As it happened on Thursday, May 31 | Euronews

As it happened on Thursday, May 31 | Euronews
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By Chris Harris  & Alasdair Sandford

Euronews brings you the latest news and updates as it happened this morning.

Good afternoon Europe, today we were watching:

  • Polish MEP cleared: Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who told the European Parliament women should earn less because "they are weaker and less intelligent", has had his punishment for the tirade scrapped. The General Court of the European Union said freedom of expression plays a central role in democratic societies.

  • Italy's political crisis: The door is seemingly still open for a coalition of populist parties. It looked dead when Italy's president vetoed their choice for finance minister, eurosceptic Paolo Savona. But now there have been calls for one of the parties in the coalition to drop its insistence on having Savona, opening up the possibility of a solution.

  • Spain no-confidence vote: The Spanish parliament in Madrid begins debating a no-confidence vote in Mariano Rajoy's government over corruption claims. The prime minister's future is on a knife-edge and his departure could spark a political crisis.

  • Nuclear diplomacy: North Korea officials have been speaking with the US and Russia in recent hours. The right-hand man to Kim Jong-un has met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York, while Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in Pyongyang.

  • Journalist 'murder': Mystery, astonishment, and intrigue after a Russian journalist who was reportedly assassinated turned up at a news conference alive. Arkady Babchenko, a critic of Vladimir Putin, was said to have been killed outside his home on Tuesday. The head of Ukraine's security services said that the 'murder' had been staged to expose Russian agents.

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