French President Hollande tells members of the European Parliament they can't do a proper job without a proper budget, but EU heads of state want to cut spending.
The European Socialists have launched their campaign for the European election in late May, with Germany's Martin Schulz as their top candidate. His goal: to become president of the European Commission.
Across the EU, enough houses are lying empty to house all of the EU's homeless people, according to British media. Insiders criticize that houses are increasingly being used as investment objects, instead of as homes.
A committee in EU Parliament issued a damning report about the scale and the impact of mass surveillance. But there is no consensus on an amendment to give asylum to intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
EU presidency holder Lithuania says a 2014 compromise budget for the 28-nation bloc is imminent between the EU's three institutions. Its parliament, member nations and executive had argued for months over cuts.
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