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Cameron in a pickle over Scotland promises

22.09.14 @ 09:24

British PM David Cameron is under fire from his own party and from the Labour opposition for having promised more powers to Scotland but being vague on similar devolution plans for England. Cameron on Monday (22 ...

Scotland chooses to stay in UK

19.09.14 @ 07:10

Voters in Scotland on Thursday (18 September) said No to independence from the UK, but the intense campaigning and the record-high turnout are seen as examples for separatist movements elsewhere in Europe. Official ...

Voting under way in Scottish independence referendum

18.09.14 @ 09:29

Over 4 million people are set to cast their vote in the Scottish independence referendum on Thursday (18 September), with a record turnout expected as 97 percent of eligible voters have registered for the poll. Polling ...

FeatureScotland prepares for life after referendum

17.09.14 @ 09:57

With its shop windows displaying a big Yes and a big No, the "referendum cafe" in Glasgow is an unusual place. "I was also surprised that nobody had come up with this idea so far," says Simon Jones, one of the three co- ...

FeatureScotland on verge of 'independence lite'

15.09.14 @ 09:14

Travelers to Scotland, beware. In buses, pubs and street rallies, people have only one thing on their mind these days: Scottish independence. They wear bumper stickers with “Yes” or “No thanks”, dye their hair white and ...

Greek to front Juncker's new media strategy

11.09.14 @ 10:03

Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed a Greek EU official as his main spokesperson, part of his revamped media strategy for the new EU commission. "I've made a few changes in the spokespersons' service," Juncker announced ...

New commission sees greater role for Juncker deputies

10.09.14 @ 14:57

The new EU commission will have a less centralised power structure, with Jean-Claude Juncker delegating more responsibilities to his deputies. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday (10 September) to present his ...

Juncker set to unveil new commission

09.09.14 @ 18:06

The new EU commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is to present his new team and their posts on Wednesday (10 September). With the carve-out of portfolios still ongoing on Tuesday, there is little certainty as to who ...

Bavarian politician calls for checks on Austria-Germany border

09.09.14 @ 09:27

Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer has said Germany should introduce border checks to block refugees coming from Italy. "Italy is in clear violation of the Schengen [border-free area] accords. If this doesn't stop, Germany ...

AnalysisScotland vs. Catalonia: Two independence quests, different paths

08.09.14 @ 18:34

Scotland and Catalonia both have strong independence movements, but their paths to this goal are very different. At an event hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies, a Brussels think-tank, politicians and ...

Romania has contingency plan for Russian attack

08.09.14 @ 09:29

Romanian president Traian Basescu has said Nato has a contingency plan for the "0.01 percent" chance that Russia will one day attack his country. Romania, the EU's most easterly member state, has a 650km border with ...

Putin cheese: EU farmers to get 'targeted' compensation

05.09.14 @ 20:28

European farmers hit by a Russian embargo on fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat are likely to tap a €400 million EU emergency fund from October on. Speaking after a snap meeting of agriculture ministers in Brussels on ...

EU, US to tighten Russia sanctions

05.09.14 @ 09:29

The EU and the US are to announce tighter Russia sanctions on Friday (5 September), with the EU’s draft legal texts - seen by EUobserver - targeting state-owned banks, oil technologies and defence goods. The move comes ...

Names list for new EU commission complete

04.09.14 @ 20:09

The list of proposed new EU commissioners is now complete, with enough women for the European Parliament to approve the 28-strong team led by Jean-Claude Juncker. With Romania finally deciding on Thursday (4 September) ...

Unemployment on slow downward trend, report says

04.09.14 @ 09:26

Unemployment has started to fall in Europe, but will remain next year at higher levels than before the euro-crisis, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). ...

EU targets bank loans, World Cup in Russia sanctions talks

03.09.14 @ 17:59

EU ambassadors are holding talks in Brussels on new proposals for Russia sanctions - seen by EUobserver - with ideas including “action” to block its 2018 World Cup. The talks are taking place amid news of a “ceasefire ...

Finland most vulnerable to Russian gas cut-off

03.09.14 @ 09:29

Finland would experience gas shortages even if Russia cut off exports just for one month, while other EU countries would last between three to nine months without Russian gas, according to a German study. "A Russian gas ...

Juncker starts interviews for new EU commission

02.09.14 @ 13:41

Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has started meeting the nominees for his 28-strong college, but gender balance continues to be a problem. Dutch foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans and Slovene ...

Who is Federica Mogherini?

01.09.14 @ 08:59

An unlikely choice just less than two months ago, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini was picked by EU leaders on Saturday (30 August) to become the bloc's next EU foreign chief. Mogherini, 41 and a foreign ...

EU leaders pick Tusk, Mogherini for top posts

30.08.14 @ 21:43

EU leaders on Saturday (30 August) agreed to appoint Polish PM Donald Tusk as the next EU Council president and Italian minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc's new foreign affairs chief. Outgoing council head Herman ...

EU leaders meet on top jobs, Ukraine

29.08.14 @ 21:24

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Saturday (30 August) to clinch a deal on two top posts and to discuss further sanctions on Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine. The summit will start at 5pm local time ...

Opposition to Mogherini fading in EU capital

28.08.14 @ 18:04

A deal is shaping up for Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini to become the EU's next foreign affairs chief, provided the prime minister of Poland or a Baltic leader takes up the EU Council presidency. Several EU ...

Germany to ban EU citizens who abuse welfare system

27.08.14 @ 17:52

The German government on Wednesday (27 August) approved draft legislation aimed at curbing 'welfare abuse' by other EU citizens coming to the country. "Freedom of movement is an indispensable element of European ...

Italy's Mogherini still an option for EU foreign policy job

27.08.14 @ 09:28

Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini may become the next EU foreign policy chief if Polish PM Donald Tusk or a Baltic leader succeeds Herman Van Rompuy as EU Council president. The decision will be taken by EU ...

Scottish separatist wins TV debate ahead of referendum

26.08.14 @ 09:30

Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond on Monday (25 August) was seen as the winner of a final TV debate before a referendum which could lead to the creation of a new EU member state. The BBC debate, spiced up ...

French government in turmoil over economic policies

26.08.14 @ 07:51

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday (25 August) tendered his government's resignation after more leftist ministers voiced criticism to what is being perceived as German-imposed austerity. The embattled French ...

Juncker's chief of staff: 'I get 800 emails a day'

08.08.14 @ 08:40

The centre of power in Brussels has temporarily moved to the ninth floor of the so-called Charlemagne building in the EU district. There, in a nondescript grey hallway guarded by security officers, pinned up pieces of ...

InvestigationBarroso tops commission travel expenses in 2012

01.08.14 @ 16:36

EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso's travel expenses in 2012 were almost three times as high as those of foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The EU commissioners' expenses for 2012 and 2013 were released by the ...

EU hits Russia's largest banks, imposes arms embargo

31.07.14 @ 22:18

Russia's largest and second largest banks from Friday (1 August) will no longer be able to raise money on EU markets, as economic sanctions enter into force. Published in the EU official journal on Thursday, the ...

Russia threatens Europe with higher energy prices

31.07.14 @ 09:04

Russia on Wednesday (30 July) reacted angrily to the EU economic sanctions, threatening to increase energy prices. “Obsessed with sanctions, Brussels is itself creating barriers for further cooperation in such a key ...

EU blacklists three Putin 'cronies'

30.07.14 @ 21:59

The EU on Wednesday (30 July) for the first time included three of Vladimir Putin's loyal oligarchs and his propaganda chief on an existing blacklist in response to Russia's continued "destabilisation" of Ukraine. The ...

US joins EU on Russia economic sanctions

30.07.14 @ 09:28

The US on Tuesday (29 July) announced a widening of its own Russia sanctions to match the EU's economic sanctions adopted just a few hours previously. "Today, and building on the measures we announced two weeks ago, the ...

EU approves economic sanctions on Russia

29.07.14 @ 19:52

EU ambassadors on Tuesday (29 July) approved economic sanctions on Russia which are expected to enter into force on Friday. Under the new regime, known as stage three sanctions, EU citizens and firms will not be allowed ...

Obama, EU leaders agree on Russia sanctions

29.07.14 @ 09:28

The leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the US held a conference call on Monday (28 July) and agreed to impose economic sanctions on Russia as it continues to support the war in eastern Ukraine. In a press ...

Denmark, Germany benefit most from EU market

28.07.14 @ 18:04

The Danish and German economies have benefited most among 14 EU countries from the expansion of the bloc's single market between 1992-2012, according to a study published Monday (28 July) by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a ...

Multi-billion losses expected from Russia sanctions

28.07.14 @ 09:49

EU diplomats on Monday (28 July) are to pour over the legal texts drafted by the EU commission for imposing sectoral economic sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. The sanctions are expected to be ...

EU to hit Russia with economic sanctions next week

25.07.14 @ 17:14

The European Commission is preparing legislative on four types of economic sanctions likely to be imposed on Russia on Tuesday. A meeting of EU ambassadors (Coreper) on Friday concluded that legal texts should be ...

German, Dutch firms ready to take hit from Russia sanctions

25.07.14 @ 09:25

German and Dutch companies, so far among the most reluctant to back EU's planned Russia sanctions, are ready to take a hit from possible retaliatory measures. The "Eastern association of German economy" representing ...

EU blacklists more Russians, prepares economic sanctions

24.07.14 @ 20:55

EU ambassadors in a marathon meeting on Thursday (24 July) added 15 more individuals, nine companies and nine institutions from Russia and east Ukraine to an existing blacklist of 72 individuals and two firms linked to ...

EU readies new sanctions on defiant Russia

24.07.14 @ 09:25

EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels at 9.30 local time on Thursday (24 July) are set to discuss a raft of new sanctions on Russia, as Moscow has shown no signs of wanting to meet an EU ultimatum over Ukraine. According ...

Russia angst sees EU energy efficiency targets watered down

23.07.14 @ 17:26

The EU commission on Wednesday (23 July) tabled a plan to increase the bloc's overall energy efficiency, but had to water it down amid fears of Russian gas supplies being cut in the ongoing Ukraine crisis. Under the ...

Deutsche Bank under fire in the US

23.07.14 @ 09:16

Two separate reports by the US central bank and the Senate have criticised Deutsche Bank for having internal irregularities and for helping investment funds to avoid taxes. Documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal ...

EU threatens Russian economy after MH17 disaster

22.07.14 @ 17:47

EU foreign ministers on Tuesday (22 July) gave Russia a few days to stop arming Ukrainian rebels, believed responsible for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane, or face sanctions on its financial, high-tech, and ...

Merkel: Russia partly responsible for Ukraine crash

18.07.14 @ 14:59

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (18 July) said Russia must acknowledge its share of responsibility in the Ukraine plane disaster. "It is important to have an international investigation as soon as possible. ...

Birthday tributes display Merkel's power

18.07.14 @ 09:51

The celebration began on Wednesday evening during an EU summit: a box of Belgian pralines (that she won't touch given her diet); a bunch of flowers; champagne; and a German football shirt signed by all EU leaders. ...

EU leaders fail to agree on top jobs

17.07.14 @ 03:14

EU leaders on Wednesday night (16 July) failed to reach an agreement on two top jobs - the high representative for foreign policy and the next EU Council president. "It is a bit unfortunate but not dramatic, not ...

EU leaders lower expectations of top jobs deal

16.07.14 @ 21:55

EU leaders heading into a summit to decide on top posts on Wednesday (16 July) lowered expectations of a deal due to diverging views on the foreign affairs chief. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that "it can very ...

EU in east-west divide on foreign affairs job

16.07.14 @ 08:14

Italian foreign affairs minister Federica Mogherini has emerged as a frontrunner for the EU foreign affairs job, but eastern member states find her too Russia-friendly and have threatened to block her appointment. ...

Interim commissioners pass EU parliament test

15.07.14 @ 09:31

Former Finnish PM Jyrki Katainen and three other interim commissioners-to-be were grilled by MEPs on Monday (14 July) before taking up their posts for the next four months. Katainen, who will replace economic affairs ...

US 'willing to talk' to Germany in latest spy dispute

11.07.14 @ 09:55

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold talks with his US counterpart, John Kerry, on the new spy dispute in the coming days, the US State Department has said. Germany on Thursday (10 July) told a ...