Hearings blunder offers glimpse into Juncker's working methods

01.10.14 @ 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.

Highlights

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MEPs prepare 'lively' hearings for new commissioners

25.09.14 @ 07:52

MEPs are preparing "lively" hearings for the new commissioners-to-be, with the Spanish, British, Slovenian, and Hungarian candidates likely to have the hardest time of it.

Juncker's economic balancing act

11.09.14 @ 09:29

Even Jean-Claude Juncker’s critics would agree that the new Commission president is a skilled deal-maker.

Schulz elected EP president again, promises to fight for more powers

01.07.14 @ 12:46

Martin Schulz was elected European Parliament president on Tuesday becoming the first ever to hold the post for two consecutive terms. He promised to fight for more powers for the EP.

Cameron defiant following Juncker defeat

27.06.14 @ 19:31

The British PM said he would "do it all again," despite being soundly defeated in his bid to prevent Juncker becoming the next EU commission chief.

Who is Jean-Claude Juncker?

27.06.14 @ 19:19

From prodigy politician in Luxembourg to master of deception as Eurogroup chair, Jean-Claude Juncker brings both experience and baggage with his nomination as EU commission president.

Dutch eurosceptics defiant after EU vote

27.06.14 @ 18:01

Appointing Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz to top EU posts means the eurosceptic vote is being ignored, says Dutch anti-EU deputy.

Centre-right: Socialists cannot get three top posts

26.06.14 @ 19:45

Centre-right leaders and MEPs have said the Socialists cannot get three EU top posts, while indicating a preference for the EU Council job.

EP gets set for a tumultuous few weeks

26.06.14 @ 17:42

The incoming European Parliament is to hit the ground running in the coming days as it forms, hears commissioners, hosts EU leaders, and takes a potentially ground-breaking vote on the new EU commission president.

Le Pen fails to create far-right EP faction

24.06.14 @ 09:29

Far-right duo Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders have failed to form a group in the European Parliament.

New EU 'strategy' fudges British, German and Italian demands

24.06.14 @ 08:15

A four-page "strategic agenda for the Union in times of change", penned by Van Rompuy, aims to end public disenchantment with EU politics.

Can Italy's 'political serial killer' change EU course on austerity?

20.06.14 @ 09:19

In June 2013, Matteo Renzi was still pretending that his greatest ambition was to serve a second mandate as mayor of Florence. Now he is emerging as the biggest counterweight to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the EU political landscape.

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.

EP gears itself up for hearings of new commissioners

17.09.14 @ 17:04

The European Parliament is preparing a set of "obstacle course" hearings for incoming EU commissioners with recent past form showing that at least one of the designates will fall by the wayside.

Juncker set to unveil new commission

09.09.14 @ 18:06

The new EU commission chief is to present his new team and their posts on Wednesday. Here is a round-up of the latest portfolio speculations.

Cameron mends ties with Juncker

30.06.14 @ 09:27

British PM Cameron has reached out to Juncker, after having failed to prevent his nomination as European Commission chief.

Juncker chosen for EU commission job, Cameron defeated

27.06.14 @ 17:15

EU leaders have nominated Juncker to be the next European Commission chief, doling out a major diplomatic defeat for London.

EU leaders to review 'Spitzenkandidat' process

27.06.14 @ 19:08

EU leaders have said they plan to review the process for choosing EU commission presidents in the future after having found themselves left with little room for manoeuvre following a parliament-pushed process.

National MPs demand more say in EU law-making

27.06.14 @ 07:58

National MPs want more powers in EU law-making, according to a letter backed by most of the EU’s national parliaments.

Renzi MEP to take economics chair

26.06.14 @ 19:26

Italy’s social democrats have bagged the European Parliament’s influential economic affairs committee, as the assembly’s political groups reached a deal on Thursday.

EU leaders to vote Juncker as commission chief

26.06.14 @ 07:14

Leaders are to pick the next EU commission chief in a first-ever vote at the summit on Friday, but other top jobs are to wait for follow-up summit in July.

Cameron to force vote on Juncker nomination

24.06.14 @ 09:29

UK prime minister David Cameron is to force EU leaders to vote on whether to appoint Jean Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission at a summit later this week.

Centre-right to strike deal with centre-left on Juncker, Schulz

23.06.14 @ 09:20

Schulz looks poised to continue as European Parliament chief in an emerging deal between the centre-left and centre-right on EU top posts.