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Britain is better able to fight global terrorism as a member of the European Union, and voting to leave the bloc at an upcoming referendum would make the country less safe, the head of the opposition Labour Party's 'in' campaign said on Tuesday. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's EU ties ahead of a vote by the end of 2017. Alan Johnson, a Labour lawmaker and former interior minister, said the response to last month's attacks in Paris in which 130 people were killed by Islamic State militants showed the importance of Britain working closely with other EU nations.
The European Union's Eurostat agency said unemployment in the 19-country single currency bloc fell to 10.7 percent in October from 10.8 percent in September, reaching the lowest level since January 2012. Joblessness dropped in most big economies in the eurozone, with the worrying exception of France, but this would not dissuade the European Central Bank from holding back on boosting the economy with more stimulus -- known as quantitative easing -- later this week, analysts said. "October’s eurozone unemployment data confirmed that the region’s steady labour market recovery has continued, but the bigger picture is that unemployment remains too high to boost wage growth and inflation," said Jennifer McKeown, Senior European Economist at Capital Economics.