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Cameron and Miliband clash over Europe as opposition warns of 'five years of uncertainty' over referendum

Accusing Mr Cameron of 'losing control' of his party, the Labour leader said: 'When it comes to Europe, it’s the same old Tories –a  divided party  and a weak prime minister'

Millions more motorists could soon face reduced speed limits of 20mph

EU petition could see 20mph lower limit in place by next year

One million people are being urged to back the introduction of a default 20mph speed limit across all Europe’s residential and urban roads.

The English Defence League has seen its support splinter

Far-right vacuum could trigger 'lone-wolf' attacks

Warning about potential for a 'British Breivik'

How the internet is transforming democracy

By publishing data on government activity, and promoting interaction with and between citizens, digital technology is changing statecraft for the better

Sergei Magnitsky died in custody nine months after he was arrested
David Cameron is expected to target the pay and perks of Eurocrats

David Cameron faces EU charge of hypocrisy over demand for cuts

PM seen as main stumbling block to a deal as 27 leaders meet at Brussels summit

EU budget talks end in failure

Talks on the European Union's 2013 budget collapsed in acrimony last night, denting hopes of a swift deal later this month on the bigger issue of the bloc's long-term spending for 2014-2020.

British Government clashes with Eurpean Commission over 'breathtaking' 11 per cent hike in EU financial programme

The Government this afternoon fired a fresh broadside at Brussels over “breathtaking” demands for a bigger EU budget.

Angela Merkel is greeted by David Cameron at 10 Downing Street yesterday

Angela Merkel hits out at British isolationism

The Prime Minister originally saw Germany as an ally on the issue of calling for a freeze

The evidence coming out of Tunisia points in one direction. The extremists are on the march

Clashes involving Salafis; women gang-raped by police; attacks on the US embassy: hopes for democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring are fading

Herman Van Rompuy was virtually unknown outside of Belgium until a few weeks ago

Herman van Rompuy to meet David Cameron for talks in Downing Street

Wrangling over planned hikes in the EU budget will loom large today when European Council president Herman van Rompuy meets David Cameron for talks in Downing Street.

EU spending rise is 'unacceptable', says Downing Street

The inflation-busting rise in EU spending approved by MEPs yesterday is “completely unacceptable”, Downing Street said today.

EU fails to agree proposed female quotas for company boards

European Union plans to set a 40 percent quota for women on company supervisory boards by 2020 stalled after EU commissioners failed to agree on the measures at a meeting Tuesday.

The European Union flag flies among European Union member countries' national flags in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Austerity? Cameron warned over veto as Euro-MPs back above-inflation spending rise

Euro-MPs rejected budget belt-tightening today and backed inflation-busting rises in EU spending for the next eight years.

Errors and Omissions: from Brussels to Croatia, stand up to the march of geographical correctness

Our legendary pedant brushes aside "authentic" place names, finds a missing Reichstag, and shines light on the existence (or not) of shadow spokesmen

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project