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Analysis / John Grove

As Europeans navigate a crippling debt crisis, the Left is resurgent. But left-of-centre leaders have yet to present credible plans for easing austerity and spurring growth.

Queen's speech to feature new curbs on migrants from EU

David Cameron will today make his most concerted effort yet to prevent a stampede of his core vote to Ukip by unveiling measures to stem the flow of EU migrants to Britain, including imposing fines on private landlords if they do not check the immigration status of their tenants.

George Osborne braced for IMF challenge over economy

George Osborne's austerity programme faces a major challenge today when a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrives in Britain to conduct its annual "health check" on the economy.

Italy deaths as Genoa ship hits control tower

At least three people have died and up to six are missing after a ship crashed into a control tower in the Italian port of Genoa, reports say.

GP card plan for long-term illness to be dropped

The Government is set to abandon a key election commitment to extend free GP care to almost 60,000 people with long-term illnesses. The plan, proposed as a first step on the way to free GP care for all, was supposed to have been introduced by March 2012. However, legal difficulties delayed its introduction and Ministers now accept there is no prospect of its implementation this year.

Leading or Following?: Merkel Speaks with Two Tongues on Climate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded an international climate deal by 2015 on Monday. Yet at home, she has declined to push for badly needed fixes to Europe's ailing carbon cap-and-trade program. She is putting off the toughest decisions until after fall elections.