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BC-EU--Europe Weekend Coverage Advisory, EU

June 19, 2015

Here’s a look at stories The Associated Press plans to cover in Europe this weekend. You can direct any questions about coverage plans or stories to EurDesk@ap.org:


ITALY-MICHELLE OBAMA — Michelle Obama visits the award-winning U.S. Pavilion at the Biennale contemporary art fair, capping a European tour that focused on core initiatives of promoting good nutrition and supporting military families.

POLAND-POLITICS — Poland’s ruling Civic Platform party and opposition Law and Justice hold conventions ahead of the fall general election. By Monika Scislowska. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.

LATVIA-GAY PRIDE — Latvian capital hosts “Europride” gay pride parade, the first time the event is held in the ex-Soviet republic.

ITALY-MILAN FASHION — Dolce & Gabbana lead off four days of previews of menswear looks for next spring and summer during Milan Fashion week. By 1700 GMT with updates planned.

SPAIN-MIGRANTS — Activists for migrant rights protest conditions at detention centers where undocumented migrants are often kept for months incommunicado or nearly so with outside world until being released. News conference at 1130 followed by 1800 protest. Coverage on merits.


GREECE-BAILOUT-ANALYSIS — In the game of chicken between Greece and its creditors, each side has played its part, refusing to back down. But the game is nearing its end and politicians on both sides are now flirting with disaster, such as a run on banks in Greece, that could get out of their control. By David McHugh. UPCOMING: 500 words by 0800 GMT

BRITAIN-SUMMER SOLSTICE — Pagans, druids and revelers gather at the ancient Stonehenge monument to greet the sun on the longest day of the year. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1000 GMT, more on merits, photos.

FRANCE-SALAFI RISE — Its imams preach austere piety, its tenets demand strict separation of sexes — and some of its most radical adherents are heeding the call of jihad. Salafism, an Islamic movement based on a literal reading of the Quran, is on the rise in France, Germany and Britain, security officials say, with Salafis sharply increasing their influence in mosques and on the streets. By Elaine Ganley. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 1100 GMT.

TURKEY-POLITICAL PUZZLE: Two weeks after Turkey’s parliamentary elections, experts agree on one thing: No one really knows what’s going to happen next. By Raphael Satter and Suzan Fraser. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

ALBANIA-LOCAL ELECTIONS — Albania holds local municipal elections, considered as a test for the leftist central government of Prime Minister Edi Rama and his main opposition Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha. By Llazar Semini. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos. Voting starts at 0500GMT.

ITALY-POPE SHROUD — TURIN, Italy — Pope Francis travels to the land of his ancestors and prays before the Shroud of Turin, which some believe covered Jesus. Francis stays the night and meets with his relatives the following day.

ITALY-MILAN FASHION — Salvatore Ferragamo and Prada continue menswear previews for next spring and summer during Milan Fashion week. By Colleen Barry. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1700 GMT with updates planned.


GREECE-BAILOUT — Eurozone finance ministers and leaders meet in Brussels while foreign ministers meet in Luxembourg as the clock runs down on Greece’s chances of avoiding a painful exit from the euro. UPCOMING: Developing from meetings throughout the day.

WAR CRIMES-MLADIC — UN prosecutors at The Hague re-open their case against former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic to admit evidence gleaned from a recently discovered mass grave in Bosnia. By Mike Corder. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1200 GMT.

NATO — NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg holds a news conference to preview this week’s meeting of alliance defense ministers. Dahlburg. 130 words following 1015 GMT start, additional coverage on merits.

ITALY-MILAN FASHION — Gucci and Fendi continue menswear previews for next spring and summer during Milan Fashion week. By Colleen Barry. 130 words by 1700 GMT with updates planned.