The biggest story in Europe this week was Brexit: first came news that an agreement had been reached on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and then early the next morning came the resignation of several British ministers over the deal, including the person nominally in charge of the UK’s negotiations, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.
Don’t believe us that anyone other than the Brits cared? Take a look at the front pages from across Europe.
What happens next is anyone’s guess. There’s been plenty of mirth over the past few days, not least over how perfectly this sign-language interpreter conveyed the situation. Newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy had a stark warning:
Stop saying endgame! There is no endgame. There is no end. This is going to go on forever. For all our lifetimes. Every election from now. Every political decision. #BBCQT
— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) November 15, 2018
People outside the UK have had bigger things to care about, however. Romania is not on good terms with the EU institutions at the moment – the European Parliament adopted a resolution expressing “deep concern” about judicial independence and the rule of law in the country. Politico and EurActiv both ran write-ups of the situation.
Latvia celebrated 100 years of independence from Russia:
THANK YOU ALL!!! Vocabularies are too poor to describe our gratitude, emotions and joyful experience receiving congratulations on 🇱🇻 #Latvia’s centenary from our friends and allies around the globe. Working together we become much stronger and can develop a better future. #LV100 pic.twitter.com/mfgniIyPI9
— Latvian MFA (@Latvian_MFA) November 18, 2018
In other news, Ireland was up in arms over the country’s culture of “victim blaming”, after a lawyer in a rape trial held up the alleged victim’s underwear in court as evidence that she might have been attracted to the defendant.
The European Court of Auditors reported (PDF) that the EU has “some of the world’s highest regulatory animal welfare standards”, but that “weaknesses still persisted in some areas related to welfare issues on the farm (in particular, the routine tail docking of pigs), during transport (compliance with rules on long distance transport and the transport of unfit animals) and at slaughter (use of the derogation for slaughter without stunning and inadequate stunning procedures).”
Macedonia’s former prime minister Nikola Gruevski fled to Hungary to avoid arrest on charges of abuse of power, reportedly using a Hungarian diplomatic vehicle to escape through Albania.
A study found that Georgia is not as tolerant as it thinks it is.
And finally, a man held up the Paris metro because he got on with a goat and refused to leave when asked.