EUROPEAN NEWS — POLITICS

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa apologized to the nation on Wednesday as the death toll from the weekend's forest fires rose to 42.

With the clock ticking until the 10 a.m. deadline on Thursday set by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to answer whether or not he declared the independence of the Catalan region on Oct. 10, a possible solution to the apparent stalemate has appeared, according to Spanish media reports.

Polish leaders, including President Andrzej Duda and Senate Speaker Stanislaw Karczewski, have voiced their support to Turkey's EU bid after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a one-day visit to Poland on Tuesday.

The recent elections of pro-EU leaders in Austria, France and Germany mean the European Union (EU) has a "window of opportunity" to set a new course, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told Italian lawmakers on Wednesday.

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