Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Media captionConservative Sebastian Kurz: the frontrunner Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election, projections suggest. The victory would make Mr Kurz the world’s youngest national leader. The People’s Party was set to win more than 31%. It is so far unclear whether the Social Democrats […]

Catalonia: No sign of movement as Spanish deadline looms

Catalonia: No sign of movement as Spanish deadline looms

Image copyright Carles Puigdemont Image caption Carles Puigdemont laid a wreath at the grave of Lluis Companys The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region has attended a commemoration less than 24 hours before a Spanish deadline to give his final say on independence. Carles Puigdemont and other senior politicians paid tribute in Barcelona to a Catalan […]

Airbus boss ‘would step down if needed’

Airbus boss ‘would step down if needed’

Image copyright Airbus Airbus chief executive Tom Enders has said he would be prepared to step down if he was “no longer part of the solution”, as the firm deals with ongoing corruption probes. The aircraft maker is under investigation in the UK and France into its use of middlemen in plane sales. Mr Enders […]

Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis

Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has taken the conservatives further to the right Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz, is just 31. The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Social Democrats are competing for second place, opinion polls suggest. The Social Democrats […]

Austria election: 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz tipped as next leader

Austria election: 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz tipped as next leader

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has reinvented Austria’s conservative party, making it more right-wing and tougher on immigration. Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative party leader and current foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is just 31 years old. According to opinion polls, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and […]

Original Asterix illustration sells for 1.4m euros in Paris auction

Original Asterix illustration sells for 1.4m euros in Paris auction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The French-Belgian comic book series Asterix has been translated in to more than 100 languages A signed original illustration for an early Asterix comic book cover has sold for more than 1.4m euros (£1.25m; $1.7m), auctioneers in Paris say. The record sum was more than seven times the expected […]

Italy school students ‘strike’ over work experience

Italy school students ‘strike’ over work experience

Media captionThe protests were organised by student unions on social media Thousands of Italian school students are protesting nationwide over work placements which they say contribute little to their future job prospects. The students are calling it a “strike” in 70 cities. Student unions organised the protest via social media. Italy’s Student Network says “no […]

EU Spain: Juncker does not want Catalonian independence

EU Spain: Juncker does not want Catalonian independence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Juncker says he does not want an EU of some 90 states European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he does not back Catalan independence, fearing others may follow the same path. Mr Juncker, speaking at a students forum in Luxembourg, warned it could result in a region too […]

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

UK-Dutch-built Sentinel launches to track air quality

Image copyright ESA Image caption The Rockot lifted away from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome right on cue A UK-assembled satellite has launched from Russia on a mission to monitor air quality around the globe. Its Dutch-designed instrument will make 20 million observations daily, building maps of polluting gases and particles known to be harmful to health. […]

Rescue ship brings 606 migrants to Italy

Rescue ship brings 606 migrants to Italy

Image copyright Anthony Jean/SOS Méditerranée Image caption Migrants are often crowded on to unseaworthy boats, such as rubber dinghies A rescue ship has docked in Sicily with 606 migrants picked up in less than two days off the Libyan coast. They are from about 20 countries in Africa and the Middle East. Aid group SOS […]