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Europe faces worst human rights 'crisis' in decades

Today @ 09:29

Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE). The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday (16), says corruption, human ...

MEPs upset over Schulz's double role as president and candidate

Today @ 09:25

A majority of MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 April) said Martin Schulz must explain how he is able to run a campaign and fulfil his role as European Parliament President at the same time. The outgoing leader was ...

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. The data, published on Wednesday (16 April), by the EU’s statistical office Eurostat, says the jobless rate in 27 regions in ...

Malta legalises same-sex unions and adoption

15.04.14 @ 09:29

Malta on Monday (14 April) legalised both same-sex unions and joint adoptions by gay couples. "Malta is now more liberal and more European, and it has given equality to all its people," said Labour Prime Minister Joseph ...

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 proposals by the European Commission to phase out subsidies for renewables. In a report out on Sunday ( ...

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. “The commission’s arguments for refusing to give access are not convincing,” said ...

Alarm over EU proposal to cut loose renewable energy firms

09.04.14 @ 19:59

European Commission proposals on Wednesday (9 April) to phase out subsidies for renewable energy producers have met with accusations of a "corporate capture" of EU policymaking. Speaking to reporters in Brussels, ...

Spanish parliament rejects Catalan independence bid

09.04.14 @ 09:27

Spain’s parliament on Tuesday (8 April) overwhelmingly rejected Catalonia’s bid to call for a referendum on independence. There were 299 votes against a proposal by Catalan leader Artur Mas to have an independence poll. ...

Violence against Roma on the rise, says Amnesty

08.04.14 @ 09:29

Hate crimes and violence against the EU’s largest minority are on the rise, according to an Amnesty International report out on Tuesday (8 April). "There has been a marked rise in the frequency of anti-Roma violence in ...

Roma still second class citizens, despite EU efforts

04.04.14 @ 18:51

Despite national strategies on Roma integration, many of Europe’s most discriminated minority are still being treated as second-class citizens. Zoni Weisz, a 77-year old Nazi Holocaust survivor, on Friday (4 April) ...

EU lifts visa restrictions on Moldova

03.04.14 @ 18:54

The EU on Thursday (3 April) formally agreed to lift visa restrictions on Moldova, allowing its citizens to travel throughout the Schengen passport-free area. “This is a great achievement and the beginning of a new ...

EU parliament chief censors report criticising his actions

02.04.14 @ 18:19

European Parliament President Martin Schulz removed a paragraph critical of his stewardship in a key committee report set for debate late on Wednesday (2 April). “He used his prerogatives to take out one paragraph in ...

Private security firms bid on Greek asylum centres

02.04.14 @ 09:25

Private security firms are bidding to guard EU-funded migrant detention centres in Greece amid a report by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which says poor conditions in some of the facilities are causing disease. Greek ...

Green groups unhappy with EU climate proposals

01.04.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission’s latest climate proposals fall short of the mark say pro-green groups, following a UN report published on Monday (31 March) which warned of irreversible consequences of a warming planet. The ...

France appoints 'top cop' interior minister as PM

01.04.14 @ 09:29

France’s interior minister Manuel Valls was named Prime Minister on Monday (31 March) by centre-left president Francois Hollande. The 51-year old Valls replaced Jean-Marc Ayrault, who quit after the French socialist ...

Belgian police try to censor posters ahead of China visit

28.03.14 @ 18:53

Local police in Brussels told organisers of a New York-based Chinese dance company to remove posters of a performance ahead of China’s presidential visit to the EU next week. President Xi Jinping and his entourage will ...

Turkey moves to block YouTube

28.03.14 @ 09:26

After having denied Turkey's 12 million Twitter users access to the micro-blogging site, Turkish authorities on Thursday (27 March) moved to block YouTube. The YouTube block, according to Turkey’s national ...

Obama speaks to star-struck audience in Brussels

27.03.14 @ 09:24

Obama, following his pledge of solidarity with the EU on Ukraine on Wednesday (26 March), delivered a 40-minute speech to an audience of some 2,000 at the Palais des Beaux Arts centre in Brussels. Despite his late show, ...

Italian mob has €200bn annual budget

25.03.14 @ 19:08

The annual budget of organised crime in Italy is bigger than that of the EU, with most of the money spent outside Italy, the country's foreign ministry says. “Organised crime has an annual budget of more than €200 ...

Syrians and Russians top asylum demands to EU

25.03.14 @ 09:29

Syrians fleeing war and Russians topped the list of those asking for asylum in the EU last year. Figures released on Monday (24 March) from the EU statistical office, Eurostat, reveal Syrians top the list of asylum ...

EU bans fish imports from Belize, Cambodia, and Guinea

24.03.14 @ 18:48

Belize, Cambodia, and Guinea are banned from selling fish to the EU. The blacklist, first proposed by the European Commission and then rubber stamped by the member states on Monday (24 March), is a first for the EU ...

EU ElectionsFar-left set for big gains in European Parliament elections

24.03.14 @ 11:44

Europe's far-left is set to almost double its deputies in the upcoming European Parliament elections in May. Poll predictions indicate that the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group is set to become the ...

Far-right gives Hollande a bloody nose in French voting

24.03.14 @ 09:22

Initial results in French regional elections show the growing popularity of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party. Exit polls indicate it got 7 percent of the vote nationwide, compared to 43 percent for ...

'Bank secrecy to die' after Austria and Luxembourg back EU law

21.03.14 @ 09:28

Austria and Luxembourg at a summit on Thursday (20 March) in Brussels agreed to back EU plans to increase transparency in tax reporting. "We confirmed today that this is the course we want to follow," Luxembourg Prime ...

EU ElectionsPolitical groups pledge to conduct hate-free campaigns

19.03.14 @ 17:58

The majority of mainstream parties in the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 March) signed a pledge to conduct election campaigns free from discrimination and intolerance. “The [European Parliament] elections are ...

EU justice scoreboard upsets some member states

17.03.14 @ 20:26

The European Commission presented its second annual justice scoreboard on Monday (17 March) but not all member states like the idea. The Brussels-executive describes the scoreboard as an information tool for member ...

AgendaRussia sanctions to dominate this WEEK

14.03.14 @ 20:11

Possible EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine are set to dominate this week's agenda as heads of state and government gather in Brussels to discuss the implications of the referendum in Crimea. The EU leaders plan ...

MEPs back EU-wide public prosecutor's office

13.03.14 @ 09:38

EU lawmakers are a step closer to setting up an EU-wide public prosecutor after MEPs in Strasbourg backed the European Commission's proposal. Deputies on Wednesday (12 March) endorsed granting powers to a new office ...

MEPs want to scrap US data agreements

13.03.14 @ 08:58

MEPs want the EU to scrap data protection agreements with the US as they increase pressure on member states to start negotiations on reforming data protection rules in the EU. German Green Jan Philipp Albrecht on ...

EU officials seek new powers to protect rule of law

12.03.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission on Tuesday (11 March) announced a new measure to challenge member states in breach of EU rule of law. The proposal would allow the European Union to intervene at an early stage in case of “ ...

MEPs vote to pierce secrecy of trusts in anti-money laundering bill

11.03.14 @ 18:38

A draft bill designed to crack down on money laundering and fraud was backed by a vast majority of MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday (11 March). With only 30 MEPs opposed, the anti-money laundering bill requires companies, ...

AgendaUkraine, data protection, and troika in spotlight this WEEK

10.03.14 @ 09:28

Ukraine, data protection, and the performance of the troika in bailout countries, are among the top subjects set for debate and vote at the Strasbourg plenary session this week. MEPs on Monday evening (10 March) will ...

Edward Snowden wants asylum in EU

07.03.14 @ 19:04

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden wants asylum in Europe. In a series of responses delivered to the European Parliament ahead of next week’s debate on mass surveillance, Snowden told euro-deputies he ...

Transparency group pushes for stronger whistleblower laws

07.03.14 @ 09:28

The harsh treatment of people who expose corruption is a deterrent for others to step forward, says Transparency International (TI). Dalia Budreviciene, a celebrated whistleblower in Lithuania, has become a warning for ...

Study reveals widespread violence against women in EU

05.03.14 @ 09:29

In the world’s largest study of its kind, the EU agency for fundamental rights (FRA) found that one in three women in the European Union have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. The results ...

MEPs push Turkey to reform

04.03.14 @ 18:14

After nearly eight months of talks, MEPs in the foreign affairs committee on Monday (3 March) voted on a resolution on Turkey’s progress towards EU accession. The carefully scripted document, drafted by Dutch centre- ...

Nato supports Ukraine's territorial integrity against Russian occupation

03.03.14 @ 09:27

The allied countries under Nato command have condemned Russia’s military occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea, as world leaders threaten to oust Moscow from the G8 economic club. “Nato allies will continue to support ...

MEPs: EU-wide arrest warrant needs deep reform

27.02.14 @ 20:09

Stories of innocent people trapped in another member states’ judicial system are putting pressure on the European Commission to revise its pan-EU extradition rules. The Strasbourg chamber on Thursday (27 February) ...

MEPs boost transparency in committee votes

27.02.14 @ 09:22

A large majority of MEPs on Wednesday (26 February) in Strasbourg agreed to increase transparency in the committee level decision-making process. With more and more critical votes on draft laws taken at the committee ...

MEPs restrict child-friendly tobacco products

26.02.14 @ 18:26

New EU-wide rules to curb smoking are likely to be adopted over the summer as MEPs backed a bill on Wednesday (26 February) to restrict tobacco use, flavourings, adverts, and the sale of electronic cigarettes. With some ...

EU to donate criminal assets to charity

25.02.14 @ 18:29

Criminal suspects who flee the country or who are ill could still have their illicit assets confiscated and donated to charity under new rules endorsed by the European Parliament. The bill, voted through by euro- ...

Brazil champions undersea cable to bypass US

25.02.14 @ 09:46

A proposal to lay an undersea cable between Portugal and Brazil to circumvent US snooping has been praised by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff on Monday (25 February) in Brussels at the annual EU-Brazil ...

Ukraine deal set to end conflict, lead to early elections

21.02.14 @ 16:51

A deal in Kiev promises to end an outbreak of violence, which has seen over 75 people killed in the past few days. Embattled President Viktor Yanukovych and the leaders of the three opposition parties agreed on Friday ( ...

MEPs vote to abolish secret company ownership

21.02.14 @ 09:30

A European Parliament vote on Thursday (20 February) to set up public registers to identify company owners has been hailed as ground-breaking by pro-transparency groups. MEPs in the civil liberties and economic ...

Pressure mounts for EU sanctions on Ukraine

19.02.14 @ 18:56

A consensus is emerging among member states to impose targeted sanctions on Ukraine following violent clashes in Kiev, which left over two dozen people dead. “Member states are moving towards the decision that we should ...

OverviewA window to EU lobbying and lobbyists

18.02.14 @ 20:25

The EU transparency register for the European Parliament and the European Commission was launched in the summer of 2011 to better expose outside influence on EU law and decision-making. With around 6,000 organisations ...

EU suspends Swiss talks on research and education

17.02.14 @ 09:54

EU-Swiss talks on EU-funded research and education programmes have been suspended following Bern's refusal to sign a reciprocal work permit deal with Croatia. “There was another round of negotiations due and we had said ...

EU wants investigation into Spanish border guard shootings

14.02.14 @ 18:08

The European Commission wants answers after Spanish border guards fired rubber bullets at migrants swimming to safety off the coast of the Ceuta, a Spanish-enclave in north Africa. At least 12 people are said to have ...

Younger rival ousts Italian PM

14.02.14 @ 09:28

The 39-year-old mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, has ousted Italy’s centre-left Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, after an internal party vote. "Following the decisions taken today in the national committee of the ...

Bulgaria and Greece rank last in EU press freedoms

13.02.14 @ 09:26

Bulgaria and Greece rank at the bottom of EU countries in terms of press freedom. The findings are part of a larger report out on Wednesday (12 February) by the Paris-based watchdog Reporters Without Borders. It ranks ...