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France's Hollande opposes EU migrants' quotas

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he thought commitments by individual EU member states offered a better way of resettling African and Middle Eastern migrants rather than the imposition of national quotas by Brussels.<p>Hollande spoke after joining a meeting of prime ministers of the …

EU launches Mediterranean migrant military mission

EU foreign ministers have formally approved the launch of the first phase of a military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, officials said.<p>The first ships and aircraft to conduct intelligence gathering missions should be available within a week, officials said on Monday.<p>EU …

‘Refugees are welcome here’: Thousands march in Berlin to support migrants, Greece

Thousands have taken to the streets of Berlin to express their solidarity with asylum seekers coming to Europe. The activists also expressed their …

Albania holds local polls, key to launch EU membership talks

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanians on Sunday voted in local municipal elections, a key step in their efforts to launch membership negotiations with the European Union.<p>Last year, Albania was granted EU candidate status and now Tirana is expecting to get approval for the launch of full membership …

David Cameron could have secured EU deal in time for the Conservative party conference in October

Number 10 said the talks – which will get underway formally after Thursday's meeting of the European Union leaders - will take 'several months' which means it could be ready by October<p>David Cameron could have secured a deal to reform Britain's relationship with Europe by the end of the year, Number …

What Happens If Greek Banks Can't Open?

Furious negotiations to prevent a Greece from defaulting are ongoing in Brussels—though worries about a “Grexit” from the eurozone continue.<p>The scariest quote for the world economy this week came from a member of the European Central Bank’s executive board. Asked by Eurogroup President Jeroen …

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​‘Hatred and lies’: European Parliament president slams ‘toxic’ UK debate on Europe

Britain’s debate on the European project is fueled by lies, a toxic strain of national resentment and discrimination against eastern European immigrants, European Parliament President Martin Schulz has said.<p>Schulz made the assessment in London on Thursday, following a meeting with Prime Minister …

'Last Days of Pompeii' in Greece as crunch time approaches

The restaurants of Athens are full and no-one is panic-buying, but Greeks cannot be sure if their banks will last the week<p>Greeks do not know for certain if their banks will stay open next week, nor even whether euros or drachmas will emerge from cash machines beyond this month.<p>But in the …

Britain needs to get a better deal from Brussels or leave the European Union, major new study argues

A group of business leaders and analysts have published a 1000-page assessment of Britain’s place in the EU and the changes needed<p>David Cameron should lead Britain out of the EU if he is unable to secure a veto for the UK over European laws, win back control over employment rules and permanently …

The EU is ordering Google to make a massive change

The Californian search giant is currently being investigated by the EU's European Commission over alleged violations of anti-trust law. Google sometimes promotes its own services and products in search rankings ahead of its competitors — and European authorities aren't happy about this.<p>The Wall …