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French police officers examine a deflated dinghy on the beach in Wimereux near Calais on Thursday. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

At least one pregnant woman and three children were among the 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an(...)

The wrangle over fishing access escalated this week after French authorities accused the Cornelis Gert Jan vessel, a Scottish-registered scallop dredger, of fishing without a licence. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP via Getty Images

Last-ditch talks have been launched to find an agreement between the UK and France in the dispute over fishing licences, as the head of the ports of C(...)

The ECB said it would not back off its efforts to support the economy even if that resulted in a “transitory” period of inflation moderately above target. Photograph: iStock

Facing unease over the spread of a more-contagious variant of the coronavirus, the European Central Bank (ECB) has said it would maintain its stimulus(...)

A woman carries bags in a devastated street  in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Catastrophic floods have swept through western regions of Germany, demolishing streets and houses, killing more than 100 people and leaving hundreds m(...)

Nice to meet you: French prime minister Jean Castex drops into Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, now open after a six-month closure. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

Image of the week: EU elephants Untangle the audio-guides, dust the velvet ropes: museums and art galleries have now reopened in several countries ac(...)

An excursion boat passes a beer garden in Inning on the Ammersee near Munich, Germany, on May 10th. Photograph: Lukas Barth-Tuttas/EPA

The EU’s biggest countries are lifting coronavirus restrictions in the hope that accelerating vaccination programmes will allow a speedier return to n(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron making a televised address to the nation on Wednesday night. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron has announced that lockdown measures for the Covid-19 pandemic will be extended to the whole country from Saturday fo(...)

Countries have begun to resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Half of the UK’s adult population has now received its first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the British health secretary has announced. Matt Hancoc(...)

French prime minister Jean Castex (55) is vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on March 19th, 2021. Photograph: THOMAS COEX/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

France’s medical regulator approved the resumed use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine on Friday but said it should be given only to people aged 55 and(...)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the European Union may get more restrictive in exporting Covid-19 vaccines to safeguard essential jabs for its own citizens. Photograph: Johanna Geron / EPA

The European Union may get more restrictive in exporting Covid-19 vaccines to safeguard essential jabs for its own citizens facing a third wave of the(...)

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