The “suspicionless” mass surveillance of people by programs in the U.S. and other parts of the world must be stopped or nations run the risk of having their policy dictated by spies, former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told European Union lawmakers.
The European Central Bank is working under the assumption that funds will be available to plug equity shortfalls at banks as it prepares a “tough” test of their balance sheets, ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger said.
Sweden’s government proposed increasing taxes on pension saving and motor vehicles amid the widest deficits in 18 years as it seeks revenue for spending to win back voters ahead of elections in September.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt pledged to end years of tax cuts that polls show alienated voters focused on education spending as he fights for political survival ahead of September elections.
Hundreds of Czechs are calling on President Milos Zeman to cancel a visit to Prague by his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, after massive street protests were marred by violence in the former Soviet republic.
German Green Party lawmaker Hans- Christian Stroebele met Edward Snowden in Moscow today to discuss the possibility of the U.S. fugitive testifying in Germany as new revelations of spying by the National Security Agency strained relations between the two countries.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party coalition leads opposition headed by Socialist Party President Attila Mesterhazy ahead of April 6 elections, Tarki poll published today shows. * Fidesz leads with 29% among eligible voters, followed by 14% for Socialists, 4% for Egyutt-PM and 3% for DK: Tarki * Radical nationalist Jobbik party has 8% backing, LMP green party at 1% among eligible voters: Tarki * Fidesz-KDNP have 49% support vs 35% for Socialists, Egyutt-PM and DK together among decided voters: Tarki * 40% of those surveyed are undecided or wouldn’t respond: Tarki * NOTE: Tarki poll taken between Jan. 15-22, Tarki says, without giving margin of error * Hungarian Opposition Parties Form Alliance to Unseat Orban NSN MZE4EA6K50YA <GO> * NOTE: Hungary to Raise Wage for Some 29,000 in Law Enforcement: Orban NSN N03WUK6JIJUR <GO> * NOTE: Hungary to Cut Retail Energy Prices in 3 Steps in 2014 NSN MZYGS76K50ZJ <GO>