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Poll: French most pessimistic about economic future

25.07.14 @ 16:57

Europeans are feeling a bit more positive about the EU than they were late last year but well over a third still feel "neutral" about it while a quarter feel outright negative about it. The Eurobarometer survey, ...

Rome continues to push Italian FM to replace Ashton

23.07.14 @ 16:02

Rome is continuing to push Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini to be the next EU foreign policy chief, despite opposition based on her experience and her country's perceived pro-Russia stance. Asked whether ...

UK is still sending arms to Russia, say MPs

23.07.14 @ 09:12

The UK is still exporting millions of euros worth of arms to Russia, despite fears that Moscow has been arming separatists in Ukraine. A report by MPs, published Tuesday (23 July), said that 251 licences worth around £ ...

EU foreign policy faces test after MH17 shootdown

22.07.14 @ 09:18

EU foreign policy is facing a major test today as ministers gather in Brussels to consider their response to the suspected downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight by Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. The plane ...

France and Germany in tussle over EU economics post

21.07.14 @ 09:22

Germany and France are locked in a tussle about who should be the next EU economic affairs commissioner, a decision that will send a key symbolic message about how euro rules will be implemented in the future. Paris ...

Obesity could qualify as disability, says EU court

17.07.14 @ 13:15

Obesity may be considered a disability if it affects how a person does their job and so could fall under EU rules banning discrimination in the workplace, the EU's top court said Thursday (17 July) in an opinion set to ...

Schulz walks careful line on politics of EP commissioner hearings

16.07.14 @ 23:14

EU commissioner candidates will be tested primarily on their expertise, EP chief Martin Schulz said on Wednesday (16 July) after previously indicating that the British hopeful could be rejected on political grounds. " ...

EP to vote down commission with too few women

15.07.14 @ 16:21

European Parliament chief Martin Schulz has warned national governments that his institution will reject the incoming college of commissioners if there are not enough women in it. Speaking on Tuesday (15 July) after ...

Juncker elected: promises more social EU, more political commission

15.07.14 @ 13:50

Jean-Claude Juncker was elected European Commission President on Tuesday (15 July) after promising a more social Europe and paying tribute to the major integrationist politicians of the previous generation. The former ...

OpinionCan Renzi succeed where others have failed?

08.07.14 @ 09:19

Debt ‘flexibility’ has been flitting in and out of the EU’s lexicon for some time now. But Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi, a social democrat, whose party in the May European election won the most decisive victory of any ...

Italy: struggling to make itself heard on migration

07.07.14 @ 09:23

In the hills just outside Rome, tucked away from the road and about 50km from the coast, is the headquarters from where Italy struggles to deal with one of Europe's most pressing social crises - migrants making the ...

Combative Renzi hits out at German central banker

04.07.14 @ 16:20

A combative Matteo Renzi on Friday (4 July) slapped down comments directed at Italy by German central banker Jens Weidmann, saying banks have no business getting involved in Italian politics. Speaking to press in Rome ...

Schulz elected EP president again, promises to fight for more powers

01.07.14 @ 12:46

Martin Schulz was elected European Parliament president on Tuesday (1 July) becoming the first ever to hold the post for two consecutive terms, but his election was not without controversy. The German Socialist was ...

Post EU ElectionsEU leaders to review 'Spitzenkandidat' process

27.06.14 @ 19:08

EU leaders have said they plan to review the way they choose EU commission presidents in the future after having found themselves left with little room for manoeuvre following a parliament-pushed process. Shortly after ...

Post EU ElectionsJuncker chosen for EU commission job, Cameron defeated

27.06.14 @ 17:15

EU leaders on Friday (27 June) nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to be European Commission president, simultaneously doling out a major diplomatic defeat for London and handing a large chunk of power to the European ...

Post EU ElectionsEP gets set for a tumultuous few weeks

26.06.14 @ 17:42

The incoming European Parliament is to hit the ground running in the coming days as it forms, hears commissioners, hosts EU leaders, and takes a potentially ground-breaking vote on the new EU commission president. The ...

Post EU ElectionsUK to go to the wire in anti-Juncker push

18.06.14 @ 16:40

The UK has indicated that it is prepared to take its fight to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming EU commission president right to its conclusion, possibly provoking an unprecedented vote among EU leaders at next week's ...

Post EU ElectionsMain EP groups debate closer co-operation, isolating far-right

12.06.14 @ 09:26

The European Parliament's two biggest groups are locked in talks about how to work more closely together in the new legislature - including setting up "structures" for co-operation. While the centre-right (EPP) and ...

ECB tries to jumpstart economy with historic move

05.06.14 @ 16:35

The European Central Bank has taken the major step of introducing negative interest rates for bank deposits as it tries to jumpstart eurozone economies. On Thursday (5 June) it became the first major central bank (among ...

EU to lay out strategic plan after election shock

28.05.14 @ 01:37

EU leaders meeting in Brussels Tuesday (27 May) agreed the EU must be more strategic in its approach and clearer about the division of powers between local and European level. At an informal meeting in Brussels, ...

Post EU ElectionsNew EP will struggle to find majorities

26.05.14 @ 15:49

It will take days if not weeks for the political dust to settle after the EU vote but it is already clear that the new European Parliament will need to work harder to find majorities with discussions on issues such as ...

Post EU ElectionsCentre-right wins most EP seats, but anti-establishment parties score well

26.05.14 @ 01:16

The centre-right European People's Party (EPP) won the most European Parliament seats, results on Tuesday (28 May - 14:08 CEST) showed, but across Europe mainstream parties lost out to anti-establishment parties, with ...

Belgian and EU politicians condemn Brussels shooting

24.05.14 @ 20:30

Belgian and EU politicians have reacted with shock and anger to the news that three people were shot dead and one seriously injured in a shooting at the Jewish museum in Brussels. The shooting happened just before 4pm ...

Post EU ElectionsIrish voters reward Sinn Fein, punish government parties

24.05.14 @ 15:50

Irish voters on Friday (23 May) gave a strong signal to the government that they have tired of austerity, reaching out to alternative parties in the local elections and set to do the same for the EU vote. According to ...

Post EU ElectionsVote for Schulz to ensure a German commission president, says ad

23.05.14 @ 13:52

While EU commission president candidates position themselves above the domestic fray – European candidates for a European job – their political parties at home can be much more pragmatic. Germany's SPD party, political ...

Turkish PM offers 'condolences' to Armenia over WWI killings

24.04.14 @ 09:12

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday (23 April) offered condolences to the grandchildren of Armenians killed by Ottoman leaders one hundred years ago during World War 1. "It is with this hope and ...

US to send 600 troops to Baltics, Poland amid Ukraine tensions

23.04.14 @ 09:16

The US Tuesday (22 April) announced it is sending hundreds of troops for military exercises to four countries in Eastern Europe to assure them of its commitment to the region's defence amid ongoing tension in Ukraine. ...

Post EU ElectionsEU politicians 'overwhelmed' by power shift to social media

02.04.14 @ 17:27

Power is moving to the internet and only politicians and political parties that adapt to this new reality will survive in the future is the stark message sent to MEPs on the eve of EU elections. "Power is shifting from ...

AgendaObama in Brussels this WEEK

21.03.14 @ 16:37

EU capital Brussels will be pulling out all the diplomatic stops this week as it plays host to US President Barack Obama. The President will attend the EU-US summit in Brussels on Wednesday (26 March) in what will be ...

Post EU ElectionsEuropean political parties to get legal status, must abide by EU values

19.03.14 @ 18:25

European Political parties will be put on a firm legal footing, have to declare sizeable donations, and abide by EU values under new rules agreed Tuesday (18 March). The rules, which have to be endorsed by the plenary ...

Post EU ElectionsEU top candidates to slug it out in TV debate

17.03.14 @ 14:30

This year will see the first-ever televised debate between candidates running to be the next head of the European Commission but the details of the format - not least how to make it interesting TV - are proving to be a ...

Post EU ElectionsMEPs set scene for EU top jobs battle

11.02.14 @ 15:49

With 100 days to go until the EU elections, MEPs have agreed a wishlist on how the next European Commission and its President should be chosen. The report, passed by the European Parliament's constitutional affairs ...

Post EU ElectionsEUobserver launches election series ahead of EU vote

11.02.14 @ 12:07

In recent years, a slew of parties has moved from the fringe to occupy central political debate across the EU - they are eurosceptic and hard-right and they are making mainstream politicians nervous. With the May EU ...

AgendaUkraine and Cuba on agenda this WEEK

09.02.14 @ 10:57

Ukraine will top the agenda when EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday (10 February), with sanctions likely to be discussed informally, but no decision taken. The discussion comes after leaked phone calls ...

EU proposes 'affordable' climate targets

22.01.14 @ 15:38

The European Commission on Wednesday (22 January) proposed new greenhouse gas targets which it said would see the EU remain the global leader on climate change action, without damaging the bloc's fragile economy. Under ...

InterviewEurozone is the 'real' EU, Sikorski says

22.01.14 @ 09:26

Poland wants to join the eurozone because it is the political heart of the European Union, its foreign minister, Radek Sikorski, has said, with the country looking to enter the single currency by 2020. "In every annual ...

Approval of EU leadership lowest in Greece

08.01.14 @ 17:35

Support for the EU was lowest in Greece in 2013 while Spain registered the sharpest drop in support between the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008 and last year. A survey published Wednesday (8 January) by Gallup ...

EUobservedThe rise of anti-EU parties and the crisis of confidence

07.01.14 @ 09:25

There was relative economic calm in 2013 after the euro's existential crisis of the previous year, but a different type of crisis started to emerge: rising anti-EU sentiment and collapsing political confidence. Across ...

EUobserved2014: Changing of the guard in the EU

03.01.14 @ 09:11

When the EU last trotted into election year, in 2009, things were very different. The scale of the global financial crisis and the eurozone trauma were only just becoming apparent. At the height of the crisis, there ...

Bitter debate marks lifting of Bulgaria and Romania labour restrictions

30.12.13 @ 09:30

The restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians being allowed to work throughout the EU will be lifted on Wednesday (1 January) but the debate surrounding the move has been bitter. On 1 January, Austria, Belgium, France, ...

EU banking deal set for 'long, complicated' talks with MEPs

19.12.13 @ 18:50

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has warned member states that their just-agreed deal on banking union lies far below MEPs' ambitions and will be subject to lengthy negotiations. "These decisions are rather ...

Euro policy needs to be 'controversial,' EU commissioner says

16.12.13 @ 16:04

The prevailing policy response to the eurozone crisis risks leading to a situation where membership of the single currency and democracy are no longer compatible in southern member states, the EU's employment ...

AgendaEU leaders meet this WEEK

16.12.13 @ 08:54

EU leaders gather in Brussels for their last summit of the year with a discussion agenda that includes economic integration, jobs and defence. Pre-prepared conclusions for the summit show member states are willing to ...

Parliament fails to pass report on women's reproductive rights

10.12.13 @ 16:47

The European Parliament erupted in internal bickering on Tuesday (10 December) after an alliance of right-wing MEPs managed to sweep a report on sexual and reproductive rights for women from the table. The report by ...

Ashton in two-day visit to Ukraine

09.12.13 @ 15:03

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will travel to Kiev Tuesday (10 December) to bring "clear EU messages" as thousands of Ukrainians continue to protest President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of closer ties with ...

FocusEU's young people lag behind on maths target

03.12.13 @ 17:16

The EU's 15-year olds have seen only slight improvements in their reading, science and maths skills since 2009, with worse scores in reading than US students and in all three subject areas than their Japanese ...

UK asked to avoid 'hysterical' debate on migration

27.11.13 @ 18:43

EU commissioners on Wednesday told the UK to avoid "hysteria" and to be more factual after Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled proposals to tighten migrants' access to social welfare payments. "I would really applaud ...

EU officials flesh out 'reform contracts' plan

19.11.13 @ 09:29

EU officials are in the process of putting flesh on the bones of a German idea of "reform contracts," but it is going to be difficult to sell. It builds on the premise that for all the efforts the EU has made to shore ...

Italy and Spain close to breaking euro rules

15.11.13 @ 16:03

Single currency states felt the long arm of the European Commission stretch into national affairs on Friday, as the Brussels executive published in-depth reviews of their draft 2014 budgets. Just two euro states - ...

Low-key jobs summit takes EU 'one step further'

13.11.13 @ 07:09

EU leaders gathered in Paris Tuesday (12 November) for a second summit devoted to the EU's record youth unemployment but the meeting only served to highlight the lack of new initiatives. As the top politicians went into ...