Poland’s conservative opposition Law and Justice party has won the parliamentary elections. Beata Szydło will become the country’s next prime minister and its third female prime minister, as ruling party Civic Platform concedes defeat.
The number of 15-24-year-olds in Germany who are neither working nor in training is the lowest in the EU, official data for 2014 show, while Spain and Greece have the highest youth unemployment in the EU. Overall, the EU average rate of youth unemployment is 22.2%.
Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16, having had the lowest marrying age in Europe. Before the age was raised, boys and girls could marry at the age of 14 with the permission of a judge. It is now level with most European countries.
The German city of Essen has won the European Green Capital Award for 2017. Essen was singled out for its exemplary practices in protecting and enhancing nature and biodiversity and efforts to reduce water consumption. Essen participates in a variety of networks and initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve the city’s resilience in the face of climate change.