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Feb 18, 2013

Just a third of Britons want to stay in European Union: poll

LONDON (Reuters) – Only a third of Britons would vote to stay in the European Union in a proposed referendum, a poll showed on Monday, underlining the scale of Prime Minister David Cameron’s task in persuading voters to back his flagship EU policy.

In one of the biggest gambles of his premiership, Cameron promised last month to win back powers from Brussels and hold a vote on Britain’s 40-year EU membership.

Feb 14, 2013

Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – The longer Syria’s conflict goes on, the greater the risk it will breed a new generation of battle-hardened militants who will pose a threat to Britain and other countries in Europe, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday.

Hague aimed his comments at Russia, which has had its own problems with attacks by Islamist militants, and has along with China repeatedly blocked U.N. Security Council action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 14, 2013

Cameron right to gamble on EU referendum – John Major

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise of a vote on Britain’s EU membership is a gamble he must take to end the bitter arguments that have poisoned British politics for decades, a predecessor who was seriously undermined by those rows said on Thursday.

John Major, a Conservative prime minister whose seven years in office were dogged by party infighting over Europe, said the referendum could “heal old sores”.

Feb 14, 2013

Britain’s Cameron right to gamble on EU referendum: former leader

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron’s promise of a vote on Britain’s EU membership is a gamble he must take to end the bitter arguments that have poisoned British politics for decades, a predecessor who was seriously undermined by those rows said on Thursday.

John Major, a Conservative prime minister whose seven years in office were dogged by party infighting over Europe, said the referendum could “heal old sores”.

Feb 14, 2013

Britain says intelligence sharing crucial despite abuse risks

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is justified in sharing intelligence with countries suspected of human rights abuses to protect itself, Foreign Secretary William Hague will say on Thursday, despite concerns over the torture of suspects and costly court cases.

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Britain has been wrestling with how to uphold its opposition to all forms of torture whilst ensuring it could gather information about planned attacks by militants, some of which might have been obtained through ill-treatment of suspects.

Feb 12, 2013

Magazine promises pregnant Kate photos, angering UK royals

LONDON (Reuters) – An Italian magazine said on Tuesday it will publish pictures of a pregnant Duchess of Cambridge wearing a bikini on holiday in the Caribbean, angering the British royal family and reigniting a debate over privacy and freedom of the press.

Photographs of the former Kate Middleton, walking with her husband Prince William on a beach on the island of Mustique are expected to be published in the Italian gossip magazine Chi on Wednesday.

Feb 12, 2013

British police mount raid as horsemeat scandal widens

LONDON (Reuters) – British police and regulators raided a slaughterhouse and a meat processor on Tuesday suspected of selling horsemeat as beef, expanding a Europe-wide scandal that has shocked consumers and exposed flawed food safety controls.

In Paris, French prosecutors opened a preliminary judicial investigation to determine whether fraud was committed in the growing scandal.

Feb 8, 2013

UK’s Cameron savors EU budget win as battles loom

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron won praise from his party’s anti-EU camp with a successful fight to cut the European Union budget, but tougher battles lie ahead when he seeks to win back powers from Brussels before a vote on Britain’s EU membership.

Supporters hailed the outcome as an “historic victory” for Cameron, comparing it to former Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher’s winning of concessions from Europe at fiercely contested summits in the 1980s.

Feb 8, 2013

Austerity reaches Brussels as EU tightens budget

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders neared agreement on the first ever cut in their common budget on Friday after almost 24 hours of talks, seeking to placate millions at home struggling through government cutbacks and recession.

The expected deal met the demands of northern European countries such as Britain and the Netherlands that wanted belt-tightening, while maintaining spending on farm subsidies and infrastructure to satisfy the likes of France and Poland.

Feb 5, 2013

British PM Cameron courts rich allies in EU budget battle

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron hopes to enlist the support of Germany and other rich north European countries in his fight to freeze EU spending at budget talks this week and is prepared to block a deal unless more savings are found.

It will be the Cameron’s first European summit since he set out his plan last month to claw back powers from Brussels and put the changes to voters in an “in or out” referendum on Britain’s membership of the 27-nation bloc.