U.K. Eliminates the Tampon Tax

Posted on Sat, 02 Jan 2021 00:59:47 +0000 - europe

Britain is the latest of several countries to get rid of the tax in recent years.

With Man City Positives, Premier League's Coronavirus Outbreak Widens

Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2021 15:00:05 +0000 - europe

As the coronavirus invades locker rooms and postpones matches, soccer needs to face up to a potential worst-case scenario.

Nicolas Cadène, à l’avant-poste du combat pour la laïcité

Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2021 14:35:00 +0000 - europe

Il défend le modèle français de la laïcité mais déplore que “dans les faits, l’égalité n’est pas réelle, la liberté non plus et la fraternité encore moins”.

Brexit Customs Checks Make a Quiet Debut at U.K. Ports

Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2021 15:03:11 +0000 - europe

Starting the new rules on a holiday helped, with some predicting more confusion and backups in the days ahead.

An Embattled Public Servant in a Fractured France

Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2021 10:00:21 +0000 - europe

Nicolas Cadène sees the failings of France’s secular model even as he upholds it.

A Locked-Down Europe Bids a Subdued Good Riddance to an Awful Year

Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2021 14:03:00 +0000 - europe

Concerts? Canceled. Crowds and parties? Banned. Staying out all night? Don’t even think about it.

Hundreds of Migrants Stranded in Freezing Weather in Bosnia

Posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2020 21:00:14 +0000 - europe

Up to 700 people lacking winter clothes, sleeping bags and tents have slept outside after a temporary camp was dismantled. Local hostility has blocked efforts to relocate them.

A German Town Warily Considers a Future Without a Deep U.S. Presence

Posted on Fri, 01 Jan 2021 18:29:10 +0000 - europe

American culture, friends and jobs are part of the fabric of Vilseck, home to a U.S. military base. President Trump has forced its people to think about what it would mean to lose that.

Coronavirus Dominates Merkel’s Last New Year’s Speech as Chancellor

Posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2020 18:50:44 +0000 - europe

An address that would usually cover a sweeping range of topics instead focuses solely on the pandemic, which has upended both Angela Merkel’s last year in office and life in Germany as whole.

U.K. Parliament Approves Post-Brexit Trade Deal

Posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2020 19:08:00 +0000 - europe

After the House of Commons overwhelmingly endorsed the 1,200-page agreement, the House of Lords also voted in favor of British ratification.

Gibraltar Gets Its Own Brexit Deal With Spain

Posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2020 16:19:08 +0000 - europe

Spain and the European Union will share oversight over the flow of goods and people to the British territory, which worried about being left isolated and economically pinched outside the bloc.

Pope Francis to Skip New Year Services Because of Leg Condition

Posted on Thu, 31 Dec 2020 13:42:22 +0000 - europe

The Vatican said Pope Francis was suffering from sciatica, which has hobbled him in the past. But he will lead the noontime Angelus prayer on New Year’s Day.