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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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