It is a battle that has created the most damaging divide in the Conservative party since the Corn Laws in the 19th century.
David Cameron's entire European strategy has been thrown into doubt less than two weeks before his landmark speech on the European Union as Germany backs away from initiating negotiations that would give Britain a chance to claw back some powers from the EU.
One of Angela Merkel's closest allies has warned David Cameron not to try to blackmail the rest of Europe.
The Scottish government is pressing for urgent talks with the European commission after José Manual Barroso said it was obvious that an independent Scotland would have to reapply to join the EU.
Victims of the child sex abuse crisis that has engulfed the Catholic church during Pope Benedict's tenure welcomed his unexpected resignation on Monday, amid speculation over what prompted his departure.
George Osborne has joined forces with the German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, to announce an international crackdown on tax avoidance by big multinationals, such as eBay and Amazon.
France's richest man, Bernard Arnault, not only wants to become Belgian, he has moved a large part of his fortune north of the border, it was claimed on Thursday.
After a year of prevarication through 2012, David Cameron finally adopts the negotiating stance of Liam Fox, his former defence secretary and perhaps the most senior Eurosceptic on the backbenches.
Expectations were high when a Muslim woman from a North African background was made an instant star in France's new Socialist cabinet in May.
There used to be a time when Italy's super-rich gravitated to the smartest enclaves of Sardinia for a summer of relaxation and luxury.
David Cameron has brought forward his long-awaited speech on the UK's future relationship with Europe to Friday after rising expectations about its content prompted fears he would be unable to meet the demands of the Conservative's Eurosceptic wing.
David Cameron risks making "premature" and "opportunistic" demands in Europe and weakening Britain's power in Washington and other major capitals, the most senior diplomat to leave government in recent years has warned.
The age of austerity caught up with the European Union on Friday when a gruelling nonstop 26-hour negotiation resulted in agreement to slash the new seven-year EU budget by 3.3%, or €32bn, the first reduced budget in the union's history.