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.

Highlights

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

Today @ 09:49

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

Hearings blunder offers glimpse into Juncker's working methods

Today @ 08:51

A blunder during the hearing of the Swedish commissioner shows the degree of intervention by Jean-Claude Juncker's chief of staff when drafting answers for commissioners-to-be.

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.

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.

ECB to change rules to buy Greek, Cypriot debt

Today @ 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.

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.

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.

Spain to block referendum, after Catalonia signs decree

29.09.14 @ 08:51

A giant clock in Barcelona has started counting down the days to a referendum on independence. But Madrid says it will not go ahead.

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.

'I could back No vote' on EU, Cameron says

29.09.14 @ 09:21

Cameron has suggested he would campaign for Britain to leave the EU if he is unable to renegotiate the country's membership terms.