Eurosphere agenda: EU court takes Hamas off terror list…Russia’s currency crisis escalates..

EU court takes Hamas off terror list

A European Union court annuls the bloc’s decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist groups, but temporarily maintains a funding freeze.
VIDEO: Mass tango for Pope’s birthday

Hundreds of mainly elderly couples have performed a Tango in St Peter’s Square in Rome to mark the seventy-eighth birthday of Pope Francis.
Eastern Ukraine: the humanity behind the headlines

The government in Kyiv, aid organisations and the international community must work together to address the humanitarian crisis created by the fighting in the east.

In less than three weeks, Britain’s David Cameron and France’s Francois Hollande have set out starkly contrasting approaches to immigration, while Angela Merkel has warned fellow Germans against manipulation by far-right xenophobes.

In the battle against the dramatic decline in the value of the rouble the Russian central bank raised its key interest rate from 10.5 to 17 percent on Monday night.Plunging oil prices and the West’s sanctions are seen as the reasons for the country’s currency crisis. A collapse of the Russian economy could trigger an international financial crisis, some commentators fear, and call on President Vladimir Putin to finally give up his superpower ambitions.

Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent interference in Greek politics ahead of the crucial presidential vote sparked reactions in Athens and Brussels. EurActiv Greece reports.

Syriza has decisively ruled out the “Grexit” option, according to EU Parliament Vice President and Syriza MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis, who spoke in an exclusive interview with EurActiv Greece in Strasbourg.

The benefits for Georgia of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement are beyond doubt. But the Union has also a lot to gain from this step, writes Tamar Beruchashvili.

EU leaders gather in Brussels for their last summit meeting of the year (18-19 December). On the agenda: the situation in Ukraine and the Juncker Commission’s Investment Plan. Follow our live coverage, below.

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