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2008-07-01

Europe

EU presents citizen-friendly "Social Europe"

The European Commission is presenting a package of reforms clarifying citizens’ rights, to promote what it calls “Social Europe.” It includes draft

The European Commission is presenting a package of reforms clarifying citizens’ rights, to promote what it calls “Social Europe.” It includes draft

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Wave of arrests as Turkey's AK Party goes on trial

There has been high drama in Turkey on the day its governing party was put on trial and forced to fight for political survival. Ahead of the

There has been high drama in Turkey on the day its governing party was put on trial and forced to fight for political survival. Ahead of the

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South American countries unite in protest over EU immigration stance

The 35th summit of the South American regional trade bloc Mercosur has got underway in the northern Argentine city of Tucuman. Argentina’s Kristina

The 35th summit of the South American regional trade bloc Mercosur has got underway in the northern Argentine city of Tucuman. Argentina’s Kristina

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Sarkozy: French EU Presidency won't be easy

As the flags of France and the European Union flew side by side, on the first day of Paris’ Presidency of the bloc, French leader Nicholas Sarkozy

As the flags of France and the European Union flew side by side, on the first day of Paris’ Presidency of the bloc, French leader Nicholas Sarkozy

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Dutch coffee shop owners fume over smoking ban

Coffee shop owners in the Netherlands have been protesting against a smoking ban which came into effect today. It is now illegal to light up in

Coffee shop owners in the Netherlands have been protesting against a smoking ban which came into effect today. It is now illegal to light up in

Business

Second half starts badly for European stocks

European stocks ended Tuesday’s session down 2%, their lowest close since October 2005. Investors are nervous at the possibility of more bank

European stocks ended Tuesday’s session down 2%, their lowest close since October 2005. Investors are nervous at the possibility of more bank

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Madeleine McCann: "no decision" over case

Little more than a year after she disappeared, there is confusion over whether the hunt for the missing British child Madeleine McCann will

Little more than a year after she disappeared, there is confusion over whether the hunt for the missing British child Madeleine McCann will

Business

Oil price rises as IEA cuts supply forecasts

Oil production world-wide will rise more slowly than previously predicted over the next five year according to the latest forecast from the

Oil production world-wide will rise more slowly than previously predicted over the next five year according to the latest forecast from the

Business

Good news on German jobs

The number of people out of work in Germany fell by a bigger-than-expected 38,000 in June according to the Federal Labour Office. The jobless total

The number of people out of work in Germany fell by a bigger-than-expected 38,000 in June according to the Federal Labour Office. The jobless total

Business

Asset writedown worries hit UBS

UBS shares have fallen again as the credit crunch mauled Swiss bank failed to address the markets concerns about further possible writedowns. It

UBS shares have fallen again as the credit crunch mauled Swiss bank failed to address the markets concerns about further possible writedowns. It

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Poland split over EU treaty ratification

The Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has called on his president to reconsider his decision not to sign the Lisbon Treaty. President Lech Kaczynski

The Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has called on his president to reconsider his decision not to sign the Lisbon Treaty. President Lech Kaczynski

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Party HQ attacked by Mongolians alleging poll fraud

It started as a peaceful protest. But allegations of fraud in Mongolia’s elections have turned to violence. Denouncing preliminary results

It started as a peaceful protest. But allegations of fraud in Mongolia’s elections have turned to violence. Denouncing preliminary results

Science_technology

Traditional way of life melts away in warming Arctic

The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid climate change on earth. NASA satellite observations in Greenland show an huge loss of ice

The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid climate change on earth. NASA satellite observations in Greenland show an huge loss of ice

Culture

Galliano's vampish collection turns back the clock

John Galliano for Dior opened the Haute Couture Autumn/Winter show in Paris with a sumptuous collection which delved into the fashion house’s

John Galliano for Dior opened the Haute Couture Autumn/Winter show in Paris with a sumptuous collection which delved into the fashion house’s

Europe

Launch of European register for Interest Representatives

There are around 15,000 lobbyists, or Interest Representatives to give them their official title, currently stalking the halls of European

There are around 15,000 lobbyists, or Interest Representatives to give them their official title, currently stalking the halls of European

Europe

Consumer protection available Europe-wide

“A knowledgable shopper is a better shopper.” That could be the motto of the European Consumer Centres Network. But how can the network actually help

“A knowledgable shopper is a better shopper.” That could be the motto of the European Consumer Centres Network. But how can the network actually help

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France's army chief bites the bullet

France’s most senior army officer has resigned after 17 people were wounded by a soldier firing live rounds at a military demonstration. Chief of

France’s most senior army officer has resigned after 17 people were wounded by a soldier firing live rounds at a military demonstration. Chief of

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Loophole for coffee shops as Netherlands cuts smoking

The Netherlands has joined the ranks of countries stubbing out cigarettes. From today, smoking is banned in bars, restaurants and theatres. Several

The Netherlands has joined the ranks of countries stubbing out cigarettes. From today, smoking is banned in bars, restaurants and theatres. Several

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France takes over EU presidency, but problems loom

France has begun its six month leadership of the European Union, with President Nicolas Sarkozy vowing to protect EU citizens in the face of soaring

France has begun its six month leadership of the European Union, with President Nicolas Sarkozy vowing to protect EU citizens in the face of soaring

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Portuguese police "close" Maddie inquiry

Police in Portugal are to close the inquiry into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, according to local media reports. Two Portuguese

Police in Portugal are to close the inquiry into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, according to local media reports. Two Portuguese

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Hollywood braces for potential actors' strike

Tinseltown is still recovering from industrial action by writers. Now, actors are in the starring role, amid fears a pay dispute could bring the

Tinseltown is still recovering from industrial action by writers. Now, actors are in the starring role, amid fears a pay dispute could bring the

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Brussels turns down dairy farmers' plea

There will be no EU subsidies for struggling German dairy farmers. That is the decision by Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel who has

There will be no EU subsidies for struggling German dairy farmers. That is the decision by Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel who has

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Socialists talk climate change in Greece

Tackling global warming is a fight for the survival of humanity. That is the stark warning from the International Socialists meeting in Greece this

Tackling global warming is a fight for the survival of humanity. That is the stark warning from the International Socialists meeting in Greece this

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France has its hands full with EU presidency

As of this morning, France holds the EU presidency. But as the handover took place, the French president made clear he was not disposed to

As of this morning, France holds the EU presidency. But as the handover took place, the French president made clear he was not disposed to

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Joint smokers avoid Dutch ban

Forget about lighting up in a public place in the Netherlands. From today, tobacco is banned. Small family cafes and restaurants fear they won’t be

Forget about lighting up in a public place in the Netherlands. From today, tobacco is banned. Small family cafes and restaurants fear they won’t be

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Americans want death penalty for USS Cole bomber

US military prosecutors are demanding the death penalty for a man believed to be a senior al- Qaeda leader behind the bombing of the USS Cole in

US military prosecutors are demanding the death penalty for a man believed to be a senior al- Qaeda leader behind the bombing of the USS Cole in

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Sarkozy faces tough six-month stint as EU head

Two immediate problems are coming onto President Sarkozy’s radar as he bids to refashion the EU. Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski has announced he

Two immediate problems are coming onto President Sarkozy’s radar as he bids to refashion the EU. Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski has announced he