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Polish MP calls for new push for WW2 reparations from Germany

Apr 18 2019

BERLIN Poland should follow Greece in stepping up pressure on Germany to pay billions of euros in damages for Nazi occupation during World War Two, a lawmaker in charge of Warsaw's reparations campaign said on Thursday.

EU to agree Brexit delay but France pushes for conditions

Apr 09 2019

PARIS/BERLIN/BRUSSELS European Union leaders will grant Prime Minister Theresa May a second delay to Brexit but they could demand she accepts a much longer extension as France pushed for conditions to limit Britain's ability to undermine the bloc. | Video

Let victims speak, German child abuse inquiry says

Apr 03 2019

BERLIN A girl on an East German cooperative farm beaten by her father, then raped and traded for sex by her brother. An emotionally troubled boy undressed in "counseling sessions" by a priest at his boarding school. A swimmer abused by his instructor.

EU impatient with Brexit, but resigned to delay

Mar 19 2019

BRUSSELS European Union governments are exasperated by British dithering over quitting the bloc but have little appetite for pushing it out on schedule next week without a divorce deal, senior figures said on Tuesday.

In or out? EU's conservative bloc faces crunch decision on Hungary's Orban

Mar 19 2019

BRUSSELS/BUDAPEST Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will attend a meeting of conservative officials from across Europe that may decide whether his party will stay in the main EU center-right political group where he has been accused of authoritarianism.

EU impatient with Brexit, but resigned to delay

Mar 19 2019

BRUSSELS European Union governments are exasperated by British dithering over quitting the bloc but have little appetite for pushing it out on schedule next week without a divorce deal, senior figures said on Tuesday.

Israeli director Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' wins Berlinale

Feb 16 2019

BERLIN Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms", an anarchic story about an Israeli who tries to suppress his origins after moving to Paris, won the Berlin Film Festival's coveted Golden Bear award on Saturday.

Grief, and some joy, in a decades-spanning Chinese saga

Feb 15 2019

BERLIN "So Long My Son", a decades-spanning Chinese saga that opens in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, was born of a need to re-assess a generation that had no time for introspection as it built modern China, its director Wang Xiaoshuai said. | Video

'Piranhas' explores emotional lives of Neapolitan child crime bosses

Feb 12 2019

BERLIN "Piranhas", a film about children wrapped up in the violence of the Neapolitan drugs trade, was inspired by crime journalist Roberto Saviano's desire to understand the emotional lives of teenagers who knew they were heading for violent early deaths.

Rousing ghosts: Ukraine famine film warns Europe

Feb 11 2019

BERLIN Fading memories of 20th century horrors are leaving European society less resilient to similar evils that could lie ahead, Polish director Agnieszka Holland said at the premiere of "Mr Jones", her film about the 1930s Ukrainian famine.

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