"“This is a Christian country... If you go to Turkey or Saudi Arabia and start to discredit Islam, the reaction will be the same”"
Student who fled to Austria from Chechnya
"This study shows how governments in Europe ... are fuelling dangerous climate change and air pollution with taxpayers’ money.""
Overseas Development Institute
"Thousands of seeds of a single species can be kept alive for tens or hundreds of years""
Maria Manuela Sim-Sim
Curator, Seed Bank A. L. Belo Correia
"He has independence at his core. It is not something that he has improvised"
Friend of Carles Puigdemont
"There will be no cheating. The process is set in a way that you can't cheat. Even at the precinct, the walls of the precinct or the doors of the polling places we will have the results posted."
"“My family are talking about Catalan independence in a WhatsApp group and it’s like hmmmm, I’m going to shut up,”"
"Sound needs to endure"
Music Director, Berlin Staatsoper
"It is so important for me, I have got the gold medal!"
Asian Games swimming champion, China
Leaders from Cyprus have begun three days of meetings in Geneva with the aim of reuniting the island after decades of division.
The leaders of both Cypriot communities, Nikos Anastasiadis, for the Greeks and Mustafa Akinci for the Turks, are examining the thorniest issues blocking the reunification of…
It has been 43 years since Cyprus was split when Turkish forces invaded and occupied the north of the island.
Syrian rebel groups have threatened to boycott peace talks being prepared for later this month in Kazakhstan.
Russian backed peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition have been penciled in for next month in Kazakhstan, if the cease-fire continues.
Syria, Russia and Turkey have declared that a ceasefire will come into effect at midnight on Thursday in Syria - but it won't include Islamic state or a group which once had links to al-Qaida.
The Syrian army has intensified its aerial bombing of rebel-held positions close to Damascus.
The Russian foreign minister says Moscow has high hopes for ongoing talks with Ankara.
European and US authorities are seeking further high level talks with China over its plans to increase regulations on food imports.
The leaders of Cyprus and the self-styled Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will meet in Geneva next month for a fresh round of talks on reuniting the island.
Colombia's Congress will ratify the revised peace deal with the FARC, but Alvaro Uribe leads opposition calling for fresh popular vote.
There has been a testy exchange of views on human rights and fundamental freedoms between the foreign ministers of Germany and Turkey.
A strong NATO is in the interests of both Europe and the United States, the head of the alliance said on Tuesday, following Donald Trump’s election victory.
The Colombian government and FARC rebel group have agreed new terms to end a deadly 52-year war.
President Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump have held talks at the White House after the Republican businessman’s shock election victory.
Sergei Lavrov said other participants in peace process are 'sabotaging' it by backing extremist groups
Colombia’s government and FARC rebels have been back at the negotiating table in the Cuban capital Havana.
Colombia’s delayed peace talks with Marxist ELN rebels at the last minute – demanding that a politician, held captive for six months, is freed.
It has taken 10 months, but Spain appears to be finally on the verge of forming a new government.
This is the Brief from Brussels, a daily roundup of stories making headlines in Europe’s de facto political capital.