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Russia imposes retaliatory sanctions on EU

07.08.14 @ 09:30

Moscow is slapping a ban on EU-imported fruit and vegetables and food from the US in retaliation for western economic sanctions. A Russian decree published Wednesday (6 August) called upon government officials to put ...

EU and Canada negotiators reach agreement on trade deal

06.08.14 @ 17:53

The EU and Canada Tuesday (5 August) reached agreement on a free trade pact which is likely to be a blueprint for a larger such deal with the US. Billed as a historic by Canada, the deal aims to boost trade and cut ...

Russia in sanction threat against EU

06.08.14 @ 09:30

Russia may restrict or impose a ban on Asian-bound European airlines from flying over its Siberian territory as part of a retaliatory move against western-imposed sanctions. On Tuesday (5 August), President Vladimir ...

Juncker praises Greek austerity amid talks to disband troika

05.08.14 @ 09:29

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday (4 August) said he did everything in his power to keep Greece within the eurozone during the height of the financial crisis. “I fought like a lion ...

UK exit better than staying in unreformed EU, says report

04.08.14 @ 09:29

A UK exit is better than remaning in an un-reformed EU, according to an upcoming report commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson. But the report, drafted by Johnson’s chief economic adviser Gerard Lyons, also warns an ...

Russia ordered to pay €1.8bn by human rights court

31.07.14 @ 17:22

The European Court of Human Rights Thursday (31 July) told Russia to pay €1.86 billion to the shareholders of the disbanded Yukos oil group. “The court decided that this amount should be paid by the Russian Government ...

Israeli attack on school in Gaza is 'outrageous', says UN

31.07.14 @ 09:30

Israeli rocket fire on sleeping children at a school in Jabaliya refugee camp on Wednesday (30 July) is a serious violation of international law, the United Nations has said. "It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable. And ...

Ebola risk in Europe 'extremely low'

30.07.14 @ 19:17

The risk of Ebola reaching the EU is “extremely low” but the possibility cannot be ruled out entirely, EU experts say. An EU official told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (30 July) any infected person arriving in the ...

Ex-Kosovo paramilitaries face war crimes indictment

29.07.14 @ 17:31

Senior officials in a former paramilitary group in Kosovo are to be indicted for war crimes and other crimes committed against humanity once a purpose-built court has been created. Chief prosecutor Clint Williamson said ...

EU institutions to be probed on whistleblower rules

28.07.14 @ 18:54

Several EU institutions are to be probed on their whistlerblower rules but the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) will escape scrutiny. EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly announced an own- ...

Court rules Poland complicit in CIA renditions

24.07.14 @ 16:28

A European rights court Thursday (24 July) found that Poland allowed the CIA to operate a secret rendition and interrogation camp at its Stare Kiejkuty military base and did nothing to stop it. The unanimous verdict, by ...

Scrapped EU surveillance law throws doubt on US data agreements

24.07.14 @ 08:47

A decision by the EU court earlier this year to scrap a controversial data retention directive may have implications for existing international data agreements and EU proposals under review. “We will have a debate on ...

EU grapples with smugglers as people fleeing conflict face torture

23.07.14 @ 09:28

In a large concrete house somewhere near the Egyptian coastal city of Arish, 25-year old Daniel Eyosab had given up on life. Eyosab, along with a dozen other people, was tortured on daily basis for nearly three months ...

French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

22.07.14 @ 09:28

The French authorities have reportedly authorised a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday (23 July) after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent. Wednesday’s gathering is to be allowed ...

UK foreign minister favours leaving EU if no reforms

21.07.14 @ 09:29

Deep reforms on how the EU operates and is governed are needed if the UK is to remain a member of the Union, Britain's new foreign minister has said. Tory minister Philip Hammond, who was appointed to his new role last ...

Ukraine investigators race to recover flight recorders

18.07.14 @ 16:03

The race to locate the black box, flight deck recorder, and the cockpit recorder is underway as investigators make their way to the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. Kiev dispatched a team to ...

Pro-transparency groups irked by UK commissioner's lobbyist ties

17.07.14 @ 20:55

Transparency groups are urging Jean-Claude Juncker to reject Britain’s EU commission-designate Jonathan Hopkin Hill over his ties to lobbying and lobbyists in Brussels. The British conservative nominee was introduced to ...

European court strikes down transgender marriage case

16.07.14 @ 20:47

A Finnish citizen who wanted the state to recognise her new gender after surgery and remain legally married to woman at the same time lost her case at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday (16 ...

Controversial maternity leave bill scrapped

16.07.14 @ 08:54

A bill to reform 20-year old EU laws on maternity leave is being withdrawn after being stuck at the member state level for too long. “The commission’s proposal on the maternity leave directive has not been discussed for ...

EU states not toeing the line on tobacco, equality laws

11.07.14 @ 09:30

Around a dozen member states are set to face the European Commission at the EU Court of Justice for not following EU laws. Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the ...

Female commissioners urge Juncker to set gender quota

10.07.14 @ 19:24

The prospect of the next European Commission being heavily male-dominated has prompted outgoing female commissioners to draft a letter in response. The letter, set to be signed by all nine current female commissioners, ...

Doubts emerge on Belgium’s counter-terror group

10.07.14 @ 09:28

Sweden has opted out of Belgium’s new counter-terrorism scheme amid internal debate on the merits of the plan. The Belgian interior ministry earlier this week said Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, The ...

EU states adopt new counter-terrorism plan

09.07.14 @ 09:30

The European Union's counter-terrorism co-ordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, has said several EU states have adopted a new “action plan” to counter Syria-bound EU national fighters, AFP reports. The initiative was agreed in ...

Dalli lawyers say Barroso trampled his rights

08.07.14 @ 20:35

In the second and final day of a public hearing in the John Dalli vs. the European Commission case at the EU Court in Luxembourg, lawyers traded barbs about the legal basis on which the former commissioner left his job ...

Barroso faces Dalli at EU court in tobacco lobby case

08.07.14 @ 09:28

Five judges at the EU Court of Justice on Monday (7 July) cross-examined the president of the European Commission in the tobacco lobby scandal which saw health commissioner John Dalli leave in disgrace two years ago. ...

Google removes press links after EU ruling

04.07.14 @ 09:26

Google has removed over 70,000 Internet links, amid accusations it is trying to promote critical reactions to a EU court ruling by targeting major media outlets. The US firm on Thursday (3 July) said it was getting ...

Judges to cross-examine Barroso in tobacco lobby case

03.07.14 @ 17:37

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso is to appear at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in a tobacco lobbying scandal which refuses to go away. He is to answer judges’ questions as a witness in the ...

EU proposes new waste and recycling targets

03.07.14 @ 09:28

The European Commission on Wednesday (2 July) laid out new targets to boost recycling and curb waste throughout the Union. The plans are part of a larger ‘circular economy’ initiative where products, instead of being ...

InterviewAles Bialiatski: Two years of silence in Belarus penal colony

02.07.14 @ 18:00

Belarus political prisoner Ales Bialiatski spoke his first words in two years upon his release from a labour camp in late June. The human rights defender worked six days a week in silence at a sewing factory inside the ...

Sarkozy risks jail in corruption probe

02.07.14 @ 09:28

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy could face up to five years in prison and a €500,000 fine on allegations of corruption and influence peddling. The embattled centre-right politician was released from police ...

Dutch MPs take lead to weaken EU prosecutor plans

01.07.14 @ 09:28

Dutch MPs are spearheading national efforts to weaken a European Commission proposal to set up an EU-wide public prosecutor (EPPO). Their envoy and national EPPO rapporteur is Ard van der Steur from the liberal VVD ...

Tobacco giant initiates EU court challenge

30.06.14 @ 09:34

Tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) wants to challenge new EU rules on tobacco to see if it can get the stricter labelling requirements changed. The Marlboro manufacturer on Friday (27 June) said the EU’s ...

Former EU officials and an MEP land 'revolving door' jobs

30.06.14 @ 09:29

A handful of former EU officials and an outgoing top MEP have landed jobs in industry sectors that they legislated on. The cases highlight what pro-transparency experts describe as a "revolving door" where policy-makers ...

US to extend privacy rights to EU citizens

25.06.14 @ 18:07

The US plans to extend the same rights as Americans have to EU citizens whose data has been breached or misused in the US. The news was announced at an EU meeting of home affairs ministers in Athenson Wednesday (25 June ...

EU wants stronger military industry

25.06.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission on Tuesday (24 June) laid out plans on how to boost the EU’s military and defence industries. It wants to create a single market on defence, make it more profitable, and intensify and merge ...

Administrative blunder sees MEP walk free from corruption probe

25.06.14 @ 09:24

A lost file in the European Parliament has allowed a Romanian MEP suspected of corruption to leave the assembly without any inquiry. Romanian prosecutors in December asked EP president Martin Schulz to waiver the ...

Post EU ElectionsLe 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. Wilders told Dutch media outlet ANP on Monday (23 June) they were unable to meet the minimum parliament criteria of ...

Belarus releases top human rights defender

23.06.14 @ 09:30

Belarus human rights defender Ales Bialiatski was released from prison on Saturday (21 June) after spending almost three years in a penal colony on charges of tax evasion. Belarus authorities gave no reason for his ...

EU judgement on Facebook to take over a year

20.06.14 @ 17:15

Any EU-level judgement on a case filed against Facebook for its alleged involvement in helping the Americans snoop on millions of people is likely to take over a year. A contact at the Luxembourg-based European Court of ...

EU states let NSA tap data cables, Danish media say

20.06.14 @ 09:41

Classified files leaked to Danish media suggest some EU states are allowing US spies to install surveillance equipment on cables in order to intercept the emails, private phone calls, and Internet chats of their ...

Reform proposal to limit powers of EU anti-fraud staff

18.06.14 @ 19:25

The EU’s anti-fraud office Olaf will have to ask permission to enter the offices of elected and appointed members of the EU institutions under proposals by the European Commission. “For all the other staff, Olaf will ...

FocusLesbian MEP victim of acid attack

18.06.14 @ 10:25

A top EU deputy at the Vienna gay pride demonstration was the victim of an acid attack over the weekend. Austrian Green MEP Ulrike Lunacek, along with a journalist who was interviewing her, were doused on Saturday with ...

More EU aid possible amid Italian threat to stop migrant rescues

17.06.14 @ 09:25

The European Commission is open to requests for further financial assistance to member states under migratory pressure from people fleeing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. “In 2014, the EC is ready to consider ...

EU official says response to economic crisis is flawed

14.06.14 @ 16:38

The EU’s social affairs commissioner on Friday (13 June) lashed out at the EU’s response to the economic crisis. Lazlo Andor, in a speech delivered in Berlin, said debt-curbing policies designed to resolve the sovereign ...

EU commissioner steps into BNP Paribas row with US regulators

13.06.14 @ 09:29

France’s top EU official on Thursday (12 June) suggested US regulators scale back a massive fine set to cost French bank BNP Paribas billions for its non-compliance with US sanctions. Michel Barnier, the EU’s internal ...

EU ministers agree rules allowing choice on GM crops

12.06.14 @ 18:05

A political agreement on genetically modified (GM) crops by EU environment ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday (12 June) has sparked protest from both pro-green NGOs and biotech companies. The agreement breaks a ...

EU commissioner lashes out at Europe-wide taxi protest

12.06.14 @ 09:29

EU digital affairs commissioner Neelie Kroes on Wednesday (11 June) lashed out against taxi drivers who are protesting against new smartphone apps. “We cannot address these challenges by ignoring them, by going on ...

Post EU ElectionsLithuanian party denies political alliance with Marine Le Pen

11.06.14 @ 18:47

Lithuania’s Order and Justice party on Wednesday (11 June) denied rumours it has teamed up with Marine Le Pen to form the far-right European Alliance for Freedom group. A spokesperson at the right-wing nationalist party ...

Green MEPs split on whether to woo Grillo deputies

05.06.14 @ 22:55

The EP's Green group has formally rejected Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) bid for group membership, but some Green deputies are finding it hard to entirely give up on the idea of 17 extra colleagues ...

Post EU ElectionsGreens reject Beppe Grillo's offer to team up

05.06.14 @ 09:28

The Greens in the European Parliament on Wednesday (4 June) turned down an offer from Italy’s Five Star movement leader and former comedian Beppe Grillo to join the group. The Green’s secretary general, in a letter ...