Complex rules make EU vulnerable to corruption, says report

Today @ 10:56

Complacency and complex rules makes the EU's own institutions vulnerable to corruption and conflicts of interest, a report by a leading transparency NGO has found.


EU Elections

Anti-euro talk spreads in Italy

Today @ 09:28

Leaving the euro – once a political taboo – is routinely discussed by Italian media, as the campaign for next month's European Parliament elections gets into full swing.

Turkish PM offers 'condolences' to Armenia over WWI killings

Today @ 09:12

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians killed by Ottoman leaders one hundred years ago during World War 1.

Italian right calls for end to migrant rescue programme

23.04.14 @ 09:29

Italian right-wing politicians have called for the country's programme to rescue North African refugees from the Mediterranean sea to be scrapped after figures suggested that 1,100 immigrants had been rescued in the past two days.

Greek records first surplus as EU moves closer to balanced budgets

23.04.14 @ 17:38

Cash-strapped Greece recorded its first primary budget surplus in a generation last year, according to data released by Eurostat on Wednesday.

US to send 600 troops to Baltics, Poland amid Ukraine tensions

23.04.14 @ 09:16

The US Tuesday announced it is sending hundreds of troops for military exercises to four countries in Eastern Europe to assure them of its commitment to the region's defence amid ongoing tension in Ukraine.

Time for EU energy union, says Polish PM

22.04.14 @ 10:54

The European Union must create an energy union to secure its supply and reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has said.

EU Elections

Czech people's party lands in hot water over anti-immigration line

22.04.14 @ 09:25

The Czech Christian Democrats’ campaign for the EU elections got off to a rocky start earlier this month after it included a controversial line about immigration in its party programme.

Pro-Russia separatists reject EU and US-brokered pact

18.04.14 @ 17:22

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have declined to honour a peace deal brokered in Geneva by the EU and US with Russia.

Europe faces worst human rights 'crisis' in decades

17.04.14 @ 09:29

Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe.

EU parliament gives final nod to banking union

16.04.14 @ 09:21

MEPs on Tuesday signed off on the creation of a new authority and fund for failing banks – a missing element to the so-called banking union aimed at minimising the public cost of future financial crises.

EU Elections

Belgium's biggest party has no allies in the EP

22.04.14 @ 09:25

With one month to go until the EU vote, it is clear that Belgium's biggest political party will have several MEPs but unclear whether it will wield any real influence in the next European Parliament.

Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

17.04.14 @ 09:29

Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China, as EU countries weigh options on economic sanctions.

MEPs upset over Schulz's double role as president and candidate

17.04.14 @ 09:25

A majority of MEPs want Schulz to explain how he is able to run a campaign and fulfil his role as EP President at the same time.