The European parliament's chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said on Wednesday that ongoing negotiations over the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc were making "slow progress in general."
Last year, Italy replaced Greece as the main destination for Europe-bound sea migrants. About 98,000 migrants have landed on its shores since the beginning of the year.
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a proposed 66-billion-dollar takeover of US agrochemical company Monsanto by German pharmaceutical giant Bayer over competition concerns.
As diplomatic spat between Germany and Turkey reaches new depths, so too might voter turnout among Germany's largest ethnic minority. But discrimination at home is as much to blame as foreign affairs.