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FeatureThe changing face of Europe's mafia

26.08.14 @ 17:40

The landscape of European organised crime is “completely changing”, dominated by groups that are “more powerful and flexible but smaller in terms of organisation”. So says Ernesto Savona, a professor of criminology and ...

EU to investigate Galileo launch failure

26.08.14 @ 09:28

The European Commission has set up an inquiry into the failure to correctly launch the latest two satellites of its ill-fated Galileo space programme. The two satellites, Doresa and Milena, were launched from French ...

Draghi urges new stimulus to stave off stagnation

25.08.14 @ 09:26

The European Central Bank (ECB) is preparing to step up its attempts to breathe life into the eurozone’s stagnant economy. During a speech in the US on Friday (22 August), ECB chief Mario Draghi called on eurozone ...

EU migrants urged to back Scots independence bid

25.08.14 @ 09:19

Scottish independence campaigners are bidding to swing the country's 160,000 migrants from other EU countries to the independence cause by arguing that staying rather than leaving the UK poses a greater threat to ...

Marijuana should stay illegal, young Europeans say

22.08.14 @ 12:40

A narrow majority of Europe’s youth would ban cannabis, according to new research published by Eurobarometer. Opinion was divided on whether cannabis should be banned. Forty five percent believed that it should be ...

AnalysisCan Europe afford a Russia trade war?

22.08.14 @ 09:23

“We’ve known for more than 100 years that protectionism and trade barriers are very bad for your economy”. So says Hosuk Lee-Makiyama, a trade lawyer and director of the European Centre for International Political ...

Scottish EU membership 'not in serious doubt'

21.08.14 @ 09:28

Scotland’s EU membership “is not in any serious doubt” if the country votes for independence, according to new research by constitutional experts. Published on Wednesday (20 August), the report by Edinburgh University ...

Poland demands WTO challenge over Russia food ban

20.08.14 @ 07:45

Poland has made a formal request that the EU take Russia before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to overturn its ban on EU food and vegetables. Reuters reported on Tuesday (19 August) that Poland’s economy ministry ...

EU justice chief criticises Google on 'right to be forgotten'

19.08.14 @ 09:30

The EU’s justice commissioner has accused internet giant Google of leading a campaign to shoot down data protection reforms. Speaking in Lyon, France on Monday (18 August), the commissioner, Martine Reicherts, said: “ ...

AnalysisWhat the leaked EU-Canada trade paper means for TTIP

18.08.14 @ 17:47

EU trade negotiators, who like to give as little away as possible, will have been deeply dismayed by the leak of 520 pages of their latest baby: the EU-Canada free trade agreement (Ceta). The document, published by ...

One month to go: Scots confident of keeping EU membership

18.08.14 @ 09:29

With one month to go until Scotland’s referendum on independence from the UK on 18 September, polls indicate the Yes side is gaining ground. A new survey by ICM published on Monday (18 August) showed the pro- ...

France scraps deficit target, as eurozone recovery halts

14.08.14 @ 19:17

France has all but abandoned a target to shrink its deficit, as the eurozone endured a turbulent day that raised the prospect of a triple-dip recession. Figures published by Eurostat on Thursday (14 August) indicated ...

European industrial output slumps

14.08.14 @ 09:26

The eurozone economy is facing another slowdown after figures revealed that industrial output fell for a second successive month. Data published on Wednesday (13 August) by Eurostat showed a 0.3 percent drop in output, ...

German economic slowdown poses risk for EU recovery

13.08.14 @ 09:29

Fears that the eurozone’s recovery could stall have heightened after new German data indicated the bloc’s economic powerhouse is performing at its weakest level since 2012. Published on Tuesday (12 August) the ZEW think ...

EU demands crackdown on Gibraltar tobacco smuggling

12.08.14 @ 09:30

Spain and British-run Gibraltar have been told to crack down on cross-border tobacco smuggling by the EU’s anti-fraud watchdog. The recommendation by the European Union anti-fraud office (Olaf) follows a year-long ...

EU prepares compensation for farmers hit by Russia sanctions

11.08.14 @ 18:20

EU officials will this week draw up a plan to compensate farmers if they are hit by Russia’s ban on food exports. Agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos cut short his summer holiday to set up an expert panel last Friday ...

Divisive Erdogan to become Turkish president

11.08.14 @ 09:28

Outgoing Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will become the country’s first directly elected president after securing a decisive victory in Sunday’s (10 August) poll. With 99 percent of ballot boxes counted, ...

Russia threatens to go beyond EU food ban in sanctions war

08.08.14 @ 09:28

The Russian government may expand its economic sanctions against the west, as its diplomatic stand-off over the Ukraine crisis intensifies. At a meeting of Vladimir Putin’s ministers on Thursday (7 August), prime ...

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 ...