Spain's Canete entangled in EP political battle

Today @ 07:25

A stormy EP hearing with Spain’s Canete on Wednesday ended with the Socialists seeking a delay on his approval, as part of a bigger confrontation between political groups.

Highlights

France 'rejects austerity' in controversial budget

Today @ 07:33

France has put itself on collision course with EU partners after rejecting calls to adopt further austerity measures to curb its budget deficit.

French EU commissioner to share powers on national budgets

30.09.14 @ 17:52

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici will have to share his powers on national budgets with fiscal hawk and commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis.

EU embassies should take asylum requests, new commissioner says

30.09.14 @ 19:07

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the incoming Greek EU commissioner for migration and home affairs, wants foreign EU embassies to allow people to apply for asylum.

MEPs summon UK's Hill to second hearing

01.10.14 @ 21:19

MEPs have summoned the UK’s European Commission nominee, Jonathan Hill, to a second hearing amid concerns on Banking Union and Eurobonds.

'Frozen conflict' looming in east Ukraine, EU diplomats say

01.10.14 @ 09:49

EU countries have upheld Russia sanctions for now, but there is growing feeling that a frozen conflict is better than heavy fighting.

ECB to change rules to buy Greek, Cypriot debt

01.10.14 @ 09:21

The European Central Bank is set to change its rules to allow it to buy asset-backed securities with junk ratings issued by Greek and Cypriot banks, according to a report by the Financial Times.

New Austrian commissioner backs EU sanctions on Russia

30.09.14 @ 20:12

The EU’s next neighbourhood commissioner was tougher than expected on Russia at his EU parliament hearing on Tuesday.

Juncker defends lobby-friendly restructuring of commission services

30.09.14 @ 09:29

Juncker has defended his decision to shift the health technology and pharmaceutical policy services back to the more lobby-friendly internal market directorate.

Oettinger's digital plans focus on better infrastructure

30.09.14 @ 10:32

The EU’s incoming digital commissioner, Gunther Oettinger, emphasised infrastructure as key to Europe’s so-called digital economy at a hearing with MEPs on Monday.

Malmstrom rejects accusations of working with US to weaken data laws

29.09.14 @ 18:19

EU commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday rejected allegations she colluded with the Americans to water down EU data protection rules.

Apple's tax deal illegal, EU commission tells Ireland

30.09.14 @ 17:45

Ireland's tax arrangement with software giant Apple constitutes illegal state subsidy, the European Commission has said.

Investor clauses could be left out of EU-US trade deal

29.09.14 @ 18:50

The EU's likely next trade commissioner has signalled that controversial investor protection rules could ultimately be left out of a US free trade deal.

Ukraine wary of EU's Russia gas deal

29.09.14 @ 18:12

The EU is keen for Ukraine to accept a winter deal on Russian gas, but Ukraine is wary of the terms and of broader EU-Russia energy ties.

New commissioners file written replies ahead of EU hearings

29.09.14 @ 09:45

Spain's Canete has said he wants a mandatory lobbyists' register, while Sweden's Malmstrom wants more transparency on US trade in written answers ahead of EP hearings.