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The EU divides opinion but whatever your views it is important to have your say — through voting in the May election and joining in the Citizens’ Dialogue events around Europe

Last night David Cameron hosted a hog roast for Conservative MPs who are under a three-line whip to attend today’s vote

David Cameron to lead Conservative demands for in-out referendum on EU membership

Show of unity for poll by the end of 2017 will increase pressure on Labour to match the move

President Morales boards his plane in Vienna

Bolivia says European nations ‘kidnapped’ Evo Morales in hunt for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Grounding President’s plane was an ‘act of aggression’ that will result in complaint to UN

Mobile phone conversations often seem more intrusive than the general hubbub of people talking to one another

EU slashes mobile roaming charges

Costs for texts, calls, and data have fallen by 80% since 2007

Nadhim Zahawi said illegal immigrants should be given a one-off amnesty allowing them to remain in Britain

David Cameron: Immigrant amnesty 'is not a good idea'

Prime Minister says MP’s suggestion would send out message that Britain is ‘a soft touch’

The European exchange programme is set for a €16 billion expansion

Erasmus set for €16 billion expansion scheme

For the first time the European exchange scheme will incorporate education, training, youth, and sport initiatives under a single umbrella

David Cameron hits out at 'frustrating EU'

David Cameron has lashed out at the “immensely frustrating” way the European Union works, complaining that he had to “lock and load” every time he came to summits.

'A generation that is growing up unemployed, what will be its stance towards Europe, towards European solidarity?' asked Nils Muižnieks, Human Rights Commissioner for the Council of Europe

A lost generation: Europe's unemployed youths face years trapped in a downward spiral of poverty and exclusion

EU heads of state have put the issue at the top of their agenda

Sergei Magnitsky died in custody nine months after he was arrested

Magnitsky affair: Russia has allowed suspected killers of a whistleblowing lawyer to escape with impunity, says damning report

Council of Europe investigation into death of tax specialist who uncovered a $230m fraud against the state rubbishes Russian version of events

Youngest and the best paid: Report shows teachers in UK earn one of the highest salaries

Teachers have the sixth highest salaries in the developing world

Neil Alexander to leave Rangers as Ally McCoist searches for new goalkeeper

Rangers manager Ally McCoist is on the lookout for another goalkeeper after confirming Neil Alexander will not be at Ibrox next season.

Syria civil war: Friends of Syria agree to supply 'all the necessary material' to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad

Members also call for Hezbollah and other foreign fighters to pull out

John Kerry was among foreign ministers meeting in Doha

Syria civil war: Friends of Syria agree to supply 'all the necessary material' to rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad

Members also call for Hezbollah and other foreign fighters to pull out

Europe frets as Russia and China strike huge oil deal

Moscow to provide its eastern neighbour with 300,000 barrels a day for 25 years

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: David Cameron can be choosy about who he invites to dinner

Most people are all too aware of the breathtaking successs of companies like Amazon and Google in keeping their vast profits out of the hands of governments across the planet. But the Prime Minister may have been a shade optimistic during his Commons statement on the G8 summit in saying that while the “tax and transparency” issues as discussed at Loch Erne used to be the province of academics, they are now “kitchen table subjects”

An injured person is carried away following the blast

Somalia: Al-Shabaab militants claim three Britons dead after bomb attack on UN compound

Twenty killed during gun battle with Somali militants as staff try to flee to secure bunker

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