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EU budget: David Cameron challenged over historic victory as MEPs reject spending cuts and demand extra £1.7bn from British taxpayers

Victorious PM had claimed deal was 'good for UK and Europe' last month

'Attempt to ban porn' discovered in EU report

MEPs concerned that paper on gender equality is a first step towards censorship

Calls for restraint have been ignored too long - this bonus culture has to end

Regulation of bonuses is just one part of a sweeping reform that will make our banking sector more stable, says Sharon Bowles MEP

Vicky Pryce leaving Southwark Crown Court

Vicky Pryce's brother appears 'like rabbit out of the hat' as defence witness in Chris Huhne speeding points case

Vicky Pryce’s brother appeared for the first time at her trial like a “rabbit out of the hat” to back up her story that she was bullied into taking speeding points for her ex-husband Chris Huhne, a court heard today.

Boris Johnson (pictured) today stepped up the pressure on David Cameron over Europe

'The most deluded measure to come from Europe since fixing the price of groceries in the Roman Empire': Boris Johnson attacks EU banker bonus cap

Mayor says regulations will lead to question over why the UK remains in in the Union

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Five-day airline strike hits Spain

UK likely to lose battle over strict limits on bank bonuses

Britain and the City look set to be the losers in the battle against the European parliament’s plans to bring in the toughest restrictions on bankers’ bonuses since the financial crisis began in 2008.

The Communist Party of France has removed the hammer and sickle from its membership card

A hammer blow for French Communists

The old phrase “workers of the world, unite thee” is looking a bit stale this week.

Editorial: A good night's work in Brussels

It would be tempting to hail the European Union budget agreement as an achievement in itself, almost regardless of the contents. And for 27 national leaders, with very different agendas, operating in a climate of austerity, a deal is no mean feat at only the second time of trying. What looked so far out of reach in December became possible yesterday after just 24 hours of talks.

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Endangered fish stocks given chance after EU crackdown

Campaigners welcome reforms including limits on catches and ban on 'discards'

Hollande calls on European Central Bank to bring down value of single currency

François Hollande has exacerbated fears that the world is slipping into a dangerous bout of currency wars by suggesting that the European Central Bank intervene to bring down the value of the euro.

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British internet users' personal information on major 'cloud' storage services can be spied upon routinely by US authorities

All personal information stored by British internet users on major "cloud" computing services including Google Drive can be spied upon routinely without their knowledge by US authorities under newly-approved legislation, it can be disclosed.

Europe's no longer the PM's problem. The economy is

What will voters be worrying  about when they go to the polls in 2015, asks Andrew Grice. A clue: it won’t be Brussels

David Cameron today promised an in/out referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union by the end of 2017 if the Conservatives win the next general election

David Cameron's promise of an in/out referendum was full of contradictions and creates more, not less, uncertainty about Britain's future

A former leader of Belgium lambasts this morning's speech by the Prime Minister

Barack Obama piles pressure on David Cameron over EU exit

Downing Street plays down US President’s personal intervention ahead of Europe speech

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