Alexander Lukashenko abruptly sworn in as Belarus president

The ceremony was held without warning following Lukashenko’s claim of a landslide victory in the August 9 election

EU renews threat against Boris Johnson’s bid to unpick Brexit deal

‘You have to stop playing about at some stage,’ says German Europe minister Michael Roth

Boris Johnson asks people to work from home but no order of full UK lockdown

It is unclear if the measures will be enough to slow Britain’s second wave, which government scientists warn could reach 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October

Covid-19 patients flood French ICUs, and doctors are frustrated

‘What’s tiring is a second wave because people do not respect social distancing,’ one hospital manager says

Mass testing hasn’t helped Europe as virus surges again

The European winter is coming, and labs are overwhelmed and people are not sticking to self-isolation or social-distancing

Boris Johnson to convene crisis talks on tackling resurgent coronavirus

Chief medical officers warned the UK is on course for 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October and recommend the UK should return to level 4 lockdown

Spain’s problem is too much money

The country will receive €140bn in EU grants and loans to fund its recovery

Leaked FinCEN files show how banks enabled dirty money despite red flags

ICIJ and BuzzFeed reveal confidential documents contained information about more than $2-trillion worth of transactions flagged over nearly two decades

Ferry with nearly 300 on board runs aground off Finnish island

The large Viking Line liner ran aground near the Aland islands and Finnish authorities are evacuating passengers

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager faces poser over Apple court win

Dilemma about whether to appeal before deadline shows judges’ rebukes have bogged down once-swift probes

Navalny poisoning tests Merkel’s patience

Attempt to kill opposition figure has triggered a downward spiral in German-Russian ties

Bank of England steps up negative rate work as economic risks rise

The BOE holds its benchmark rate at 0.1% for now, and the bond-buying programme at £745bn

Will Italy’s recovery fund windfall be a curse or a blessing?

Rome expects to get about 209bn from the EU — but it could land the country in even more debt

Boris Johnson reaches deal with rebels on Brexit powers

Johnson grants MPs a vote on powers that break international law in Brexit deal breach

Bank of Spain warns post-Covid recovery may take until 2023

The Bank downgrades tourism-reliant Spain's economic outlook based on downside risks including a surge in coronavirus infections and no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson tries to get Tory backing for breaking Brexit treaty

The  prime minister is facing a revolt from Tories dismayed at his plan to break international law by rewriting parts of the EU withdrawal agreement

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