Nigel Farage, the leader of Ukip, has claimed his party could win the European elections in 2014, as a poll shows that 13% of voters support his party.
Britain cannot afford to "fall away" from shaping the future of the EU, Tony Blair will say on Wednesday as he issues a warning to David Cameron of the dangers of slipping to the margins in Europe.
It says something about the enfeebled state of the British economy when the Treasury can take comfort from a forecast from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that growth will be just 0.9% next year.
European governments and the IMF sought to bury months of feuding over Greek debt levels in a tentative agreement that should see the release of up to €44bn in bailout funds needed to rescue Athens from insolvency.
Tony Blair will make an impassioned intervention in the debate over Britain's future in Europe, warning that any disengagement from the European Union's "top table" would be a disaster for the UK's economy and its power on the world stage.
David Cameron arrived in Brussels on Thursday with criticism ringing in his ears that he was isolated in Europe after pledging to use the eurozone crisis to repatriate EU powers.
In the gastronomic sense, at least, David Cameron's message to Europe's leaders seems to be working.
David Cameron is to tell the president of the European council in Brussels that a compromise plan for the EU budget is unacceptable because it includes drastic cuts to Britain's multibillion pound rebate.
Pius XII has long been vilified as "Hitler's pope", accused of failing publicly to condemn the genocide of Europe's Jews. Now a British author has unearthed extensive material that Vatican insiders believe will restore his reputation, revealing the part that he played in saving lives and opposing nazism.
Andalucía, Spain's most populous region, has said it needs a €1bn (£800m) advance to pay its bills.
Italy's political deadlock deepened on Wednesday as Beppe Grillo, the ex-comedian whose Five Star Movement broke through in spectacular style at the polls, ruled out backing a government led by the centre left and branded its leader a "dead man talking" who should quit.
Cyprus is embarking on emergency efforts to restructure its second largest bank and considering new rules to stop money flooding out of the country's banks when they reopen next week after being shut for ten days.
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.