Greek records first surplus as EU moves closer to balanced budgets

Today @ 17:38

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

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EU Elections

EU elections may strengthen Putin in Europe

Today @ 09:29

Far-right parties are set to do well in next month’s elections to the European Parliament, a fact that has thrown a spotlight on their links with the Kremlin.

Italian right calls for end to migrant rescue programme

Today @ 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.

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.

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

Today @ 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

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 political party will have several MEPs but unclear whether it will wield any real influence in the next European Parliament.

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

German centre-right election posters show Merkel, not Juncker

16.04.14 @ 09:15

Juncker may be the centre-right's chosen candidate for the next EU commission chief, but his face is nowhere to be seen on German MEP election posters, which boast a smiling Merkel.

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.

EU countries to boost defence budgets in light of Ukraine

16.04.14 @ 09:29

Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defence spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions.

Regional unemployment highest in Spain

16.04.14 @ 09:14

Over two-dozen regions throughout the Union have an unemployment rate twice the EU average.