Poland's minister for regional development
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:35

ELŻBIETA BIEŃKOWSKA, Poland's minister for regional development, manages the biggest allocation of European Union funding sent to any single member state. Poland was awarded nearly €68 billion ($89 billion) of structural and cohesion funds (SCF) in the EU's 2007-2013 budget. When Polish 'match funding' is included, the spending package rises to a w...

Russia's Syria stance 'unchanged'
Friday, 14 December 2012 12:06
Russia's Syria stance 'unchanged'Syrian rebel forces have experienced tactical successes in recent weeks

Russia's foreign ministry has insisted that the country has not changed its position on Syria and "never will".

It came a day after Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Syria's government was...

Man jailed in Politkovskaya case
Friday, 14 December 2012 11:52
Man jailed in Politkovskaya caseDmitry Pavlyuchenkov is a former Moscow police officer

A former Russian police officer has been jailed for 11 years for his role in the murder of prominent journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was found guilty by a court in Moscow of tracking Politkovskaya's movements...

Deeper eurozone union 'agreed'
Friday, 14 December 2012 11:48
Deeper eurozone union 'agreed'The leaders met for two days

EU leaders have agreed on a roadmap for eurozone integration beyond the deal on centralised banking supervision, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Specific dates have not yet been agreed for the phases of integration.

But the EU summit chairman, Herman...

Damon fracking film set for Berlin
Friday, 14 December 2012 10:16
Damon fracking film set for BerlinKrasinski (left) and Damon (right) play rivals in the film, directed by Gus Van Sant (centre)

Matt Damon's film about the controversial shale gas industry is to screen in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant, centres on a...

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