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2008-07-08

Business

Ecofin differences over fuel and meal taxes

Germany and France are split over proposals for a cap on fuel taxes and the lowering of VAT on restaurant meals. The differences became apparent as

Germany and France are split over proposals for a cap on fuel taxes and the lowering of VAT on restaurant meals. The differences became apparent as

Business

Lower crude prices prevent bigger share slide

Fresh worries about the outlook for the banking sector drove European shares down by 1% on Tuesday. However, the slide would have been steeper but

Fresh worries about the outlook for the banking sector drove European shares down by 1% on Tuesday. However, the slide would have been steeper but

Business

Siemens to cut more workers

German industrial conglomerate Siemens plans to cut around 4% of its workforce. It is part of an effort by Europe’s biggest engineering group to cut

German industrial conglomerate Siemens plans to cut around 4% of its workforce. It is part of an effort by Europe’s biggest engineering group to cut

Business

G8 calls for Beijing currency changes

Leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised nations have made a veiled call for China to let the yuan’s tightly controlled exchange rate

Leaders of the Group of Eight industrialised nations have made a veiled call for China to let the yuan’s tightly controlled exchange rate

Business

TNK-BP 'facing tax troubles'

Russian tax inspectors have reportedly hit BP’s troubled oil joint venture TNK-BP with new demands. According to a source talking to the Reuters

Russian tax inspectors have reportedly hit BP’s troubled oil joint venture TNK-BP with new demands. According to a source talking to the Reuters

Europe

EU to boost missing children cooperation

The European Union countries have agreed to cooperate more closely in the hunt for missing children but have not signed up to a Europe-wide alert

The European Union countries have agreed to cooperate more closely in the hunt for missing children but have not signed up to a Europe-wide alert

Europe

Law binds aviation to contribute to CO2 goals from 2012

Airlines will have to start paying for their share of air pollution in 2012. An agreement has been finalised between the European Parliament and

Airlines will have to start paying for their share of air pollution in 2012. An agreement has been finalised between the European Parliament and

News

Rome voices concern over Anglican women bishops

The Church of England is facing a backlash from traditionalists and other branches of Christianity after it voted in favour of women becoming

The Church of England is facing a backlash from traditionalists and other branches of Christianity after it voted in favour of women becoming

News

Sarkozy pleads pardon for Red Brigades' Petrella

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he asked Italy to pardon former Red Brigades member Marina Petrella, while at the same time confirming her

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he asked Italy to pardon former Red Brigades member Marina Petrella, while at the same time confirming her

News

US-Czech missile shield deal prompts Russian backlash

The ink was barely dry on a controversial missile defence deal signed by the US and the Czech Republic before the repercussions began to make

The ink was barely dry on a controversial missile defence deal signed by the US and the Czech Republic before the repercussions began to make

News

G8 leaders urge nations to share emissions goal

G8 leaders have reached agreement among themselves on reducing greenhouse gases but insist developing countries must play their part. The

G8 leaders have reached agreement among themselves on reducing greenhouse gases but insist developing countries must play their part. The

Culture

Bolshoi revives Stalin's favourite ballet

When the head of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet decided to he was going to revive Stalin’s favourite ballet – The Flames of Paris – many questioned his

When the head of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet decided to he was going to revive Stalin’s favourite ballet – The Flames of Paris – many questioned his

Culture

Czech festival showcases Eastern European films

Some of the best new movies from Central and Eastern Europe take pride of place at the Czech film festival Karlovy Vary.

Some of the best new movies from Central and Eastern Europe take pride of place at the Czech film festival Karlovy Vary.

Science_technology

The sea that nearly died

Once the world’s fourth largest inland sea, the Aral was virtually destroyed by Soviet attempts to use its water for farming. But now, thanks to a

Once the world’s fourth largest inland sea, the Aral was virtually destroyed by Soviet attempts to use its water for farming. But now, thanks to a

News

New EU-leaning Serbian government confirmed

The Serbian Parliament has approved a pro-Western government that aims to consign the fervent nationalism of the 1990’s to history. The former

The Serbian Parliament has approved a pro-Western government that aims to consign the fervent nationalism of the 1990’s to history. The former

News

Slovakia gets the go-ahead to join the Euro

EU finance ministers have given the go-ahead for Slovakia to adopt the Euro on January 1, 2009, giving the country less than six months to prepare

EU finance ministers have given the go-ahead for Slovakia to adopt the Euro on January 1, 2009, giving the country less than six months to prepare

News

Petrella: not the only former Red Brigade militant facing extradition

A former member of the Red Brigades, Marina Petrella was convicted in absentia in 1992, and sentenced to life in prison. An Italian court found her

A former member of the Red Brigades, Marina Petrella was convicted in absentia in 1992, and sentenced to life in prison. An Italian court found her

News

Extradition for Red Brigades Petrella

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has confirmed the extradition of the former member of the Red Brigades movement, Marina Petrella. The 52-year-old

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has confirmed the extradition of the former member of the Red Brigades movement, Marina Petrella. The 52-year-old

News

Argentine glacier in winter thaw

The Perito Moreno glacier in the southern Argentine region of Patagonia has ruptured in a rare winter collapse. Ruptures are more common in March

The Perito Moreno glacier in the southern Argentine region of Patagonia has ruptured in a rare winter collapse. Ruptures are more common in March

News

G8 wants UN deal to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The G8 club of rich nations say they want to work with the 200 or so states involved in UN climate change talks to reach an agreement to halve CO2

The G8 club of rich nations say they want to work with the 200 or so states involved in UN climate change talks to reach an agreement to halve CO2

News

Rice arrives in Prague to sign off Czech radar deal

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Prague to sign a controversial missile defence agreement with the Czech Republic. The

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Prague to sign a controversial missile defence agreement with the Czech Republic. The

Europe

EU help for small and medium sized companies

Brussels has come up with the Small Business Act as a way to make life easier for Europe’s 23 million SMEs, that is small and medium sized

Brussels has come up with the Small Business Act as a way to make life easier for Europe’s 23 million SMEs, that is small and medium sized

News

Israel starts exhuming bodies ahead of handover

Israel has begun exhuming the bodies of slain Palestinian and Lebanese fighters, ahead of a prisoner exchange with Hizbullah. The agreement between

Israel has begun exhuming the bodies of slain Palestinian and Lebanese fighters, ahead of a prisoner exchange with Hizbullah. The agreement between

News

Anglican church searches for bishop compromise

The Anglican church says it will try to find a way around fierce opposition to women becoming bishops, by drafting a national code of practice. But

The Anglican church says it will try to find a way around fierce opposition to women becoming bishops, by drafting a national code of practice. But

News

Students rally for French dead as suspect is held

Friends and relatives of the two French students murdered in London held a rally in their memory in their home university town of Clermont-Ferrand

Friends and relatives of the two French students murdered in London held a rally in their memory in their home university town of Clermont-Ferrand

Europe

EU ministers agree united front on immigrants

The concept of a fortress Europe has moved a step closer with European interior and immigration ministers agreeing in principle on a common way to

The concept of a fortress Europe has moved a step closer with European interior and immigration ministers agreeing in principle on a common way to

News

Serbian rivals now united in coalition government

Serbia’s new government has been voted in by Parliament. Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, a close ally of President Boris Tadic, will steer the

Serbia’s new government has been voted in by Parliament. Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, a close ally of President Boris Tadic, will steer the

News

Climate change deal dominates G8 in Japan

The world’s leading industrialised nations are set to take an important step in the fight against global warming, the trickiest subject on their

The world’s leading industrialised nations are set to take an important step in the fight against global warming, the trickiest subject on their