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Denmark has temporarily reinstated checks at its border crossings with Sweden after a spate of bombings and shootings in the Copenhagen area that authorities say were carried out by members of Swedish gangs. The spot checks at ferry ports and on trains and vehicles crossing the Øresund bridge separating the Danish capital from Malmö, Sweden’s …

Visitors will soon have to pay to enjoy one of Sardinia’s most beautiful beaches as local authorities try to mitigate the damage done by overcrowding. La Pelosa, a white sandy beach in Stintino, north-west Sardinia, has been described as a slice of heaven, attracting thousands of visitors each summer. However, environmental studies have warned that …

Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) should seek a path out of the “neoliberal wilderness” and pull the plug on their support for Angela Merkel’s government unless it loosens its purse strings and seeks more investment in public services and infrastructure, the underdog duo vying for the leadership of the party have said. Founded in 1863, …

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday that he would call other party leaders starting on Monday to tackle a political stalemate after the country’s fourth election in four years again delivered a hung parliament. Acting Prime Minister Sanchez said he aimed to form a stable, “progressive” government. Reporting by Jesus …

Main candidates PSOE Partido Socialista Obrero Español / Spanish Socialist Workers’ party Pedro Sánchez PSOE has been the main left-wing party since the return of democracy in 1977, but had been in decline until this spring’s election. Its recovery was not, however, enough to win it a majority in parliament. PP Partido Popular / People’s …

Police in Saint Petersburg have arrested a prominent Russian historian on suspicion of murdering a former student after he was hauled out of a river with a backpack containing a woman’s arms, authorities said. Local media in Saint Petersburg reported that university professor Oleg Sokolov was drunk and fell into the river as he tried …

Romanian voters are going to the polls in a presidential election expected to support the incumbent, Klaus Iohannis, an anti-corruption policymaker who has won praise in the west for his commitment to the rule of law. Opinion polls show Iohannis, a centrist liberal, winning the ballot with 40% of the vote. If correct, the 60-year-old …

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union risks “tearing itself apart” over her legacy in the wake of a string of poor election results, as some conservative politicians double down on her pro-immigration stance while others eye a pact with the nationalist far-right. In the eastern state of Thuringia, where the CDU was beaten into third place …

Hundreds of French police have begun clearing more than 1,000 migrants and refugees from a makeshift camp in northern Paris, where they had been sleeping rough in squalid conditions for months. Police arrived at the site near Porte de La Chapelle before 6am local time (0500 GMT) on Thursday, after the country’s centrist government set …

Large areas of Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, including its railway station, have been evacuated while Dutch military police investigate what airport authorities described as a “situation onboard a plane”. Local media said emergency services had been scrambled, a police special operations team was on site and two trauma helicopters were on their way to the …