Europe Daily Briefing: Spanish government accused of spying, Heathrow Airport's virus robots, Tourist discrimination in Italy

15 July: Your round-up of the issues leading today's agenda

15 July: Your round-up of the issues leading today's agenda


  • A leading Catalan pro-independence politician has accused the Spanish government of spying on his mobile phone. Roger Torrent, speaker of the Catalan parliament, spoke out after details of the alleged espionage were revealed in a joint investigation by the Guardian and El Pais newspapers. Torrent said it was proof of "political spying against political opponents" in Spain. Madrid has denied the allegations.

 

  • Heathrow Airport is introducing cleaning robots and other measures to try to reduce the risk of virus transmission at the U.K. aviation hub as the country eases travel restrictions, Bloomberg says. The robots use ultraviolet rays to kill viruses and bacteria at night, according to a statement from the airport, which didn’t say how many of the machines were being deployed.

     
  • U.K. inflation unexpectedly accelerated in June, pushed higher by the cost of clothing and games, Bloomberg reports. Consumer prices increased 0.6% from a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said Wednesday. Economists expected inflation to slow to 0.4%. The core rate, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, picked up to 1.4%.

     
  • Tensions are breaking out on beaches and tourists from Lombardy have reported instances of discrimination as Italy’s first holiday season since the coronavirus outbreak gets under way, The Guardian says. Residents of Codogno, in Lodi province, the first town in the country’s badly affected Lombardy region to be quarantined, have claimed attempts to book holidays elsewhere in Italy were rebuffed after they revealed they would be travelling from a former “red zone”.


     

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