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AnalysisFrom trade tariffs to trust – TTIP a year on

28.07.14 @ 10:14

When political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic gave negotiators the green light to start talks on a Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), it was widely seen as an economic 'win-win' - a debt free ...

EU budget running low on funds, commission warns again

17.07.14 @ 20:36

The European Commission has warned that it is running out of money again in the latest stand-off between the EU institutions over its unpaid bills. The EU executive says that the bloc’s budget faces payment gaps worth € ...

UK nominates obscure Lord for EU commission

15.07.14 @ 16:11

British PM David Cameron has made Lord Jonathan Hill his surprise nomination to be the UK's next EU commissioner. The nomination of Hill, a relative unknown in domestic politics, is part of the UK leader's most ...

Don't touch EU stability pact, warns ECB's Draghi

15.07.14 @ 09:27

ECB boss Mario Draghi urged EU leaders not to meddle with the bloc's rules on debt and deficits on Monday, warning that it could turn the tide on much needed economic reforms. Addressing MEPs on the Parliament's ...

AgendaMore EU top jobs handed out this WEEK

14.07.14 @ 09:25

The saga of who will get the EU's top jobs will move a step closer to conclusion this week, in the last major decision before the EU institutions begin their six-week summer recess. On Tuesday (14 July), attention will ...

Valencia faces EU probe over dodgy statistics

12.07.14 @ 18:48

The European Commission has launched a probe into whether the Spanish region of Valencia is guilty of the first case of statistical fraud since the Greek crisis in 2009. The investigation, which will look at years worth ...

EU student programme hits record popularity

10.07.14 @ 19:14

The EU’s student exchange programme, Erasmus, funded the studies of nearly 270,000 students in 2012/2013 - a record 15,000 more than the previous year, the European Commission said on Thursday (10 July). At a press ...

German draft law clears path for EU to directly fund ailing banks

10.07.14 @ 11:04

The EU’s bailout fund has moved closer to being able to directly pump money into troubled banks after the German government introduced a bill allowing direct bank recapitalisation. The draft law will now require ...

EU fines pharma-giants €427mn in ‘pay for delay’ case

09.07.14 @ 19:17

French pharmaceutical firm Servier will bear the brunt of a €427 million anti-trust fine in the largest ‘pay for delay’ case brought by the European Commission. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday (9 July), EU ...

Leaked paper: EU wants 'guaranteed' access to US oil and gas

09.07.14 @ 09:27

The EU wants the US to lift its restrictions on exporting gas and crude oil as part of ongoing trade talks, according to a leaked European Commission document. The strategy paper by the EU executive, obtained by the ...

AnalysisEurope's attention finally shifts from bailouts to tax cuts

08.07.14 @ 19:10

It is a sign that the European economy is no longer in crisis-territory that tax cuts rather than bailouts dominated Monday’s (7 July) meeting of eurozone finance ministers. Ministers at the monthly Eurogroup meeting ...

Pro-EU forces shut out eurosceptics from Parliament top jobs

07.07.14 @ 23:43

Eurosceptic deputies were denied several of the European Parliament's top committee posts on Monday (7 July), as the assembly's centrist groups joined forces to shut them out. The committees elected chairpersons and ...

AgendaBarroso takes the stand in Dalli case This WEEK

07.07.14 @ 09:26

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will take the witness stand at the European Court of Justice this week in the latest act of the Dalligate lobbying scandal. He is to answer judges’ questions as a ...

MEPs to seal agreement on committee chair jobs

04.07.14 @ 09:28

After electing a new(ish) President and most of their administrative posts, MEPs will return to Brussels next week to complete unfinished election business – the chairperson positions of the Parliament’s 20 standing ...

Court ruling to boost access to EU documents

03.07.14 @ 17:50

EU institutions must demonstrate that the disclosure of a document effectively harms the public interest if they want to deny publication, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The EU's top court also said on ...

MEPs to renew battle against Strasbourg seat

03.07.14 @ 17:43

Surveys in five countries have revealed large public support for a single European Parliament seat. Published on Wednesday (2 July), the poll surveyed more than 1,000 people in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden and Poland. ...

EU 'selfie' would be 'tired and bored', Italian PM says

02.07.14 @ 19:31

Europe's selfie would be "tired, resigned, and bored," Italy's prime minister told MEPs as he formally opened his country's six month presidency of the EU. Speaking in the European Parliament on Wednesday (2 July), ...

EU-US trade deal must have national approval, say MPs

02.07.14 @ 17:54

A landmark free trade agreements between the EU and US should be subject to approval by national parliaments before it can become law, national deputies have told the European Commission. The demand is contained in a ...

FeatureSchulz: King of Parliament (and backroom deals)

01.07.14 @ 18:43

In April, Socialist Spitzenkandidat Martin Schulz could hardly have been clearer. "The days of the Commission president being nominated by a backroom deal are over," he told his fellow candidates, and the media. On ...

AgendaMEPs decide Parliament top jobs this WEEK

30.06.14 @ 09:28

Seven hundred and fifty one MEPs from 186 national parties will gather in Strasbourg this week, as the eighth European Parliament is formally constituted on Tuesday (1 July). Despite losing more than 60 seats in May’s ...

Post EU ElectionsCameron defiant following Juncker defeat

27.06.14 @ 19:31

UK Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that he had no regrets and would "do it all again," despite being soundly defeated in his bid to prevent Jean Claude Juncker becoming the next President of the European ...

Post EU ElectionsNational MPs demand more say in EU law-making

27.06.14 @ 07:58

National MPs want more powers in EU law-making, according to a letter backed by most of the EU’s national parliaments. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by EUobserver, warns that “there are signs that [the EU’s] ...

Renzi MEP to take economics chair

26.06.14 @ 19:26

Italy’s social democrats have bagged the European Parliament’s influential economic affairs committee, as the assembly’s political groups reached a deal on Thursday to divide control of its legislative committees. The ...

Independent Scotland would face £500 million EU bill

26.06.14 @ 18:15

An independent Scotland would pay an extra £500 million a year to stay in the European Union, former UK prime minister Gordon Brown has told MEPs. “As part of the UK, the contribution made by Scottish taxpayers to the ...

EU trade chief plays down fears over investor protection rules

25.06.14 @ 09:27

The EU’s top trade official has played down fears that rules protecting company interests could spark a wave of litigation from US multinationals, insisting there was “nothing shocking” about the plans. EU and US trade ...

Renzi: EU at 'crossroads' between austerity and recovery

25.06.14 @ 08:38

The EU is at a “crossroads” between accepting a long period of austerity and high unemployment or taking steps to boost an economic recovery, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has warned. Speaking in national ...

Post EU ElectionsCameron to force vote on Juncker nomination

24.06.14 @ 09:29

UK prime minister David Cameron is to force EU leaders to vote on whether to appoint Jean Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission at a summit later this week. "I had a full and frank ...

EU urges Ireland to maintain austerity

24.06.14 @ 08:44

The EU commission has warned that the Irish economy is still vulnerable, urging the government to stick to budget austerity. The warning is contained in a report published on Monday (23 June) by the EU executive ...

AnalysisRegaining faith in bricks and mortar

23.06.14 @ 10:15

One of the abiding memories of the 2008 financial crash which plunged Europe – not to mention the western world – into the deepest economic depression since the 1930s was of a property bubble which burst spectacularly ...

EU to revisit budget rules by year's end, says Eurogroup chief

20.06.14 @ 09:26

The European Commission and government ministers will re-assess the bloc’s rules on deficit and debt limits by the end of 2014, the eurozone’s lead official has said. But Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who ...

Commission axes pregnant workers bill

19.06.14 @ 09:45

The European Commission has announced that a plan to extend maternity leave for pregnant workers is one of five bills that will not be retabled in the next legislature. Also killed off were bills on investor ...

EU survey sees happy Danes, grumpy Bulgarians

18.06.14 @ 19:12

Scandinavians may be among Europe’s highest taxed, but they are also the happiest according to new research by the UK’s Office of National Statistics. Nine out ten people in Denmark and Finland described themselves as ...

Post EU ElectionsSchulz back as centre-left leader, but only for one month

18.06.14 @ 10:03

Socialist Spitzenkandidat Martin Schulz will take back his old job as leader of the Parliament’s centre-left S&D group on Wednesday (18 June), but only for a matter of weeks. He will be re-elected unopposed to lead the ...

Post EU ElectionsLoosen EU budget rules in return for support, Socialists tell Juncker

17.06.14 @ 22:49

Europe’s centre-left forces are warning that Jean-Claude Juncker will have to support a loosening of the EU’s budgetary rules in exchange for their backing him for the European Commission presidency. Outgoing Socialist ...

German minister calls for EU budget rules to be loosened

17.06.14 @ 09:51

Germany’s economy minister has signalled that the EU should loosen its rules on budget deficits to allow governments more space to pursue growth-driving economic reforms. “No one wants higher debt, but we can only cut ...

Danes the highest taxed in Europe, reveals Eurostat

16.06.14 @ 18:08

Denmark, Belgium and France are the highest taxed EU countries according to research by the bloc’s statistical agency Eurostat. The data in Eurostat’s report on ‘Taxation trends’ in the EU, published on Monday (16 June ...

Schulz in danger of being shut out from EU top jobs

12.06.14 @ 11:33

Socialist Spitzenkandidat Martin Schulz is in danger of being shut out of the top jobs in the EU institutions, just weeks after opinion polls suggested the European elections could propel him towards the European ...

EU must do 'more with less' in 2015

11.06.14 @ 18:54

Europe will have to do more with less, the bloc’s budget commissioner said Wednesday (11 June) as he unveiled the EU’s spending plans for 2015. The plans are worth €142.1 billion, up by €1.3 billion on projected ...

EU to launch corporate tax probe into Ireland and others

11.06.14 @ 09:28

The European Commission is to launch a formal investigation into whether tax breaks used to attract international companies breach the EU’s state aid rules. The probe, which is likely to target Ireland, Luxembourg and ...

EU rules should focus on debt not deficit targets, says IMF official

10.06.14 @ 20:48

The EU’s rules on cutting national budget deficits discourage public investment and "imply procyclicality," prolonging the effects of a recession, a senior IMF official has said. Speaking on Tuesday (10 June) at the ...

EU membership a 'boon' to UK economy

10.06.14 @ 09:29

Membership of the EU has been a "boon" for the British economy, and leaving the EU “would not be an economic liberation,” according to an expert group. The conclusion is part of a 92-page report published on Monday (9 ...

AgendaEU top jobs and economic prospects to dominate this WEEK

10.06.14 @ 09:28

The EU's top jobs saga, economic future and a possible tax probe are likely to dominate the agenda in the EU this week. The European Commission will host the 10th edition of the annual high-level meeting of religious ...

EU ruling could open floodgates on cartel lawsuits

06.06.14 @ 09:59

Individuals can claim compensation from cartels even if they did not buy products from one of the companies involved, the EU's top court has ruled. In a verdict on Thursday (5 June), the European Court of Justice stated ...

Lithuania set to join eurozone in 2015

04.06.14 @ 18:39

Lithuania is set to become the nineteenth member of the eurozone after the European Commission gave its membership bid the green light. "Lithuania is ready to adopt the euro on 1st Jan 2015," confirmed the bloc's ...

Portugal's last bailout loan suspended

04.06.14 @ 09:40

The conclusion of Portugal's €78 billion EU bailout programme has hit a last minute snag after the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) suspended the country's final €2.6 billion loan. The move follows a ruling ...

AnalysisFrance falls victim to EU's economic powers

03.06.14 @ 09:39

Being singled out for censure by the European Commission is nothing new for the government of Francois Hollande. But the timing of the latest veiled threat from Brussels could hardly be worse. Ten days ago Marine Le Pen ...

EU warns France on budget efforts

02.06.14 @ 22:14

France must take further action to cut its budget deficit to the EU's 3 percent limit in its upcoming emergency budget law, the European Commission said Monday. The stark warning was contained in the commission's annual ...

Portuguese court throws out 'unconstitutional' pay and pension cuts

02.06.14 @ 09:30

Portugal’s supreme court threw out cuts to welfare and public sector pay in the latest challenge to Pedro Coelho’s government. In a ruling announced on Friday night (30 May), the court stated that public sector pay cuts ...

Commission rejects citizens' campaign to ban stem cell funding

29.05.14 @ 09:16

The European Commission has dismissed a campaign to scrap funding for stem cell research and reproductive health services. The demand was made by the 'One of Us' campaign, the second citizens' initiative to reach the 1 ...

EU unveils plan to curb reliance on Russian gas

28.05.14 @ 19:48

The EU has unveiled plans to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, with increased imports from Norway and energy efficiency at the top of its wish-list. Launching the European Commission's paper on European Energy ...