The Czech president has rebuked the interior ministry for establishing a unit aimed at fighting disinformation. Milos Zeman, who is an ally of Russia, and his spokesman have denounced the unit as “state censorship” and “idea police”. The centre was set up after warnings that Russia was trying to influence Czech public opinion over Nato and the EU through cyber-warfare, propaganda, puppet groups and support for populists and extremists.
The UK’s new ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, can help make a success of Brexit, No 10 says.
Heavy snowfall and below-freezing temperatures sweep across the European continent resulting in deaths and infrastructure chaos. At least 10 people have died in Poland since Friday, with temperatures dropping to -20C (-4F) on Saturday. Meanwhile, 650 flights have been grounded in Istanbul and schools have been told to remain closed on Monday in southern Italy following more than a metre of snowfall