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Diana Wallis attacked the 'Buggins' turn principle' of the EU Presidency election

British MEPs try to challenge the 'stitch-up' in Brussels

A pair of British Euro MPs will today challenge the “stitch-up” between two large, political groups that has monopolised the presidency of the European Parliament for the last two decades.

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: 'Cameron's summit demands represented risk'

Britain's demands at last week's European Union summit represented a "risk to the integrity of the internal market" which was impossible for other member states to accept, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said today.

EU rebate threat to 'selfish' UK

Britain should be stripped of its EU rebate for breaking solidarity at the European summit, MEPs were told today.

Chris Huhne broke the news of his affair to his wife during the half time interval of a World Cup match

Chris Huhne 'speeding' decision 'close'

Prosecutors are "very close" to making a decision on whether to pursue cabinet minister Chris Huhne over claims he dodged a speeding penalty, the Director of Public Prosecutions said today.

Euro-MPs attack UK coastguard cuts

British and French Socialist Euro-MPs joined forces today to attack UK government cuts to the coastguard service.

The gripes of Roth (or: how MPs moaned about their Parliamentary profiles)

An obscure archive sheds fascinating light on politicians' self-regard

Markets breathe sign of relief as eurozone forges new rescue plan

Global financial markets welcomed the deal agreed by eurozone leaders in Brussels designed to prevent the disintegration of the single currency. But some investors cautioned that the ultimate success or failure of the agreement, struck early yesterday morning after more than eight hours of negotiations, will depend on crucial details still to be revealed.

Markets rise as EU chiefs agree deal to save single currency

Investors demand more details of rescue package before it can be judged a success

David Prosser: Lord Davies's generosity on women on the board is about to be abused

Outlook Let us be charitable and say they are leaving it late. UKSIF, the sustainable investment group, revealed yesterday that it has written to all of the FTSE 350 companies which have yet to explain how they will respond to Lord Davies's report in February on increasing the number of women on the board, the deadline for which is fast approaching. So how many stamps did UKSIF have to buy? More than 250 – and 60-odd of the letters went to blue-chip FTSE 100 companies.

CPS given Chris Huhne speeding case

The results of fresh investigations into claims cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to dodge a speeding penalty have been given to prosecutors, Essex Police have confirmed.

Prosecutors ask for more inquiries into Chris Huhne case

Prosecutors have asked police to make further inquiries into allegations Cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to dodge a speeding penalty.

More questions in Chris Huhne probe

Prosecutors have asked police to make further inquiries into allegations that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to dodge a speeding penalty.

EU faces crisis of legitimacy, warns former Europe minister

'Remote' institutions are in urgent need of radical reform, claims Denis MacShane

David Prosser: The clock is ticking in the old-fashioned boardrooms of Britain

Outlook Time is running out for stuck-in-the-mud companies that are still failing to take seriously the issue of getting more women on to their boards – and there are plenty of them. Back in February, Lord Davies, who lead an inquiry into the shocking lack of women directors at large companies, gave those firms six months to explain what they intend to do remedy the problem. That deadline expires in a matter of weeks, yet we have heard precious little from far too many companies.

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