Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Donald Trump’s surprise victory last week has injected new confidence into the faltering campaign of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, ahead of Sunday’s primaries to choose a conservative candidate for the 2017 French presidential election. Two polls published Monday showed that former conservative prime minister Alain Juppé, who is seen as a “safe pair of […]

Ingrid Betancourt hopes ‘Colombians back peace deal’

Ingrid Betancourt hopes ‘Colombians back peace deal’

A peace deal was struck in August between Colombia’s government and the FARC, a Marxist guerrilla group that has waged an insurgency for five decades. But the accord still has various sticking points, notably disarmament. Furthermore, allowing repentant FARC rebels avoid jail could be a bitter pill for Colombians to swallow. Our guest, Ingrid Betancourt, […]

Questions mount as hopes for Italy quake survivors fade

Questions mount as hopes for Italy quake survivors fade

The death toll from a powerful earthquake in central Italy rose to 250 on Thursday as rescuers continued a grim search for corpses and powerful aftershocks rocked the devastated area. The bulk of the confirmed deaths — 193 at the latest count — were in the small town of Amatrice, where Rita Rosine, 63, wept […]

Europe starts to crack on migrants: French say Britain COULD have trade deal and control its borders in a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit from the EU

Europe starts to crack on migrants: French say Britain COULD have trade deal and control its borders in a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit from the EU

France last night signalled the EU could strike a deal with Britain on immigration. In a major boost for hopes of a smooth exit for the UK, finance minister Michel Sapin said there would be no ‘red lines’ in talks over the single market. His declaration of flexibility was backed by Finland’s deputy PM. The […]