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AnalysisWhat does the death of the EU data directive mean?

09.04.14 @ 09:25

The EU's data retention directive was agreed in 2006, in the wake of terrorist attacks in Madrid and London in 2004 and 2005 respectively, as governments attempted to tighten national security rules. Under the regime, ...

Radicalism on the rise in Europe, EU commissioner says

15.01.14 @ 17:11

The European Commission has said preventive action is needed to stop what it sees as spreading radicalism across the EU. “We see that extremism, xenophobia and nationalism keeps growing in Europe [and] we see worrying ...

InvestigationGaddafi-tainted firm scoops EU contract

19.09.13 @ 08:50

The EU’s newest IT agency has awarded a contract to a firm linked with the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s efforts to track, capture and torture people during the Libyan revolution. Tallinn-based EU-Lisa, which is to ...

MEPs call for suspension of EU-US finance tracking deal

10.09.13 @ 09:28

Press reports that the US intelligence agency secretly tapped into international bank transfer firm Swift have prompted MEPs to call for an immediate suspension of the EU-US terrorist financial tracking programme (TFTP) ...

EU to discuss blacklisting Hezbollah

22.07.13 @ 09:21

EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels on Monday (22 July) are set to discuss blacklisting the military wing of the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah. Listing it as a terrorist organisation requires unanimous ...

EU-US counter-terrorism pacts at risk over snooping affair

05.07.13 @ 18:20

The European Commission has said two major data sharing agreements with the US are at risk due to tensions over US snooping operations in Europe. Both the EU-US passenger name record (PNR) and the terrorist financial ...

UK makes progress in bid to blacklist Hezbollah

04.07.13 @ 22:27

New information from Britain on alleged terrorist activity by Hezbollah is likely to gain Austria's support to blacklist the Lebanese group. Britain earlier this year proposed adding Hezbollah's military wing to the EU ...

EU countries block blacklisting of Hezbollah

20.06.13 @ 09:28

A small group of EU countries has again blocked Britain's bid to blacklist Lebanese group Hezbollah. Diplomatic sources said Austria and the Czech republic led opposition at a meeting of EU countries' counter-terrorism ...

UK has second go at EU listing of Hezbollah

19.06.13 @ 09:25

The UK will have a second go at persuading sceptics to blacklist Hezbollah at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (19 June). Britain in May filed a proposal for the EU to designate the military wing of the Lebanese group ...

Israel urges EU to back new peace plan for Syria

12.03.13 @ 19:12

Israeli President Shimon Peres has urged the EU to get behind his novel idea on how to stop the war in Syria - by sending in Arab peacekeepers under a UN mandate. Speaking to press in the European Parliament in ...

Put Hezbollah on EU terror list, Israeli President says

07.03.13 @ 17:51

Israeli President Shimon Peres has urged the EU to put Hezbollah on its list of terrorist organisations, claiming that failure to do so would be an indication that the EU was prepared to tolerate its actions. Speaking ...

OpinionHezbollah at Europe's doorstep

07.02.13 @ 09:25

What further evidence does the European Union need to declare Hezbollah an international terrorist group? The latest proof comes from Bulgaria. After a six month investigation, Bulgaria has concluded in a new report ...

Political parties drive hate in EU, commission says

29.01.13 @ 09:28

Far-right political discourse is feeding hatred throughout the EU and could harm the European project in the upcoming 2014 European Parliament elections, says the European Commission. Disparaging words geared towards ...

EU official: Hezbollah unlikely to get on terrorism blacklist

28.01.13 @ 09:01

The EU's top counter-terrorism official has said that Hezbollah might not get onto the Union's blacklist even if it did bomb Jewish tourists in Bulgaria last year. Gilles de Kerchove told EUobserver that Bulgaria's ...

InterviewMali mission could up risk of anti-EU terrorism

23.01.13 @ 16:50

A top counter-terrorism official has said the EU military training mission in Mali will increase the risk of revenge attacks in Europe. Asked by EUobserver on Tuesday (22 January) if France's intervention in Mali could ...

Algeria hostages killed, as EU talks of 'evil' in Mali

17.01.13 @ 20:00

Reports say several hostages were killed when the Algerian army stormed a remote gas plant in the south east of the country on Thursday (17 January). The operation came after militants seized the facility - which housed ...

Terrorist data oversight tainted by potential conflict of interest

20.12.12 @ 19:51

A high-ranking European commission official says there is a conflict of interest in a review board tasked to ensure personal data on suspected terrorists shared with the Americans is secured and properly handled. ...

OpinionBritain's harmful step

19.10.12 @ 16:55

This week's announcement by UK Home Secretary Theresa May of a block opt-out of the United Kingdom from key EU cooperation projects in justice and home Aafairs has not been well thought through. The British government ...

Israeli leader urges EU to blacklist Hezbollah

06.09.12 @ 11:49

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Italy's foreign minister the EU should designate Hezbollah as a terrorist entity. But EU diplomats are wary of the move. "There is one ... effort that I think Europe ...

EU hands personal data to US authorities on daily basis

22.06.12 @ 09:49

EU and US co-operation in combatting terrorism remains shrouded in secrecy as Europol, the EU police agency, refuses to render public an inspection report that details how financial data is handed over to US authorities ...

Commission pushes for document secrecy despite court judgement

08.05.12 @ 17:45

The European Commission and national governments are seeking to crack down on the rules granting access to their internal documents despite a ruling by the European Court of Justice calling on them to release legal ...

MEPs press Lithuania to re-launch CIA rendition probe

30.04.12 @ 17:21

MEPs are pressing Lithuania's prosecutor general to re-launch an investigation into two alleged CIA rendition sites in the country. "Too many unanswered questions remain,” British Liberal MEP Sarah Ludford told ...

EU police warn of new-model jihad threat

27.04.12 @ 11:46

The EU's joint police body, Europol has noted there were no succesful Islamist attacks in Europe last year, while warning about future Toulouse-type 'lone wolves.' Its report, out on Wednesday (25April), highlighted ...

Bahrain hunger striker prompts EU response

11.04.12 @ 09:25

Entering his 63rd day of hunger strike, Bahraini-Danish activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja has finally attracted public reactions from Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the spokesperson for EU foreign policy ...

EU firms join gold rush on drones

17.02.12 @ 09:16

EU firms have joined the gold rush on military and civilian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). But ethical and legal questions dog the technology. The global UAV market is worth $6 billion (€4.6bn) a year and will hit $12 ...

VideoEU nags Turkey on terrorism and human rights

17.01.12 @ 08:22

Oomen-Ruitjen in her latest report on EU-Turkey relations underlined that Ankara must fulfill the EU's so-called Copenhagen Criteria on enlargement in the areas of press freedom and women's rights. She told EUobserver ...

MEPs call for review of EU counter-terrorism policies

15.12.11 @ 09:27

The European Parliament on Wednesday (14 December) called on member states to submit reports on the cost-efficiency of their counter-terrorism measures and their impact on civil liberties, with the European Commission ...

Privacy campaigner: EU-US passenger data deal 'meaningless'

18.11.11 @ 09:54

A secretive agreement allowing Washington access to all personal information of air travellers to the US, seen by EUobserver, is "meaningless" and "deceptive" from a data privacy point of view, say experts. The ...

AgendaThis WEEK in the European Union

16.09.11 @ 20:31

The coming week will see all eyes once again focussed sharply on the rapidly metastasising eurozone crisis, although little official is programmed. According to EU officials everything is “still fluid”. Greece is fast ...

OpinionThe other answer to terrorism is more democracy

12.09.11 @ 08:57

When I boarded the plane in Stockholm to fly to Oslo recently, no one asked me to show my ID. This stunned me – all the more so when I noticed the Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Daniel boarding the same ...

Post-9/11 Europe: 'safer' but less free

09.09.11 @ 17:19

Ten years after the fall of New York's twin towers and four months after the death of Osama Bin Laden, Europe is said to be 'safer' - but in return, private data is scrutinised by a multitude of counter-terrorism ...