Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’
The Salvator Mundi on display at Christies in 2017
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Saudi crown prince ‘lobbied France to authenticate fake da Vinci’

Upcoming documentary claims Louvre was urged to lie about world’s most expensive painting
12 Apr 2021
Briefing: The Paris Commune
The Paris Commune: ‘A brief interlude of springtime revolution’
In Depth

Briefing: The Paris Commune

150 years ago, a socialist-inspired uprising briefly transformed the French capital, before it was ruthlessly crushed
9 Apr 2021
Is Russia preparing another attack on Ukraine?
Ukrainian troops from the Donbass Battalion
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Is Russia preparing another attack on Ukraine?

Kiev calls on UK and Nato for support as Moscow builds up its military on border
8 Apr 2021
Slovak PM resigns after split over Russian vaccine purchase
Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic
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Slovak PM resigns after split over Russian vaccine purchase

EU’s Covid jabs crisis claims first major political scalp
29 Mar 2021
The threat posed by spread of new coronavirus variants in Europe
Medical staff treat a Covid patient in Rome, Italy
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The threat posed by spread of new coronavirus variants in Europe

Fresh lockdown measures imposed across continent as mutant Covid strains cause spike in infections
24 Mar 2021
Will a vaccine war delay lockdown lifting?
Ursula von der Leyen
Today’s big question

Will a vaccine war delay lockdown lifting?

Ban on export of Covid jabs to Britain threatens to slow campaign to inoculate population
22 Mar 2021
Trust in Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine collapsing across Europe
Boris Johnson poses with a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Trust in Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine collapsing across Europe

More than half of people in France, Germany and Spain believe jab is unsafe
22 Mar 2021

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Denmark to limit ‘non-Westerner’ residents in poor areas
Migrants arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos
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Denmark to limit ‘non-Westerner’ residents in poor areas

Government set to move migrants out of 58 neighbourhoods to cut risk of ‘religious and cultural parallel societies’
19 Mar 2021
Ireland, Wombo and laser vision
Stormont protests
Podcast

Ireland, Wombo and laser vision

Is the Good Friday Agreement unravelling? How much of a threat are AI deepfakes? And can we really now see round corners?
19 Mar 2021
Will vaccine ‘jingoism’ damage the EU?
Ursula von der Leyen
Today’s big question

Will vaccine ‘jingoism’ damage the EU?

Tensions over Covid vaccine supplies have escalated into a battle of words between Brussels and London after Ursula von der Leyen threatened to use emergency powers to ban exports of the jabs to the UK
18 Mar 2021
Why has the Oxford vaccine faced so much scrutiny?
Boris Johnson poses with a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Why has the Oxford vaccine faced so much scrutiny?

European safety concerns over vaccine remain despite positive data from UK campaign
16 Mar 2021
Election results spell trouble for Angela Merkel’s heir
German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts on face mask
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Election results spell trouble for Angela Merkel’s heir

Voters punish chancellor’s party amid slow Covid vaccine rollout and face mask scandal
15 Mar 2021
Central European leaders blast EU over vaccine distribution
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
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Central European leaders blast EU over vaccine distribution

Commission points out that system for sharing doses has been ‘well known for months’
15 Mar 2021
Why EU countries are suspending Oxford vaccine rollouts - again
A patient in the UK receives the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Why EU countries are suspending Oxford vaccine rollouts - again

Nine European nations pausing jab campaigns amid unproven blood clot fears
12 Mar 2021
Nuclear testing, flat-hunting and the other megxit
A nuclear test
Podcast

Nuclear testing, flat-hunting and the other megxit

Why are we only now learning about France’s atomic legacy? Is social networking changing the rental market. And why are migrants leaving the UK?
12 Mar 2021
UK rejects EU claim it banned vaccine exports
European Council President Charles Michel
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UK rejects EU claim it banned vaccine exports

Dominic Raab moves to ‘set the record straight’ after accusation by European Council president
10 Mar 2021
‘Toxic heritage’ of French nuclear testing exposed by new research
A French nuclear test in French Polynesia in the 1970s
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‘Toxic heritage’ of French nuclear testing exposed by new research

Findings pave way for more than 100,000 people affected by carcinogenic fallout to claim compensation
9 Mar 2021
Germany U-turns on Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel alongside Health Minister Jens Spahn
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Germany U-turns on Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Berlin rolling out UK-developed jab to over-65s after doubts about efficacy disproved
5 Mar 2021
Why the Irish border is back on the agenda
European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic
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Why the Irish border is back on the agenda

EU threatens legal action over UK plan to unilaterally delay parts of Brexit deal
5 Mar 2021
Dogs can sniff out Covid a week before swabs, trial reveals
A springer spaniel is trained to sniff out coronavirus
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Dogs can sniff out Covid a week before swabs, trial reveals

Coronavirus-detecting canines could pave the way to easing restrictions on large gatherings
5 Mar 2021
Why has Australia’s shipment of vaccines been blocked by the EU?
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits a facility producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
In Depth

Why has Australia’s shipment of vaccines been blocked by the EU?

A quarter of a million doses will not be delivered after continental export blockade
5 Mar 2021
How the Netherlands anti-lockdown movement turned violent
A car burns during anti-lockdown protests in Eindhoven in January
Today’s big question

How the Netherlands anti-lockdown movement turned violent

Bombing of Covid test centre near Amsterdam follows widespread protests in January
4 Mar 2021
Mohammed bin Salman facing criminal case over Khashoggi death
Mohammed bin Salman on a visit to 10 Downing Street
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Mohammed bin Salman facing criminal case over Khashoggi death

Case filed in Germany accuses Saudi crown prince of ‘crimes against humanity’ over persecution of journalists
3 Mar 2021
The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at court for the verdict of his trial for corruption
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The rise and fall of Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French president sentenced to jail after being convicted of attempted bribery
2 Mar 2021
EU vaccine solidarity splinters as nations break from joint scheme
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
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EU vaccine solidarity splinters as nations break from joint scheme

Austria and Denmark among member states negotiating separate deals to accelerate Covid jab rollouts
2 Mar 2021
Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wearing face mask
Behind the scenes

Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?

Europeans look to Russia and China, as well as private fraudsters, for much-needed doses
1 Mar 2021
EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs
Düsseldorf vaccination centre
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EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs

European leaders holding emergency meeting as calls for urgent action grow
25 Feb 2021
How Belgium succumbed to the highest Covid death rate in the world
A nurse cares for a ventilated patient at the University Hospital of Charleroi
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How Belgium succumbed to the highest Covid death rate in the world

Regional divisions and flawed reporting of deaths put EU nation at the top of the table nobody wants to lead
24 Feb 2021
Has ‘scaremongering’ about the Oxford jab undermined EU’s vaccination campaign?
Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during a video conference meeting.
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Has ‘scaremongering’ about the Oxford jab undermined EU’s vaccination campaign?

People in Germany and France are refusing to be inoculated with the UK-developed vaccine
23 Feb 2021
French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry
French Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal
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French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry

Row over allegations of extremism in universities stokes growing culture war
22 Feb 2021
Has Johnson ‘trolled’ the EU over vaccine rollout ahead of G7 meeting?
Boris Johnson speaks at a virtual press conference
Behind the scenes

Has Johnson ‘trolled’ the EU over vaccine rollout ahead of G7 meeting?

PM calls on Europe to deploy its ‘collective ingenuity’ to speed up vaccine development
19 Feb 2021
‘Party prince’ sues son over €1 sale of German castle
Marienburg Castle
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‘Party prince’ sues son over €1 sale of German castle

Ernst August of Hanover has launched legal bid to regain control of ancestral seat from state
18 Feb 2021
MEPs urge EU to take ‘concrete’ action over Hungarian media crackdown
Viktor Orban addresses the Hungarian parliament in Budapest
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MEPs urge EU to take ‘concrete’ action over Hungarian media crackdown

Demand comes as Viktor Orban strips last independent radio station of broadcast license
15 Feb 2021
European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks
Angela Merkel puts on a FFP2 face mask
Behind the scenes

European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks

Germany and Austria mandate use of expensive FFP2 masks while WHO backs fabric coverings
15 Feb 2021