France and Italy are trying to bounce a reluctant Germany into swift action to prop up the euro as the deepening crisis sent unemployment to its highest level since the creation of the 17-nation single currency zone in 1999.
The radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada, who has spent more than six years in detention, will on Tuesday launch a fresh bid for release.
Renewed determination to resolve the eurozone's runaway debt crisis has been mirrored in Athens, where international inspectors have promised to do 'whatever it takes' to assemble a package of spending cuts deemed vital to unlocking the aid that will keep Greece's near-bankrupt economy afloat.
The Romanian government's controversial attempt to unseat the head of state failed as too few people turned out to vote over the impeachment of President Traian Basescu.
Spain's unemployment rate hit record levels in the second quarter of this year, leaving one in four of the working population jobless as austerity continued to bite and fears of a national bailout grew.
Angela Merkel and François Hollande on Friday pledged a joint determination to save the euro as they sought to quash fears in the world's financial markets that the deepening economic woes of Spain would put the single currency at risk.
Spain's unprecedented double-dip recession will last for at least a further 18 months and poses a threat to the rest of Europe, the International Monetary Fund said.
Financial markets bounced on Wednesday as hopes of further intervention in the eurozone by the European Central Bank gave some respite to investors.
Prosecutors in Palermo asked on Tuesday for former Italian interior minister Nicola Mancino to be tried in connection with alleged negotiations between the state and the Sicilian mafia in the early 1990s.
Gone, it seems, are the heady summer days when a French president could spend his holidays on a billionaire friend's luxury yacht or jet off to New Hampshire for a couple of weeks; gone, too, the possibility of enjoying the five-star hospitality of a friendly dictator, generous African autocrat or wealthy industrialist.