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US wants 'strong UK staying in a strong EU': Kerry 14 February 2016, 00:27 CET
The United States strongly backs Britain staying in the European Union as it gears up for a referendum on its membership, US Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Germany on Saturday.

Cameron confident of reaching EU deal to avoid Brexit 12 February 2016, 23:48 CET
Prime Minister David Cameron expressed confidence Friday that a deal could be reached allowing Britain to remain in the European Union and avoid a so-called "Brexit".

EU throws attacks-hit Tunisia EUR 500 m lifeline 12 February 2016, 22:39 CET
The European Commission on Friday threw a lifeline to Tunisia's jihadist-hit economy with a proposed 500 million euro financial aid package.

EU to end most Belarus sanctions: sources 12 February 2016, 18:07 CET
The EU is to end most of its sanctions against Belarus, including strongman President Alexander Lukashenko, after improvements in its human rights record, diplomatic sources said Friday.

Poland says proposals to avert 'Brexit' are 'mostly acceptable' 12 February 2016, 18:13 CET
Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said Friday a proposed deal to keep Britain in the European Union was "mostly acceptable" to Warsaw but stressed that Polish workers in the UK should not lose out.

What would Thatcher do? Iron Lady EU debate divides Tories 12 February 2016, 13:44 CET
Would the late Margaret Thatcher have voted for or against Britain's EU membership? The Iron Lady is pitting Conservatives against each other from beyond the grave ahead of a referendum expected this year.

Greece bailout review could be done by Easter: EU 11 February 2016, 21:02 CET
Greece and its creditors could complete the first review of the country's latest bailout by Easter, but Athens needs to do more to complete controversial pension reform and other measures, the EU said Thursday.

Key 'Brexit' decisions must wait until EU summit 11 February 2016, 16:37 CET
Talks on a deal to keep Britain in the EU will go down to the wire at a leaders summit next week after negotiators failed to reach a breakthrough on the key issues on Thursday, European sources said.

EU thrashes out changes to 'Brexit' deal 11 February 2016, 15:14 CET
European negotiators held crunch talks Thursday to finalise a deal to keep Britain in the EU, ahead of a last-ditch effort by the bloc's president to convince other leaders before a summit next week.

Tusk to hold EU talks on 'very fragile' Brexit deal 11 February 2016, 13:45 CET
EU president Donald Tusk said Wednesday he had cleared his schedule to hold urgent meetings with leaders including Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande to push for a deal to keep Britain in the bloc at a summit next week.

MPs fear Euro 2016 could overshadow UK's EU referendum 09 February 2016, 19:57 CET
MPs warned Tuesday that the referendum on Britain's EU membership should not be allowed to coincide with the 2016 European football championships in June.

Italy announces EU opinion probe 10 February 2016, 13:40 CET
Italy will launch a massive online effort to gauge its people's viewpoints on the European Union as part of an effort to bind the 28-nation bloc tighter, a parliamentary leader announced Tuesday.

Varoufakis back in Germany to launch EU grassroots movement 09 February 2016, 16:23 CET
Greece's far-left former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came to Berlin Tuesday to launch a pan-European grassroots political movement, saying its goal was to "democratise" the EU.

UK warns EU exit could mean migrant camps on south coast 09 February 2016, 12:34 CET
A British EU exit could mean thousands of migrants landing on Britain's shores "overnight", the government said on Monday, stepping up the rhetoric in the campaign ahead of a referendum on membership.

Work placement for Sweden's recent migrants 07 February 2016, 15:27 CET
Sweden is pushing local governments to create temporary work placements for migrants as the country attempts to integrate a dramatic influx of refugees, an official said Sunday.

Thatcher would have backed UK staying in EU: advisor 07 February 2016, 14:40 CET
Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would have supported David Cameron's draft renegotiation of Britain's EU terms of membership, her closest advisor said on Sunday.

UK Labour leader backs staying in EU 07 February 2016, 14:41 CET
Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Saturday that staying in the European Union was in the country's best interests.

EU says Turkey must keep border open to Syrian refugees 06 February 2016, 10:37 CET
Top EU officials on Saturday reminded Turkey of its international obligations to keep its frontiers open to refugees as thousands fleeing a new government offensive in Syria remained camped out along its southern border.

UK cannot have 'Europe a la carte': EU parliament leader 05 February 2016, 20:27 CET
Britain faces opposition from European partners over plans to reform the EU ahead of an in/out referendum on membership,and should not expect "Europe a la carte," the European Parliament president warned Friday.

Under EU pressure, Portugal cuts 2016 deficit target 05 February 2016, 20:12 CET
Portugal said on Friday it had cut its budget deficit target for 2016 to 2.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) from a previously announced target of 2.6 percent.

Denmark backs deal to keep Britain in the EU 05 February 2016, 18:58 CET
Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Friday lent support to his British counterpart who is seeking a deal that will keep Britain in the European Union.

Stick to path of reforms: Merkel to Portugal 05 February 2016, 15:07 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday urged Portugal to stick to its commitments on economic reforms, as concerns grow that the new Socialist-led government was easing off on budget discipline.

Cameron woos Polish, Danish leaders as clock ticks to avert 'Brexit' 05 February 2016, 20:51 CET
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday appeared to have come a step closer to sealing a contentious EU-wide deal on reforms to prevent a "Brexit" after making headway in talks with Danish and Polish leaders.

Cameron fights for his place in history with EU vote 05 February 2016, 05:17 CET
Prime Minister David Cameron is playing a high-stakes game which will decide his place in political history with negotiations aimed at preventing Britain from leaving the EU in a looming referendum, experts say.

Rise in support for 'Brexit' after EU draft deal: poll 05 February 2016, 02:32 CET
Support for Britain leaving the European Union has risen since Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals for a deal to keep the country in the bloc, according to a poll published on Friday.