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Leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party  Sigmar Gabriel (left) welcomes German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union  Angela Merkel and federal chancellery minister Ronald Pofalla  at the SPD headquarters before coalition talks. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany’s Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has insisted that only countries that sign up to a European financial transaction tax should be entitl(...)

German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union  Angela Merkel (C) and party fellows await the start of coalition talks in Berlin today. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Germany’s next government will renew a push for a financial transactions tax, chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) (...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Francois Hollande: spying revelations  cast a shadow over the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Yves Herman

An escalating transatlantic row over American spying in Europe has thrown doubt over trade talks and data-sharing arrangements between the European Un(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (left) talks with Portugal’s prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho (centre) and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels last night. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Claims that the US spied on German chancellor Angela Merkel dominated yesterday’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels, reopening divisions among member s(...)

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi answers journalists’ questions during a news briefing after receiving her 1990 Sakharov Prize 
during an award ceremony,
 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today. Photogrraph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today to finally collect the Sakharov Prize she was awarde(...)

A woman browses a copy of Malala Yousufzai’s book “I am Malala” at a book store in Islamabad. Photograph: Reuters

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, has been awarded the EU’s Sakharov Prize, fuelling sp(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz stole a march on the European Commission by responding to the surveillance allegations early on Sunday, during a typically quiet news period. Photograph: Reuters/Jean-Marc Loos

Reports in Der Spiegel and the Guardian that America’s surveillance tactics extended to its European allies may have ignited a diplomatic row between (...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: warns of battle ahead. Photograph:  Laurent Dubrule

The Government capped six months in charge of Europe’s political agenda with a deal on a new EU budget, an agreement which will trigger the release of(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a meeting on the Multiannual Financial Framework. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ireland’s EU presidency has reached “political agreement” with the European Parliament on a new seven-year budget for European member states. The deal(...)

The intervention by Taoiseach Enda Knny is an indication of the gravity of the budget situation, with European Parliament sources suggesting a second vote by MEPs might not take place until after the Irish presidency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore fly to Brussels today for talks with the head of the European Commission and E(...)

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