The European Parliament may decide on a draft law to help boost prices in the European Union’s carbon market in a single vote next month, according to a proposal by the head of the assembly’s environment committee.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats are entering their first week of negotiating the substance of a new government with the fight for control of the finance ministry looming in the background.
As U.S. allies demand clarification about National Security Agency surveillance programs, the Guardian newspaper reported that a government official gave the agency phone numbers of 35 world leaders for tracking.
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, and the finance minister of Germany’s North-Rhine Westphalia call for an effective bilateral tax treaty with Switzerland as a prerequisite for a necessary EU- wide rule.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou aims to force opposition parties’ hands by calling a referendum on the latest European Union bailout effort, Martin Schulz, floor leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament, said in an interview with Der Spiegel.