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Le Pen and Macron clash in crucial French election debate

Le Pen and Macron clash in crucial French election debate

Media captionBoth candidates started off with fiery accusations The two contenders for the French presidency traded insults in a fiery head to head TV debate, in a key moment of a long and bitter campaign. Centrist Emmanuel Macron said his far-right rival Marine Le Pen’s strategy “is to lie”, while she called him a shameless […]

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over size of ‘divorce bill’

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over size of ‘divorce bill’

Media captionDavid Davis on how much Britain may – or may not – have to pay for its Brexit bill. The UK won’t pay a 100bn-euro (£84bn) “divorce bill” to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said, as the two sides clashed over the issue. He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the UK […]

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over size of ‘divorce bill’

Brexit: UK and EU at odds over size of ‘divorce bill’

Media captionDavid Davis on how much Britain may – or may not – have to pay for its Brexit bill. The UK won’t pay a 100bn-euro (£84bn) “divorce bill” to leave the EU, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said, as the two sides clashed over the issue. He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain the UK […]

German defence minister von der Leyen under fire for criticising army

German defence minister von der Leyen under fire for criticising army

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ursula von der Leyen is seen as a leading figure in Chancellor Merkel’s CDU party German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has provoked an angry response from politicians and military figures alike after she spoke of weak leadership in the armed forces. She spoke out after an army […]

Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 103 Champions League goals – three more than Atletico Madrid have Cristiano Ronaldo scored another Champions League hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Atletico Madrid in the semi-final first leg to close in on a third final in four years. Real were utterly dominant throughout against their city rivals at the […]

Chechnya gay rights: Merkel urges Putin to intervene

Chechnya gay rights: Merkel urges Putin to intervene

Image copyright AFP Image caption “Love is stronger than homophobia”: a placard held by a detained gay rights activist in Moscow in May 2013 German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights in Chechnya. Activists say police in the republic have arrested and tortured dozens of people in […]

German male escort’s data hidden from paternity suit woman

German male escort’s data hidden from paternity suit woman

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman was vague about the man who had allegedly fathered her son A woman who got pregnant after having sex with a male escort in a German hotel has failed in a legal battle to find out his name. The hotel where they spent three nights in 2010, […]

France election: Le Pen and Macron spar ahead of run-off

France election: Le Pen and Macron spar ahead of run-off

Media captionWatch: Officers say they fired tear gas in response to petrol bombs The two rivals in France’s presidential race have traded accusations at the start of the last week of campaigning. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen lambasted pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron as a “candidate of continuity”. Mr Macron said he would fight “until the […]

France election: Le Pen attacks Macron as ‘candidate of continuity’

France election: Le Pen attacks Macron as ‘candidate of continuity’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Marine Le Pen is presenting herself as the candidate of change Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has accused her pro-EU centrist rival Emmanuel Macron of being the “candidate of continuity”. She linked Mr Macron to the unpopular current President, Francois Hollande, in whose cabinet he once served. Ms […]

France election: Macron says EU must reform or face ‘Frexit’

France election: Macron says EU must reform or face ‘Frexit’

Media captionEmmanuel Macron pledges EU reform if elected The front-runner in the French presidential election has told the BBC that the EU must reform or face the prospect of “Frexit”. Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron made the comments as he and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen entered the last week of campaigning. French voters go […]