EU expert perfectly explains why a no-deal Brexit would be so dangerous

No deal isn't like buying something. It isn't like going to a shop and if you don't find anything you don't like you walk home again. You don't end up back where you started. No deal with the European Union means all the laws that govern our interaction with the EU, whether you can fly, whether you can trade, whether you can shop, whether you can travel, cease to exist.

German airport security staff strike hits more than 600 flights

Almost 640 flights were cancelled in Germany Thursday as security staff went on strike at three airports, meaning disruption for over 100,000 passengers. The number of flights blocked was more than half the 1,050 planned for Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart. Düsseldorf -- the country's third-largest airport -- said in a statement that 370 of Thursday's 580 planned departures had to be cancelled. The walkout, slated to last from 3:00 am to midnight, is expected to affect around 110,000 travellers, according to DPA. At Cologne-Bonn, where 131 of almost 200 flights were cancelled. Union Verdi told DPA the security strike was also slowing freight handling. In Stuttgart, 142 of the 270 take-offs and landings were cancelled, in Düsseldorf as many as 350 out of 570. In Berlin, slightly over 90 at both airports were cancelled.

German man rams car into crowd, injures four people; racist motive suspected

“A German man deliberately drove into crowds of people ... that were largely made up of foreigners. There was a clear intention by this man to kill foreigners,” Herbert Reul, interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Bottrop is located, told reporters on Tuesday.

Putin says Russia, Turkey will play a ‘decisive’ role in Syria peace

Russia and Turkey have a crucial role to play in resolving the conflict in Syria, President Vladimir Putin told his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a day after their countries agreed to coordinate military steps following the U.S. decision to withdraw its forces. In a New Year’s message to Erdogan published by the Kremlin on Sunday, Putin said that “Moscow and Ankara are making a decisive contribution to the fight against terrorism in Syria, as well as to the promotion of a political settlement in that country.” His comment came a day after the Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers, as well as the countries’ intelligence chiefs, held talks in Moscow on Syria as they move to fill the void left by President Donald Trump’s decision to order a military pullout.