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2009-09-14

Europe

Above and beyond GDP

Gross domestic product, or GDP it considered to be one the best means of calculating a country’s economic performance. But can we improve the ways to

Gross domestic product, or GDP it considered to be one the best means of calculating a country’s economic performance. But can we improve the ways to

Europe

Switch to more modern light bulbs

Traditional and regular halogen light bulbs are to disappear from the EU market within three years. The first to go is the 100 watt. What’s the idea?

Traditional and regular halogen light bulbs are to disappear from the EU market within three years. The first to go is the 100 watt. What’s the idea?

Europe

Boel not seeking agriculture post again

Mariann Fischer Boel has confirmed she will not be a candidate to continue as Europe’s top agriculture official when a new European Commission is

Mariann Fischer Boel has confirmed she will not be a candidate to continue as Europe’s top agriculture official when a new European Commission is

Europe

Parliament votes this week on Barroso's job

This is the week Jose Manuel Barroso’s European Commission presidency is put to a vote in the European Parliament. The full assembly sitting is just

This is the week Jose Manuel Barroso’s European Commission presidency is put to a vote in the European Parliament. The full assembly sitting is just

Business

EU says euro zone economy at turning point

The euro zone is emerging from recession, the European Commission believes but its latest forecast for the year remains gloomy. The Commission’s

The euro zone is emerging from recession, the European Commission believes but its latest forecast for the year remains gloomy. The Commission’s

Business

Sarkozy threatens G20 walkout

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has threatened to walk out of the summit of Group of 20 leaders in Pittsburgh next week if there is no agreement

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has threatened to walk out of the summit of Group of 20 leaders in Pittsburgh next week if there is no agreement

Business

No cash for jobs call over Opel

Britain and Belgium want the European Commission to make sure the takeover of carmaker Opel doesn’t favour German workers because Berlin has promised

Britain and Belgium want the European Commission to make sure the takeover of carmaker Opel doesn’t favour German workers because Berlin has promised

Business

Monday 14th September

European shares finished slightly lower but the indexes had been much worse earlier in the day. They closed down for the first time in seven

European shares finished slightly lower but the indexes had been much worse earlier in the day. They closed down for the first time in seven

News

Obama pushes Wall Street reform

US President Barack Obama has urged the financial industry not to resist his attempts to overhaul the regulations governing them, something he wants

US President Barack Obama has urged the financial industry not to resist his attempts to overhaul the regulations governing them, something he wants

News

Have the lessons of the subprime crash already been forgotten?

The first victims of the economic crisis were the brokers and traders of Wall street who lost their jobs. But don’t shed too many tears for these

The first victims of the economic crisis were the brokers and traders of Wall street who lost their jobs. But don’t shed too many tears for these

News

Oil wealth a knotty Norwegian problem

Oil is a curse as well as a blessing – just ask a lot of Africans who see their wealth fuel violent dictatorships, but closer to home society in

Oil is a curse as well as a blessing – just ask a lot of Africans who see their wealth fuel violent dictatorships, but closer to home society in

News

Norway votes, but it's too close to call

The outcome of Norway’s general election is expected to be too close to call. The ruling left-leaning coalition is narrowly ahead but Prime Minister

The outcome of Norway’s general election is expected to be too close to call. The ruling left-leaning coalition is narrowly ahead but Prime Minister

News

Germany underwhelmed by TV duel

Germany has been giving its verdict on a live TV clash between the country’s two political heavyweights. Most newspapers agreed Frank-Walter

Germany has been giving its verdict on a live TV clash between the country’s two political heavyweights. Most newspapers agreed Frank-Walter

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Nuclear watchdog calls for new powers

The new head of the world’s nuclear watchdog has vowed to pursue alleged illegal proliferation of atomic technology, saying the spread of such

The new head of the world’s nuclear watchdog has vowed to pursue alleged illegal proliferation of atomic technology, saying the spread of such

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Abdullah wants runoff in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s former foreign minister has called for a run-off in the presidential election to ensure the ballot is not tainted by fraud. Abdullah

Afghanistan’s former foreign minister has called for a run-off in the presidential election to ensure the ballot is not tainted by fraud. Abdullah

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EU Russian relations Zapatero's top priority

Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says the EU’s relationship with Moscow will be his top priority during a meeting with Russian

Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says the EU’s relationship with Moscow will be his top priority during a meeting with Russian

Science_technology

New technique gives insight into ancient arachnids

Spiders have been striking irrational fear into many of us for centuries and fortunately we don’t have to bear the sight of their pre-historic

Spiders have been striking irrational fear into many of us for centuries and fortunately we don’t have to bear the sight of their pre-historic

Culture

Versailles courts controversy with contemporary art

Visitors to Versailles currently have something else to contemplate aside the lavish palace and its sculpted gardens. Contemporary pieces from French

Visitors to Versailles currently have something else to contemplate aside the lavish palace and its sculpted gardens. Contemporary pieces from French

Science_technology

New technique gives insight into ancient arachnids

Spiders have been striking irrational fear into many of us for centuries and fortunately we don’t have to bear the sight of their pre-historic

Spiders have been striking irrational fear into many of us for centuries and fortunately we don’t have to bear the sight of their pre-historic

Culture

Versailles courts controversy with contemporary art

Visitors to Versailles currently have something else to contemplate aside the lavish palace and its sculpted gardens. Contemporary pieces from French

Visitors to Versailles currently have something else to contemplate aside the lavish palace and its sculpted gardens. Contemporary pieces from French

Culture

Debutants claim the prizes at Venice film festival

First-time filmmakers enjoyed a successful evening as the awards were handed out at the Venice Film Festival. Israel’s Samuel Maoz scooped the Golden

First-time filmmakers enjoyed a successful evening as the awards were handed out at the Venice Film Festival. Israel’s Samuel Maoz scooped the Golden

News

Liquid bomb plotters jailed for more than 100 years

Three British Muslims who plotted to murder hundreds, possibly thousands, of people by blowing up transatlantic flights have been jailed for a

Three British Muslims who plotted to murder hundreds, possibly thousands, of people by blowing up transatlantic flights have been jailed for a

News

Obama to relaunch Wall St reform

President Obama will try to revive an overhaul of US financial institutions today – a year after the collapse of one the oldest US banks, Lehman

President Obama will try to revive an overhaul of US financial institutions today – a year after the collapse of one the oldest US banks, Lehman

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Venezuela borrows to buy Russian weapons

Venezuela has raised the stakes in South America, buying Russian tanks and missiles with money borrowed from Moscow. President Hugo Chavez

Venezuela has raised the stakes in South America, buying Russian tanks and missiles with money borrowed from Moscow. President Hugo Chavez

News

German election debate divides opinion

German political commentators are divided today over who came out better in the televised debate between the country’s two big political figures

German political commentators are divided today over who came out better in the televised debate between the country’s two big political figures

News

German candidates enjoy amicable debate

The candidates arrived for their only tv debate with everything to play for. Frank-Walter Steinmeier knew his former coalition partner was ahead in

The candidates arrived for their only tv debate with everything to play for. Frank-Walter Steinmeier knew his former coalition partner was ahead in

News

Norway's Left on course for re-election

Norway’s voting in what is expected to be a close general election between the ruling centre-left coalition and divided centre-right opposition

Norway’s voting in what is expected to be a close general election between the ruling centre-left coalition and divided centre-right opposition

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TGV link could prove to be election decider

Portugal’s proposed high-speed TGV rail link with the rest of Europe has emerged as the crucial issue which could decide which party wins the general

Portugal’s proposed high-speed TGV rail link with the rest of Europe has emerged as the crucial issue which could decide which party wins the general