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Greeks 'irresponsible' to cut out 'troika': Schulz 31 January 2015, 17:07 CET
European Parliament President Martin Schulz labelled "irresponsible" Greece's refusal to work with the so-called troika of international bailout inspectors charged with overseeing the country's painful fiscal reforms.

Greece's new PM to visit Juncker next week 30 January 2015, 14:06 CET
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras plans next week to make his first visit to Brussels since coming to power promising to renegotiate his country's international bailout, an EU spokesman said Friday.

EU, Germany warn Greece over debt reduction ambitions 30 January 2015, 16:19 CET
The European Union and Germany warned Greece's radical new left-wing government Thursday that there is little support for a reduction in its massive debts, on the eve of its first talks with its eurozone partners.

New Greek finance minister to visit UK, France, Italy 29 January 2015, 17:02 CET
Greece's new left-wing Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will visit three European Union capitals next week to push the government's agenda for a renegotiated deal on its multi-billion-euro bailout, his office said Thursday.

Germany's anti-euro party split over PEGIDA ties 29 January 2015, 10:59 CET
Germany's upstart anti-euro AfD party will seek to mend a rift among members on whether to forge close ties with an emergent "anti-Islamisation" movement at a congress this weekend.

Gazprom says Turkey pipeline to be operational by 2016 27 January 2015, 16:16 CET
Russian gas giant Gazprom says a planned pipeline to Turkey will be in service by end 2016, piling pressure on the European Union to build a link to it or risk losing gas supplies from Moscow.

Crux of the matter for Greece: EUR 315 bn of debt 27 January 2015, 14:10 CET
Greece's debt mountain is the biggest issue for the new government being set up in Athens and will be at the centre of negotiations between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the country's EU partners and main creditors.

Britain braces for election that could herald EU exit 28 January 2015, 19:19 CET
Britain on Tuesday marked 100 days until one of the most unpredictable elections in memory, as Prime Minister David Cameron fights to retain power and call a referendum on European Union membership.

Greek debt reduction 'not on radar': European Commission chief 26 January 2015, 22:12 CET
EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned Monday that Greece cannot expect any reduction of its huge debt commitments after the far-left, anti-austerity Syriza party won a stunning election victory.

Europe warns Greece's Syriza to stick to austerity 27 January 2015, 11:59 CET
The EU issued Monday a stern warning to Greece that its place in the eurozone was at risk if new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras failed to meet the country's austerity and debt commitments.

Insults fly as British MEP leaves anti-EU party for Tories 26 January 2015, 00:23 CET
Britain's anti-EU UKIP party, which threatens to split the right wing vote and hand victory to Labour in 2015 elections, has suffered a reverse with the defection of one of its members to the Tories, triggering a war of words Sunday.

Greece votes with Europe austerity on the line 25 January 2015, 12:35 CET
Greece voted Sunday in a crucial general election that could bring the radical Syriza party to power and present the strongest challenge yet to austerity policies for struggling European Union nations.

Give Iran diplomacy a chance, Europeans urge Congress 22 January 2015, 17:57 CET
Top European diplomats on Thursday waded into the political fray in Washington over Iran, urging US lawmakers to hold off on new sanctions and pleading for time to allow nuclear talks to succeed.

Russian government preparing EUR 18 bn anti-crisis plan: deputy PM 21 January 2015, 16:55 CET
The Russian government is preparing to launch an "anti-crisis programme" to tackle the country's stalled economy at the cost of 1.375 trillion roubles, deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Wednesday.

EU calls for calm, respect for election timetable in DR Congo 21 January 2015, 10:46 CET
The EU called Wednesday for calm in the Democratic Republic of Congo and respect for the election timetable after deadly protests against a proposed law allowing President Joseph Kabila to stay in power beyond his fixed two terms.

Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote 21 January 2015, 14:20 CET
Whoever wins Greece's general election on Sunday, Europe will have to take urgent action to tackle the country's mountain of debt before it buries the rest of the eurozone, analysts say.

Euro-MPs back LuxLeaks tax probe 15 January 2015, 17:58 CET
Members of the European Parliament have backed an official probe into tax evasion, a hot topic after the "Luxleaks" scandal that has embroiled Commission head and former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker.

ECB Draghi denies ambitions to become Italian president 14 January 2015, 10:52 CET
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi rejected speculation Wednesday that he had his eye on the Italian presidency.

EU president urges 'coherent' security policy after Paris attacks 13 January 2015, 21:45 CET
EU president Donald Tusk said Tuesday the bloc, reeling from the Islamist attacks in Paris, needs a "coherent" policy to ensure security while protecting essential democratic freedoms.

EU weakened France against terror: far-right leader Le Pen 13 January 2015, 17:33 CET
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen accused the EU on Tuesday of weakening France's defences against terror, saying in the wake of the Paris attacks that the country could no longer control its own borders.

Conservative elected Croatia's first female president 12 January 2015, 18:58 CET
Conservative Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was elected Croatia's first female president Sunday, narrowly winning a run-off election in which voters punished centre-left leaders for failing to revive the country's ailing economy.

EU welcomes Haiti deal, urges 'fair and open' poll 12 January 2015, 13:37 CET
The EU told Haiti's fractious political leaders on Monday to forget their differences and ensure "fair and open" elections, five years after a devastating earthquake hit one of the world's poorest countries.

EU to stay out of Greece election campaign: Commissioner 06 January 2015, 21:20 CET
EU Economics Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Tuesday Greek voters will be left free to choose their destiny in upcoming elections that could see radical leftists take the reins of government in Athens.

Time to crack down on 'Islamophobia', Turkey's Erdogan tells EU 07 January 2015, 11:09 CET
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union it should crack down on "Islamophobia" amid rising anti-Muslim protests instead of trying to teach Turkey lessons about democracy.

Further sanctions will destabilise Russia: Germany 04 January 2015, 13:11 CET
Tougher sanctions may destabilise the situation further in Russia and plunge the country into chaos, German deputy chancellor Sigmar Gabriel warned in a newspaper interview on Sunday.