London, the "Big Smoke," is the capital of the United Kingdom and the second largest city in Europe. From Brixton to Big Ben and Bethnal Green to Heathrow, there is always something brewing in the "Great Wen."
Samuel Johnson is quoted too often for writing that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," but the truth is that the British capital exhausts several million men and women - workers, tourists and the unemployed alike - on a daily basis. The city's comprehensive Underground moves 1.3 billion passengers per year over 402 kilometers of track, for just one metric of London's massiveness. And the 8.5 million people who call greater London home always have something to complain about – except having nothing to do.
The much anticipated Brexit talks, where Britain negotiates the terms of its formal exit from the European Union, have finally begun, on schedule. The talks are expected to last at least 15 months and are likely to go on for longer. From Britain’s point of view,though, the talks could not have got off to a less auspicious start. From London Stephen Beard reports.
Firefighters are continuing their search for bodies in London's Grenfell Tower. Many are still waiting for news of their missing loved ones. Members of the UK's Sierra Leonean community travelled to the tower block from around the UK to pay tribute to Zainab Dean, who lived on the 14th floor with her son Jeremiah. They're both believed to have perished. Filip Warwick reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she has every hope of a strong partnership with Britain even after Brexit. She also hopes the divorce negotiations take place without acrimony. Her comments come after the first day of Brexit talks between Britain and the EU.
London police have put the death toll at 79, warning that it is still likely to rise. London mayor Sadiq Khan called the Grenfell Tower disaster a "preventable accident" that was due in part to political neglect.
After a vehicle drove into pedestrians near a mosque in north London, killing at least one person, Prime Minister Theresa May said the attacker had acted alone. The UK will look at increased security for mosques.
Hundreds of Muslims have spoken out against terrorism in a Cologne demonstration. DW's Shamil Shams believes while it is a good step, Muslims living in the West need to do a lot more to cast off the "extremist image."