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Bulgaria pushes to enter euro 'waiting room'

Sofia - Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state, on Thursday said it wants to enter the "waiting room" to join the euro as it marked the start of the bloc's presidency.

Italy's populist Five Stars has new plans for euro

Rome - Italy's Five Star Movement, which promised supporters a referendum on the euro, has had a change of heart, insisting it can win concessions from Europe to ease eurozone fiscal rules instead.

Police seize 28 million euros in fake banknotes in Italy

Rome - Italian police announced Monday the arrest of 13 suspected counterfeiters and the seizure of more than 900,000 high-quality fake banknotes with a value of more than 28 million euros.

Le Pen's anti-euro plan 'to cost France 30 bn a year'

Paris - Marine Le Pen's pledge to ditch the euro if elected French president would cost the country over 30 billion euros a year in increased borrowing costs, the central bank governor warned Monday.

Loew extends Germany reign until 2020

Berlin - Germany's World Cup-winning coach Joachim Loew has extend his contract until 2020, the German FA (DFB) announced on Monday.

Hard Brexit anxiety forces pound to plummet to its 5-weeks lowest

As the hard Brexit fear intensifies, the pound fell to its lowest in the last five weeks against the euro. According to analysts, the pound is expected to fall even further if the talks of a hard Brexit carry on in the same manner.

Portugal unleashes national celebrations for Euro 2016 heroes

Lisbon - After a night of rowdy celebrations Portugal's European champions led by Cristiano Ronaldo returned home to a heroes' welcome on Monday and a country overjoyed by their upset win over France.

'Cruel' blow to French hope of football elixir

Paris - It was meant to be a moment of collective euphoria, with a potential Euro 2016 win offering a salve to France's wounds after the Paris attacks and months of political blues.

Eiffel Tower closed Monday after Euro 2016 clashes

Paris - The Eiffel Tower was closed to the public on Monday after clashes between fans and police at the Paris landmark during the Euro 2016 final, its operator said.

40 arrested in Paris over Euro 2016 violence

Paris - Around 40 people were arrested in Paris after police used tear gas and water cannon against football fans hurling glass bottles at officers at the Eiffel Tower during the Euro 2016 final.

Clashes outside Eiffel Tower fan zone during Euro final

Paris - French police fired tear gas during clashes Sunday evening with a group of football supporters denied entry to a packed Eiffel Tower fan zone showing the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal.

Hollande says France healing around Euro 2016 final

Paris - President Francois Hollande said Sunday that France's success at Euro 2016 was helping the country to heal from the Paris attacks and that even the national team had been scarred by the events in November.

Stade de France attack victim's daughter hopes for tribute

Paris - The daughter of Manuel Dias, who was killed by a suicide bomb blast outside the Stade de France on November 13, is hoping her father's memory will be honoured at Sunday's Euro 2016 final.

Dentist breaks ground for Egyptian women as pundit

Cairo - Manar Sarhan disinfects her hands after filling a patient's tooth, readying to catch the Euro 2016 match and analyse it for a newspaper as Egypt's first woman in mainstream football punditry.

Anger at German right-wing's 'national team' football tweet

Berlin - A politician from Germany's right-wing populist AfD party sparked outrage Friday with a Twitter message suggesting the German side could have beaten France in the Euro 2016 semi-final with fewer non-white players.

Police use tear gas on Champs Elysees after France win

Paris - Riot police fired tear gas in clashes with youths on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris early Friday after France's qualification for the Euro 2016 final, an AFP reporter said.

More than 1,000 arrests linked to Euro 2016: Minister

Paris - French police have made more than 1,000 football-related arrests since the start of Euro 2016 and 34 people have been ordered expelled, the interior minister said in an interview published Monday.

Iceland at a standstill for Euros, but tourism thrives

Reykjav - With a large part of its population in France for the Euro 2016, Iceland has pretty much come to a standstill except for its tourism sector, which is booming.

France expels Russian football fan leader for second time

Paris - Russian football activist Alexander Shprygin was expelled by France for the second time in four days on Tuesday, as police again fired water cannon and tear gas at Euro 2016 fans.

France expels Russian football activist for second time

Paris - France moved Tuesday to expel for a second time a Russian football activist accused of stirring street violence at Euro 2016, as police again fired water cannon and tear gas at fans.

Russian football fan agitator held after sneaking back into France

Toulouse - French police detained Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin as he watched his country play at Euro 2016 just two days after being expelled from France, the interior ministry said.

Beer, batons and lessons from battle of Marseille

Marseille - The Pizzeria du Sud was selling record amounts of beer to England fans when a group of Russians in near-military formation burst into the square near the Marseille seafront.

I want to return to Euro 2016 — Russian agitator

Moscow - The Russian far-right football fan leader expelled from France over unrest at Euro 2016 on Saturday swaggered through a Moscow airport, his outstretched arms holding a Russian flag with a snarling bear -- and vowed to return to France before the end of...

France expels Russian far-right football fan leader from Euro 2016

Paris - France on Saturday expelled Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin over violence at Euro 2016 as UEFA opened an inquiry into new chaos caused by Croatian supporters.

'Sports terrorists' bring new chaos to Euro 2016

Saint Etienne - Croatian fans who hurled flares on the pitch to halt their country's Euro 2016 match against Czech Republic were branded "sports terrorists" as the showcase tournament suffered new troubles.

Putin questions scale of alleged Russian violence at Euro 2016

Sanktpeterburg - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called the football hooligan violence at Euro 2016 a "disgrace" but questioned how Russian fans could have overpowered a far larger contingent of English supporters.

Six Russian hooligans arrested in Germany over assault

Berlin - Six Russian hooligans arriving from southern France have been arrested in Germany after beating and kicking Spanish tourists, injuring one of them seriously, police said Friday.

Russians jailed for Euro 2016 violence, far-right figure expelled

Marseille - A French court on Thursday jailed three Russian football supporters over Euro 2016 fan unrest while a far-right Russian agitator was thrown out of the country.

Attempted murder probe over badly injured England Euro 2016 fans: prosecutor

Marseille - French prosecutors said Thursday they are probing the attempted murder of two English football supporters who were "seriously injured" in violence in Marseille before the England-Russia Euro 2016 match.

Three Russian fans to face trial over Euro 2016 violence

Marseille - Three of the 43 Russian supporters detained in France over the violence around the England-Russia Euro 2016 match will be tried Thursday, prosecutors told AFP.
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