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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. ...

New commissioners file written replies ahead of EU hearings

29.09.14 @ 09:45

Ahead of parliamentary hearings due to kick off on Monday (29 September), the new commissioners-to-be have replied in writing to questions from MEPs. The written answers, seen by EUobserver, give reassurances and seek ...

OpinionThe struggle for democratic oversight in the EU

29.09.14 @ 09:18

Hundreds of parliamentarians from across Europe, both from national parliaments and the European Parliament (EP), are gathering in Rome on Monday (29 September) in a bid to improve parliamentary oversight of EU policy ...

AgendaEP starts grilling new commissioners This WEEK

26.09.14 @ 19:03

The European Parliament will start grilling incoming EU commissioners this week, with the most problematic ones scheduled for Wednesday (1 October). All 27 members of Jean-Claude Juncker's team of commissioners will ...

EUobservedDeath by 'hearings'

26.09.14 @ 08:57

Please make it stop. Or should that be start? In the absence of news – aside from the stuff that’s happening outside, beyond and despite Brussels – we have ‘hearings’. Commissioner hearings. It is a poor thing to fill ...

New Irish commissioner locked in legal spat with MEP

26.09.14 @ 08:14

Phil Hogan, due to be in charge of agriculture in the next EU commission, is locked in a legal spat with Irish MEP Nessa Childers. Hogan, who is also Irish, has threatened Childers with legal action over a letter she ...

MEPs prepare 'lively' hearings for new commissioners

25.09.14 @ 07:52

When the 27 new commissioners-to-be start their hearings in the European Parliament next week, the question is not if MEPs will reject one of them, but who it will be. "It would be for the first time in the history of ...

Greens write letter of complaint over new Spanish commissioner

24.09.14 @ 17:17

The Green faction in the European Parliament has written to incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to raise concerns about the Spanish nominee for his team. The letter notes there are "mounting ...

OpinionCameron's logic calls for eurozone democracy

23.09.14 @ 15:23

Those who thought that a ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum on independence would end discussions on the United Kingdom’s institutional architecture were sadly wrong. What’s more, the outcome may indirectly influence ...

ECB ready to use more 'unconventional tools' to spur economy

22.09.14 @ 18:07

European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi has said he is prepared to use more unconventional measures to spur growth in the eurozone. "We stand ready to use additional unconventional instruments within our mandate, ...

EP gears itself up for hearings of new commissioners

17.09.14 @ 17:04

The European Parliament is preparing a set of "obstacle course" hearings for incoming EU commissioners with recent past form showing that at least one of the designates will fall by the wayside. Beginning later this ...

Big and small MEPs jostle in EU parliament

16.09.14 @ 09:29

The real work for the 751 newly elected MEPs will soon begin. In parliament, politicians who were elected with hundreds of thousands of preferential votes, will sit next to colleagues who received fewer than a thousand ...

MEPs threaten budget suspension over transparency

15.09.14 @ 09:29

A handful of MEPs are asking the parliament to withhold millions of euros from the European Commission to force greater transparency in the Brussels executive. The deputies say the commission is not serious in its ...

AnalysisSuccess of Juncker team depends on 'uber-commissioners'

10.09.14 @ 17:29

Incoming EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has come up with a canny distribution of portfolios for this new team but a layer of 'uber-commissioners' is potentially the most important change. While rumours and ...

Juncker set to unveil new commission

09.09.14 @ 18:06

The new EU commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is to present his new team and their posts on Wednesday (10 September). With the carve-out of portfolios still ongoing on Tuesday, there is little certainty as to who ...

AgendaEU commissioner portfolio decisions this WEEK

05.09.14 @ 20:23

A major piece in the making of the EU institutional puzzle is to go into place next week when incoming EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker hands out portfolios to his team of commissioners. Expected to happen on ...

EUobservedThe EU's interminable changing of the guard

03.09.14 @ 18:35

Brussels is about to be shaken up. And it feels good. On 1 November – if all goes to plan – a new team of EU commissioners will take up office. New faces will front foreign policy and co-ordinate EU member states at PM ...

Juncker starts interviews for new EU commission

02.09.14 @ 13:41

Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has started meeting the nominees for his 28-strong college, but gender balance continues to be a problem. Dutch foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans and Slovene ...

Juncker's chief of staff: 'I get 800 emails a day'

08.08.14 @ 08:40

The centre of power in Brussels has temporarily moved to the ninth floor of the so-called Charlemagne building in the EU district. There, in a nondescript grey hallway guarded by security officers, pinned up pieces of ...

EU election turnout at record low after all

06.08.14 @ 12:21

The turnout for the European election in May fell to a record low, dealing a blow to claims by politicians - based on initial results - that a three-decade downward trend in voter participation had finally been halted. ...

New EU commission risks delay over gender issue

31.07.14 @ 15:25

The incoming EU commission risks a start-up delay as male nominees for commissioner posts continue to roll in despite a plea for more women candidates. So far only two of the official nominees are women - Sweden's ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 € ...

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 ...

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 ...

OpinionThe day we got EU parliamentarianism

15.07.14 @ 08:52

Parliamentarism means that a parliament elects a country's prime minister and decides its laws. A majority can turn against the prime minister, in which case the government must resign or call an election. The essence ...

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 ...

Juncker: Economics commissioner will be a Socialist

08.07.14 @ 18:01

Future EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday (8 July) promised that the economic affairs commissioner post will go to a Socialist, as part of a grand coalition-type bargain between the centre-right and ...

OpinionJuncker: The right man for the job?

08.07.14 @ 09:43

Now that the unseemly spectacle surrounding the nomination of Jean Claude Juncker as European Commission president candidate has passed, the legitimate question remains as to whether he is the right man for the job. ...

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 ...

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. ...

OpinionSpitzenkandidaten boost legitimacy of European Commission

03.07.14 @ 09:28

The new "Spitzenkandidaten" procedure for selecting the president of the European Commission has triggered a heated debate. Opinions vary, but no one remains indifferent. An argument put forward by the opponents of the ...

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 ...

EUobservedRenzi - reminding Europe of what it doesn't have

02.07.14 @ 17:42

Well that was quite refreshing. In he bounded, the right side of 40, all grins and references to selfies and ancient philosophers, brash and self-confident. Yes, it was Italian PM Matteo Renzi's first appearance in the ...

OpinionWill the EU's new anti-money laundering rules have teeth?

02.07.14 @ 09:17

For months, Ukraine’s political situation has made headlines. Many Ukrainians believe the turmoil is a direct consequence of a shady concoction of political cronyism and financial secrecy that allegedly allowed those ...

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 ...

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 ...

Former EU officials and an MEP land 'revolving door' jobs

30.06.14 @ 09:29

A handful of former EU officials and an outgoing top MEP have landed jobs in industry sectors that they legislated on. The cases highlight what pro-transparency experts describe as a "revolving door" where policy-makers ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

OpinionIndependence of EU commission at risk over Spitzenkandidat process

26.06.14 @ 17:55

It has rightly been said that law is the cement that binds the Union together. Our purpose in writing is not to support or to oppose the nomination of any particular person as European Commission President, but rather ...