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Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment movement is closing the gap on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Italy’s EU election campaign. According to the Ixe institute, Renzi’s Democratic Party leads with 32.8 percent against 27.4 percent for Grillo’s Five Star Movement, while Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia is on 17.5 percent.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has invited EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger to Moscow on Monday to discuss the Ukrainian gas issue, ITAR-TASS reports. Earlier this week Ukrainian leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he will discuss "maintenance and modernisation of Ukraine’s gas transportation system" with American and European investors.
Germany's biggest bank Deutsche Bank may need to rise capital to meet stricter rules when the eurozone-wide health check of banks begin in November, reports the Financial Times. Other banks, including Barclays and Credit Suisse, have already been forced by local regulators to accelerate plans to raise capital.
New figures from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics (INE) show total 313,446 EU residents left the country in 2013. Almost one in three leaving Spain (87.880) were Britons, while the second largest group (74.745) were Romanians. The only nationality to increase their presence in Spain were the Chinese.
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.