Rigorous new sanctions against Iran's banking, shipping and industrial sectors took effect on Saturday, as part of the European Union's effort to force Tehran to scale back its nuclear program.
You know it's Christmas because things get silly.
Actor Gerard Depardieu, accused by French government leaders of trying to dodge taxes by buying a house over the border in Belgium, has said "success" is now being punished in France.
At Karl Johans Gate, Oslo's main shopping thoroughfare, the Observer conducted its own European referendum. Although rudimentary and with few scientific outcomes, it was a telling snapshot of a European nation that dares to exist and flourish outside the European Union.
The unfolding controversy over a future independent Scotland's status within Europe has reached a crisis point for the Scottish government: in the dispute with commission president José Manuel Barroso, the credibility of a significant chunk of its case is at stake.
The Scottish deputy first minister has accepted opposition demands for an emergency statement to the Holyrood parliament after José Manuel Barroso indicated that an independent Scotland would have no automatic right to inherit any of the UK's EU opt-outs.
European leaders watched Italy with a mounting sense of alarm yesterday as renewed political turbulence threatened to end months of relative calm over the euro and spill over into Spain.
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.
The Italian prime minister, Mario Monti, has announced that he will resign as soon as he has passed a key budget law, well ahead of the official end of his mandate in April, possibly leading to elections as early as February.
Callum Farrell examines how the French Government's 'MIllionaires Tax' could slowly reap havoc on PSG and French football as a whole.
Up close, Angela Merkel is very static.
House prices in Spain fell by 11.2% in July, the biggest monthly fall since March last year. Overall prices have fallen by 31% since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Spain has an estimated 2 million unsold homes.
Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service stripped France of its prized triple-A credit rating on Tuesday, triggering worries the move could heighten the risk of a downgrade for other top-rated nations, including the United States and the single currency bloc's largest economy Germany.
François Hollande on Monday vowed to press on with his super-tax on the rich, despite a damning decision by France's top court to throw it out as unconstitutional. But it is uncertain when a new version of the tax will be introduced and whether it will be watered down.
The Labour MP Jim Sheridan on Tuesday called for sketchwriters to be banned from the Commons.
Nick Clegg has warned David Cameron that a promise to hold a referendum on membership of the European Union is against the national interest and risks derailing the fragile UK economy.
Britain and France are heading for a battle at a European summit on the EU's trillion-euro budget this week after François Hollande singled out the UK as the biggest obstacle to a breakthrough agreement.
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.
Italians fatigued by politics may have switched on the television on Sunday night for a spot of escapism.
It took a trial and two appeals. But now Italians know where they stand.