Greek ex-minister faces inquiry
Monday, 31 December 2012 14:48
George PapaconstantinouMr Papaconstantinou denies wrongdoing

Greece's coalition government has backed the investigation and potential trial of former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou.

MPs from all three coalition parties - including Mr Papaconstantinou's Pasok - signed a proposal calling for his...

 
Catalonia leader urges separatism
Monday, 31 December 2012 10:21
Catalonia leader urges separatismArtur Mas has formed a coalition despite losing ground in elections

The President of Spain's Catalonia region, Artur Mas, has signalled his determination to hold a referendum on independence, in a New Year message.

Mr Mas has formed a pro-independence coalition since winning an early...

 
UK must stay in Europe, says CBI
Monday, 31 December 2012 07:54
John CridlandThe CBI's John Cridland says the UK needs to work within Europe to help business

The CBI says the UK needs to keep its place within the European Union to push for freer trade for its businesses.

The business lobby group says the UK should use the EU to help rebalance the economy...

 
Foreign journalists to be ousted from Russian state-owned TV channels?
Monday, 31 December 2012 05:37

The Russian State Duma may adopt a law prohibiting foreign nationals from working at Russia's state-owned TV channels. The proposed law came as a reaction to the statements made by well-known journalist Vladimir Pozner on Channel One.

In his show, Pozner criticized both the "Magnitsky Act" and the retaliatory law approved by the State Duma and the...

 
Merkel warns of tough times ahead
Monday, 31 December 2012 03:18
Merkel warns of tough times aheadChancellor Angela Merkel is urging Germans to be more patient

Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the German economic climate in 2013 will be "even more difficult".

In her new year message, she also cautioned that the eurozone debt crisis was far from over.

However, she did say...

 
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