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InvestigationKabila re-elected in Congo

10.12.11 @ 15:46

Joseph Kabila has been re-elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the EU calling for data from each polling station to be released amid deep suspicions of electoral fraud within the opposition camp. ...

InvestigationCongolese tensions spill onto streets of Brussels

05.12.11 @ 21:54

Post-electoral tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo spilled onto the streets of Brussels on Monday (5 December), with angry supporters of opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi damaging vehicles ...

EU blames Congo electoral chaos on poor planning

02.12.11 @ 12:15

The head of the EU's electoral monitoring mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has blamed the widespread scenes of chaos that gripped the African state this week on poor organisation. "The lack of communication ...

InvestigationEU steps back, as tensions build ahead of Congo elections

25.11.11 @ 15:11

On seizing power from Zaire's long-standing dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997, Laurent-Desire Kabila changed the country's name to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was not until 2006, however, after a ...

InvestigationCongo's conflict minerals divide EU opinion

18.11.11 @ 18:09

Branching off the main Goma-Bukavu road on the shores of Lake Kivu, an earthy track climbs high into the mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley, switchbacking incessantly through the lush green landscape before ...

InvestigationWarlords undermine EU security mission in Congo

14.11.11 @ 10:42

The need to reform the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) army and police force is clear. Crime rates are high and rebel groups continue to harass citizens in the east, but few Congolese believe the state's security ...

InvestigationBlack gold in Virunga, curse or saviour?

04.11.11 @ 15:56

A sign in Kinshasa's international airport reads 'Tourism: the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)." It is ironic given the current state of play. For instead of a warm welcome, visitors arriving at the N' ...

InvestigationCongo fatigue: EU funding in the heart of Africa

01.11.11 @ 09:02

Pastor Jean Tshibuabua stares bleakly into his coffee and considers the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is early morning but already the cacophony of battered minibuses plying Kinshasa’s clogged and ...

Lewandowski rows back on climate remarks

30.06.11 @ 17:45

EU budget commissioner Janusz Lewandowski has clarified that he does believe in global warming, despite recent statements in which he appeared to question the validity of the phenomenon. The climbdown was posted on ...

Brussels seeks financial tax in new EU budget

30.06.11 @ 09:24

Future EU spending is set to increase, focusing marginally less on agriculture and more on research, education and transport, according to European Commission proposals for the next seven-year budgetary period (2014- ...

EU calls for reforms in Zimbabwe amid diamond tensions

29.06.11 @ 18:30

The EU and international partners have called on officials in Zimbabwe to speed up the implementation of a power-sharing agreement, also underlining their concerns following last week's bust-up in a Kimberley Process ...

EU holds on to IMF chairmanship

29.06.11 @ 09:19

French finance minister Christine Lagarde has been appointed as the new chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at a time of unprecedented economic turmoil in the eurozone. The Washington-based institution's 24- ...

Costly Denmark, bargain Bulgaria: big variations in EU prices

28.06.11 @ 18:16

Prices for consumer goods and services vary by a factor of three across EU member states, with Denmark taking the gold medal for expensive shopping experiences. Inhabitants of the non-euro-using country were charged an ...

Proposed rules for MEPs' second jobs seen as lax

28.06.11 @ 09:28

Proposed rules to ensure that MEPs disclose how much they earn from second jobs make little distinction between high and low earners, and also place MEPs from newer member states at a disadvantage This is according to ...

Iceland: EU membership depends on fishery 'superpowers'

27.06.11 @ 17:38

European fishery "superpowers" such as Spain hold the key to Iceland's membership of the European Union, Iceland's foreign minister has said. Ossur Skarphedinsson made the comments in Brussels on Monday (27 June), where ...

FocusEU 'won't back down' in China aviation row

27.06.11 @ 09:23

The European Union has said it will continue with plans to charge airlines for pollution credits from the beginning of next year, amid reports that China has frozen a multi-billion euro Airbus order in retaliation. Both ...

Leaders back Mario Draghi as next ECB president

24.06.11 @ 15:01

Italian central banker Mario Draghi has won the backing of EU leaders to become the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB) from the 1 November. EU leaders made the decision at a European Summit in Brussels on ...

MEPs demand action from Barroso over climate sceptic remarks

23.06.11 @ 21:54

A group of MEPs have demanded action from European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso, after the EU's budget commissioner expressed doubts earlier this month over the reality of global warming. In a set of oral ...

MEPs warn Barroso against slashing EU farm budget

23.06.11 @ 18:25

MEPs have said they do not support a large-scale reduction in funding for rural development schemes, amid reports that the European Commission may aim to make savings in this area in next week's highly-anticipated multi ...

TickerOne in five employed in EU food chain

23.06.11 @ 09:52

Just over 48 million people were employed within the EU27's food chain in 2008, equivalent to more than a fifth of total employment, the EU's statistic agency reported on Wednesday (22 June). The highest number of food ...

US demands exemption from EU plans on aviation emissions

23.06.11 @ 09:21

Washington has officially demanded that US airlines be left out of European plans to charge airlines for carbon permits. Opposition prior to a US-EU aviation meeting in Oslo on Wednesday (22 June) has largely come from ...

Alarm as EU budget chief questions global warming

22.06.11 @ 19:15

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is apparently unconcerned that the chief architect of the EU's forthcoming multi-annual budget has major doubts over the existence of global warming. Environmental ...

Brussels tells states and companies to use less energy

22.06.11 @ 17:45

The European Commission has adopted a 'wait and see' approach over whether to remove surplus carbon credits arising from gains in energy efficiency, from the EU's emissions trading scheme. A second controversial ...

Poland blocks climate efforts in 'dark day' for Europe

22.06.11 @ 09:24

Poland has scuppered an attempt to tighten European Union carbon emission targets, sparking widespread concern just days before Warsaw is set to take over the EU's six-month rotating presidency. EU environment ministers ...

FocusIntegrated EU foreign policy is 'decades away', says EEAS official

21.06.11 @ 17:49

An integrated European foreign policy is still decades away, despite the rising challenges posed by China and other states, a senior figure in the EU's external action service (EEAS) has said. One reason for this is ...

TickerGreek referendum expected this autumn

21.06.11 @ 08:21

The Greek government, hoping to soothe rising social unrest, announced on Monday that it will hold a referendum this autumn to reform the country's constitution. The vote will be "preceded, in September, by a broad ...

TickerEU sends official to convince Russia to lift vegetable ban

21.06.11 @ 08:21

The EU will send a top official to Russia to convince Moscow to lift a ban on EU vegetables over an E. coli outbreak, as promised at a recent summit. European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has also sent a ...

TickerLawyers say EU-US data retention plan is illegal

21.06.11 @ 08:20

The European commission's own lawyers have warned that a joint US-European agreement to store the personal data, including credit card details, of millions of transatlantic air passengers for 15 years is unlawful, ...

TickerUN warns on West African drug smuggling to EU

21.06.11 @ 08:20

UN anti-drugs officials believe cocaine trafficking through West Africa to reach lucrative markets in Europe is becoming increasingly sophisticated. The organisation's regional head for crime, Alexandre Schmidt, said ...

TickerTunisia's Ben Ali sentenced to jail

21.06.11 @ 08:20

A Tunisian court has sentenced former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila to 35 years in jail for embezzlement and misusing public funds. The couple, who fled to Saudi Arabia in January after a popular ...

TickerRussian plane crash kills 44 people

21.06.11 @ 08:20

Forty-four people have been killed and eight injured in a plane crash in north-western Russia, officials say. The aircraft attempted to land on a motorway about 1km from Petrozavodsk airport in the republic of Karelia, ...

TickerLagarde gets EU chocolates, best wishes for IMF

21.06.11 @ 08:19

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said on Monday her European colleagues had given her chocolates and wished her well in her bid this week to become the first female head of the International Monetary Fund.

Brussels warns EU states against backtracking on biodiversity

20.06.11 @ 18:03

European environment commissioner Janez Potocnik has called on EU member states to support a package of recently proposed biodiversity targets amid concerns that a collection of countries led by France is seeking to ...

EU ties Kyoto extension to greater efforts all-round

20.06.11 @ 09:27

The European Union has said major polluters must make greater progress in curbing carbon emissions before the 27-member bloc signs up to a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol. Failure to secure substantive ...

EU steps up security of emissions trading system

18.06.11 @ 04:15

EU member states have backed tighter security measures for the EU's emissions trading system (ETS), after cyber-thieves hacked in earlier this year and stole roughly €30 million in carbon credits. On Friday (17 June) a ...

EU energy efficiency directive is 'set up to fail', say critics

17.06.11 @ 09:26

Brussels is aware of the need for binding energy efficiency targets but has failed to propose them in its imminent energy savings directive, making it "set up to fail", say critics. Scheduled for next Wednesday (22 June ...

EU backs budget support and 2030 target for renewables

16.06.11 @ 17:30

The European Commission has said the EU must establish a binding 2030 target for renewable energy, pledging to include stimulus measures for the industry in its multi-annual budget proposals (post 2013) to be published ...

Key MEPs back Draghi for top post in eurozone bank

16.06.11 @ 09:21

Members of the European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee have backed Italian central bank governor Mario Draghi to take over the reins at the European Central Bank this November when outgoing ...

Big variations in tree coverage between EU states

15.06.11 @ 17:30

The European Union's tree coverage has increased marginally over the past decade to reach roughly 40 percent, but it is about "quality not quantity" warn environmentalists, pointing to the bloc's failed efforts in ...

EU agrees compensation deal for bacteria-hit farmers

15.06.11 @ 09:23

EU member states have agreed on a €210 million compensation package for farmers whose sales have suffered as a result of the E. coli outbreak in northern Germany. The deal in Brussels on Tuesday (14 June) will allow the ...

Sarkozy, Barroso back greater transparency for extractive industry

14.06.11 @ 17:45

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called on the European Commission to come forward quickly with legislation to regulate the commodities and raw materials sectors, warning that high prices are threatening global ...

Italians reject nuclear energy in further blow to Berlusconi

14.06.11 @ 09:28

Italians have rejected nuclear energy in a nationwide referendum, dealing a further blow to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi just two weeks after his coalition suffered heavy losses in local elections. Government-backed ...

Croatia gets EU green light, despite lack of reforms

10.06.11 @ 18:01

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for Croatia to become the 28th member of the European Union, a landmark decision that critics say has more to do with politics than real reforms inside the Balkan state. ...

Former leaders tell US, EU to support Palestinian unity

10.06.11 @ 09:20

A group of prominent former politicians has called on the United States and Europe to support the reconciliation process between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize ...

FocusLagarde backs greater role for China in IMF

09.06.11 @ 17:33

French finance minister Christine Lagarde has backed a greater role for China in the International Monetary Fund, the Washington-based lender currently propping up a number of European economies. Tipped as the most ...

TickerEU increases farm aid pledge following E. Coli outbreak

09.06.11 @ 10:34

The EU Commission raised its offer of compensation on Wednesday (8 June) to €210 million for vegetable producers, whose sales have collapsed amid customer caution following Europe's deadly E. Coli outbreak. The bacteria ...

TickerMEPs call for EU budget increase

09.06.11 @ 10:33

MEPs voted by a large majority on Wednesday (8 June) to reject a freeze in the EU's long-term budget (2014-2020) being called for by large member states, lead by Britain. Instead they want an increase of up to five ...

FocusBlair: EU should have elected leader

09.06.11 @ 09:28

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the European Union must have an elected leader to give it the "clear leadership" to successfully spar with rising powers such as China in the future. Previously touted ...

Court tells EU parliament to release document detailing MEP abuses

08.06.11 @ 16:08

The EU's General Court has ruled that the European Parliament must release a controversial 2008 internal report, detailing how MEPs abused an allowance system intended for parliamentary assistants. Tuesday's (7 June) ...

Germany fears 'full-blown bankruptcy' in eurozone

08.06.11 @ 10:37

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble believes Greek bankruptcy is imminent, according to a leaked letter, and argues that restructuring of the country's debt is necessary. "We are standing before the real risk of ...

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