Ford Bridgend Engine plant in south Wales on the day it was confirmed the plant is to close next year. Photograph:  by Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

The global auto industry is stalling. Falling demand, particularly in the all-important Chinese market is causing a slump in sales. The VW emissions (...)

Firefighters and police officers stand by the gutted remains of a bus in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy.  Photograpgh: Daniele Bennati/ANSA via AP

A bus full of schoolchildren was hijacked and set on fire by its own driver on Wednesday in an apparent protest against migrant drownings in the Medit(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron. “This is the first time that a head of state has spoken to all the peoples of Europe in their languages,” says an adviser of Mr Macron’s open lettter. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron’s open letter to the citizens of the European Union is an urgent appeal for mobilisation against the threats of what the French presid(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

 French policemen hold up French and EU flags on the facade of Farnese Palace, the French embassy in Rome. File photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

France recalled its ambassador to Rome on Thursday, for the first time since Italy declared war on France in 1940. The move signifies a serious ruptur(...)

US citizen Amanda Knox arriving at her appeal trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher, in the court in Perugia in  2011. Photograph: Pietro Crocchioni/EPA

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox €18,400 for police failures to provide her access to a lawyer and a translator(...)

Anonymous diplomatic sources believe Jo Song Gil has sought asylum in an “unspecified western country”. File Photograph: Barbara Walton/ EPA

A North Korean diplomat who was until recently acting ambassador to Italy has gone missing, a South Korean member of parliament said on Thursday, afte(...)

Migrants in difficulty are approached by the Aquarius. Photograph: Patrick Barr/AP

In Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, Ibrahim is saving up money so he can try the sea again. He’s 17, a gay Somali who fled his home in Mogadishu wh(...)

His bank might be the same size as PTSB, but Metro Bank’s Craig Donaldson earns more than three times as much as Jeremy Masding. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The chief executives of AIB and Permanent TSB are among the lowest-paid compared with their European peers, according to an analysis of remuneration a(...)

NYSE screens as beaten-down tech shares led the rebound in US stocks, while Treasuries fell as investors gained confidence from positive political developments in Europe and rising oil prices. Photograph: Jordan Sirek/Bloomberg

European shares rose as hopes grew that Italy would resolve its budget row with Brussels while investors speculated on a new round of deal making in t(...)

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