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Oct 24, 2014

‘We won’t pay,’ furious Cameron tells EU over surprise bill

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In a vivid display of fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used.

Eurosceptics at home branded the EU a “thirsty vampire” for seeking an additional, immediate sum worth a seventh of London’s annual payment following a major statistical review of national incomes. Cameron demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit, calling the sudden bill “completely unacceptable”.

Oct 24, 2014

“We won’t pay,” furious Cameron tells EU over surprise budget

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In a vivid display of public fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of how the budget figures were arrived at.

As Eurosceptics at home leapt on news that the EU executive – a “thirsty vampire” – had demanded a sum worth about a seventh of London’s annual payment after a rare statistical review of national incomes, Cameron demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit in Brussels calling the bill “completely unacceptable”.

Oct 24, 2014
Oct 23, 2014

EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.

Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its coal industry and other states tweaked the guideline text on global warming to protect varied economic interests, from nuclear plants and cross-border power lines to farmers whose livestock belch out polluting methane.

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Oct 20, 2014

UKIP, 5-Star welcome Polish radical to save EU voting bloc

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The UK Independence Party and Italy’s 5-Star Movement formed an alliance in the European Parliament on Monday with a right-wing Polish libertarian in order to reconstitute a formal Eurosceptic bloc in the EU legislature.

Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right (KNP), whose leader has said women are too stupid to vote and doubts that Hitler knew of the Holocaust. His move makes up for the defection of a Latvian lawmaker last week that had triggered the formal dissolution of the Eurosceptic bloc.

Oct 16, 2014

UKIP cries foul as Latvian defection weakens hand in EU parliament

BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – The UK Independence Party
accused the European Parliament of blackmail and bias on
Thursday after it wound up a voting bloc forged by British and
Italian Eurosceptics, depriving them of funding and influence.

The dissolution of the four-month-old Europe of Freedom and
Direct Democracy Group (EFDD), one of seven formal parliamentary
blocs, was sparked by the loss of Latvia’s Iveta Grigule, sole
member of the Latvian Farmers Union, who quit to sit as an
independent.

Oct 15, 2014
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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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