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Lawyers shortlisted for EU data chief post

20.10.14 @ 17:56

Two French corporate lawyers working for American firms and a high-ranking EU official are vying to replace Peter Hustinx as the next European data protection supervisor (EDPS). All three are set to be grilled late ...

EU counts tens of thousands of human trafficking victims

20.10.14 @ 09:27

The EU registered 30,146 victims of human trafficking from 2010 to 2012, according to a European Commission report out on Friday 17 (October). The vast majority were trafficked for sexual exploitation, with women and ...

Police launch EU-wide crackdown on migrants

14.10.14 @ 09:22

A two-week massive EU-wide border control and police crackdown on irregular migrants was launched on Monday (13 October) by the Italian EU presidency. Thousands of police officers from the 26 countries in the EU’s ...

Freedom of expression complicates EU law on 'right to be forgotten'

10.10.14 @ 18:40

Justice ministers are struggling to balance the right to freedom of expression and the right to be forgotten in the EU’s data protection reform bill. The political debate on Friday (10 October) in Luxembourg surfaced ...

Europe at risk of 'huge number' of returning jihadist fighters

10.10.14 @ 09:02

The EU is planning to step up border checks and passport controls to counter the threat of returning jihadist fighters. “We may be faced soon with returns, huge returns from Syria and Iraq,” the EU’s counter-terrorism ...

Internet giants discuss jihad with EU ministers

09.10.14 @ 14:59

High ranking officials from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft met with EU interior ministers and the European Commission at a private dinner in Luxembourg to discuss ways to counter online jihadist propaganda. ...

'Bearded lady' speaks out for gay rights in EU capital

08.10.14 @ 18:07

A defiant Conchita Wurst on Wednesday (8 October) challenged homophobic politicians and governments opposed to same-sex marriage to overcome their fears. The 2014 Eurovision contest winner, speaking to reporters at the ...

Frontex mission to extend just beyond Italian waters

07.10.14 @ 18:46

Triton, the EU-led surveillance mission in the Mediterranean Sea, will operate up to 30 nautical miles from the Italian coastline and cost €2.9 million per month. The EU-border agency Frontex is asking member states to ...

International banking giant pressured to block Israel and Russia

07.10.14 @ 09:29

The international wire transfer system Swift will not block Russia or Israel from its services following requests for it to do so. The Belgian-based firm on Monday (6 October) said it had received calls to disconnect ...

UK faces 'nuclear option' if it scraps European rights charter

06.10.14 @ 17:30

The European Commission may seek to suspend the UK's voting rights at the EU level should it withdraw from the European convention of human rights. The threat surfaced after a Tory policy document issued last week by ...

Catalonia passes historic anti-homophobia law

06.10.14 @ 09:31

Catalonia’s new anti-homophobe legislation could see offenders fined up to €14,000 for attacks carried out against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals (LGTB). The Catalan chamber passed the bill on Thursday (2 ...

EU embassies should take asylum requests, new commissioner says

30.09.14 @ 19:07

Dimitris Avramopoulos , the incoming Greek EU commissioner for migration and home affairs, wants offices set up at the EU's foreign embassies to allow people to apply for asylum. “We should have offices in the EU ...

Oettinger's digital plans focus on better infrastructure

30.09.14 @ 10:32

In his opening address to MEPs on Monday (29 September), the EU’s incoming digital commissioner Gunther Oettinger emphasised infrastructure as key to Europe’s so-called digital economy. “It is above all a matter of ...

Malmstrom rejects accusations of working with US to weaken data laws

29.09.14 @ 18:19

EU commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday (29 September) rejected allegations she colluded with the Americans to water down EU data protection rules. The allegation surfaced over the weekend in a blog ...

Belgrade gay pride a 'milestone'

29.09.14 @ 09:25

Gay people in Serbia held a march in Belgrade on Sunday (28 September) in what has been described as a “milestone” in the country's history. The LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex) community was able to ...

Rescued migrants disembark from cruise ship after stand off

26.09.14 @ 09:29

Several hundred rescued migrants on a cruise liner in Cyprus have agreed to disembark following a tense stand off with authorities. “The registration of the refugees is ongoing, all have stepped down from the boat,” a ...

Police crackdown saves 30 children, arrests over 1,000 people

25.09.14 @ 08:01

Over 1,000 people were arrested in a nine-day police sweep co-ordinated by the EU’s police agency Europol earlier this month, saving 30 children in the process. Speaking to reporters in The Hague on Wednesday (24 ...

World leaders pledge to tackle climate change

24.09.14 @ 09:27

World leaders on Tuesday (23 September) pledged to step up efforts to fight climate change in the run-up to a global climate agreement in Paris at end of next year. Speaking at the UN Climate summit in New York, EU ...

Police uncover plot to attack EU commission HQ

22.09.14 @ 09:20

The European Commission headquarters in Brussels was going to be the target of an alleged terrorist plot, according to media reports. Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday (22 September) say police found a ...

AgendaBad banks and better loans on the agenda this WEEK

21.09.14 @ 19:14

Implementing the EU response to minimising the public cost of future financial crises and getting banks to offer up loans top the agenda this WEEK. European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi on Monday (22 September) ...

Cameron promises more devolution across UK

19.09.14 @ 09:32

Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday (19 September) promised more powers will be devolved to all parts of the UK while expressing his delight that Scotland voted to stay a part of the United Kingdom. Cameron said ...

MEPs critical of 'underfunded' youth jobs plan

17.09.14 @ 20:52

Outgoing EU commissioner for employment Laszlo Andor on Wednesday (17 September) defended EU-wide efforts to tackle youth unemployment amid critical remarks from MEPs. Andor told deputies that the so-called youth ...

FocusUS and UK universities top world rankings

17.09.14 @ 09:20

American and British universities continue to dominate in the global rankings, with the next best faculty in a EU member state trailing a distant 24. The findings, published on Tuesday (16 September), by the London- ...

EU urges stronger Ebola response from member states

16.09.14 @ 09:26

The EU is pressing member states to step up efforts against Ebola as the epidemic continues to spread through parts of west Africa. On Monday (15 September), the EU commissioners for health, development, and ...

MEPs threaten budget suspension over transparency

15.09.14 @ 09:29

A handful of MEPs are asking the parliament to withhold millions of euros from the European Commission to force greater transparency in the Brussels executive. The deputies say the commission is not serious in its ...

German anti-euro party gains seats in state parliaments

15.09.14 @ 09:27

Germany's anti-euro party Alternative for Germany (AfD) got a further boost on Sunday (14 September) entering two more state parliaments following regional votes. “We are a party that is renewing the political landscape ...

Google urged to stick to European court privacy ruling

10.09.14 @ 20:32

Privacy campaigners are urging Google to respect a European court ruling on the "right to be forgotten" as the Internet giant tours European capitals to debate the issue. Google chief Eric Schmidt in Italy on Wednesday ...

International waters likely off limits to EU migrant mission

09.09.14 @ 18:24

Plans to restrict the EU border agency Frontex operations to an area close to the Italian coast could jeopardise lives should Italy’s Mare Nostrum be phased out. “If this happens, Italy must maintain the Mare Nostrum ...

EU anti-fraud office unhappy with extra scrutiny proposal

08.09.14 @ 18:58

A special committee charged with overseeing the EU’s anti-fraud body, Olaf, is unhappy with a European Commission proposal to create an additional watchdog. After spending nine years in negotiations that led to a major ...

French far right at 'gates of power'

08.09.14 @ 09:28

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday (7 September) warned that the far-right is “at the gates of power”, as the ruling left struggles under its unpopular president, Francois Hollande. "In France, the extreme ...

Europol chief takes instructions on document access from Americans

04.09.14 @ 17:38

The head of the EU police agency Europol is taking instructions from the Americans on what EU-drafted documents he can and cannot release to EU lawmakers. The issue came up over the summer when US ambassador to the EU ...

EU migrant mission will not replace Mare Nostrum

03.09.14 @ 18:30

The EU border agency Frontex's expanded role in the Mediterranean will be limited when compared to Italy’s own naval search and rescue operation, Mare Nostrum. EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told euro- ...

Finland and Germany slip in global competitiveness rankings

03.09.14 @ 09:33

Finland and Germany remain in the top five most competitive economies despite both slipping a spot each in global rankings of 144 countries compiled by the World Economic Forum. The Geneva-based organisation on ...

France wants to create new EU migration post

02.09.14 @ 16:34

France wants a new European coordinator to ensure member states follow through more rapidly on their asylum and border control commitments. A French official close to the issue said the coordinator is needed because the ...

EU expert groups dominated by corporate interest, say NGOs

01.09.14 @ 09:09

Pro-transparency groups and trade unions are urging the European Commission to scale back corporate influence on policy-making decisions. On Monday (1 September), four organisations said the commission’s so-called ...

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 ...