Without Britain, there is no European Union, Finland's finance minister said today (24 August) in a boost for his British counterpart George Osborne as he toured Scandinavia to drum up support for London's push to reform the 28-nation bloc.
The European Union needs "collective courage" to confront the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean even if immigration issues are unpopular at home, the bloc's chief executive said on Monday, rejecting suggestions of inaction in Brussels.
Immigrant-bashing politicians are making enormous capital out of Austria's refugee crisis. The Hurricane Katrina tragedy offers voters important lessons that can help prevent the scapegoating of migrants, writes Timothy Spence.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has released six opposition leaders, including a former presidential rival, less than two months before presidential elections in a move hailed Sunday by the European Union.
France's President François Hollande and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss quotas for accepting migrants at their meeting today (24 August), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday (23 August).
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will take the British government's campaign for EU reform to three Scandinavian capitals on Monday (24 August), hoping to drum up support from non-euro member states such as Sweden and Denmark.