Even where gay marriage is banned in Europe, same-sex spouses have right to residency, court rules

Even where gay marriage is banned in Europe, same-sex spouses have right to residency, court rules

Clai Hamilton, left, and Adrian Coman, an American-Romanian gay couple who were married in Belgium, are shown in Bucharest, Romania, on July 22, 2016. (Vadim Ghirda/AP) In 2010, Adrian Coman, a Romanian, and Clai Hamilton, an American, married in Brussels. Then, in 2012, Coman’s contract with the European Parliament ended. The couple were considering moving to Coman’s home […]

Ireland still one of the most Christian states in Europe

Ireland still one of the most Christian states in Europe

Ireland remains one of the most Christian countries in western Europe, though church attenders are outnumbered by non-practising believers, according to a new survey. Four out of five Irish people identify as Christian, the highest figure across the continent apart from Portugal. One in three of us attends church, just behind Portugal (35 per cent) […]

Brexit Nightmare: 17-Mile Traffic Jams at the Dover Border

Brexit Nightmare: 17-Mile Traffic Jams at the Dover Border

Those who want to keep close ties to the bloc point to warnings that quitting a customs union could cause chaos at ports and cost firms more than $25 billion a year. Certainly, Mrs. May could pay a high political price if she gets things wrong. Here at Dover, within eight minutes, trucks can normally […]

HBO Europe Begins Shooting Cyber Crime Series 'Hackerville' in Romania

HBO Europe Begins Shooting Cyber Crime Series 'Hackerville' in Romania

Cable company HBO Europe has started to shoot cyber-crime thriller series “Hackerville” in Transilvania, a region of Romania, as its first international co-production, building on a string of locally shot productions, including Romania-set detective series “Umbre” (pictured). “It will put Romania on the map of the international TV drama scene,” says co-creator and executive producer […]

20 great traditional festivals in Europe

20 great traditional festivals in Europe

Water jousting, France Fête de la Saint-Louis, Sète, LanguedocWhen: 23-28 AugustHighlight: The final night’s firework display Since 1666, the port of Sète has been celebrating its patron saint in boisterous style. The town, known as the Venice of Languedoc, stages water-jousting tournaments on its canals throughout the summer, but it’s during its August festival that […]

Western Europe's first populist government sworn into power

Western Europe's first populist government sworn into power

ROME — Italy’s president swore in western Europe’s first populist government Friday, featuring a mix of anti-establishment and right-wing ministers who have promised an “Italy first” agenda that has alarmed Europe’s political establishment. The continent’s euroskeptic politicians cheered the birth of the new government coalition of the 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League party.  President […]

Italy Forms Western Europe's First Populist Government

Italy Forms Western Europe's First Populist Government

Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League succeeded Thursday in forming western Europe’s first populist government, which will be headed by a political novice whose first try was rejected four days earlier as too risky for the Italian economy. What changed was the willingness of 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo […]

Kaliningrad: the Russian enclave with a taste for Europe

Kaliningrad: the Russian enclave with a taste for Europe

When relations between Moscow and the west plummeted in 2014 over Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea, pro-Kremlin media went into overdrive. They portrayed European countries as morally depraved, harbouring a visceral hatred of Russians. The foreign ministry warned travellers abroad against the risk of being “seized” by vengeful western intelligence agencies. For residents of Russia’s […]