Well just a week after Brexit and the first battle erupted – fishing. Fortunately this didn’t quite escalate into a full-on Cod War but Guernsey’s attempt to exclude French fishermen from its waters may be a sign of things to come. Our columnist John Lichfield has been warning for some time that fish may become one of the most difficult issues of Brexit.
But back to people, and in France the government announced that a new website to allow British residents to swap their driving licences for French ones will go live in March. This has been a complicated and long, drawn-out saga for Brits in France – find out here whether you need to swap and when.
A German online bank has announced that, due to Brexit, it will be leaving the UK and closing UK accounts from April.
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Quiz: Can you pass the Spanish citizenship test?
In order to qualify for Spanish nationality, you must meet certain conditions as well as passing a language test and a citizenship test set by the Cervantes Institute.
But there was plenty of good news for job-hunters this week as figures show that startups in Berlin have created 190,000 new jobs and the German car industry still has plenty on offer, while 2020 is set to be a boom year for companies hiring in France. And if you’re very organised, now is the perfect time to start looking for summer jobs in Sweden – a strong labour market means there are plenty on offer.
The World Mobile Conference in Barcelona has been cancelled over coronavirus fears, as many countries’ national airlines have halted flights to China.
As Europe digests the shock defeat of Ireland’s Leo Varadkar we look at whether the election result contains a warning shot for his fellow young Europhile leader Emmanuel Macron.
And Scandinavia this week has been engaged in a bout of soul-searching after an advert for an airline revived a seemingly endless debate.