The first-ever popular campaign for European Commission president got under way with Jean-Claude Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg, winning the nomination of Europe’s center-right parties.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond disputed the argument of U.K. ministers that an independent Scotland would lose the pound, saying businesses in the rest of the U.K. would forbid something that drove up transaction costs.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will turn to French President Francois Hollande for respite from her domestic turmoil as she travels to Paris on her first foreign trip this year after recovering from a ski injury.
Ukraine’s opposition got a boost in its struggle to wrest power from President Viktor Yanukovych as Western nations consider new aid for the east European country after Russia suspended its bailout program last week.
Growing extremism across Europe requires political parties in favor of deeper European Union integration to make their case more vigorously in a bid to avoid EU election losses, the head of the bloc’s executive arm said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled she would back former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean- Claude Juncker as the European Union conservative parties’ lead candidate for the European election in May.