Britain's unemployment rate hit 7.6% in the three months to May, its highest level since January 1997, according to official data. However, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit rose at a slower pace in June than expected.
The threat of an A(H1N1) pandemic has spurred some countries to consider launching a programme of mass vaccinations, a day after a World Health Organisation official warned that the flu may be "unstoppable".
Former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek entered the annals of EU history when he became the first politician from a former Soviet bloc country to hold the coveted post as head of the European Parliament.
Polish ex-Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek was elected president of the European Parliament on Tuesday, making him the first leader from a former Soviet bloc country to hold one of the European Union's top posts.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flew to the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia on Monday for his first visit since last year’s war, disregarding Washington's plea to respect Georgia’s borders. Georgia instantly condemned the trip.
A German court has decided that John Demjanjuk, an alleged former Nazi camp guard, will be tried for "complicity to murder" 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Poland, where prosecutors believe he worked as a guard in 1943.
A World Health Organisation director said on Monday that the influenza A (H1N1) virus was so virulent that every nation would have to make vaccines available. Meanwhile, in the UK, two more have died of the virus, bringing their national total to 17.
Turkey has signed a key gas-transit agreement with four EU countries on Monday to back the long-planned Nabucco project. The 3,300-kilometre pipeline is aimed at reducing Europe's reliance on Russian gas.
736 freshly elected members of the European Parliament will hold their first plenary session on Tuesday in Strasbourg. The assembly is expected to test its new political muscles by postponing the endorsement of the EU commission head.