Consumers will no longer be able to buy high-powered vacuum cleaners in September. EU policymakers estimate the measures will save families not only energy, but also billions of euros, while keeping their houses clean.
Workers represented by the German train drivers' union are to strike later Monday in a dispute over salaries. Talks between the national railway operator and the unions that represent its employees collapsed in August.
Ecuador has announced it plans to start circulating what it calls the world's first digital currency in December. It also claims it has options for developing its new oil refinery which do not depend on China.