# Government

People wearing face masks walk down a shopping street in the Las Delicias neighbourhood of Zaragoza, northeast Spain, on August 10, 2020. Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP
People wearing face masks walk down a sh […]

Political ‘power games’ and decentralisation fuel Spain’s virus spread

The first EU nation to pass half a million coronavirus cases, Spain's switching of its pandemic management to its regions has politicised public health and hobbled its Covid-19 fight, experts say
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, OeVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (R, Green) attend the first Council of Ministers of a new government coalition of conservatives and Greens in Vienna on January 8, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, O […]

Austria’s unlikely coalition plan boasts ‘best of both worlds’

Austria's new coalition of conservatives and Greens has set out plans to make the country not only a pioneer in fighting climate change but also one that pursues anti-immigration policies
Michael Gove (L) and Boris Johnson hold a press conference at Brexit HQ. Britain's Conservative government can conclude negotiations on future trade with the European Union by the end of next year, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove insisted on Sunday.
Michael Gove (L) and Boris Johnson hold […]

Britain can agree quick Brexit trade deal with EU, minister insists

Britain's Conservative government stated that a future trade deal with the European Union should be expected by the end of this year and before the Brexit deadline on January 31.
Boris Johnson (l), Prime Minister of Great Britain, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, address the opening sessions of the Summit of EU Heads of State and Government.
Boris Johnson (l), Prime Minister of Gre […]

EU extends Brexit deadline ahead of parliamentary vote on poll date

EU member states have agreed to grant Britain a three-month delay on its departure from the European Union called "flextension", with the possibility of exiting earlier than January 31 if the withdrawal agreement is ratified.
An S-Bahn train enters the central station in Dresden, Germany, 29 November 2017. The automotive club ADAC presents a study on the transport situation in the 15 biggest cities in Germany. Photo: Sebastian Kahnert/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa
An S-Bahn train enters the central stati […]

German government seriously considering free public transport idea

Facing EU penalties over poor air quality, Germany has said it wants to test free public transport in five cities. Bonn and Essen are among the cities to serve as testing grounds for the idea.
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