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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 ...

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 ElectionsEU leaders to vote Juncker as commission chief

26.06.14 @ 07:14

EU leaders are likely to put Jean-Claude Juncker at the helm of the next European Commission at this week’s summit despite British opposition. But they are not expected to assign the other top jobs in a traditional ...

Administrative blunder sees MEP walk free from corruption probe

25.06.14 @ 09:24

A lost file in the European Parliament has allowed a Romanian MEP suspected of corruption to leave the assembly without any inquiry. Romanian prosecutors in December asked EP president Martin Schulz to waiver the ...

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 ...

Post EU ElectionsLe Pen fails to create far-right EP faction

24.06.14 @ 09:29

Far-right duo Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders have failed to form a group in the European Parliament. Wilders told Dutch media outlet ANP on Monday (23 June) they were unable to meet the minimum parliament criteria of ...

Post EU ElectionsCentre-right to strike deal with centre-left on Juncker, Schulz

23.06.14 @ 09:20

A meeting of Socialist leaders in Paris on Saturday (21 June) has endorsed Juncker for the commission top job, with the expectation that Martin Schulz stays on as European Parliament chief and the Italian foreign ...

AgendaThis WEEK: EU top jobs, Ukraine treaty, Iraq

20.06.14 @ 16:51

European leaders will next week try to agree who should fill top EU posts and will sign free trade treaties with Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The leaders will first meet in Ypres, north-west Belgium, on Thursday (26 ...

Post EU ElectionsBritish eurosceptic cobbles together EP group

20.06.14 @ 09:29

British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage has managed to form a group in the EP, but his 48-strong team has a mixed bag of political beliefs. Among the personalities is a 64-year old who defected from France's National ...

EUobservedEU reforms – what about the rest of the players?

19.06.14 @ 17:20

It seems most can agree on one thing: Europe is in need of reform. What reform is not entirely clear yet. But the main thing is to show that the EU is reacting to the May vote which ushered in a swathe of anti- ...

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 ...

Post EU ElectionsBulgaria heads for early elections after EU vote

19.06.14 @ 09:27

Bulgaria is heading for early elections in autumn following a sizeable shift in the fortunes of domestic political parties after the May EU vote. After a gathering of all major parties on Tuesday (17 June) president ...

Post EU ElectionsAnti-federalists nose ahead of liberals in EP

19.06.14 @ 09:24

The Flemish separatist N-VA party has opted to join the anti-federalist ECR group instead of the liberal Alde faction in the European Parliament. Its decision is to see the ECR become the third largest in the assembly ...

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 ElectionsMuslim candidate wants to shake up EU parliament

18.06.14 @ 10:30

Sajjad Karim is not your average British Conservative. The 43-year old of Pakistani descent was the first British Muslim to be elected as MEP, in 2004. He started politics at the age of seven handing out leaflets for a ...

Post EU ElectionsSchulz back as centre-left leader, but only for one month

18.06.14 @ 10:03

Socialist Spitzenkandidat Martin Schulz will take back his old job as leader of the Parliament’s centre-left S&D group on Wednesday (18 June), but only for a matter of weeks. He will be re-elected unopposed to lead the ...

OpinionFive qualities you need to lead Europe

18.06.14 @ 09:23

The rhetoric on who we need as European presidents and commissioners over the next five years has often focused on specific names without exploring the leadership qualities that are required in navigating today's ...

Post EU ElectionsLoosen EU budget rules in return for support, Socialists tell Juncker

17.06.14 @ 22:49

Europe’s centre-left forces are warning that Jean-Claude Juncker will have to support a loosening of the EU’s budgetary rules in exchange for their backing him for the European Commission presidency. Outgoing Socialist ...

Post EU ElectionsEU liberals open door to Flemish separatists

17.06.14 @ 20:05

Alde, the liberal group in the EU parliament, has cleared the way for the Flemish-separatist N-VA party to join its ranks. It took the decision at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (17 June) in which the Belgian MR party ...