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Salmond to quit as Scottish first minister after independence vote defeat

Alex Salmond has announced he will step down as Scotland’s first minister and resign as the leader of the Scottish National Party, after voters rejected independence from the UK. Scotland voted “No” to independence by about 55%...more »


EU and NATO breathes sigh of relief after Scotland 'No' vote

European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday (19 September) at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in...more »


Banks repay bailout loans to ECB, hurting lending to businesses

European Central Bank (ECB) plans to bolster lending to business were dealt another setback on Friday after banks decided to repay billions of euros of cheap ECB credit, sapping money available to lend to business. The news came...more »


Poland unveils new cabinet line-up

Poland’s cabinet reshuffle after Donald Tusk’s resignation to become European Council president reflects a shift away from his political line, despite the fact only five ministers have changed. Ewa Kopacz, expected to be the new...more »


Could the Scottish vote awaken European democracy from its slumber?

The Scottish referendum has had the benefit to set the stage for a broader discussion on the way governance functions in the UK and the EU at large, writes David Kitching. David Kitching, is Policy Advisor for the Foundation of...more »


Energy efficiency at the heart of Europe's stability

The investment to cut energy waste in the building stock is not a cost, but a long-term investment which can redress Europe's economy and not only, writes Oliver Rapf. Oliver Rapf is the Executive Director of the Buildings...more »


Poroshenko asks Obama for weapons, obtains blankets

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secured $53 million in assistance from the United States yesterday (18 September) but President Barack Obama for now turned down his appeals for weapons to fight Russian-backed...more »

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