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2009-03-20

Europe

Eurosceptics divided ahead of EU elections

Criticising the way the EU works is the common currency of parties on the further reaches of the right in Europe. But while some are overtly

Criticising the way the EU works is the common currency of parties on the further reaches of the right in Europe. But while some are overtly

Business

Italy helps fashionistas

The Italian government is going ahead with measures to help the country’s fashion and textile industry cope with the economic downturn. The plan

The Italian government is going ahead with measures to help the country’s fashion and textile industry cope with the economic downturn. The plan

Business

Euro zone industrial output slumps

Industrial output in the 16 countries of the euro zone plunged by a record amount in January. It was down by 3.5 percent from December. That is

Industrial output in the 16 countries of the euro zone plunged by a record amount in January. It was down by 3.5 percent from December. That is

Business

Friday 19th March

European shares ended higher after a day of market volatility as multiple futures and options expired. The dollar made a bit of a recovery after

European shares ended higher after a day of market volatility as multiple futures and options expired. The dollar made a bit of a recovery after

Business

Northern Rock lending criticised

More disturbing news about Northern Rock: the British mortgage lender which had to be saved from collapse after being besieged by depositors who

More disturbing news about Northern Rock: the British mortgage lender which had to be saved from collapse after being besieged by depositors who

News

Female front-runner challenges for Slovak presidency

Slovakia holds its presidential election this weekend and, for the first time, a woman is one of the two front-runners. Christian Democrat Iveta

Slovakia holds its presidential election this weekend and, for the first time, a woman is one of the two front-runners. Christian Democrat Iveta

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Landmark bank vote in German parliament

It is a vote that makes history in modern-day Germany. Members of the lower house of parliament have approved a law giving the government power to

It is a vote that makes history in modern-day Germany. Members of the lower house of parliament have approved a law giving the government power to

Business

France moves to defuse car row

A French government minister has created a row by saying that a temporary production increase by Renault was due to the transfer of jobs from

A French government minister has created a row by saying that a temporary production increase by Renault was due to the transfer of jobs from

News

Space station spreads its wings

The International Space Station is spreading its solar wings, working at maximum power for the first time in its life. The latest equipment carried

The International Space Station is spreading its solar wings, working at maximum power for the first time in its life. The latest equipment carried

Europe

EU billions salve against recession

European Union leaders have agreed to provide 75 billion euros in new loans to the International Monetary Fund, so that the IMF can help fight global

European Union leaders have agreed to provide 75 billion euros in new loans to the International Monetary Fund, so that the IMF can help fight global

Europe

Conservatives back Barroso 2nd term

The latest summit in Brussels saw Jose Manuel Barroso win endorsement from Conservative leaders across the bloc for a second term as the President of

The latest summit in Brussels saw Jose Manuel Barroso win endorsement from Conservative leaders across the bloc for a second term as the President of

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Croatia to support Serbia's EU aims

Serbia’s bid to join the European Union has won the backing of Croatia, despite a long-standing genocide case sparked by the bloody breakup of

Serbia’s bid to join the European Union has won the backing of Croatia, despite a long-standing genocide case sparked by the bloody breakup of

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African Union suspends Madagascar over 'coup'

The chorus of international disapproval is growing over Andry Rajoelina’s claims to the Presidency in Madgascar. Rajoelina led a revolt which

The chorus of international disapproval is growing over Andry Rajoelina’s claims to the Presidency in Madgascar. Rajoelina led a revolt which

Culture

Lithuanian sculptors ignite heated debate in Vilnius

Some of the scupltures that have been created in Vilnius as part of its year as a European Capital of Culture have created a furore among residents

Some of the scupltures that have been created in Vilnius as part of its year as a European Capital of Culture have created a furore among residents

Culture

A new look at Central America's illegal migrants

A new film is out in America tracing the ordeals endured by illegal immigrants, chasing the promise of a better life in the US. But “Sin Nombre” does

A new film is out in America tracing the ordeals endured by illegal immigrants, chasing the promise of a better life in the US. But “Sin Nombre” does

News

Cautious welcome for Obama's Iran message

Iran has given a cautious welcome to President Barack Obama’s offer of a fresh diplomatic start, but demanded more than just talk. The President

Iran has given a cautious welcome to President Barack Obama’s offer of a fresh diplomatic start, but demanded more than just talk. The President

Europe

EU doubles guarantees to aid in crisis

European Union members are looking at more support for their crisis-hit economies. At a summit in Brussels, the heads of state and government

European Union members are looking at more support for their crisis-hit economies. At a summit in Brussels, the heads of state and government

News

Netanyahu gets more time to form government

Israel’s right-wing Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu has won more time to form a government. The Prime Minister-designate now has a two week

Israel’s right-wing Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu has won more time to form a government. The Prime Minister-designate now has a two week

News

Device explodes in central Athens

A bomb blast in central Athens has damaged an estate agency office, linked to the government. No injuries were reported. There was no immediate

A bomb blast in central Athens has damaged an estate agency office, linked to the government. No injuries were reported. There was no immediate

News

Obama offers new start to Iran in video message

US President Barack Obama has made an unprecedented videotaped appeal to Iran, addressing its people directly. In a message marking Iranian New

US President Barack Obama has made an unprecedented videotaped appeal to Iran, addressing its people directly. In a message marking Iranian New

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US House votes 90 percent tax on bail-out bonuses

Faced with public outrage, the US House of Representatives has moved to recoup lavish bonuses paid to staff at bailed-out finance firms. Across

Faced with public outrage, the US House of Representatives has moved to recoup lavish bonuses paid to staff at bailed-out finance firms. Across

Europe

EU tries to settle tax haven row before G20 summit

Amid a bitter war of words, the EU is seeking to end a dispute over the branding of any European country as a tax haven. Reports that no EU member

Amid a bitter war of words, the EU is seeking to end a dispute over the branding of any European country as a tax haven. Reports that no EU member

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Chavez to nationalise local Santander bank

Venezuela is to go ahead with the nationalisation of the local unit of the Spanish bank Santander which owns Banco de Venezuela. President Hugo

Venezuela is to go ahead with the nationalisation of the local unit of the Spanish bank Santander which owns Banco de Venezuela. President Hugo

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Attention! Space men-at-work

In a bid to get the International Space Station functioning on full power, two visiting space shuttle astronauts have begun installing a final set of

In a bid to get the International Space Station functioning on full power, two visiting space shuttle astronauts have begun installing a final set of

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Psychiatric hospital for "Cellar Monster"

Sentenced to life behind bars for horrendous crimes against his own daughter, Josef Fritzl has been put on suicide watch. The man who imprisoned

Sentenced to life behind bars for horrendous crimes against his own daughter, Josef Fritzl has been put on suicide watch. The man who imprisoned

News

Obama offers olive branch to Iran

A new beginning of diplomatic engagement – that is the message President Barack Obama has made to Iran in an unprecedented videotaped recording

A new beginning of diplomatic engagement – that is the message President Barack Obama has made to Iran in an unprecedented videotaped recording