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Apple's tax deal illegal, EU commission tells Ireland

Today @ 17:45

Ireland's tax arrangement with software giant Apple constitutes illegal state subsidy, the European Commission has said. In a letter made public on Tuesday (30 September), but sent to the Irish government in June, the ...

Investor clauses could be left out of EU-US trade deal

29.09.14 @ 18:50

The EU's likely next trade commissioner has signalled that controversial investor protection rules allowing companies to sue governments could ultimately be left out of a transatlantic trade deal with the United States. ...

AnalysisSelf-defeating Tories fighting over Europe again

29.09.14 @ 18:36

While most British politicos have spent the last month on the beach or fretting about the possibility of the Scottish people sending the United Kingdom to its grave, the UK Conservative party spent the summer having yet ...

'I could back No vote' on EU, Cameron says

29.09.14 @ 09:21

David Cameron has suggested that he would campaign for Britain to leave the EU if he is unable to renegotiate the country's membership terms. Speaking in a BBC interview on Sunday (28 September), the UK prime minister ...

UK commissioner deprived of power to oversee bankers' pay

27.09.14 @ 09:19

The European Commission has played down suggestions that it had deliberately stripped the UK's commission candidate of responsibility for policing the EU's bank bonus rules. Officials with Commission President designate ...

EU-Canada pact faces German opposition over investor clauses

25.09.14 @ 18:25

Provisions allowing companies to sue governments to protect their investments must be taken out of an EU-Canada trade agreement (Ceta), German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners have said. Speaking in the ...

AnalysisCrises of confidence in UK party conference land

24.09.14 @ 18:00

The September party conference season has always been political jamboree time in the UK. For a caffeine-fuelled month, ordinary party members have the chance to hob-nob and get drunk with the country's senior ...

EU changes tack on Google, threatens record fine

24.09.14 @ 08:49

Google could face a record fine for breaching EU competition rules, the European Commission's competition chief has said, warning that its four year investigation into the US search engine could eventually rival the ...

FocusErasmus students find love and jobs, EU research finds

23.09.14 @ 15:07

If you are looking for love and a good job then you need to use the Erasmus student exchange programme, according to new research published by the European Commission. One in four Erasmus students hooked up with their ...

AnalysisFailure to launch: Is the ECB's tool-kit empty?

22.09.14 @ 18:02

During the EU's seven year economic slump, the European Central Bank (ECB) has, to most observers, stood alone among the EU institutions in having had 'a good crisis'. As analysts and policy makers again become ...

Europe needs new stimulus to ward off crisis, US treasury warns

22.09.14 @ 10:13

European governments need to "boost demand" in order to reduce unemployment and avoid deflation, the US Treasury secretary has told the G20 group. Speaking after the meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank ...

Mastercard loses EU battle over card fees

11.09.14 @ 19:01

Mastercard has lost its legal battle with the European Commission over payment fees following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. The verdict on Thursday (11 September) threw out the firm's appeal against a ...

Juncker's economic balancing act

11.09.14 @ 09:29

Even Jean-Claude Juncker’s critics would agree that the new Commission president is a skilled deal-maker. His division of portfolios for the new look EU executive announced on Wednesday (10 September) is a masterclass ...

Most Europeans want Britain to stay in EU

11.09.14 @ 09:24

A majority of Europeans want Britain to remain in the EU, but French people would be happy to see it go, according to a poll by the German Marshall Fund (GMF). The survey, published on Wednesday (10 September), spoke ...

EU repeats demand for energy chapter in US trade treaty

10.09.14 @ 09:26

The EU's trade chief has reiterated his demands for the US to include an energy chapter as part of a trans-Atlantic free trade deal. "It is important that we come forward with a position on that [energy agreement] as ...

One in three Europeans more educated than parents, research finds

09.09.14 @ 18:55

One in every three young Europeans has a higher level of education than their parents, according to new research. However, the number of young people with lower educational attainment than their parents has increased, ...

Scots to back independence, shock poll says

08.09.14 @ 07:58

Scotland is poised to vote Yes on leaving the UK after an opinion poll gave pro-independence campaigners a shock lead. Just days before Scotland's four million voters go to the polls on 18 September to decide whether to ...

Polish minister calls for €700 billion EU investment fund

05.09.14 @ 09:28

The EU should establish a temporary investment fund capable of paying for infrastructure projects worth €700 billion, Poland's finance minister has said. In a speech at the Bruegel think-tank on Thursday (4 September), ...

Draghi cuts interest rate, launches new stimulus measures

04.09.14 @ 18:33

The European Central Bank has cut interest rates to a historic low and unveiled a raft of bond-buying programmes to stimulate lending, in a move that surprised financial markets and analysts. The Frankfurt-based bank ...

'Scaremongering' threatens trade deal, US ambassador warns MEPs

04.09.14 @ 09:22

A landmark EU-US trade deal is under threat due to “scaremongering”, the US ambassador to Brussels has warned MEPs. In a combative debate with deputies on the European Parliament's international trade committee on ...

Choose between pound or EU membership, Rehn tells Scots

03.09.14 @ 09:26

An independent Scotland would have to choose between using the pound and joining the EU, the bloc's former economic affairs commissioner has said. In a letter to the UK's treasury minister Danny Alexander released on ...

Berlin-Paris tensions re-emerge as ECB ponders stimulus

02.09.14 @ 09:29

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is testing the mood of EU governments as he ponders whether to unleash a new wave of monetary stimulus to boost the eurozone's struggling economy. On Monday (1 September), French ...

Cameron faces new EU referendum backlash

01.09.14 @ 09:22

David Cameron is under new pressure from a eurosceptic backlash inside his Conservative party, amid reports that up to 100 of his MPs will promise to vote for Britain's withdrawal from the EU after the next election. ...

FocusGreek MP hurls homophobic insults at Luxembourg PM

29.08.14 @ 10:48

A Greek MP waged a homophobic twitter war on Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel on Thursday (28 August), prompting a backlash on the social media site. "From a Europe of nation states to a Europe of ... faggots!! ...

EU hails 'substantial progress' towards Cuba trade deal

29.08.14 @ 09:30

EU and Cuban officials have made “substantial progress” towards agreeing a trade and political co-operation treaty, the bloc’s top diplomat to Havana said following the second round of talks in Brussels. Speaking at a ...

Hollande calls for special summit on eurozone growth

28.08.14 @ 18:10

French president Francois Hollande has called for a summit on eurozone growth, warning that “Europe is threatened by a long and possibly interminable stagnation if we do nothing.” In a speech to his ambassadors in Paris ...

EU mission to help Italy save boat migrants

28.08.14 @ 09:30

The EU is to launch a “Frontex plus” mission in autumn to help Italy on the search and rescue of Mediterranean boat migrants. Home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom announced the move after a meeting in Brussels on ...

Valls picks investment banker as France's new economy minister

27.08.14 @ 09:29

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls appointed Emmanuel Macron, a 36-year-old former merchant banker, as his economy minister on Tuesday (26 August), as he unveiled his new government Valls, who was himself appointed by ...

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 ...