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Paul Ryan and Joe Biden yesterday fanned out to the vital battleground state of Ohio

Biden puts the fire back into Obama's re-election campaign

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden yesterday fanned out to the vital battleground state of Ohio, each seeking to capitalise on their rambunctious and compelling vice-presidential debate here, generally judged to have been – in football parlance – a high scoring draw.

EDL members demonstrate behind police in Bristol

English Defence League 'to become political party and stand candidates in European elections', says 'Tommy Robinson'

Exclusive: Robinson announces that far-right party will stand in elections as he abandons British Freedom Party after only five months

Tories call for a more Eurosceptic minister

Senior Conservative backbenchers are pressing David Cameron to appoint a more Eurosceptic Europe Minister in his upcoming reshuffle. The post has been held since the 2010 election by David Lidington – a moderate figure whose appointment was welcomed by other EU Governments.

EU accused of pushing anti-piracy Agreement through back-door

The European Union has been accused of trying to push through a controversial deal, which would force internet service providers to hand over the personal details of anyone suspected of infringing copyright online, by the back door.

Controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement proposals rejected by European Parliament

Internet freedom campaigners are celebrating after a controversial international agreement, which would have forced internet service providers to hand over details of people suspected of online copyright infringement, was rejected by the European Parliament.

The Conservative Lord St John of Bletso and Labour's Lord Boateng of Akyem and Wembley

Murky world of interests that peers don't declare

A senior Conservative peer has been acting as an adviser to a European lobbying firm for five years without declaring it to Parliament, an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and i has found.

David Cameron and Barack Obama urge 'immediate plan' over eurozone crisis

Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama have agreed on the need for “an immediate plan” to resolve the eurozone crisis, Downing Street said today.

EU leaders face growth plan pressure as they meet in Brussels

David Cameron and fellow EU leaders meet in Brussels tonight under intense pressure to agree new economic growth plans ahead of a crucial Greek election vote.

MEPs back plans to open up Europe's regional airports

Plans to open up Europe's regional airports as part of the revival of flagging economies have been backed by MEPs.

Mobile roaming charges to fall again

Mobile phone roaming charges will fall again from July following a European Parliament vote today.

MEP in protest over Iceland EU membership

A London MEP today opposed EU membership for Iceland - because of the millions of pounds the country owes the capital.

UN sees possible crimes against humanity in Syria

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused the Syrian regime of potential crimes against humanity as activists reported fresh violence in Daraa, the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad erupted 11 months ago.

A riot policeman avoids a petrol bomb

Greece spiralling into catastrophic depression

Greece is expecting to agree the terms of European leaders for a rescue package this evening as the country seeks to avoid a default on its international debts. But Greeks fear that the cuts, imposed on them in return for a €130bn bailout, is sending the country spiralling into a catastrophic depression.

Letters: Tories must uphold rights code

Let me start by saying I found the European Court of Human Rights' decision on Abu Qatada baffling; I firmly believe a country's borders are the responsibility of that country and that country alone. However, David Cameron is right to demand reform and must reject knee-jerk calls to leave the European Convention on Human Rights.

Buchan's picture of herself with Nelson Mandela

Janey Buchan: MEP who fought for artistic and political causes

Janey Buchan, who died at the weekend, was not a professional politician as we now know them but an old-fashioned political activist of the kind who always had a cause to fight and never allowed herself to be put off by the possibility of defeat or failure. Those who knew her learned not to be surprised to receive a telephone call out of the blue, which would last a good long time as she unburdened herself of whatever had excited or angered since the last call. Alternatively, it could be a hastily written letter, sometimes containing an unexpected gift such as a book that she thought deserved a bigger readership. She held strong opinions, but not easily predicted, of everyone she met. She was a Scot but had no time for the late John Smith; a left-winger who held a low opinion of Tony Benn; a lover of political folk music who thoroughly despised Bob Dylan.

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