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The ruling follows a request for advice from The Netherlands about three gay refugees seeking asylum from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Senegal

Hamish McRae: The Greeks will not be the last people to lose control of their fiscal policy

Governments elected for four years must run fiscal policies sustainable for 40

David Cameron in EU treaty legal warning

David Cameron tonight denied that he had been forced to back down over his high-profile European treaty veto.

David Cameron will be proved to have made a serious miscalculation

David Cameron makes pledge over EU institutions

David Cameron today pledged to do "everything possible" to stop signatories of a new treaty from using the EU's institutions to do their business behind the UK's back.

China threatens trade war over EU jet emissions tax

The "environmental squeeze" that helped prompt British Airways owner IAG's takeover of BMI is set to ignite a trade war between China and Europe after the EU's top court upheld a move to charge airlines using the Continent's airspace for their greenhouse gas emissions.

Flights tax fuels EU trade war with US

Europe faces the prospect of a vicious trade war with the US after the EU's highest court dismissed an American claim for its airlines to avoid new emissions-trading rules.

Ben Chu: This medicine alleviates the symptoms – but won't eradicate the disease

It was the banking sectors of countries such as Ireland and Spain that effectively destroyed their public finances

Leading article: Treaty talk that isolates the UK

Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy are now so used to each other's company that they can almost complete each other's sentences. But their latest emergency tryst to save the euro still managed to spring a few surprises – not least the verve with which they professed their faith in the currency.

Letters: European futures

Britain on the road out of Europe

Mass-produced blood project threatened by stem cell ruling

Europe-wide ban on human embryo patents will drive away private investors, scientists fear

Pension schemes fight for £100m a year VAT refund

Britain's final salary pension schemes are taking the Government to the European Court of Justice in a bid to save £100m a year in taxes they claim they are being unfairly charged.

Climbdown as MEPs' abuse of expenses is finally revealed

The European Parliament yesterday bowed to three years of pressure and released a secret report that exposed the widespread abuse of expenses by MEPs.

Europe braced for MEPs' expenses storm

Publication of suppressed report could undermine efforts to deal with eurozone debt crisis

David Prosser: Hargreaves Review is just the beginning

Outlook As he was preparing to unveil the findings of his five-month investigation into Britain's intellectual property and copyright laws yesterday, Ian Hargreaves was asked how he could be confident his recommendations would not end up gathering dust in Whitehall, the fate of a string of similar reviews over the past decade. Ever the optimist, Professor Hargreaves said he hoped the Government would have the courage of its convictions this time.

Legal challenge used to block circus animals ban

The Government’s used a non-existent court challenge as an excuse for blocking a ban on wild animal in circuses, it was claimed today.

Expats lose disability payout fight

Britons fighting to keep full disability benefits despite moving abroad lost their legal claim in the European Court of Justice today.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee