate people who are...

EU eyes temporary ban on facial recognition in public places

The EU could temporarily ban the use of facial recognition technology in public places such as train stations, sport stadiums and shopping centres...

'We've got so much to tell the world about Wales'

As the UK prepares for Brexit, with its future relationship with Europe uncertain, Wales is on a mission to raise its profile globally....

How have things changed since Ghent went car free?

In 2017, Ghent introduced its circulatieplan (circulation plan) which removed traffic from the city centre using car-free zones. Since then there has been more...

UK rules out automatic deportation of EU citizens – Verhofstadt

The UK government has sought to reassure the EU that its citizens living in the UK will not be deported if they fail...