Category: <span>Europe</span>

Jailed Catalan separatist leader signals support for pardon from Madrid
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Jailed Catalan separatist leader signals support for pardon from Madrid

The former Catalan regional vice-president jailed for his role in the failed attempt to secede from Spain almost four years ago has signalled his support for a pardon from the Madrid government and suggested that unilateral efforts to secure independence are now “neither viable nor desirable”. Oriol Junqueras, who leads the Catalan Republican Left party (ERC), said...

‘Please save him’: Belarus blogger’s parents urge action as Biden mulls sanctions
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‘Please save him’: Belarus blogger’s parents urge action as Biden mulls sanctions

The parents of Raman Pratasevich have pleaded for international help to free the Belarusian journalist as US president Joe Biden said sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime were “in play”, without revealing further details. From their new home in Poland, Natalia Pratasevich, the blogger’s mother, told Agence France-Presse: “I’m asking, I’m begging, I’m calling on the whole international community...

Kremlin hails ‘positive steps’ in US ties as Biden waives pipeline sanctions
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Kremlin hails ‘positive steps’ in US ties as Biden waives pipeline sanctions

Relations between the US and Russia have taken a tentative step forward after the Kremlin welcomed a decision by the Biden administration not to impose significant sanctions on a controversial Russian pipeline delivering gas to Germany. The Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday hailed what he called “positive steps” in ties with Washington, ahead of a face-to-face summit between Joe Biden...

Sweden’s lockdown delay cost 2,000 lives, study suggests
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Sweden’s lockdown delay cost 2,000 lives, study suggests

Potentially thousands of lives could have been saved in Sweden had authorities imposed a nine-week lockdown during the early months of the pandemic, a study has suggested. Sweden, notably, chose not to close businesses and restrict movement early on in the pandemic despite pressure from health experts, while other European nations followed that path. Researchers in Germany studying the likely...

Amsterdam plans out-of-town ‘erotic centre’ as part of cleanup bid
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Amsterdam plans out-of-town ‘erotic centre’ as part of cleanup bid

Amsterdam is preparing to build an out-of-town five-storey “erotic centre” with two bars, 100 small rooms and an “erotic entertainment” venue such as a strip club as it downsizes its red-light district. The plan for the 5,000-sq-metre building has been detailed in a document submitted to the council by mayor Femke Halsema as the city...

Robot that can cook a paella is causing quite a stir in Spain
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Robot that can cook a paella is causing quite a stir in Spain

Leaving aside self-aware computer networks that send cyborgs back through time to terminate humanity’s saviour before birth, few technological developments are quite as terrifying – to Spanish palates, at least – as the prospect of a paella cooked not by a trusty Valencian hand but by a cold steel one. Since it was unveiled at...

Malta’s passports scheme: Henley & Partners full statement
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Malta’s passports scheme: Henley & Partners full statement

“Henley & Partners is proud of the service that it has provided to Malta and its people. We assisted the Maltese government in the creation of a remarkably successful sovereign financing and economic innovation platform, raising hundreds of millions of euros in debt-free capital without which healthcare, social and cultural investments would not have been possible to...

Biden hits Russia with new sanctions in response to election meddling
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Biden hits Russia with new sanctions in response to election meddling

The Biden administration has announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and broad sanctions against Russian officials and companies in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in elections and cyber-espionage campaigns such as the SolarWinds hack. The sanctions, which were the Biden administration’s largest punitive action against the Kremlin yet, also targeted six Russian cybersecurity companies deemed to...

Greek crime journalist shot dead in Athens in ‘execution-style’ murder
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Greek crime journalist shot dead in Athens in ‘execution-style’ murder

A prominent Greek crime journalist has been shot dead in what was described as an “execution-style” murder near his home in Athens. Giorgos Karaivaz, who sought to illuminate Greece’s seamier underside with his coverage of law and order stories on the private Star TV channel, died of gunshot wounds outside his home in the south...

Russia v Ukraine: Crisis looms as Kiev teams up with NATO for drills – Putin sent warning
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Russia v Ukraine: Crisis looms as Kiev teams up with NATO for drills – Putin sent warning

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and stoke already heightened tensions with Moscow, which has expressed its opposition to the idea. Meanwhile, Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski – who was born in neighbouring Poland – warned Mr Putin was testing the resolve of the West by sending troops and tanks to Ukraine’s borders, as well as criticising the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline...