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Russian prosecutors have called for a 10-year jail sentence for anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny in a trial on fraud charges seen by civil society as a political attack. They called for an eight-year sentence for his brother. Navalny is already on a five-year suspended sentence related to a 2013 conviction.
Greek far-left politician Alexis Tsipras has said a Syriza government would "cancel austerity through the Greek parliament, we will cancel the bailout." He told Reuters that a Syriza victory, after a possible early election, "will break the bad spell and liberate markets. It will create a feeling of security."
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has called on the country’s parliamentarians to adopt a bill to allow the country to join Nato, Spiegel reports. He said the country's non-aligned status, set out in a 2010 law, was “ineffective means of ensuring the country’s security from foreign aggression and pressure".
Giorgio Napolitano Thursday announced his "imminent departure" as Italy's president. The 89-year old, a well-respected figure, has always indicated he would not serve the full term of office, due to his age. Speculation has already started on whether the search for a successor will delay PM Renzi's reform programme.
The two coalition parties that support the Dutch government, Liberal and Labour, have agreed on adapting and reintroducing a health bill that was struck down by three Labour senators. With the compromise, Liberal PM Mark Rutte, who skipped Thursday's EU summit, and his colleagues saved their cabinet from collapse.
Luxembourg has agreed to share information on its tax arrangements with multinationals with the European Commission, prime minister Xavier Bettel confirmed on Thursday at the EU summit in Brussels. The move follows the commission's request Wednesday for information from all EU countries on their tax rulings and "patent box" schemes.
The Belgian government has decided to keep nuclear reactors Doel 1 and 2, almost 30 years old and initially scheduled to be turned off in 2015, open until 2025. In 2003 Belgium decided to phase out nuclear power, but subsequent governments kept reviewing that decision.