UK rejects 'appalling' EU demands

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PM says he will not pay the extra €2.1 billion required under new EU rules.

Natural gas markets spark fuel for thought

Cheaper natural gas is helping to make US manufacturing more competitive, but in other parts of the world gas prices are heading in the opposite direction.

UK exit would be 'historic mistake': Barroso

European Commission president warns UK against departure from the EU.

Shirtfront comment 'unfortunate': Kremlin

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Vladimir Putin's spokesman hopes Aust-Russia can exchange views 'in a more diplomatic way'.

Hockey defends PM's 'shirtfront' call

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Treasurer says Abbott's words reflect depth of 'anger and understandable emotion' in Australia.

Look to Asia, Hockey tells Europe

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Treasurer says EU must further engage with Asia, calls for local labour market reform.

US medicine won't cure Europe's ills

Markets now believe the EU is stuck in a Japan-style deflation trap. Worse, the American QE solution can't get it out.

DataRoom AM: Glencore eyes ASX

Talk of a secondary listing for Glencore on the ASX suggests a push to merge with Rio Tinto is still on the cards, while it’s crunch time for PanAust’s board as they weigh an offer from a state-owned Chinese conglomerate.

Juncker's multi-billion stimulus phantom

Jean-Claude Juncker has yet to assume the role of President of the European Commission but he's already revealing why there was so much resistance to his appointment.

The economic theory wrecking Europe

Flawed economic reasoning has caused immense suffering throughout Europe and distracted attention from the real causes of the crisis.

Building a new economics for the #Occupy generation

A new generation of economists is demanding that the discipline engage more closely with the real world.

The joys of forming a European government

The convoluted process of appointing new EU commissioners will likely delay the formation of Europe's new political line-up for some time.

Double blow for British PM

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One minister in David Cameron's team resigns, while another defects to UKIP.

Russia, Ukraine agree on gas deal

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Moscow says $3.6bn bill needs to be paid by late December to restore deliveries.

Worst is now over: Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the worst of the war with separatists is over.

An acid test for French-German diplomacy

The reception the French Prime Minister received on a recent visit to Berlin leaves no doubt as to the gulf of misunderstanding and mistrust between the EU's two leading nations.

Queen 'purred' over Scotland result

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British PM tells of Queen's reaction to 'No' vote, explains stress of referendum.

Making sense of Scotland the brazen

That so many Scots voted in favour of independence highlights the toxic and painful legacy of British neoliberalism.

Scotland fears loss of new powers

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Fears are growing that new powers promised by London will prove a disappointment.

Ukraine, rebels agree weapons-free zone

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Negotiators say they have signed a deal to create a demilitarised zone in eastern Ukraine.