Almost one million employees with Germany's powerful metalworking union IG Metall have won higher pay and the right to a reduced working week in an agreement with employers.
British women won the right to vote 100 years ago after an intense struggle marked by a violent fringe campaign that shocked the country but helped to change the world.
The minimum wage was once trumpeted as a key pillar in the construction of a social Europe. But opponents say the policy acts as a drag on competitiveness.
An Iraqi court says it has condemned to death by hanging a German woman of Moroccan origin after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State jihadist group.
Europe's economic recovery remains on track, with eurozone unemployment staying at its lowest level since January 2009, but inflation remains stubbornly low, official figures show.
Growth in the eurozone shot up in 2017, putting Europe at the centre of a global recovery and on par with levels last seen before the financial crisis a decade ago, official data has shown.
Prime Minister Theresa May's government has sought to play down its own leaked analysis suggesting Britain would be worse off whatever deal it strikes with the EU.
The EU will adopt demands for a transition period that binds Britain by the bloc's laws for nearly two years after Brexit, a plan that is dividing the British government.
The EU trades with America "very unfairly", US President Trump has said, warning that his many problems with Brussels "may morph into something very big".