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Nov 9, 2012

From Mammon to God: Ex-oil man must unite troubled church

LONDON (Reuters) – He has met murderous warlords, survived death threats and brokered multi-million pound deals on the financial markets. Now the next Archbishop of Canterbury faces what many see as the near impossible task of uniting an Anglican church that risks tearing itself apart over gay marriage and women bishops.

Justin Welby, a self-deprecating figure who called himself “one of the thicker bishops in the Church of England”, inherits a bitterly divided institution struggling to find a role in an increasingly secular society.

Nov 7, 2012

Merkel warns Britain against European Union exit

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel
on Wednesday warned Britain not to turn its back on Europe ahead
of talks in London with Prime Minister David Cameron aimed at
overcoming divisions that threaten to block a European Union
budget deal later this month.

Cameron has said he is ready to veto the EU’s seven-year
budget and has attacked its “ludicrous” spending plans, in
comments likely to fuel a view among many in Europe that London
is drifting away from the 27-nation union.

Nov 7, 2012

UK’s Cameron attacks “ludicrous” EU budget before Merkel talks

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s David Cameron attacked
“ludicrous” European Union budget plans on Wednesday and played
down hopes its leaders can reach a spending deal later this
month, stepping up the rhetoric before talks in London with
Germany’s Angela Merkel.

The British prime minister has threatened to veto the EU’s
seven-year budget, fuelling a perception among many in Europe
that London is casting itself adrift from the 27-nation union.

Nov 6, 2012

Merkel, Cameron to thrash out EU budget differences

LONDON (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will try to narrow divisions that threaten to wreck a European Union budget deal and further isolate Britain from its biggest trading partner when she meets British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on Wednesday.

Cameron, under pressure after suffering a humiliating defeat in parliament at the hands of anti-European rebels in his Conservative Party, will have a working dinner with Merkel after threatening to veto the EU’s seven-year 2014-20 spending plan.

Nov 6, 2012

Slump in UK Sept industrial output dents recovery hopes

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – British industrial output fell
more sharply than expected in September, data showed on Tuesday,
reinforcing fears an incipient recovery will struggle to gather
pace.

Excluding a decline in June, due partly to an extra public
holiday, the 1.7 percent monthly fall was the biggest since
August 2009 and much bigger than the 0.6 percent decline
analysts had forecast.

Nov 1, 2012

Labour party embraces old foes in risky European gamble

LONDON (Reuters) – Giving Prime Minister David Cameron a bloody nose over Europe may have given Britain’s opposition Labour Party a short-term glow, but their lurch towards the anti-Brussels camp risks leaving them divided, isolated and lacking credibility.

After years of broadly pro-European policies, the centre-left party joined a rebellion organised by members of Cameron’s Conservatives demanding he pushes for a real-terms cut in the European Union budget at talks this month.

Nov 1, 2012

UK’s Labour embraces old foes in risky European gamble

LONDON, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Giving Prime Minister David
Cameron a bloody nose over Europe may have given Britain’s
opposition Labour Party a short-term glow, but their lurch
towards the anti-Brussels camp risks leaving them divided,
isolated and lacking credibility.

After years of broadly pro-European policies, the
centre-left party joined a rebellion organised by members of
Cameron’s Conservatives demanding he pushes for a real-terms cut
in the European Union budget at talks this month.

Nov 1, 2012

Deputy PM Clegg warns UK risks sliding to EU exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain faces a crisis that could end with the world’s sixth largest economy leaving the European Union, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg warned ahead of a showdown over budget spending with other states in the 27-member bloc.

A day after Prime Minister David Cameron was defeated in parliament for not demanding a cut to the EU budget, Clegg said on Thursday that the behavior of the rebel lawmakers could leave Britain isolated in the EU or outside it altogether.

Oct 31, 2012

France, Britain set stage for EU budget wrangling

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister
David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European
Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a
divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro ($1.3
trillion) long-term spending plan.

Wednesday’s warning from Paris echoed similar threats from
Denmark and Britain, where Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat
in parliament after Conservatives rebelled over Europe, an issue
that has long divided his party.

Oct 31, 2012

UK’s Cameron rocked by defeat in Europe budget vote

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a humiliating defeat in parliament on Wednesday after Conservatives rebelled over Europe, an issue that has divided his party for decades and helped bring down previous leaders.

Although the result carried no legal weight, the setback raised questions about Cameron’s authority after months of missteps by his coalition government and it revived painful memories of Conservative infighting over Europe.