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Today: Thursday 8th December

David Cameron is preparing to leave for Brussels for an EU summit on the eurozone crisis. The education secretary has ordered an inquiry into claims that GCSE and A-Level examiners gave teachers advice on what questions to expect. And also on the programme, a fairytale castle adorned with children's teeth.

Business news with Simon Jack on the European Central Bank's interest rate decision and more crunch talks over the eurozone.

The hen harrier is the bird most likely to become extinct in England because of human pressure, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Jeff Knott, species policy officer for the RSPB, explains why.

European leaders are gathering for their latest summit in Brussels which will focus on enforcing budgetary discipline in the eurozone and writing it into the EU treaty. Europe editor Gavin Hewitt analyses the likelihood of an agreement. And former Conservative leader Lord Howard reflects on what is at stake for David Cameron.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The BBC has learned that UK border staff have been threatened with arrest by the Belgian police for trying to close a loophole which allows people to enter the UK without showing their passport. Simon Cox, from The Report on BBC Radio 4, has been following the story.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Local authorities are under pressure to find savings as never before and while some are cutting services and getting rid of staff, others have come with more innovative but controversial, ways of making savings. The BBC's Mike Sergeant has been to Selby in north Yorkshire to see how the local council has transferred the running of its services to the private sector.

A review of the papers.

David Cameron is meeting with other European Union leaders in Brussels at one of the most important EU summits in recent years. Chris Morris reports ahead of the EU summit in Brussels on what role the European Central Bank may play in a newly negotiated EU and where the money will come from to tackle the sovereign debt crisis.

Thought for The Day with The Reverend Dr Michael Banner.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has ordered an investigation into claims in the Daily Telegraph that some examiners for English and Welsh schools told teachers which questions were coming up on next summer's GCSE and A-Level exam papers. John Bangs, former head of education at the National Union of Teachers and Glenys Stacey, chief executive of the exams regulator Ofqual, respond to the allegations.

The latest attempt to find a solution to the financial crisis among eurozone countries is getting underway at a summit in Brussels which will be attended by the leaders of all 27 EU member states. Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief of the Financial Times, analyses what has been achieved at EU summits so far.

Prime Minister David Cameron will be under intense pressure at these EU talks to maintain Britain's interests. Political editor Nick Robinson and David Davis MP, a former Europe minister under John Major, examine what the PM's priorities should be.

Plans for the world's largest telescope are expected to take a major step forward today as the organisation overseeing its development meets in Germany to approve interim funding for the project. Science correspondent Tom Feilden has been talking to some of the scientists involved as the project takes shape.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The government is publishing a water white paper, potentially the biggest shakeup of the water industry in England and Wales since privatisation in 1989. Professor Martin Cave, who authored a review of the industry written back in 2009 and Mark Powles, CEO of Scotland's biggest non-domestic water supplier, Business Stream, examine the challenges in the industry.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A piece of artwork in the shape of a fairytale palace goes on display in Liverpool which will eventually become encrusted with children's teeth. Health correspondent Dominic Hughes reports.

The first national clinic aimed at treating stalkers is opening in London, where courts in England and Wales will be able to refer offenders to be assessed and treated, instead of giving them short prison sentences. Dr Frank Farnham is the psychiatrist in charge and outlines the aims of the clinic.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has ordered an investigation into whether officials from examination boards have been going too far in the advice they have been giving to teachers about GCSE and A-level exams. The allegations come from an undercover investigation by The Daily Telegraph. Martin Walker, a principal examiner for more than 20 years, analyses the claims.

The winners of the Wicked Young Writers Award, which awards creative writing for five to 25-year-olds, will be announced later. Samantha Nead, a finalist in the 11 to 13-year-old category and one of the judges, the former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, casts an eye over this year's entries.



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