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2009-05-19

Europe

Compulsory voting, anyone?

A German voter asks: “What, concretely, do you see raising citizens’ interest for the European elections?” Response: “I’m Pervenche Beres

A German voter asks: “What, concretely, do you see raising citizens’ interest for the European elections?” Response: “I’m Pervenche Beres

Europe

EU-China retry summit

The European Union and China will try to reestablish firm relations at a summit this Wednesday — being held in place of one which Beijing cancelled

The European Union and China will try to reestablish firm relations at a summit this Wednesday — being held in place of one which Beijing cancelled

Europe

Bulgaria in half-swing for EU elections

Campaigning in Bulgaria has officially begun for the European Parliament elections, coming up in little more than two weeks. The Gallup institute

Campaigning in Bulgaria has officially begun for the European Parliament elections, coming up in little more than two weeks. The Gallup institute

Business

Continental to keep Stoecken open

Continental has settled a dispute with unions over the closure of its tyre making plant at Hannover Stoecken. It will cut back its heavy vehicle

Continental has settled a dispute with unions over the closure of its tyre making plant at Hannover Stoecken. It will cut back its heavy vehicle

Business

Tuesday 19th May

European shares closed at their highest in more than four months. Banks were boosted by the hopes that the sector is getting ready to rid

European shares closed at their highest in more than four months. Banks were boosted by the hopes that the sector is getting ready to rid

Business

ABN AMRO announces layoffs

Dutch state-controlled bank ABN AMRO is to lay off between 4,000 and 5,000 people and reduce its costs by up to 1.3 billion euros as it fully

Dutch state-controlled bank ABN AMRO is to lay off between 4,000 and 5,000 people and reduce its costs by up to 1.3 billion euros as it fully

Business

German investor sentiment improving

Investor sentiment in Germany has risen to the highest level in nearly three years. The survey by the ZEW economic institute found investors and

Investor sentiment in Germany has risen to the highest level in nearly three years. The survey by the ZEW economic institute found investors and

Business

Big US banks 'ready to pay back bailout money'

Could it be pay back time for the some of the bailed out big banks in the US? New York-based Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley are

Could it be pay back time for the some of the bailed out big banks in the US? New York-based Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley are

Business

Marchionne pushes for Fiat-Opel merger

Driving forward with his plans to merge Fiat and Opel, the Italian carmaker’s boss Sergio Marchionne has been trying to persuade the main German

Driving forward with his plans to merge Fiat and Opel, the Italian carmaker’s boss Sergio Marchionne has been trying to persuade the main German

News

UK MP's expenses row threatens June elections

It is the scandal that keeps on giving. The row over expenses abuses by members of the British parliament has for the last two weeks filled the

It is the scandal that keeps on giving. The row over expenses abuses by members of the British parliament has for the last two weeks filled the

News

Court rules British lawyers shielded Berlusconi

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been undermined by another corruption case ruling. Judges in Milan found that a British lawyer had lied

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been undermined by another corruption case ruling. Judges in Milan found that a British lawyer had lied

News

Biden in Bosnia on unity mission

The US is promising further commitment in Bosnia and the Balkans. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Sarajevo, 14 years after the end of Europe’s

The US is promising further commitment in Bosnia and the Balkans. Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Sarajevo, 14 years after the end of Europe’s

News

Cannes embraces Almodovar

Director Pedro Almodovar was the toast of Cannes on Tuesday with the showing of his latest movie, Broken Embraces, a hot favourite for the Palme

Director Pedro Almodovar was the toast of Cannes on Tuesday with the showing of his latest movie, Broken Embraces, a hot favourite for the Palme

News

Body of Tamil leader shown on TV

Sri Lankan television has been showing what purports to be the body of Tamil Tiger Leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the man who led one side in Asia’s

Sri Lankan television has been showing what purports to be the body of Tamil Tiger Leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran, the man who led one side in Asia’s

News

UK's parliamentary speaker resigns in expenses row

For the first time in more than 300 years a speaker of the British parliament has been publicly forced out of office. Michael Martin says he will

For the first time in more than 300 years a speaker of the British parliament has been publicly forced out of office. Michael Martin says he will

News

Brown promises expenses reform

After the resignation of Britain’s parliamentary speaker, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called a news conference. He promised reform of the

After the resignation of Britain’s parliamentary speaker, Prime Minister Gordon Brown called a news conference. He promised reform of the

Science_technology

Hydrogen cars coming closer

Hydrogen is the most abundant gas in the universe and hydrogen-powered cars only emit water vapour. In principle therefore, hydrogen could be

Hydrogen is the most abundant gas in the universe and hydrogen-powered cars only emit water vapour. In principle therefore, hydrogen could be

Culture

Rwanda documentary at Cannes

Anne Aghion’s new documentary, “My Neighbour My Killer”, is in competition at Cannes Film Festival. The production follows a series of open-air

Anne Aghion’s new documentary, “My Neighbour My Killer”, is in competition at Cannes Film Festival. The production follows a series of open-air

Culture

Mawazine draw a million people

The Mawazine music festival in Rabat, underway this week, has attracting around a million people. Warda has been a major star on the Arabic music

The Mawazine music festival in Rabat, underway this week, has attracting around a million people. Warda has been a major star on the Arabic music

News

Fears off terror attacks on Sri Lankan targets

President Mahinda Rajapaksa marked victory over the rebels in a weekend battle with an address to parliament. He told the country it had liberated

President Mahinda Rajapaksa marked victory over the rebels in a weekend battle with an address to parliament. He told the country it had liberated

News

Palestinians criticise Israel over talks with US

Palestinian negotiators have voiced disappointment after the first meeting between the US and Israeli leaders. President Obama repeated his

Palestinian negotiators have voiced disappointment after the first meeting between the US and Israeli leaders. President Obama repeated his

News

UK parliamentary speaker set to resign

A political crisis in Britain over MPs expenses looks set to claim a high-profile casualty. Several British media are reporting that the speaker

A political crisis in Britain over MPs expenses looks set to claim a high-profile casualty. Several British media are reporting that the speaker

News

Biden visits Bosnia to bolster stability

US Vice President Joe Biden has launched a new diplomatic drive in the Balkans with a visit to Bosnia, where political tensions appear to be rising

US Vice President Joe Biden has launched a new diplomatic drive in the Balkans with a visit to Bosnia, where political tensions appear to be rising

News

Hubble out of trouble and into the stars

As good as new — that is the verdict on the Hubble telescope after astronauts completed a difficult task to repair and refurbish the star-gazing

As good as new — that is the verdict on the Hubble telescope after astronauts completed a difficult task to repair and refurbish the star-gazing

News

Sri Lanka airs video of Tigers leaders' body

Sri Lankan state TV has broadcast images of what it claims is the body of the leader of the recently defeated Tamil Tiger rebels. It comes after

Sri Lankan state TV has broadcast images of what it claims is the body of the leader of the recently defeated Tamil Tiger rebels. It comes after

Europe

Lisbon Treaty: What changes for the EU Parliament?

Signed in December 2007, the Lisbon Treaty will only be implemented once it has been ratified by each EU member. The aim is to modernise Europe by

Signed in December 2007, the Lisbon Treaty will only be implemented once it has been ratified by each EU member. The aim is to modernise Europe by

Europe

Cross border car buying

EU citizens should now find it a lot easier to shop around Europe for the best price on a car, thanks to a reduction in the paperwork needed to

EU citizens should now find it a lot easier to shop around Europe for the best price on a car, thanks to a reduction in the paperwork needed to

News

Sri Lanka claims "final victory" over Tamil Tigers

The Sri Lankan government has now declared “total victory” over the separatist Tamil Tigers after the killing of their leader. President Mahinda

The Sri Lankan government has now declared “total victory” over the separatist Tamil Tigers after the killing of their leader. President Mahinda

News

Serbia and Montenegro forge closer links

Serbia and Montenegro have agreed to forge closer ties seven months after the two countries fell out over Kosovo. Relations between the two former

Serbia and Montenegro have agreed to forge closer ties seven months after the two countries fell out over Kosovo. Relations between the two former