EU parliament gives final nod to banking union

Today @ 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.

Highlights

EU countries to boost defence budgets in light of Ukraine

Today @ 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

Today @ 09:14

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

Three EU countries back Ukraine's use of force

14.04.14 @ 09:26

Lithuania, Luxembourg and Sweden have explicitly backed Ukraine’s right to use force against pro-Russian separatists.

EU Elections

German centre-right election posters show Merkel, not Juncker

Today @ 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.

EU to expand Russia blacklist

15.04.14 @ 09:30

EU countries are to expand their Russia and Ukraine blacklists and to send a small team of security experts to Kiev.

Malta legalises same-sex unions and adoption

15.04.14 @ 09:29

Malta on Monday legalised both same-sex unions and joint adoptions by gay couples.

Russia military spending on the up, as US and EU cut costs

14.04.14 @ 09:28

Russia spends more on arms compared to its GDP than the US and European countries, fresh figures released by a military spending research group show.

EU commission pressured to release graft inquiry documents

11.04.14 @ 16:46

Pressure is mounting on the European Commission to release documents in a graft scandal that saw a commissioner for health lose his job.

Merkel in Athens after bond sale success

11.04.14 @ 09:26

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Athens on Friday in a show of support for the Greek government after its successful return to the bond markets.

UK, Poland and Sweden propose EU police mission for Ukraine

10.04.14 @ 09:22

The UK, Poland, and Sweden have proposed sending an EU police mission to Ukraine to build up its law enforcement bodies in the wake of February’s revolution.

UN report calls for 'technological change' on global warming

14.04.14 @ 09:26

International climate scientists warn the world must shift away from fossil-intensive energy production, amid recent EU proposals to phase out subsidies for renewables.

Putin threatens to cut gas to Ukraine, EU countries

10.04.14 @ 17:46

Putin has threatened to cut off gas to Ukraine unless it starts repaying a huge debt and unless the EU agrees to joint talks on its future.

Controversy over citizens' initiative on abortion funding ban

11.04.14 @ 09:27

A citizens' initiative demanding a change in EU law courted controversy on Thursday over its proposals to ban funding for abortion and reproductive health services in developing countries.

Steinmeier disagrees with German business chiefs on Russia

10.04.14 @ 09:30

German foreign minister Steinmeier has contradicted business leaders who urged him not to impose economic sanctions on Russia.