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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. ...

EU rules should focus on debt not deficit targets, says IMF official

10.06.14 @ 20:48

The EU’s rules on cutting national budget deficits discourage public investment and "imply procyclicality," prolonging the effects of a recession, a senior IMF official has said. Speaking on Tuesday (10 June) at the ...

Post EU ElectionsPolitical battles risk paralysing new EU parliament

15.05.14 @ 09:24

With the rise of euroscepticism on both the political left and right, simply retaining the current level of European integration during the next EP mandate will be a victory, says a veteran Brussels-based EU lobbyist. ...

InvestigationSecret EU lawmaking: the triumph of the trialogue

04.04.14 @ 09:29

The setting could not be less spectacular – one of the more nondescript rooms in the European Parliament's glass towers overlooking Place Luxembourg in Brussels, where a handful of officials gather with armfuls of ...

Post EU ElectionsGermany in renewed push for EU treaty change

28.03.14 @ 09:50

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has said discussions on revising the treaty to secure the eurozone's architecture will begin after the May EU elections. "After the EU elections the debate about treaty change ...

EU officials seek new powers to protect rule of law

12.03.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission on Tuesday (11 March) announced a new measure to challenge member states in breach of EU rule of law. The proposal would allow the European Union to intervene at an early stage in case of “ ...

Czech government to give up EU Charter opt-out

20.02.14 @ 09:29

The Czech Republic is to abandon its opposition to the EU's charter of rights and the fiscal compact treaty in a sign that there could be warmer relations between Prague's new government and Brussels. The country's ...

AnalysisA political obsessive's paradise: A 28 nation opinion poll

20.02.14 @ 09:11

There are few things that political obsessives love more than opinion polls. On Wednesday (19 February), Brussels' army of amateur psephologists saw their dreams come true. A poll for all twenty eight EU countries. The ...

Lawyers divided over Scotland's EU plans

24.01.14 @ 09:29

Constitutional lawyers remain at loggerheads over whether an independent Scotland would remain part of the EU. A handful of the UK's leading legal experts clashed on Thursday (23 January) as they gave evidence to the ...

Court slaps down UK challenge to EU short-selling ban

22.01.14 @ 18:24

The European Court of Justice has in a surprise move thrown out a UK legal challenge to EU rules on short-selling. The ruling refers to legislation adopted in 2012, which gives the Paris-based European Securities and ...

Germany revives EU treaty change debate

18.12.13 @ 20:49

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has revived the idea of EU treaty change ahead of a summit in Brussels aimed at agreeing on binding reform contracts. "We have a situation in Europe, where Germany is often accused of ...

Bulgarian land sale ban risks EU sanction

24.10.13 @ 09:25

Bulgaria’s ultra-nationalist party Ataka has convinced more moderate Bulgarian legislators to extend a ban on the sale of land to foreigners in contravention of EU rules. The moratorium bans the sale of agricultural ...

Bank resolution plan breaches EU rules, lawyers say

09.10.13 @ 09:29

The prospects of swift agreement on the next stage of an EU banking union have been dealt a blow after lawyers warned that the plans would breach EU law. The single resolution mechanism tabled by the EU's financial ...

Croatia on EU collision course over arrest warrant

26.08.13 @ 19:00

The European Commission is on collision course with Croatia after the EU's newest member state ignored demands to scrap laws exempting crimes committed during the Communist era and war crimes from the scope of the ...

EU-wide prosecutor to launch own criminal investigations

17.07.13 @ 17:47

The European commission published plans on Wednesday (17 July) for a European Public Prosecutor (EPPO) as part of efforts to clamp down on fraud committed against the EU budget. “The European Commission is delivering on ...

OpinionCan national parliaments make the EU more legitimate?

10.06.13 @ 17:50

The EU has long had a problem of legitimacy, but the euro crisis has made it worse. According to Eurobarometer, 72 percent of Spaniards do not trust the EU. The Pew Research Centre finds that 75 percent of Italians ...

'Political science fiction' to become reality, Barroso says

07.05.13 @ 15:35

The European Commission will set out its views on EU treaty change by early next year noting that ideas that now seem like "political science fiction" will eventually become reality. The commission will put forward " ...

Scottish EU membership is 'no formality'

01.05.13 @ 09:29

The rest of the UK should support a 'fast-tracked' application for an independent Scotland to join the EU, according to a report published Wednesday (1 May) by MPs. But the report, drafted by MPs on the House of Commons ...

AnalysisComplex EU law-making dubbed 'infernal, undemocratic'

04.03.13 @ 09:24

Brussels is awash with stories about the unhealthy influence of lobbyists on law-makers but as big a scandal, say some experts, is the increasing amount of legislation made with little scrutiny at all. The lack of ...

Countries to share the pain on MEP reduction

19.02.13 @ 18:36

EU countries are set to share the pain of political job-losses, with 13 countries to lose MEPs at next year's European elections. Deputies on the European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee on Tuesday (19 ...

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 ...

Dutch PM: Eurozone needs exit clause

01.02.13 @ 17:14

The EU should have legal mechanisms for countries to leave the euro, says Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. In a letter released on Thursday (31 January) responding to a question in the Dutch Parliament, Rutte and his ...

OpinionCameron's gamble

25.01.13 @ 09:21

David Cameron’s London speech (23 January) is the culmination of a long period of in-decision over the position of the Coalition Government towards Europe. Hemmed-in by an increasingly eurosceptic Conservative party on ...

Merkel and Cameron seek common ground on Europe

24.01.13 @ 17:54

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British PM David Cameron on Thursday (24 January) sought common ground on the future of the European Union, one day after he announced a referendum on Britain's EU membership four ...

UK's EU future dependent on other member states

23.01.13 @ 16:20

Other leaders have reacted coolly to Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on Europe, in a reminder that much of what stands on London's EU wishlist is dependent on the goodwill of other member states. "Of course ...

UK looks to 2017 for EU membership vote

23.01.13 @ 11:50

Britain will hold a referendum on whether to stay in the EU by the end of 2017, David Cameron promised on Wednesday (23 January) in a long-delayed speech on Britain's status in Europe. Delivering the speech in London, ...

MEPs struggle to keep Eurobonds idea alive

17.01.13 @ 11:02

MEPs have kept alive support for joint liability Eurobonds despite critics describing the plan as "a socialist loonie-land" and a way to create a transfer union by the back door. A majority of deputies backed a report ...

US warns Britain on EU referendum

10.01.13 @ 09:30

The Obama administration has warned Britain against sidelining itself in the EU as Prime Minister Cameron comes under increasing pressure to hold a membership referendum. "We have a growing relationship with the EU as ...

EU commission foresees two treaty changes to reach full integration

28.11.12 @ 21:53

The EU commission Wednesday published its vision for a "genuine" economic and monetary union (EMU) under which national budgets could be vetoed and a central European budget would allow transfers for troubled countries. ...

AnalysisWhen two become one - the Strasbourg super-session

24.10.12 @ 21:19

Thousands of EU officials will return to Brussels wearier than usual on Friday (26 October) but, on balance, will probably be grateful for a Parliament decision that saved them from another round-trip. The latest act in ...

Euro-tsar to have veto powers on national budgets, Schaeuble says

17.10.12 @ 09:26

The EU should have its own "currency commissioner," according to an ambitious new plan set out by German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Under Schaeuble's plan, which would include further changes to the EU ...

No eurozone-only assembly, say MEPs

06.10.12 @ 11:58

MEPs have dismissed suggestions that a new parliamentary body should be set up solely for eurozone members stating that “no new accountability structures specific to the euro-area must be established.” In an unofficial ...

Scottish leaders under pressure on EU status

18.09.12 @ 09:30

The Scottish government is facing renewed pressure to reveal legal advice on whether it would remain in the EU if the country votes to leave the United Kingdom. An urgent hearing of the Court of Session in Edinburgh ...

Barroso envisages 'federation of nation states'

13.09.12 @ 07:14

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso used his third annual state of the union speech on Wednesday (12 September) to call for a "federation of nation states." During a 45-minute address to MEPs in the ...

OpinionA fig leaf of continental proportions

31.08.12 @ 19:12

As focus moves from arguments between Greece and its EU partners to a possible bail-out for Spain, it is becoming clear that in efforts to solve the eurozone crisis EU leaders are missing the wood for the trees. There ...

EU in talks on more international emission deals

29.08.12 @ 19:00

The EU is pressing ahead with talks on further bi-lateral carbon emissions agreements with a deal with Australia just announced. Isaac Valero-Ladron, spokesperson for EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, ...

Merkel wants EU treaty convention by end of year

27.08.12 @ 09:24

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a new EU treaty convention by December, despite opposition from many countries, Der Spiegel reports in its latest print edition on Monday (27 August). Merkel's push for a ...

AnalysisGrexit or Brexit - is Britain going to leave the EU?

14.08.12 @ 20:12

Last week, Eurogroup leader Jean Claude-Juncker said that a Greek exit from the eurozone could be managed. Why Juncker felt compelled to say this is unclear, especially since there are no indications Greece wants to ...

New German complaint aims to further delay bailout fund

14.08.12 @ 09:21

A new legal challenge filed with the German Constitutional Court on Monday (13 August) calls on judges to further delay their ruling on the eurozone's permanent bailout fund, pending a verdict by the EU's top court. The ...

Prepare for UK exit from EU, Asian bank warns

10.08.12 @ 09:46

The prospect of Britain leaving the European Union is increasingly likely according to a leaked strategy paper by banking giant Nomura. The Asian bank, which is drawing up contingency plans for a "Brexit," said that "a ...

Acta in tatters after MEPs wield veto

04.07.12 @ 19:47

The little-loved anti-counterfeit treaty, Acta, has collapsed after MEPs in the European Parliament vetoed it by an overwhelming majority. After comfortably rejecting a request by the centre-right EPP group to postpone ...

OpinionCitizens Initiative risks being strangled by EU commission

22.06.12 @ 11:04

The expectations attached to the EU’s new participatory democracy tool are high. The European Citizens Initiative (ECI), allowing citizens to influence EU law-making, is seen as the most significant democratic reform in ...

Barroso to unveil 'political union' plan at EU summit

13.06.12 @ 12:03

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said member states must agree to a big common budget, a future banking union and - ultimately - political union in order to save the EU. His speech at the European ...

OpinionIrish referendum: anger, fear and some hope

04.06.12 @ 10:49

At the outset there was a clear choice for the Irish electorate, when they went to the polls last Thursday for the 9th time on a European issue since 1973. „Yes to Stability“ or „No to Austerity“. And they delivered a ...

Barroso sees political momentum for more integration

30.05.12 @ 17:44

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said he is going to push for an "early" plan for further integration in the eurozone, claiming political momentum is on his side. "The commission will advocate an ...

National parliaments show 'yellow card' to EU law on strikes

29.05.12 @ 17:27

A draft EU law governing the right to strike is set to be reviewed after complaints by national law-makers that the issue is best dealt with nationally. The so-called Monti II law which attempts to clarify the balance ...

OpinionAnother treaty, another Irish referendum

28.05.12 @ 15:17

Another European treaty. Another Irish referendum. Once again the main political parties, somewhat battle weary, join forces to argue Yes. Sinn Fein and Declan Ganley, the maverick federalist, campaign for a No. Most ...

VideoPirate MEP: Acta treaty would punish young people

24.05.12 @ 09:47

Swedish Pirate party MEP Christian Engstrom has little interest in economics or foreign affairs. The former computer engineer is concentrating his energy on stopping the EU parliament from adopting the Acta treaty on ...

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 ...

VideoFear and anger ahead of Ireland's fiscal treaty referendum

27.04.12 @ 09:19

Conservative MEP Sean Kelly, in favour of the fiscal discipline treaty, goes head to head with Socialist MEP Paul Murphy arguing for a No. Analyst Hugo Brady from the Centre for European Reform says Irish people are ...

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