Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not reach the international headlines.
UK: More Brits apply for Irish passport amid Brexit fears
British-born people are applying for Irish passports in increasing numbers, with the UK’s days in the EU potentially numbered.
Ahead of a June in-out referendum on Britain’s continued membership of the bloc, citizens with Irish parents and grandparents are taking advantage of their ancestry by turning to the Emerald Isle.
According to figures from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, obtained by the Guardian, 507 British citizens applied for their first Irish passport in 2015, on the basis of having an Irish-born grandparent. That is up from 379 in 2014.
Applications from those with one or more Irish parent are said to have risen from 3,376 to 3,736 in the same period.
And what better time of the year to give Irish citizenship a go, with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner!
USA: Two Grannies, One Lamborghini
You may be used to seeing your grandma push a shopping trolley or a stroller.
But the old ladies of Los Angeles are in more of a hurry, if a new viral video is to be believed.
Take a look at Audrey and Peggy taking the ride of their lives in a super-duper Lamborghini!
Their venue…well, the grocery store of course!
“Penis drawn in Israeli’s passport with ‘Long live Palestine’ slogan”
It is not exactly what you expect to find at customs!
But an Israeli man claims a hostile Chilean border official drew a penis on his passport, alongside the words ‘Viva Palestinia’ which translates to ‘Long live Palestine.’
JTA | Jewish news (@JTAnews) 16 de noviembre de 2015
‘The Independent’ reports the claims, quoting the alleged victim as saying:
“There was no reason to do this, only because I am Jewish.”
UK: Prepare to spend…Plastic money!
Never mind Monopoly money!
The next Bank of England £5, £10 and £20 banknotes will be printed on polymer.
The new fiver, featuring Sir Winston Churchill, will be issued in September 2016, with Jane Austen appearing on the polymer £10 note in 2017.
The £20 note should be in circulation by 2020.
The Bank of England says: “Polymer banknotes are cleaner, more secure, and more durable than paper banknotes. They will provide enhanced counterfeit resilience, and increase the quality of banknotes in circulation.”
Factsheet on the new Bank of England polymer notes. The new £5 will be issued in Sept'16, £10 in 2017, £20 by 2020. pic.twitter.com/cczUfJ7oET— Margaret McCloskey (@NFRN_Operations) February 28, 2016
France: Getting a buzz, in more ways than one!
It could be the most interesting spoon of honey you have ever tasted!
A 39-year-old calling himself Nicholas Trainer-bees claims to have taught the buzzing creatures “to make honey after gathering resin from cannabis plants”, as the Green Rush Daily reports.
The marijuana-loving beekeeper, who loves in France, is said to believe his product combines the ‘health benefits of both honey and cannabis’.
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