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  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +34 +8

    Child drownings in Germany linked to parents' phone ‘fixation’

    German lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones. More than 300 people have drowned in Germany this year, with hardly a day passing during the current heatwave when a swimmer has not died. The German Lifeguard Association (DLRG) – the biggest organisation of its kind in the world, providing 40,000 volunteer lifeguards at German beaches, lakes and the coast – has made a direct connection between children getting into difficulty in the water and parents being too busy on their mobile phones to notice.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +17 +5

    Hundreds of aging bridges, other structures at risk of collapse in Italy, experts warn

    Up to 300 bridges, viaducts and tunnels in Italy are at risk of structural failure, experts warned, as the death toll from the collapse of a bridge in Genoa rose to 39, including three children. There were fears that the number of fatalities could rise further. Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, said it was hard to tell how many people were still unaccounted for simply because they were on vacation or “under the rubble”.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by 66bnats
    +22 +5

    Apps face fine if terror lingers for hour

    The European Commission is planning stricter rules for social media companies.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +31 +8

    37 dead as measles cases spike in Europe

    The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. The U.N. agency’s European office said Monday more than 41,000 measles cases were reported in the region during the first half of the year — more than in all 12-month periods so far this decade.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +16 +5

    Homeless families in Dublin 'could be forced out of the city' for duration of pope's visit

    Rights groups in Dublin have called on city officials to prevent the displacement of homeless people staying in emergency accommodation during the pope's upcoming visit to Ireland. The Irish Department of Housing has been accused of planning to remove families currently housed in various hotels and bed and breakfasts in order to make room for the influx of tourists arriving for the pontiff.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +23 +5

    Germany mulls year of national service for young people and migrants

    Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party is floating the idea of a new form of compulsory national service in Germany for all young people and migrants. For over 50 years, all German men were obliged to spend a year in the army after leaving school. Those who could not, or would not, volunteered their time in community service instead.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by iamsanchez
    +44 +8

    EU to recommend that member states abolish daylight saving time

    Move follows poll finding that more than 80% of Europeans are against changing clocks

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +4

    Catholic Church's massive wealth revealed

    The Catholic Church in Australia is worth tens of billions of dollars and massively wealthier than it has claimed in inquiries into child sexual abuse.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +25 +6

    ‘Overtourism’ Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?

    A rising chorus blames Airbnb, Uber and other internet-enabled travel conveniences for a boom that threatens a sustainable balance.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by baron778
    +16 +4

    Defiant Kaczynski says Poland must avoid EU's 'social diseases'

    Poland belongs in the European Union but should be careful not to be “infected by social diseases” that dominate the bloc, ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Sunday. Speaking at a party convention ahead of local elections in October, Poland’s most influential decision-maker laid out the broad campaign priorities of the PiS. He defended his party’s democratic record and accused critics of serving “powerful interests and making deals with the mighty of the world”, in an apparent jab at the close ties between the liberal opposition in Poland and Brussels.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by takai
    +23 +4

    Germany: Refugee sentenced to 8 years and 6 months for teen murder

    A court in the southwestern German city of Landau on Monday sentenced asylum-seeker Abdul D. to eight years and six months in prison for the murder of a teenage girl in the town of Kandel in December last year. The murder had been seized upon by many opponents of Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy to support their anti-immigration stance. The case has received great media attention in Germany, and many reporters were present outside the court as the verdict was announced.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +27 +6

    France has banned all children under 15 from using their phones in school

    Monday is the first day that French schoolchildren under 15 cannot use their cellphones at any point during the school day, thanks to a new nationwide law. The ban, passed in July following a campaign pledge made by French President Emmanuel Macron, will affect elementary and junior high schools across the country as they return from the summer break.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by larylin
    +35 +6

    I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on

    Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel stated this summer that “when the generation that survived the war is no longer here, we’ll find out whether we have learned from history”. As a Polish Jew born in 1925, who survived the Warsaw ghetto, lost my family in the Holocaust, served in a special operations unit of the Polish underground, the Home Army, and fought in the Warsaw uprising of 1944...

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by gottlieb
    +21 +5

    How the EU will force all artists to use Youtube, forever

    Robert Kyncl, Youtube's Chief Business Officer, writes about Article 13, the EU proposal to force all online services to evaluate all user-generated content with a copyright enforcement algorithm and censor anything that looks like a known copyrighted work (anyone can add anything to the databases of known copyrighted works and prevent it from being posted). Kyncl points out that many of today's successful artists got their starts uploading their own material to Youtube and services like it, something that would get a lot harder once the censorship robots take over Europe's internet.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by canuck
    +20 +3

    German teachers' union calls for cellphone ban

    The head of Germany's national teachers' union on Friday called for a ban on mobile phones for children under the age of 14, citing concerns about bullying. "During school breaks, the cellphone is a permanent source of bullying," said Heinz-Peter Meidinger. "Almost all physical bullying today is accompanied by bullying on the internet and social networks."

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +20 +3

    Police plan for civil unrest after 'no-deal' Brexit

    A leaked report shows police fears that a "no-deal" Brexit would lead to a shortage of goods, resulting in civil disorder.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +17 +5

    Italy could still leave EU, senior government adviser says

    The European Union has not learnt the lessons of Brexit and could force Italy to reconsider its membership of the bloc, a senior government adviser has told The Telegraph. Ignazio Corrao, adviser to Luigi Di Maio, the deputy prime minister and leader of the Five Star Movement, attacked the arrogance of the European Commission and EU leaders for making no changes since Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by LisMan
    +11 +3

    Nazi Collaborator or National Hero? A Test for Lithuania

    Jonas Noreika has been honored as a martyr since his execution by the Soviet secret police in 1947. But he now stands accused by his own granddaughter of helping the Nazis kill Jews.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by baron778
    +28 +6

    Native bee species could be 'wiped out' as Asian hornets spread across UK, conservationists warn

    Britain's native bee species face being “wiped out” by a "highly aggressive" Asian hornet, conservationists have warned after the invasive insect was spotted in two locations at opposite ends of the country. The honey bee-killing Asian hornet, which is believed to have first arrived in Europe on crates imported from China to France in 2004, has been confirmed at locations in Liskeard, Cornwall and Hull. The creature, which is smaller than the UK's native hornet, poses no greater risk to humans than the humble wasp, but feasts on honey bees and is capable of killing around 50 a day.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by LisMan
    +27 +3

    Europe’s Conservatives Thought They Could Control Viktor Orban. They Were Wrong.

    As the Hungarian prime minister built an “illiberal state,” creating a template for the far right, center-right leaders in Brussels did little to stop him.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +21 +3

    The EU just voted to fundamentally change how the internet works

    The EU Wednesday passed a controversial law that could fundamentally change the way the internet works, forcing companies like Google and Facebook to pay publishers every single time someone shares a link to an article.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by TheSpirit
    +12 +3

    Salisbury novichok suspects say they were only visiting cathedral

    The two men identified as suspects in the Salisbury nerve agent attack have appeared on Russia’s state-funded TV station RT, claiming they visited the “wonderful” English city as tourists to see its cathedral. In their first interview since being charged in the UK with attempted murder, the men said they may have approached Sergei Skripal’s house by accident on 4 March, but denied that they were carrying any poison or that they had committed any crime.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +19 +7

    A Warning From Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come

    Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zyery
    +17 +4

    Protesters were removed from a 12,000-year-old forest where a coal mine will be built

    German police began to remove protesters on Thursday who have been living in tree houses for the past six years in the ancient Hambach Forest, located in the western part of the country. German utility company RWE is seeking to expand mining operations in the 12,000-year-old forest, and protesters have been camping out in an effort to save what is left. “This year’s clearing measures are necessary to maintain opencast mining operations and coal extraction over the next two years,” RWE said in a statement, noting that no agreement was reached with the protesters following negotiations that took place on Monday.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by darvinhg
    +10 +6

    London mayor calls for second referendum on Brexit

    London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for another referendum on Britain’s European Union membership, adding his backing to an idea known as a “People’s Vote.” Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29. But with Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans still not accepted, some lawmakers, as well as union and business leaders are increasingly arguing for people to have a final say on any deal struck with Brussels.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by sauce
    +10 +3

    'Poisoned' Pussy Riot man flown to Berlin

    Pyotr Verzilov, an activist with Russian protest group Pussy Riot, has been flown to Berlin for specialist medical treatment following a suspected poisoning in Moscow. He reportedly fell ill after a court hearing on Tuesday and was taken to hospital in a serious condition. His symptoms allegedly included losing his sight and ability to speak. Mr Verzilov is best known for taking part in a protest at the World Cup Final earlier this year.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by LisMan
    +18 +4

    Poland suspended from EU judicial organization

    Warsaw’s changes to the judicial system prompt a reaction from one of the EU’s leading legal bodies.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by gottlieb
    +14 +5

    Emmanuel Macron calls Brexit campaign leaders 'liars', in extraordinary attack

    Emmanuel Macron has branded the leaders of the campaign for Brexit “liars”, in an extraordinary attack at the close of the Salzburg summit. The Leave victory was “pushed by those who predicted easy solutions,” the French president said, adding: “Those people are liars. They left the next day so they didn’t have to manage it.”

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +13 +3

    Swiss vote on 'fair food' laws

    Switzerland is going to the polls on Sunday, in not one but two votes which campaigners say will promote ethical and sustainable food. The votes follow scandals in the last few years over horse meat in lasagne and the destruction of rain forests to make way for palm oil and cattle ranching. And they reflect growing consumer interest - not just in Switzerland but across Europe - in where food comes from and how it is produced.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by manix
    +14 +3

    Germany launches world's first autonomous tram in Potsdam

    Norbert Gresing shook his head as two teenage boys, deep in conversation and wearing earplugs, stepped out in front of his tram. “This is the type of situation I face every day,” said the tram driver, who has 25 years of experience under his belt, as he rang his bell. The boys, apparently oblivious to the green and white 10-tonne, 19-metre-long vehicle, appeared as bright green figures surrounded by fuzzy yellow dots on the screen in front of Gresing.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hedman
    +17 +3

    EU gives Britain two months to pay 2.7 bn euros over China fraud

    The EU on Monday gave Britain two months to recover 2.7 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in lost customs duties or risk referral to the EU's top court after London allegedly ignored a scam by Chinese importers. The demand, part of a so-called infringement action launched by Brussels, threatens to further inflame tensions amid fraught Brexit negotiations just days after an EU summit in Austria ended in acrimony.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by 8mm
    +19 +2

    Trump: Boasting line in UN speech was 'meant to get some laughter'

    President Trump claimed Tuesday that comments he made at the United Nations General Assembly were "meant to get some laughter." The audience started to laugh when Trump boasted about his presidential achievements. "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump said to the assembly. After the laughter died down, Trump noted that he "didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK."

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +7 +3

    U.K. will immediately recognize Palestine if Labour elected, says Corbyn

    Britain's opposition Labour Party will "will recognise a Palestinian state as soon as we take office," says leader Jeremy Corbyn while speaking Wednesday at the annual party conference. “The continuing occupation, the expansion of illegal settlements and the imprisonment of Palestinian children are an outrage,” Corbyn said, while explaining Labour backs a two-state solution to the conflict.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by tukka
    +9 +2

    German far-right terror suspects detained in overnight raids

    Germany's state prosecutor has ordered the arrest of six men charged with forming a far-right terror group known as "Revolution Chemnitz." The men are accused of planning attacks on migrants in eastern Germany. Some 100 police officers raided several properties in the German states of Saxony and Bavaria early on Monday morning as part of an investigation into a far-right terror group called "Revolution Chemnitz," named after the eastern...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +12 +2

    Millionaire refuses to take down 'Bollocks to Brexit' poster

    An outspoken former Conservative party donor has said he is prepared to go to prison to keep a giant “Bollocks to Brexit” poster above his London office after he was told to remove it by his local council. Charlie Mullins, the founder of Pimlico Plumbers, accused Lambeth council of interfering with his freedom of speech and succumbing to people’s sensitivities over a word that was proven in a Sex Pistols case in 1977 not to be obscene.