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Establishment parties routed in Czech election

Czech billionaire Andrej Babis scored a resounding victory in the parliamentary elections on Saturday, the latest EU state to see a surge in support for anti-establishment parties, notably the SPD

Immigration remains top Swiss concern

Immigration is the foremost concern for Swiss voters, according to a poll by Sotomo for Swiss news channel RTS.

Two Italian regions to vote on autonomy

The Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto will be holding referendums this weekend on Sunday in a bid for more autonomy from Rome.

Madrid announces return of direct rule over Catalonia

The Spanish government has moved to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy in the worst constitutional crisis since 1977.

Call to kill new Austrian chancellor was ‘satire’

Not long after a former editor of a leftwing German satirical rag spread fake news about being attacked by a “Nazi” – an ordinary security officer – calling “Sieg Heil” at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the same magazine issued death threats to the new Austrian chancellor.

State interior minister considers German Jamaican coalition a security risk

The interior minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lorenz Caffier (CDU), sees in a possible Jamaica alliance as a security risk for Germany.

Saxony not ‘cosmopolitan’ enough for streetfood

In Germany, a Cologne catering contractor has asked traders to avoid Saxony. "It is the case that we do not want or expect our foreign staff to move to Saxony for a whole weekend, possibly also in the dark", wrote Andreas Hagemeyer, according to information from the Freie Presse, in an e-mail to a Saxon event organiser.

France votes bill allowing permanent state of emergency

On Wednesday a tough new anti-terrorism bill was adopted in the French parliament, France24 reported. It gives the authorities, headed by French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, expanded powers, including the search of homes, restricting movement and closing places of worship.

Migrants buy and rent out German residency and healthcare cards

German investigative journalists have uncovered secret Facebook groups where migrants sell and rent their residency and health cards, allowing entire families to enter into Europe illegally.

British MI5 boss warns of ‘dramatic upshift’ in terrorism

The United Kingdom faces its greatest terror threat for at least 34 years, the head of MI5 has warned.