Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Photo: DPA. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday said that the far-right defeat in Austria's presidential election was "a good omen" for Europe. "If the first results are confirmed this will be a good omen against populism in Europe," Steinmeier, who is to become Germany's next president, told a news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias in Athens. Austria's Norbert Hofer conceded defeat on Sunday in his bid to become Europe's first far-right president, as projections showed he was lagging behind Greens-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen in a bitterly fought election re-run. "In this particular situation Europe is facing, we are urgently in need of good news," Steinmeier said earlier during a meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, referring to "the Brexit decision" and to "mounting pressure by populist and nationalist forces". The election revealed deep rifts in Austrian society. … [Read more...] about Austrian vote a ‘good omen for Europe’: German minister
Thorning-Schmidt, seen here in 2015, seems to have found a new refugee stance. Photo: News Øresund - Johan Wessman Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who introduced a series of restrictions on asylum seekers and refugees while in office, now says that Europe could easily take in one million refugees. Thorning-Schmidt, now the CEO of Save the Children, participated in Fortune's ‘Most Powerful Women Summit', where she sat down for a 30-minute interview in which she discussed her upbringing, political career and some of the criticisms she faced while in Danish politics. She also addressed Europe's refugee crisis with what critics would say was a different message than when she was in the PM position. "There is room in Europe for a million people. There is room in Europe to look after a million people and what we just have to think about all the time is that these people are fleeing from the most dreadful war we have seen in our neighbourhood … [Read more...] about Former Danish PM: Europe can take a million refugees
"Whizz-kid", "Basti Fantasti", "Messiah" are just some of the monikers given to Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz, Europe's youngest leader in waiting. His People's Party (ÖVP), revamped by the 31-year-old as a more hardline "movement", was projected to have come first in Sunday's election with some 31.5 percent of the vote. "Many people have placed great hopes in our movement," the fresh-faced wonder boy told a sea of supporters in Vienna on Sunday evening. But his possible next move -- entering a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) of Heinz-Christian Strache -- could see some of his shine The takeover of the ÖVP in May by "Emperor Kurz" was as swift as it was radical. First he ended the decade-long unhappy coalition with the Social Democrats (SPÖ). Then he rebranded the ÖVP and its black party colour as a turquoise "movement" tough on migrants and easy on taxes. The strategy of … [Read more...] about Sebastian Kurz: Europe’s youngest leader in waiting
French president Hollande spoke at the opening. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP European leaders used the global media platform of the Gotthard Base Tunnel opening ceremomy on Wednesday to stress the importance of maintaining close European relations. French President Francois Hollande voiced hope that Britons "will remember" their close ties to Europe when they vote in a June 23rd referendum on EU membership.news agencies. Merkel told ATS it was "marvellous" to think about taking a journey with 2,000 metres of mountain rock above her head. With Europe's political unity shaken by a massive migrant crisis and the looming threat of Britain's EU exit, Schneider-Amman said the tunnel would "join the people and the economies" of Europe. … [Read more...] about Europe’s leaders stress ‘close ties’ at Gotthard opening
Recent developments in the news have shown that equal rights and opportunities for women, let alone basic respect for their bodies, is a battle that has yet to be won, even in what we thought were more advanced societies. Now that we know why and how women’s rights are more often trampled than not, we thought here at Insiders to look for counter examples and countries that are actually leading the way in gender equality and try to understand how they go about it. … [Read more...] about What can Iceland teach Europe about gender equality?