News Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after their wedding on April 29, 2011. Royal wedding protesters lost their court appeal on Wednesday 22 January after they accused the Metropolitan Police of

The 20 individuals had accused the Metropolitan Police of Prince "suppressing anti-monarchist sentiment"

David Usborne: America reaches out – so must Europe

The President has created at least the spark of a new romance with Europe

Podium: America cannot confront the challenges of this century alone

Not more than a generation ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that the inability of somebody to pay for a house in Florida could contribute to the failure of the banking system in Iceland. Today what's difficult to imagine is that we did not act sooner to shape our future.

Credit crisis diary: Let the bankers go to Strasbourg

At last, a job prospect for all those disgraced bankers. The Jury Team, a group set up to promote independent candidates for public office, reckons City workers out of a job should think about standing for the European Parliament, which, it says, is in dire need of people with more business expertise. The way party politics has become mired in sleaze represents an opportunity for independent candidates, the Jury Team adds, missing the rather obvious point that bankers aren't exactly squeaky clean. Still, at least they know what it takes to run a gravy train.

Andrew Grice: Brown goes Euro-positive

An important speech by Gordon Brown to the European Parliament in Strasbourg this afternoon. His aides admit it's the most pro-European he has ever delivered.

In The City of Sylvia (PG)

For the first half-hour or so, the action consists almost entirely of a pretty young man sitting outside a café in Strasbourg sketching pretty young women; and you'd be surprised how easy it is to go along with that.

Brown receives the call every politician wanted

Gordon Brown became the first European leader to receive a phone call from President Barack Obama yesterday, an important signal that the alliance with George Bush over Iraq has not damaged the "special relationship".

UK's database plan condemned by Europe

Human rights commissioner says government plan to store information is violation

European Court blocks UK handover of Iraqi detainees

The European Court of Human Rights blocked the handover to the Iraqi authorities of the last two remaining prisoners held by British forces in Basra yesterday– just hours after the Court of Appeal in London ruled that they could be transferred.

Leading article: A victory for civil liberties – but the larger war still rages

The police DNA databse is just one of the assaults on our freedom

Europe strikes blow against DNA register

Retention of innocent people's DNA and fingerprint records by police is illegal, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled, but British ministers have failed to say they will observe the landmark decision.

Take a festive break (and crack the Christmas shopping, too)

Get ahead of the game and have some fun. Turn the present-buying chore into a holiday and fill their stockings with treats from a traditional market

Will Strasbourg repairs end the 'travelling circus'?

There have been fresh calls to scrap the European Parliament's 'travelling circus' after it was revealed that repairs running into millions of euros are needed to secure the parliament building in Strasbourg.

Gary McKinnon: 'If I have to spend some time in an American jail, I will survive but it will be tough. I can't imagine that I'll be too welcome'

Jerome Taylor meets Gary McKinnon, the hacker who this week lost his appeal against extradition to the US

Gravy train goes deluxe for MEPs' Strasbourg trips

A gleaming new, high-speed train solely for MEPs launches today. The service, linking Brussels with the French city of Strasbourg, is being inaugurated by France in the hope of stamping out criticism of the "travelling circus" that sees the entire European Parliament, uproot to the capital of the Alsace region for one week a month at a cost of €200m (£158m) a year.

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