The ECB gives Portugal a helping hand with its return to the markets
UKIP's recent bad headlines, featuring adultery allegations and dubious expense claims, have not affected its poll ratings. A weekend poll put Labour top on 30 percent, UKIP - a eurosceptic party - second on 27 percent, and the Conservatives third on 22 percent. The Liberal Democrats polled just eight percent.
Populist politician Geert Wilders has lost his right-hand man Stephan Jansen who quit the PVV party because he was upset over its political strategy, reports De Volkskrant. In a letter, Jansen specifically mentions the chant "fewer Moroccans" that Wilders elicited from a crowd recently as a reason for his departure.
Greek leftist Syriza party on Monday announced it has removed Roma activist Saticha Suleiman from its list of candidates for the European Parliament following intense internal criticism. An NGO set up by Suleiman encourages local Roma children to attend Greek-speaking schools instead of the minority schools for Turkish speaking Muslims.
Finland has agreed to receive assistance from Nato forces and to maintain military assets such as ships and aircraft by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) deal similar to that signed by Sweden. Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund insisted that the deal is not a step towards Nato membership.