Western Europe http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27953/all en Irish police union pulls of out new public sector talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/irish-police-union-pulls-out-new-public-sector-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - One of the main trade union's representing Ireland's police service on Friday pulled out of talks aimed at extending a key public sector pay agreement after failing to reach a deal to cut its pay bill.</p> <p>Ireland's government started a new round of talks with unions this month to shrink a bloated pay bill by overhauling the so-called Croke Park agreement that has helped Dublin avoid the mass strikes seen in other struggling euro zone countries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/irish-police-union-pulls-out-new-public-sector-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Geography of Europe Northern Europe Western Europe Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:15:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739542 at http://www.globalpost.com Northern Ireland v Russia postponed for second time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/northern-ireland-v-russia-postponed-second-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying Group F match with Russia was postponed for a second time on Saturday because of snow and ice in Belfast.</p> <p>The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was put back a day before being called off again.</p> <p>"The referee has just called the match off as ice is forming on the pitch. There is no need for fans to come to Windsor Park to help," the Irish FA said on Twitter.</p> <p>There was no word on when the game would be rearranged.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/northern-ireland-v-russia-postponed-second-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Europe Northern Europe Northern Ireland Western Europe Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:45:09 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791805 at http://www.globalpost.com Four migrant boats stopped off Spanish coast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/four-migrant-boats-stopped-spanish-coast <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spanish and Moroccan rescuers on Tuesday intercepted four dinghys packed with 23 illegal immigrants trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and make landfall on Spain's southern shore.</p> <p>Spain's maritime service said rescuers had picked up 12 migrants who were travelling on two boats while Morocco had intercepted 11 people who were on another two vessels.</p> <p>The migrants were given blankets and transported to the port of Tarifa in the Spanish province of Cadiz which is located across the Strait of Gibraltar facing Morocco.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/four-migrant-boats-stopped-spanish-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography Geography of Europe Social Issues Western Europe AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:16:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5794456 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: Kidney sacked as Ireland coach - IRFU http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/rugbyu-kidney-sacked-ireland-coach-irfu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Declan Kidney was sacked as Ireland coach on Tuesday the Irish Rugby Football Union announced.</p> <p>The 53-year-old -- who guided Ireland to the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam and won the world coach of the year award as a result -- had been widely expected not to have his contract renewed at the end of June after a disappointing Six Nations.</p> <p>The Irish only avoided the wooden spoon by a better points difference to France.</p> <p>pi/phz</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Geography of Europe Northern Europe Western Europe AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:49:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5799556 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain's population falls as immigrants flee crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/spains-population-falls-immigrants-flee-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Fiona Ortiz</p> <p>MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's official population fell last year for the first time since records began as immigrants fled a five-year on-and-off recession that has sent unemployment soaring.</p> <p>The number of residents fell by 206,000 to 47.1 million, the National Statistics Institute said on Monday, a figure entirely accounted for by the fall in the number of registered foreign residents.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/spains-population-falls-immigrants-flee-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Earth Europe Spain Unemployment Western Europe Thomson Reuters Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:30:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5822252 at http://www.globalpost.com Insight: Two things missing on Spain's route to recovery http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130526/insight-two-things-missing-spains-route-recovery <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Michael Stott</p> <p>MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish officials tell a dramatic turnaround story: from near-bankruptcy a year ago to model of budget austerity and reform now.</p> <p>There are just two things missing: jobs and growth. And only one potential salvation: exports.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130526/insight-two-things-missing-spains-route-recovery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Labor Law Social Issues Spain Western Europe Thomson Reuters Sun, 26 May 2013 13:21:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5846360 at http://www.globalpost.com Gibraltar protests to Cameron in Spain 'shooting' row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/gibraltar-protests-cameron-spain-shooting-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The tiny British-held territory of Gibraltar, known as The Rock, has protested to British Prime Minister David Cameron of repeated Spanish incursions into its waters as a diplomatic row grows over allegations that Spanish police fired shots at a jet ski.</p> <p>Spain's government has flatly denied accusations that its police fired shots while chasing a jet ski on Sunday in waters off Gibraltar and it has criticised Britain for giving credence to rumours.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/gibraltar-protests-cameron-spain-shooting-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Geography of Europe Western Europe AFP Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:33:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5869012 at http://www.globalpost.com Gibraltar protests to Cameron in Spain 'shooting' row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/gibraltar-protests-cameron-spain-shooting-row-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The tiny British-held territory of Gibraltar, known as The Rock, has protested to British Prime Minister David Cameron of repeated Spanish incursions into its waters as a diplomatic row grows over allegations that Spanish police fired shots at a jet ski.</p> <p>Spain's government has flatly denied accusations that its police fired shots while chasing a jet ski on Sunday in waters off Gibraltar and it has criticised Britain for giving credence to rumours.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/gibraltar-protests-cameron-spain-shooting-row-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Political geography Western Europe AFP Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:33:31 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5869196 at http://www.globalpost.com Ireland back in recession despite being lauded as example of how austerity can work http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130627/ireland-back-recession-despite-being-lauded-example-how-aust <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBLIN - Figures show Ireland has fallen back into recession, dealing a blow to those who have cited the country as an example of how austerity can work.</p> <p>Thursday's report from Ireland's Central Statistics Office showed the country's annual gross domestic product fell 0.6 per cent in the first three months of the year from the previous quarter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130627/ireland-back-recession-despite-being-lauded-example-how-aust" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Europe Northern Europe Western Europe The Canadian Press Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:06:05 +0000 The Canadian Press 5869460 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain may ask U.N. for support over Gibraltar: El Pais http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130811/spain-may-ask-united-nations-support-over-gibraltar-el-pais <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tracy Rucinski</p> <p>MADRID (Reuters) - Spain may take its row with Britain over the disputed territory of Gibraltar to the United Nations, stepping up its actions in the conflict, a diplomatic source said on Sunday.</p> <p>Centuries of friction over Gibraltar, a British overseas territory to which Spain lays claim, flared up this month after Spain complained that an artificial reef being built by Gibraltar would block its fishing vessels.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130811/spain-may-ask-united-nations-support-over-gibraltar-el-pais" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Geography of Europe Western Europe Thomson Reuters Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:04:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5907287 at http://www.globalpost.com London mayor blasts Spain over Gibraltar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130811/london-mayor-blasts-spain-over-gibraltar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>London mayor Boris Johnson on Monday issued a "hands off" warning to Spain over Gibraltar after Madrid vowed to take "all necessary measures" to defend its interests in the British outpost.</p> <p>The gaffe-prone Conservative mayor urged the government to "prise Spanish hands off the throat of our colony" after it increased border checks in retaliation for the building of an artificial reef in disputed waters.</p> <p>"Hands off our Rock, that's what I say," Johnson wrote in Monday's Daily Telegraph.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130811/london-mayor-blasts-spain-over-gibraltar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Political geography Western Europe AFP Mon, 12 Aug 2013 02:03:06 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5907650 at http://www.globalpost.com UK mulling legal action against Spain over Gibraltar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/uk-mulling-legal-action-against-spain-over-gibraltar <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The British government is considering taking legal action against Spain over stringent border checks imposed at the border with Gibraltar, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.</p> <p>The spokesman said the checks by Spanish guards, which have caused tailbacks of several hours at the border of the British-held territory, were "politically motivated and totally disproportionate".</p> <p>"Clearly the prime minister is disappointed by the failure of Spain to remove the additional border checks this weekend," the spokesman told reporters.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/uk-mulling-legal-action-against-spain-over-gibraltar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Geography of Europe Western Europe AFP Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:34:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5907940 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain tells Britain it will not reverse Gibraltar controls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130812/spain-tells-britain-it-will-not-reverse-gibraltar-controls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Madrid, Aug 12 (EFE).- The Spanish government told Britain Monday it planned to keep the border controls on Gibraltar in place, making it clear to London that the measures were "legal, measured and random," a Foreign Ministry spokesman told Efe.</p> <p>Madrid was responding to a British government announcement that it was weighing possible "legal action" against Spain over the checks imposed on the border with Gibraltar.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130812/spain-tells-britain-it-will-not-reverse-gibraltar-controls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Political geography Western Europe Agencia EFE Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:01:05 +0000 Agencia EFE 5907996 at http://www.globalpost.com Gibraltar row heats up as Spain, Britain make threats http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/gibraltar-row-heats-spain-britain-make-threats <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The row between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar went up a notch on Monday as London said it was considering taking legal action over "totally disproportionate" border checks and Madrid threatened to turn to the United Nations.</p> <p>As the threats were made over the British-held territory, British warships began setting sail for the Mediterranean for a naval exercise that will see the frigate HMS Westminster dock in Gibraltar.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/gibraltar-row-heats-spain-britain-make-threats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Geography of Europe Western Europe AFP Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:30:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5908016 at http://www.globalpost.com Gibraltar: timeline of British-Spanish tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/gibraltar-timeline-british-spanish-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tensions have escalated between Britain and Spain over the past few weeks over the rocky outcrop of Gibraltar.</p> <p>Spain ceded the territory to Britain in 1713, but has long argued that it should be returned to Spanish sovereignty. London says it will not do so against the wishes of the roughly 30,000 Gibraltarians, who are staunchly pro-British.</p> <p>Tiny Gibraltar enjoys a strategic location at Spain's southern tip, poised at the gateway between the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/gibraltar-timeline-british-spanish-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Geography of Europe Hospitality Western Europe AFP Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:34:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5908085 at http://www.globalpost.com