Monday

20th Feb 2017

Ticker

German foreign minister tipped to become president

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has received widespread backing for the forthcoming presidential election. His Social-Democratic Party (SPD) and Angela Merkel's Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) both agreed on Monday to support him. The election for the mostly ceremonial post is due to take place next February. German presidents are elected by a special assembly of all MPs and representatives of regions.

Agenda

Pence, Greece and Brexit This WEEK

The US vice-president becomes the first senior Trump administration official to visit EU institutions. Greece's creditors try to break deadlock in talks, and British Lords will debate Brexit.

Analysis

Why Romania erupted in protest

Current anger over corruption laws can be traced back to a night-club fire in 2015, when many died because of lax safety standards. Romanians then realised that corruption can kill.

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