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EU parliament gives final nod to banking union

16.04.14 @ 09:21

MEPs on Tuesday (15 April) overwhelmingly approved 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 ...

EU ElectionsGerman centre-right election posters show Merkel, not Juncker

16.04.14 @ 09:15

Jean-Claude Juncker may be the centre-right's chosen candidate for the role of President of the European Commission, but his face is nowhere to be seen on German MEP election posters. Forty days ahead of European ...

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, according to fresh figures released Monday (14 April) by Sipri, a military spending research group. The US remains the world's top ...

Merkel in Athens after bond sale success

11.04.14 @ 09:26

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Athens on Friday (11 April) in a show of support for the Greek government after its successful return to the bond markets and a first budgetary surplus in 11 years. It is ...

Steinmeier disagrees with German business chiefs on Russia

10.04.14 @ 09:30

German politicians are divided into two broad categories: 'Russia understanders' and 'Russia critics'. The doveish Social-Democrats (SPD), including two former chancellors - Gerhard Schroeder and Helmut Schmidt, who ...

Germany points to France's deficit commitments

07.04.14 @ 17:25

France's new finance minister Michel Sapin on his first trip to Berlin on Monday (7 April) gathered support for more reforms and budget cuts, but was referred to the European Commission on a deficit deadline ...

OverviewGambling in the EU: A long way from harmonised rules

07.04.14 @ 16:29

Decisions on who can open and shut down a casino, a lottery or an online gambling site remain at national level, but there is a trend to more unified rules across EU's 28 member states. The gambling sector is a very ...

German ruling party ponders limiting powers of top court

07.04.14 @ 09:29

Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are pondering how to limit the powers of the "latent anti-European" Constitutional Court, whose latest verdict will allow fringe parties to have representatives in the European ...

ECB considers printing more money

03.04.14 @ 18:15

The European Central Bank over the next months will consider various options of 'quantitative easing' - also known as money printing - to counter a very low inflation rate, ECB chief Mario Draghi said Thursday (3 April) ...

French Socialists bruised in local elections

31.03.14 @ 09:20

France's ruling Socialists on Sunday (30 March) suffered a bruising defeat in local elections, with the centre-right claiming victory and the anti-EU National Front making further gains – a possible foreshadowing of the ...

Former Norwegian PM to be next Nato chief

28.03.14 @ 17:24

Nato countries on Friday (28 March) agreed that former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg should be the next secretary general of the military alliance. "This afternoon, the North Atlantic Council decided to ...

EU ElectionsGermany in renewed push for EU treaty change

28.03.14 @ 09:50

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said discussions on revising the treaty to secure the eurozone's architecture will begin after the May EU elections. "After the EU elections the debate about treaty change ...

Charity documents 'human cost' of EU austerity

27.03.14 @ 18:01

Evidence gathered by Caritas Europa, a network of charities working with the most deprived, shows that the impact of austerity programmes in Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Romania has " ...

German central bank: Russia has more to lose than we do

26.03.14 @ 09:29

German central bank chief Jens Weidmann said on Tuesday (25 March) that Russia has more to lose than Europe if economic sanctions are imposed over its actions in Ukraine. "The escalation of the conflict has resulted in ...

EU ElectionsGerman anti-euro party broadens its platform to left and right

26.03.14 @ 09:28

In an attempt to broaden its election appeal, Germany's new anti-euro party has published an EU election manifesto with ideas seen in both far-right and far-left platforms. In its election manifesto adopted on Sunday ( ...

German government to curb 'welfare tourism'

25.03.14 @ 09:50

A special panel set up to look at welfare abuse in Germany has proposed tightening the rules and only giving child support to people with a German tax number. The findings of the special report are to be adopted by the ...

Nato general warns about Moldova, Baltics

23.03.14 @ 22:42

Nato’s top general, Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russia has amassed enough troops on the eastern Ukrainian border for a new invasion and said Nato will mobilise troops to defend the Baltics if need be. "The force ...

Russia to Europe: We can do whatever we want

22.03.14 @ 18:32

Foreign policy debates are usually a polite affair. Ideas may clash, but the exchange rarely gets personal. This was not the case on Friday (21 March) during the "Brussels Forum", an annual gathering of European and ...

EU leaders agree new Russia sanctions

21.03.14 @ 02:21

EU leaders have reacted to Russia's annexation of Crimea by blacklisting 12 new names and by agreeing to send EU peace monitors if need be. "We have 12 names and I can assure you that some of them are really high- ...

Germany and UK diverge on Russia sanctions

19.03.14 @ 18:48

EU countries are heading into a summit on Thursday (20 March) nowhere near a consensus over what to do about Russia's annexation of Crimea and on how far economic sanctions should go. At the crux of the debates will be ...

Doing business with Russia: A German dilemma

17.03.14 @ 18:25

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a cautious politician. A natural scientist by formation, she never goes for bold statements unless they have been carefully weighed beforehand. By her standards, the speech in the ...

EU ElectionsJuncker and Schulz in favour of eurobonds

17.03.14 @ 09:29

Eurobonds - a controversial debt mutualisation project fiercely opposed by Germany - are being supported in the long run by both the centre-right and centre-left top candidates in the EU elections. In a double-interview ...

Europe looking at alternatives to Russian gas

14.03.14 @ 20:04

EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday (20-21 March) will look at ways to lower the bloc's dependence on Russian gas, as they prepare economic sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine. "The European Council ...

MEPs: Troika undemocratic, European Monetary Fund needed

13.03.14 @ 14:21

The European Parliament is calling for the creation of an EU monetary fund to replace the "undemocratic" troika of international lenders. In a non-binding report voted Thursday (13 March) in Strasbourg, MEPs set out the ...

Merkel: Comparing Crimea to Kosovo is 'shameful'

13.03.14 @ 11:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (13 March) told the Bundestag it is "shameful" to compare the independence of Kosovo with the referendum for independence in Crimea and called on Russia to stop its actions in ...

New EU citizens' appeal targets press freedom

11.03.14 @ 21:41

Verdi, a German trade union which triggered the only successful European Citizens' Initiative so far, is throwing its weight behind a new project on press freedom. With 2 million members, it could easily get the 1 ...

Cyprus central bank governor resigns

11.03.14 @ 09:39

The governor of the Cypriot central bank, Panicos Demetriades, on Monday (10 March) resigned after being investigated over a secret deal he negotiated with an American consultancy firm in connection with his country's € ...

Estonian commissioner criticised for political campaign

10.03.14 @ 09:30

A group of MEPs has written a letter to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso asking for the resignation of the Estonian commissioner, Siim Kallas, who is leading political negotiations for the Prime Minister ...

EU ElectionsJuncker elected centre-right's top EU candidate

07.03.14 @ 19:12

The centre-right European People's Party on Friday (7 March) chose Jean-Claude Juncker, an EU political veteran and former head of the Eurogroup, as its top candidate for the European Commission. "Experience. Solidarity ...

Centre-right leaders give Ukraine hope of EU membership

07.03.14 @ 17:56

EU centre-right leaders, including Germany's Angela Merkel and Poland's Donald Tusk, have given the strongest support so far for Ukraine's hopes to join the EU one day. A resolution adopted by the European People’s ...

'Putin will go as far as the West allows him to'

07.03.14 @ 09:19

Despite their personal differences, Ukrainian opposition leaders Yulia Tymoshenko and Vitali Klitschko put up a united front at a meeting of centre-right EU leaders on Thursday (6 March), warning the West against ...

EU ElectionsCentre-right leaders to pick top EU commission candidate

06.03.14 @ 09:27

European centre right leaders are gathering in Dublin on Thursday and Friday (6-7 March) to select their top candidate for the post of European Commission President. With the Ukraine crisis taking over the EU agenda and ...

EU Elections'Europe projects coldness'

04.03.14 @ 09:29

Over recent days Berlin has been filled with artists and writers discussing how culture can counter the rise of populism and euroscepticism in Europe. On Monday (3 March), EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and ...

Germany calls for urgent EU meeting on Ukraine

01.03.14 @ 16:10

Germany’s foreign minister has said European states need to “gather quickly” to formulate a joint position on the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement on Saturday (1 March): "We are in ...

Germany: IMF 'central' to Ukraine aid package

28.02.14 @ 16:43

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should be "central" to the financial rescue package being cobbled together for Ukraine, a German government spokeswoman said on Friday in Berlin (28 February). She added that German ...

City of London richest EU region

28.02.14 @ 09:20

With wealth three times greater than the EU average, inner London - home to the EU's largest financial sector- is the bloc's richest region. Luxembourg, another financial powerhouse, is second at 266 percent of the EU ...

Merkel: EU needs Britain in order to reform

27.02.14 @ 15:47

Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first German leader to address the British Parliament in almost 30 years, made a strong case for why the EU "needs" the UK on Thursday (27 February). Both the Conservative Prime Minister, ...

'Antici protocols' shed light on EU crisis summits

27.02.14 @ 10:00

EU summits are a tiresome affair. The Cypriot President had to install a bed in his delegation room to take a nap now and then during the all-nighters discussing Greek bailouts or other pressing euro-matters. France's ...

EU ElectionsGerman neo-Nazis could enter EU parliament after court ruling

26.02.14 @ 12:55

A myriad small German parties, including the neo-Nazi NPD, could enter the European Parliament following a ruling by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday (26 February) to abolish the minimum threshold for the vote. The ...

MEPs redouble attack on bailout 'troikas'

25.02.14 @ 10:01

MEPs investigating the troika of international lenders in bailout countries have said it was marred by conflicts of interest and lacked democratic accountability. The economic affairs committee on Monday (24 February) ...

EU ElectionsControversial author praises German anti-euro party

24.02.14 @ 18:38

Thilo Sarrazin is an unusual politician. A member of the German Social Democrats since 1974, he became a household name in 2010 after publishing his best-selling "Deutschland schafft sich ab" (Germany is doing away with ...

Report: NSA spying on German ministers instead of Merkel

24.02.14 @ 09:06

The US intelligence service, the NSA, has allegedly expanded its surveillance of German government officials since being ordered by President Barack Obama to stop spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag ...

AgendaMerkel gets royal reception in London this WEEK

21.02.14 @ 18:44

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be received with the highest level of pomp during her visit to London on Thursday (27 February). She is to meet the queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and speak to the joint houses ...

EU commissioner clashes with Germany on energy subsidies

18.02.14 @ 09:29

Germany is on collision course with the European Commission over subsidies to energy-intensive industries which Brussels says run counter to EU goals on promoting greener sources by 2020. In a rare move, competition ...

Interview'Baltic candidate' challenges Juncker for EU top job

17.02.14 @ 09:21

Conservative parties in the three Baltic states are supporting former Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis to take the pole position for the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) in the EU elections. Speaking ...

FeatureDresden: Bombs, neo-Nazis and Kurt Vonnegut

14.02.14 @ 17:39

Slaughterhouse Five nowadays is called Halle Funf. It is a fair ground - conferences, exhibitions, concerts. Walking down one staircase, a wardrobe opens up. "There used to be meat hooks, now there are coat hooks," says ...

EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact

12.02.14 @ 09:28

A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the US being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force. "What is non-negotiable are food safety standards ...

GMO maize vote highlights 'absurd' EU rules

11.02.14 @ 17:07

The European Commission is set to authorise the cultivation of a genetically modified maize crop - the insect-resistant Pioneer 1507 - despite opposition from 19 member states. According to the so-called comitology ...

EU ElectionsGerman eurosceptics on the rise ahead of EU elections

11.02.14 @ 12:07

The EU: a remote bureaucracy bent on spewing out meddlesome laws; taking more and more power from national parliaments and governments; sitting idly by while immigrants flood in, taxpayers are looted and banks are ...

Pussy Riot: Magnitsky 'not an isolated case' in Putin's jails

10.02.14 @ 18:01

Two members of the Russian punk band "Pussy Riot" on Monday (10 February) rubbished President Vladimir Putin's amnesty law and said prison conditions are still as inhumane as they were for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian ...