One day after the crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will travel today to the crash site in the French Alps. The press is shocked by the tragedy and sees Europe united in grief.

 

VIDEO: Germanwings: Key facts and figures

Christian Fraser looks at some of the key facts, figures and reaction to the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.

Greece risks running out of cash by April 20 unless it secures fresh aid, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters yesterday (24 April), leaving it little time to convince sceptical creditors it is committed to economic reform.

Marine Le Pen, the head of France’s far-right National Front party, has said she will ask the French people to vote on pulling out of the EU if she is elected president in 2017.

Patočka calls for a renewed effort in Europe today to reestablish some kind of equilibrium between “the rationality of means” and “the rationality of ends”.

Europe, the Very Idea

Europe, the very idea is a series on the philosophical notion of Europe and what reflection upon it can lend to the sphere of concrete politics.

Heretical Europe: Jan Patočka as symbol of dissident contingency

Post-Europe, for Patočka, must be acutely aware of its own contingency even when it proclaims (above all when it proclaims) the sanctity of universal principles.

Europe, the Very Idea

Europe, the very idea is a series on the philosophical notion of Europe and what reflection upon it can lend to the sphere of concrete politics.

EU and Cuba push for closer ties

The EU’s top diplomat meets Cuban leaders and says the EU will intensify talks aimed at normalising ties with Havana.
Britain

LONDON — It’s not your imagination, people who live in different parts of Britain do have distinct regional personalities.

 

Spain Socialists win Andalusia vote

The Spanish Socialists hold onto power in Andalusia, but the new anti-austerity party Podemos shakes up politics in the region.
Ukraine’s European integration

If the EU is serious about helping Ukraine, both parties should focus on the country’s most glaring problem, and the Maidan’s principal demands – justice and the rule of law.

The conservative UMP won 30 percent of the vote in the first round of the French departmental elections on Sunday. The far right Front National was the second-strongest force, while the governing Socialists came third. While for some journalists the Le Pen party’s advance has been stopped, others fear thatxenophobia and Euroscepticism will continue to spread, and not only in France.

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