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Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek, her Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic, Slovenian foreign minister Karel Erjavec and Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic shake hands after the Slovenian parliament ratified Croatia's EU accession, in Ljubljana last week.  Photograph:  Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia's creditworthiness is deteriorating at the fastest pace in the world after Cyprus as investors speculate a banking crisis will force i(...)

The Department of Finance has linked up with Microsoft and Dell to hold a fully paperless meeting of European Union ministers and governors as part(...)

Ukraine's former interior minister Yuri Lutsenko leaves prison yesterday in Makoshino

Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich has pardoned two allies of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, drawing cautious praise from th(...)

Tánaiste  Eamon Gilmore: “The provision of public services and the financing of an economy is a collective responsibility, not something that falls just on working people.” Photograph: Bryan O'Brien

The use of tax havens by the wealthy has to be dealt with by the international community, which should deal more effectively with the issue, ac(...)

Debtors facing mortgage foreclosure proceedings may have a powerful defence weapon in the Unfair Contract Terms Directive 1993(...)

Opposition supporters hold a rally in central Moscow  demanding the release of anti-government activists. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Hundreds of Russians have rallied to demand the release from jail of anti-government activists. The protest comes as an (...)

Luxembourg finance minister Luc Frieden said there is an international trend towards automatically exchanging depositor information. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Luxembourg is prepared to ease its banking secrecy rules and work more closely with foreign tax authorities, its finance minister has told a ne(...)

Portugal's Constitutional Court president Joaquim Sousa Ribeiro walks in front of members of the court as he arrives to address a news conference in Lisbon. Photograph: Hugo Correia/Reuters

Portugal's constitutional court has rejected four out of nine contested austerity measures in this year's budget in a ruling that deals a blow(...)

Three of Daryl Walshe’s children, Leo (10), Roslyn (8) and Karsten (4)

On Wednesday, Daryl Walshe had better news than 19 million other people around Europe. While official figures recorded the worst-ever jobless rate (...)

Czech president Milos Zeman (left) and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso hoist the European Union Flag at Prague Castle yesterday. The occasion marks the first time the flag has been raised over the castle since the Czech Republic joined the EU nine years ago.  Photograph: Petr Josek/Reuters

Nine years after the Czech Republic joined the European Union, the bloc’s blue-and- gold flag is finally flying over Prague Ca(...)

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