Thursday

21st Sep 2017

Ticker

Merkel last leader to get call from Obama

Outgoing US president Barack Obama, in a statement after his final call with German chancellor Angela Merkel, thanked her "for her strong, courageous, and steady leadership" on Thursday. The two agreed "close cooperation" between the US and Europe is "essential". The statement said, "given their eight years of friendship and partnership, the President noted that it was fitting that his final call with a foreign leader was with chancellor Merkel".

Spain arrests Catalan officials

Armed Spanish police have arrested Catalan officials and seized ballots for an independence referendum, prompting appeals for EU help.

Investigation

The rise of the German alt-right

Ahead of Sunday's German elections, a growing number of anti-establishment, anti-Islam websites have created an echo chamber for the radical right.

News in Brief

  1. Catalan leader decries Spanish government intervention
  2. Hungary set for fresh campaign against public enemy Soros
  3. Iceland's PM leads in polls ahead of October elections
  4. Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds cancel referendum
  5. Ireland to hold referendum on ownership of water
  6. Report: May to offer €20bn as Brexit bill in Florence speech
  7. Merkel poised to win election despite CDU dip in polls
  8. EU unveils cyber security ideas

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