Spain dismisses Eta talks offer
Sunday, 25 November 2012 15:44
Spain dismisses Eta talks offerEta announced an end to its campaign of violence last year

Spain has rejected an offer by Basque separatist group Eta to enter talks with Spain and France to negotiate a "definitive end" to its operations.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Spain would not negotiate with a...

Pope creates 'global' cardinals
Saturday, 24 November 2012 11:25
Pope creates 'global' cardinalsThree of the new cardinals comes from countries with large Muslim populations

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed six priests from non-European countries to be cardinals, at a service in the Vatican's St Peter's Basilica.

The cardinals, the closest aides of the Pope, come from the...

Catalonia independence timetable: 'Once it has started it cannot stop'
Saturday, 24 November 2012 10:01

Catalan voters are expected to return a pro-independence majority to the regional parliament on Sunday. Then a referendum will be held within two years, says one campaigner
Catalonian independence: an interactive journey

So what happens next? After the dust settles from Sunday's elections, widely forecast to return a pro-independence majority to the...

Recession is only one explanation for the drive for secession | Paolo Dardanelli
Saturday, 24 November 2012 10:00

Breakaway parties in Belgium, Scotland and Catalonia are fuelled by a complex mix of issues around identity and sovereignty

It's always tempting to look for straightforward explanations for complex phenomena. The latest example is the rise of secessionist parties in several European countries, notably Belgium (Flanders), the UK (Scotland) and...

EU budget talks end without deal
Friday, 23 November 2012 21:35
EU budget talks end without dealGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen here arriving at the EU council headquarters on Friday

The Brussels summit has ended without agreement on the 27-strong union's next seven-year budget.

A BBC correspondent says another meeting will have to be called to sort out the difficulties...

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