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Farage defends joining forces with right-wing Polish MEP

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has defended his decision to join forces with a member of a right-wing Polish party to save his grouping in the European Parliament.

The Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group escaped disbandment after it recruited Polish Congress of the New Right (KNP) member Robert Iwaszkiewicz, keeping up its tally of MEPs from at least seven member states.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said he had found nothing in the MEP's background to suggest he was an extremist. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Farage insisted that he had found nothing in Iwaszkiewicz's background to suggest that he was an extremist.

Asked about the MEP's reported comment that there were "quite a few wives around who'd be brought back down to earth" if their husbands hit them, Farage told BBC Radio 4's The World At One, "I think that comment was a joke."

Hammond: EU must raise a billion euros to fight Ebola

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said it is vital that the European Union raises one billion euros (£800 million) to help fight Ebola.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Credit: APTN

Speaking ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers, he said: "There is a major health crisis here. We've got a very short window to get on top of it and prevent the uncontrollable spread of this disease."


EU to reinforce passenger screening in Ebola countries

The European Union (EU) has promised to reinforce passenger screening for Ebola at airports in countries with the disease and coordinate a common approach for the deadly virus at EU entry points.

An immigration officer takes the temperature of a female passenger at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria. Credit: Reuters

EU health chief Tonio Borg said the World Health Organisation and the EU examine reports that the screening in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea is not good enough. If lapses are evident, Mr Borg said international measures will be taken to strengthen controls.

Scotland vote could cause 'domino effect' in Europe

Whether it is a Yes or No vote, the referendum result will be followed closely around the world, especially regarding the possible "domino effect" in Europe.

Scotland's decision is of particular interest to Flemish nationalists in Belgium and the Catalans in Spain.

ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from Brussels:


Scotland's future in EU 'best secured by staying in UK'

Former European Commissioners have warned Scotland that its future in the EU is "best secured by staying together in the UK".

Former British members of the European Commission warned, 'There would - and could - be no 'seamless transition'' Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

People from the President of the European Commission to the greatest living expert on EU law, to the Spanish Europe Minister and the Leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament all agree: if Scotland leaves the UK it also leaves the EU.

There would - and could - be no "seamless transition".

The contrast to those who claim, without any evidence or proof, that somehow it will be "all right on that night", could not be more stark.

– Former British members of the European Commission

EU to press ahead with sanctions on Russia

The European Union will press ahead with implementing new sanctions on Russia later today despite a shaky ceasefire in Ukraine, the European Commission said.

Details will be published in the EU's Official Journal on Tuesday at the latest, Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen told reporters.

Britain 'set to be sidelined' in Juncker's Euro lineup

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker appears to have sidelined the British representative in his new EC college lineup.

The website Euractiv said it has seen a draft version of a presentation which suggests that Britain's Jonathan Hill has been assigned to the energy and climate change brief despite David Cameron asking for a super-commisioner.

Mr Hill will report to Latvian Valdis Dombrovkis, who is the vice president for energy.

The leak also suggests that Germany has been assigned the crucial trade role while France, which asked for the economy position, has instead been given the competition title.

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