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.

Highlights

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.