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Bavaria Party hopes to ride on Scottish independence vote

The German government on Monday (15 September) ridiculed the suggestion that the rich southern region of Bavaria could try to break away if Scotland votes to split from the United Kingdom this week. more »


Who will hold the initiative in the Juncker Commission?

In theory, the 28 European Commissioners share the power to initiate legislation. But this may well change with the concentration of power in the hands of the President and his entourage of 7 Vice-Presidents. EurActiv France...more »


Eurosceptic AfD wins double-digits in German regional elections

Germany’s Eurosceptic AfD party won handily in parliamentary elections in Brandenburg and Thuringia on Sunday (14 September), following successes in the European Parliament and Saxon elections. But other parties are appalled,...more »


Athletes unite for European Special Olympics opening

SPECIAL REPORT: More than ten thousand people gathered at the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony to watch athletes with intellectual disabilities launch the games, in Heizel, on 13 September. Two thousand contestants representing...more »


‘Mass murder’ reported off Malta, 500 drowned

BREAKING: If the reports of two survivors prove to be true, 500 migrants from North Africa have been deliberately killed by human traffickers, who sank their boat following a dispute. If confirmed, this is the worst incident of...more »


Millennium Goals leave the most deprived behind

A report by the NGO ATD Fourth World highlights the failures of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the struggle against poverty, claiming some performance measures exclude the most disadvantaged.more »


Western sanctions to hamper Russia’s big oil projects

Fresh US and EU sanctions imposed on Moscow will bring an abrupt halt to exploration of Russia's huge Arctic and shale oil reserves and complicate financing of existing Russian projects from the Caspian Sea to Iraq and Ghana. On...more »

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