At a two-day meeting in Brussels that opened today, Germany is set to make a high-stakes bit to amend the EU's Lisbon Treaty in order to make financial checks permanent.
China lashed out at fresh calls to free top dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week. The US has also called on China to ease restrictions on Mr. Xiaobo's wife, Liu Xia.
In Spain, anti-austerity strikes led to minor violence and arrests, but many Spaniards appear to have begrudgingly accepted austerity measures to help cope with crippling debt.
Debt reduction plans by European governments spark protest from unions, which hope to rally 100,000 marchers in Brussels.
French unions rallied again in protest of President Sarkozy's proposal to increase the minimum retirement age to 62.
Largely Muslim Turkey is split over a referendum on changes to the Constitution. Once again, critics warn of the secular state going Islamic. Prime Minister Erdogan needs to build trust among those who fear he and his religious party have a secret agenda.
In France, a movement from within the Gypsy community could temper what have been bad relations with European governments amid a hot immigration debate.
France's Bernard Kouchner, Japan's Katsuya Okada, and Belgium's Charles Michel discuss innovative financing to fund development projects that will help lift up the world's poorest people.
A lawsuit in Ireland challenges the European Union's aim to collect and store personal data, even as the United Arab Emirates threatens to block BlackBerry until the company makes it easier to monitor information and the Obama administration seeks to circumvent judicial oversight to collect US data online.
The gross domestic product (GDP) fell to 2.4 percent in the last quarter. One reason could be a rising reluctance of Americans to move to jobs in other states. Congress must help revive the historically high rate of mobility in labor.