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The European Commission issued its latest grim economic forecasts for the 17-nation eurozone and the wider 27-member European Union on Friday.
Bees play a key role in human food production, pollinating more than two-thirds of the world's 100 most important crop species and providing a free service valued at tens of billions of euros.
The European Union's economic woes most likely helped Iceland's eurosceptic centre-right opposition oust the leftist government as voters in the crisis-battered nation failed to see the value in joining the bloc.
For most people, it was yet another Aegean Sea tragedy in which a group of would-be migrants in a small boat drowned while trying to reach Greece.
The European Union is an exclusive club many countries are vying to join. But Iceland, as it goes to the polls, is having severe second thoughts.
In March, Greece voted in Brussels against a ban on pesticides considered harmful to bees. The Commission wants the insecticides banned for use on four major crops in a bid to prevent a collapse in the bee population.
EU-sponsored talks finally produced a hard-won normalisation accord Friday between Serbia and breakaway Kosovo which was hailed in Brussels as a key step away from a violent past and towards closer ties with the EU.
A new anti-euro party in Germany is emerging as an election-year wild card and a potential threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose coalition government is ruling with a narrow margin.
Russian investors were shocked by having to contribute heavily to the international bailout of Cyprus, the east Mediterranean island which now faces a tall order in restoring its allure.
Cypriot hopes that by 2020 the island will be earning desperately needed revenue from gas exports to pay off its mountainous debt met with scepticism from industry analysts gathered in Nicosia this week.
At the foot of a hill by the banks of the Niger River a ragtag company of Malian soldiers crouch on the baked earth, Kalashnikov assault rifles poised.
Despite the risk of aggravating the recession and unemployment, Portugal's government is wagering that following the austerity prescribed by its creditors will help it regain market confidence and avoid a second bailout.
The Cyprus Red Cross has long cared for the needy, but the island's financial woes run so deep that people unaccustomed to hardship are turning up for food aid -- including some who still drive BMWs.
An exit from the eurozone may look tempting for Cyprus in the throes of economic collapse but it poses a high-risk option for an island economy heavily reliant on imports, analysts say.
Serbia and Kosovo on Wednesday traded blame for the failure at EU-sponsored talks to reach an accord on how to ease long-standing tensions, but both say they are ready to do more to compromise.
With a stoical calm, Cypriots have endured two weeks of a world headlines-hogging financial crisis which has crippled their small and mostly peaceful nation while also placing it firmly on the world map.
When the terms of the first and now abandoned EU bailout deal for crisis-stricken Cyprus were announced, Russian President Vladimir Putin bared his fangs to describe the proposal as "unfair, unprofessional and dangerous".
As Cyprus reels under a bailout that painfully pares back its finance sector, many bankers, auditors and accountants are facing unemployment, with some being forced to consider leaving the island for good.
With banks in Cyprus closed for the 11th straight day on Tuesday, businesses were finding it increasingly difficult to operate, amid concerns some of them might even have to shut down.
Two months into the job as head of eurozone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem's handling of the Cyprus bailout and his suggestion it might apply elsewhere have sparked sharp questions over the Dutchman's readiness for the post.