World Bulletin / News Desk
Germany will prevent Bulgaria and Romania from entering the passport-free Schengen zone when European ministers meet to discuss the issue on Thursday, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in a magazine interview.
"If Romania and Bulgaria insist on a vote, the attempt will fail due to a German veto," Friedrich was quoted as saying in Der Spiegel on Sunday.
"Even the idea of a partial approval i.e. for entry by air or seaports is off the table," he added.
He said Bulgaria and Romania, which joined the EU in 2007, needed to tackle corruption more decisively and that German citizens would only accept an expansion of the Schengen area if the essential requirements were fulfilled, which he said was not currently the case.
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The incident at the bank weakened the Libyan dinar against the dollar on the parallel market.
Support for Russian companies, small businesses and social spending make up bulk of new measures aimed at supporting ailing Russian economy.
In just seven days the central bank spent nearly $7bn of its reserves.
The site is on 233 hectares of reclaimed land in the capital, Colombo. Under the proposed deal, 108 hectares would be given to the Chinese firm, including 20 hectares on an outright basis and the rest on a 99-year lease.
The ECB said it would purchase sovereign debt from this March until the end of September 2016, despite opposition from Germany's Bundesbank
President pushes currency, fuel reforms for ailing Venezuela
All eyes on size, details of expected stimulus programme, Greek banks bounce as emergency line granted.
Greek government officials argued that they only needed to find additional cuts worth about 500 million euros.
Former U.S Treasury secretary: "Europe is not growing and is on the brink of deflating."
Gold appreciation picks up in reaction to weakening global growth prospects made by international finance institutes