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[Opinion] Yes or No - the consequences will be dire

4 July, 2015 - 16:57
The EU shares the blame for this sad and avoidable situation. It should do some soul-searching while it watches up to 10 million Greek voters make their fateful decision on Sunday.








Greeks head for knife-edge referendum

4 July, 2015 - 16:57
Sunday's bailout referendum is the first in Greece for 40 years. It is not clear when the final result will be known.








'It's Greeks against Greeks'

4 July, 2015 - 08:29
It was a tale of two Greeces on Friday night as tens of thousands took to the streets of Athens for the last evening of campaigning ahead of Sunday's referendum on bailout reforms.








Spain's anti-protest 'gag' law comes into force amid strong criticism

3 July, 2015 - 17:41
A new anti-protest law in Spain clamping down on protests or spreading information about protests has been criticised as undermining fundamental human rights.








Investor court issue still bedevils US trade vote

3 July, 2015 - 15:45
Socialists say new US trade text has killed ISDS. The centre-right say it's ISDS under a different name, ahead of a crunch vote next week.








[Analysis] 'Sharing economy' masks cold business interest

3 July, 2015 - 15:34
The phrase suggests a friendly, hippie-like world, but there are reasons why many courts in Europe have banned UberPop.








[Agenda] Greece, Greece, and Greece on EU agenda This WEEK

3 July, 2015 - 14:27
The Greek referendum eclipses EU affairs next week. But an EP vote on the US trade pact and Srebrenica politics merit attention.








[Ticker] Tsipras: IMF report is 'vindication' of government position

3 July, 2015 - 14:24
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras urged voters "to say No to ultimatums and blackmails". He said that a No vote at Sunday's referendum would not mean an exit from the eurozone and that an IMF report saying the Greek debt should be partly written off is "a vindication" of his position.








[Ticker] EU debt fund says Greece is in 'default'

3 July, 2015 - 14:23
The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) has said Greece is in "default" after it failed to repay the IMF earlier this week. The facility holds €145bn of Greek debt. It hasn't demanded debt repayment, which would trigger a Greek euro exit. But its decision heightens tension ahead of Sunday's referendum.








[Ticker] Juncker: No vote will 'dramatically weaken' Greece's position

3 July, 2015 - 11:58
"Even in the case of a Yes vote, we'll have to face difficult negotiations. In the case of a No vote, the Greek position will be dramatically weakened," European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday, two days ahead of the Greek referendum on creditors' bailout proposals.








[Ticker] Uber suspends UberPop service in France

3 July, 2015 - 11:23
The taxi service Uber announced Friday it would stop its UberPop service in France at 8pm. Several drivers for the service, which was declared illegal in France, were attacked by professional taxis drivers in recent weeks. The paid car-sharing service is suspended "in an appeasement spirit," said Uber France chief.








[Ticker] France rejects Assange's asylum request

3 July, 2015 - 11:17
French president Francois Hollande Friday rejected an asylum request from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. "Today my life is in danger," Assange wrote in an open letter in Le Monde a few days after revelations on NSA spying in France. "His situation presents no immediate danger," estimates the French presidency.








[Sponsored] More defence for less money

3 July, 2015 - 11:00
On the eve of the European Council on Defence of 25th June, the European Parliament's Liberal group, ALDE, presented its Roadmap towards an Integrated EU Military.








[Ticker] Greek defence minister: Army is responsible for stability

3 July, 2015 - 08:42
"The special forces in the army are responsible for maintaining the stability inside the country," Greek Defence minister Panos Kammenos said in a statement Thursday (2 July), three days ahead of a referendum on Greece's bailout programme. The statement comes amid capital controls and closed banks in Greece.








[Ticker] Varoufakis: Greece cannot print drachma

3 July, 2015 - 08:30
Greece would not be able to print drachma, its former currency, even if it left the eurozone, Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis told Australia's ABC channel. "We smashed the printing presses," he said, explaining that Greece had to get rid of the machines because "this monetary union is irreversible".








Tsipras promises bailout deal to worried voters

3 July, 2015 - 08:29
The Greek PM tried to reassure voters on the consequences of Sunday's referendum amid fears of further economic hardships.








Marine Le Pen moves to oust father despite court ruling

3 July, 2015 - 08:29
French nationalist Marine Le Pen of the National Front said a decision by a court to lift her father's membership suspension is of "no importance".








[Ticker] High support among Germans for finance minister Schaeuble

3 July, 2015 - 08:09
70% of Germans support finance minister Schaeuble, according to a poll published Thursday. 67% support chancellor Merkel. The poll also showed that Germans are split on Greece's future in the eurozone: 45% support Grexit, 45% don't. 69% of Germans worries about the situation of the Greek people.








[Ticker] Police arrest 100 suspected rioters in the Netherlands

3 July, 2015 - 08:09
Dutch police arrested around 100 people in The Hague around midnight Friday. It was the fourth night of unrest in the city. Protests over the death of a man, probably caused by the police who arrested him, turned into destructive riots. On Thursday, PM Rutte angrily told rioters to stop.








[Ticker] Iceland legalizes blasphemy

3 July, 2015 - 08:08
Of Iceland's 63 MPs, 59 voted on Thursday in favour of removing blasphemy from the country's penal code. Legalizing blasphemy was put on the agenda by Iceland's three Pirate MPs after the attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris. In recent polls, the Pirate Party has over 30% support.