With anti-EU parties surging in popularity at the recent European elections, those in British politics wanting to strengthen EU ties face an ever-challenging job convincing their compatriots.
Observers are anxiously waiting to see what the stunning gains made by Euroskeptic parties in the recent EU Parliament elections will mean for the future of the EU.
Around 140 anti-EU members were voted into the 751 seat parliament, and parties hostile to the EU came out on top in Denmark, France, Britain and Greece.
In Britain, the anti-EU UK Independence Party performed particularly well, winning 24 seats. UKIP's surge in popularity is being seen as a clear indication that many Britons want their country to split with the EU. It's a worrying prospect for those who favor stronger ties with Europe.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has also said the UK could leave the EU if Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker is appointed president of the European Commission.
Britain's leading coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats has promised to hold a referendum on the EU membership question after the country's general elections in 2015.
Germany's business federations have strongly condemned a six-day strike for the hundreds of millions of euros they fear it will cost their members. The strike would be the longest in Deutsche Bahn's history.
The German engine drivers' union GDL has defended its weeklong strike, refusing to come to the negotiating table. Ministers have criticized the strike, which will inconvenience millions of commuters across Germany.
A man is being treated for a suspected case of Ebola in the German city of Düsseldorf. He has been transported from his home in Bochum to a special isolation unit.
Ben E. King co-wrote and sang one of the most broadcast songs of the 20th century. The soul and R&B artist, formerly a member of the Drifters, died of natural causes on Thursday. Tributes have begun to pour in.