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Ombudsman: 'Now the hard work begins'

01.10.14 @ 18:58

Emily O'Reilly marked her first year in office as the European Union's Ombudsman on Wednesday (1 October) but her gloves are only coming off now. The Irish woman has launched more investigations than any of her ...

Post EU Elections2014 European elections: latest projections of seats in the Parliament

22.05.14 @ 10:05

How will the European Parliament look after the European elections on 22-25 May? The latest estimate (25/ May - 23:39 CEST) from the European Parliament is based on polling results from TNS Opinion. It predicts the ...

FocusEquality and LGBTI rights

13.05.14 @ 17:23

With protection of minorities a cornerstone of EU values, EUobserver looks at developments on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex (LGBTI) people in Europe.

Post EU ElectionsDenmark profits from Eastern European worker contributions

10.04.14 @ 10:09

Eastern European workers in Denmark pay more into the state coffers than they get out, according to a new study by the Confederation of Danish Employers. The study showed that they each paid on average €2,142 more than ...

Post EU Elections'To be or not to be' – Danes split over EU relations

05.03.14 @ 09:35

'To be, or not to be . . .' is the famous line of one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays. The double-minded theme of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, aptly reflects the Danish people's relationship with ...

Schaeuble sees need for separate eurozone parliament

29.01.14 @ 09:29

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has laid out ideas on how the single currency area should evolve, including having a eurozone parliament. "Some of the changes will reflect the new realities of the eurozone. ...

Danish opposition agrees to quick EU referendum

12.08.13 @ 09:30

When voters head to the polls to elect Denmark's 13 MEPs in May next year they may also be asked to delete two Danish EU treaty opt-outs and to approve the kingdom's participation in the European patent court in a ...

EU elections could usher in nationalist and anti-EU radicals

05.06.13 @ 14:43

The 2014 European Parliament election may suffer from a low turnout and see a strong mobilisation of voters in favour of radical nationalist and anti-EU parties, Gallup Europe predicts on the basis of a new survey. The ...

Culture to get special treatment in US trade talks, Barroso says

17.05.13 @ 09:30

Special treatment of culture "makes sense," European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has said in relation to upcoming EU-US trade talks. Speaking at the European Business Summit in Brussels on Thursday (16 May ...

InterviewProdi: mafia and bureaucracy are Italy's worst problems

21.02.13 @ 20:02

This weekend (24 and 25 February) Italians will have their first general elections in almost five years. The last time they went to the polls to choose politicians for the upper and lower houses of parliament was when ...

InterviewThe voice of the EU commission has 'gone soft'

18.02.13 @ 09:23

It was just eight years ago. In 2004, Romano Prodi, an Italian economics professor from Bologna, left one of the most powerful posts in Europe. In his five year term as President of the European Commission, he oversaw ...

Breakthrough at EU budget summit

08.02.13 @ 08:40

After eighteen hours of talks EU leaders early Friday morning (8 February) agreed to a total EU budget of €960 billion for the next seven years, which is smaller than the current €1 trillion budget. The farm budget is ...

InterviewMali miracle: EU states in agreement

04.02.13 @ 12:27

When the UN appointed Romano Prodi as its special envoy to Sahel in October last year, the hot, dusty Republic of Mali in south-west Sahara was rarely in the news. But a severe crisis was already brewing, with thousands ...

InvestigationAbout Nikolaj Nielsen

07.01.13 @ 07:43

Nikolaj Nielsen is a Danish-American journalist working for EUobserver in Brussels. He won a King Baudouin Foundation grant for investigative journalism in 2010.

Monti warns of backlash against EU integration

12.10.12 @ 09:46

In the aftermath of the euro crisis, the "backlash against integration" is Europe's biggest political problem, according to Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. Speaking at a dinner hosted by the Friends of Europe think- ...

VideoSarkozy pokes fun at Cameron: 'We need you'

05.03.12 @ 12:44

With French presidential elections due in April, the EU's March spring summit may have been the last for Nicolas Sarkozy. He ended his press conference in Brussels by poking fun at British Prime Minister David Cameron ...

EU legal expert casts doubt on new fiscal treaty

11.01.12 @ 15:42

A legal expert who helped write several EU treaties - Jean-Claude Piris - has warned that the new 'fiscal compact' will not be enough to stop the financial crisis. "This little piece of paper being discussed now is a ...

FocusEuropean Food

13.09.11 @ 17:47

Europeans’ relationship with food is getting increasingly complicated. Other regions in the world are competing for the same produce, extreme weather is affecting harvests and driving up food prices. Experts question ...

TickerRehn: EU rescue mechanisms in effect by September

08.08.11 @ 09:56

Economic commissioner Olli Rehn has voiced optimism that a new-model EU bailout fund will be quickly put in place. "The technical preparations will be completed by the beginning of September at the latest. Parliamentary ...

TickerGermany, Britain urge diplomatic resolution to Kosovo crisis

08.08.11 @ 09:55

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle and his UK counterpart William Hague have in a joint article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung urged Serbia and Kosovo to solve differences through diplomacy and to find a ...

TickerLondon riots spread

08.08.11 @ 09:54

A second night of youth riots have hit London, spreading from Tottenham on Saturday night to Brixton, Enfield, Walthamstow and Islington where more than 100 people were arrested on Sunday. The riots were spurred by the ...

TickerPoland's former deputy prime minister 'commits suicide'

08.08.11 @ 09:54

Poland's former deputy prime minister Andrzej Lepper has died, 57, after apparently committing suicide. Lepper founded the Self-Defence party to protect the rural poor and wan national and international fame for his ...

TickerBelgium MPs cut short vacation to back euro

08.08.11 @ 09:53

Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme on Sunday announced that the parliament will convene early September instead of mid-October go approve new euro-zone rescue measures. "The credibility of the eurozone is at stake so ...

TickerUK calls on eurozone leaders to take action

08.08.11 @ 09:53

In an article for The Daily Telegraph, the UK Chancellor George Osborne said on Monday that the future of the euro is in jeopardy, with potentially "disastrous" consequences for Britain. He said member states must ...

TickerPolice raids rating agencies in Milan

05.08.11 @ 09:38

The Milan offices of Moody's and Standard & Poor's were raided on Wednesday as part of investigations into their role in the recent financial turmoil. The chief prosecutor of Trani told Reuters his office were checking ...

TickerPolish officers dismissed after Smolensk crash

05.08.11 @ 09:37

Following a report on the plane crash in Smolensk that killed Polish president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others last year, the 36th Special Regiment of Aviation Transport, transporting politicians and dignitaries, will be ...

TickerFrench court to investigate IMF's Lagarde

05.08.11 @ 09:37

Less than a month after replacing Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde on Thursday was ordered by a French court to be investigated about her role in a private arbitration awarding €285m to ...

TickerCanada accused of misleading EU on oilsands

05.08.11 @ 09:36

The Canadian government is misleading EU lawmakers by underplaying the carbon-heavy nature of oilsands, a report from Friends of the Earth Europe says. The report reveals an "unprecedented" lobbying effort involving 110 ...

TickerMadrid protesters clash with riot police

05.08.11 @ 09:35

At least 20 people have been injured - including seven police officers - in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, the BBC reports. The unrest has been going on since Tuesday when police moved in to clear the Indignados camp ...

TickerGreek parliament skips holidays to pass key laws

05.08.11 @ 09:34

Instead of taking summer vacations, Greek lawmakers are at work and on Thursday passed a number of key laws ranging from gambling to tourism ahead of EU and IMF inspectors due on 22 August to monitor progress. Greece is ...

TickerPlans for world’s biggest stock exchange under EU review

05.08.11 @ 09:32

EU competition authorities on Thursday announced an investigation into a merger between Deutsche Boerse of Germany and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext. The takeover has sparked controversy in the US because it ...

TickerAshton appoints 25 new heads of EU delegations

04.08.11 @ 09:53

EU foreign chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday announced the appointment of 25 new heads of EU delegations around the world. The appointments form part of a major recruitment exercise covering posts at all levels in the ...

TickerGreece to finalise debt deals by October

04.08.11 @ 09:53

Greek finance minister Evangelos Venizelos on Wednesday told a parliamentary committee that all procedures for a new debt rescue deal, including a bond swap with private creditors, should be completed by early October. ...

TickerJunior partner quits Cypriot government

04.08.11 @ 09:53

The Cypriot centrist Democratic Party, junior coalition partners with the Communist Akel since 2008 on Wednesday decided to leave the government. The move comes at a very difficult time, with pressure mounting to find ...

TickerEstonia rejects Russian criticism of Nazi-praise

04.08.11 @ 09:53

Estonia has rejected Russian critism of an annual gatherning of WWII veterans in Sinimaed and a military competition, Erna Raid saying they are"customary, civic-initiative" events. The Russian foreign ministry has urged ...

TickerGoogle faces nine EU anti-trust complaints

03.08.11 @ 09:13

Google faces total nine anti-trust complaints after new complaints from small companies have been passed on the the European Commission, according to two insiders, cited by Reuters. The investigation of Google has been ...

TickerEuropean wind power to triple by 2020

03.08.11 @ 09:13

A report from the European Wind Energy Association released on Tuesday predicts wind power output to triple by 2020. Germany and Spain account for over half of all EU wind power, while Britain, France, Italy are quite ...

TickerNato sends more soldiers to Kosovo

03.08.11 @ 09:12

Germany said on Tuesday it will send 550 more troops to Kosovo after clashes at the border with Serbia. Nato confirmed 150 Austrian troops will also be sent to the area, but denied they are sent in response to recent ...

TickerIndia-EU free trade talks reach 'delicate stage'

03.08.11 @ 09:11

After 13 rounds of talks since 2007 on a free trade pact between India and the European Union, negotiations have reached an "advanced and delicate stage," Indian junior commerce minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told ...

TickerItaly moves closer to burqa ban

03.08.11 @ 09:10

The Italian parliament's constitutional affairs commission on Tuesday approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. A French ban on burqas in public went into force in 11 April ...

TickerSwiss Franc climbs to record highs

03.08.11 @ 09:09

The Swiss franc reached on Tuesday an all-time high against the euro as surging bond yields in Italy and Spain pushed the demand for safer assets outside the euro-zone. This has widespread effects. In Austria, Poland ...

TickerTwenty two million jobless in EU

02.08.11 @ 09:46

Unemployment in the EU was 9,4% in June 2011, the same as in May, Eurostat figures published on Monday show. Total 22.473 million men and woman were jobless in the bloc. Compared with May 2011, the number of persons ...

TickerEU to tax import of Chinese bicycles

02.08.11 @ 09:45

Plans by the EU Commission to impose punitive import duties of up to 69.7 percent on bicycles and ceramic tiles from China was Monday backed by diplomats of the 27 EU states, Reuters reports. The duties are meant to ...

Ticker40,000 sign Daily Express call for EU referendum

02.08.11 @ 09:44

A Daily Express e-petition to hold a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union has been signed by 40,000 people since it launched on Saturday. The UK government has pledged to consider any public campaign ...

TickerBillions lost due to cod discards

02.08.11 @ 09:44

Research from the New Economic Foundation think-tank reveals that 7.5 bln cod have been thrown away since 1963 in the North Sea, Eastern Channel and Skagerrak, 1.4 for every cod landed by EU fishing fleets, worth €3.1 ...

TickerAsylum-seekers clash with Italian police

02.08.11 @ 09:44

Hundreds of asylum-seekers demanding refugee status clashed on Monday with riot police near an immigrant centre in the southern Italian city of Bari. The protest was the latest in a series of riots at refugee centres in ...

Ticker25 African migrants dead on Italy refugee boat

02.08.11 @ 09:44

Italian coast guards have found 25 dead bodies on a refugee boat with 268 people on board that arrived on the southern island of Lampedusa on Monday, ANSA news agency reported. The victims apparently suffocated below ...

TickerIMF puts UK deficit plan in question

02.08.11 @ 09:43

An IMF assessment of Britain’s economy has cast doubt on the country's deficit reduction plan. Ajai Chopra, the IMF mission chief to the UK warned that the chancellor's "mandate is met with a very slim margin" - raising ...

TickerTurkey's foreign minister attends Norway funeral

02.08.11 @ 09:43

Funerals of victims of the Norwegian 22 July massacre were held on Monday, including that of Gizem Dogan, a 17-year-old girl of Turkish origin. Turkey's FM Ahmet Davutoglu attended her funeral ceremony, held on the ...

TickerBrussels investigates plans to privatise Royal Mail

01.08.11 @ 09:03

The European Commission has opened a state-aid investigation into UK government's plans to privatise its postal monopoly, the Royal Mail. The government is hoping to sell the publicly owned company by March next year, ...