Where Europe meets Asia, Kazan offers rich diversity

KAZAN, Russia — Fans visiting the exotic city of Kazan for next year’s World Cup will get to experience a little bit of everything: rich history, diverse culture, magnificent buildings — and even a beach. The traditionally Muslim city located in central Russia, some 800 kilometres (500 miles) east of Moscow, not far from where…


German Parliament remembers former Chancellor Helmut Kohl

BERLIN — Germany’s Parliament has honoured former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in a special memorial session, remembering him as the architect of German reunification but also not without flaws. Parliament President Norbert Lammert said Thursday that because of Kohl, who died Friday at age 87, “the peaceful unity of our country and a free and pacified…


German Parliament backs plan to pull recon jets from Turkey

BERLIN — Germany’s Parliament has voted by a wide majority to move reconnaissance jets flying anti-Islamic State group missions from a base in Turkey amid ongoing friction between the two countries. Parliament voted 461-85 late Wednesday to move six Tornado planes, a refuelling plane and around 270 troops from the Incirlik base to Azraq, Jordan,…


Greek municipal workers’ strike hinders rubbish collection

ATHENS, Greece — Greek municipal workers are holding a 24-hour strike to press for better employment status, in the latest of a series of protests that have hindered trash collection in major cities. Union officials want the left-led government to grant full-time, permanent state jobs to municipal workers employed on short-term contracts that have expired…


Syria: France’s Macron no sees no clear successor for Assad

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron says France is no longer pushing for the departure of Syrian President Bashar Assad, a shift in French policy throughout the Syrian war. Macron said in an interview with eight European newspapers published on Thursday that he wants to work more closely with Russia for a solution in Syria and…


France to present new security bill amid extremist threats

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government is presenting a security bill to beef up police powers amid sustained extremist threats to Europe. Macron insists the bill being discussed in Thursday’s Cabinet meeting won’t infringe on freedoms, but rights groups fear France is heading for a permanent state of emergency. The discussion comes two…


Brexit Update

The Research Service publishes a fortnightly Brexit update, for the Assembly’s External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, on the latest government, parliament, EU and other relevant announcements and reports on Brexit. Read our latest update here.