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EU ElectionsEU elections may strengthen Putin in Europe

Today @ 09:29

Far-right parties are set to do well in next month’s elections to the European Parliament, a fact that has thrown a spotlight on their links with the Kremlin. A recent study by the Budapest-based Political Capital ...

UK diplomat scoops EU 'brexit' prize

09.04.14 @ 09:29

A UK diplomat whose day job involves promoting British business in Asia's emerging market economies has scooped a €100,000 prize on the country's best economic prospects if it left the EU. Iain Mansfield, a 30-year-old ...

EU ElectionsNordic populist parties divided on which EP group to join

02.04.14 @ 09:13

Right-wing populist parties from the Nordic countries are set to take different political paths after the European elections in May. While the Sweden Democrats are looking towards the likely coalition between France’s ...

EU ElectionsFarage and Clegg clash in long-awaited EU debate

27.03.14 @ 10:48

On Wednesday evening (26 March), courtesy of LBC radio, the BBC and Sky, the UK public were treated to something UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed his party had "waited a very long time for": a head-to-head debate ...

Germany and UK diverge on Russia sanctions

19.03.14 @ 18:48

EU countries are heading into a summit on Thursday (20 March) nowhere near a consensus over what to do about Russia's annexation of Crimea and on how far economic sanctions should go. At the crux of the debates will be ...

Cameron's EU plan to scrap 'ever closer union' and limit migration

17.03.14 @ 09:20

New mechanisms to limit eastern European migration and prevent benefit tourism are at the centre of a seven point plan laid out by David Cameron to reform Britain's relationship with the EU. Writing in the Daily ...

AnalysisThe fall of Britain's far-right party

13.03.14 @ 09:01

Back in June 2009, the far-right British National Party (BNP) was basking in the dubious glow of what appeared to be a significant electoral achievement. Having amassed 943,598 votes (6.2 percent of votes cast) in the ...

Labour rules out EU referendum without new treaty

12.03.14 @ 10:00

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband is to rule out an in/out referendum on EU membership before 2020 unless a new EU treaty proposal bids to transfer more power to Brussels. The promise will be part of a speech on Wednesday ( ...

EU ElectionsUK transparency law could hinder EU campaign groups

28.02.14 @ 09:26

On the eve of the 2010 UK General Election, Conservative Party leader David Cameron spoke of "the next big scandal waiting to happen", an issue that "goes to the heart of why people are so fed up with politics", a ...

Merkel: EU needs Britain in order to reform

27.02.14 @ 15:47

Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first German leader to address the British Parliament in almost 30 years, made a strong case for why the EU "needs" the UK on Thursday (27 February). Both the Conservative Prime Minister, ...

Germans and Brits back EU vetoes for national parliaments

27.02.14 @ 09:18

Most British and German voters believe that national parliaments should be able to block new EU laws, according to a survey published on Wednesday (26 February). Seventy three percent of Britons and 58 percent of ...

Merkel the UK's 'most important partner' on EU reform

24.02.14 @ 09:29

German chancellor Angela Merkel is the UK's "most important partner" in reforming the EU, the UK foreign minister has said.   Speaking on BBC television on Sunday (23 February), William Hague commented that the German ...

EU ElectionsBritain's most pro-EU party heading for disaster in May

18.02.14 @ 09:19

Ahead of May's European Parliament election, with issues such as the economy and immigration to the fore, none of Britain's three main parties are stealing a march on their rivals. The co-governing, right-of-centre ...

Reding predicts eurozone to become a federal state

18.02.14 @ 09:15

European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding has predicted that the eurozone will become a federal state, while urging the UK not to leave the Union. The Luxembourg politician in Cambridge University on Monday (17 ...

Joining EU 'difficult if not impossible' for Scotland, Barroso warns

17.02.14 @ 09:29

The prospect of an independent Scotland being allowed to join the EU would be "difficult, if not impossible," European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said on Sunday (16 February). During an interview on the ...

New UK reports back EU powers, enrage eurosceptics

13.02.14 @ 18:23

EU policies ranging from the single market and trade, to culture and transport, are good for the UK, according to a series of government reports on the balance of power between London and Brussels. The findings are ...

Two million British people emigrated to EU, figures show

10.02.14 @ 09:23

British figures indicate that just as many UK citizens live in the EU as vice-versa, despite popular perceptions. The numbers, covering 2010, were put forward last week in a government response to a parliamentary ...

EU referendum bill defeated in UK parliament

31.01.14 @ 21:08

Plans to put an UK referendum on EU membership into law have been dashed after the House of Lords voted to block the bill by 180 votes to 130. A bill by Conservative MP James Wharton had proposed to guarantee a public ...

Anglo-French summit to agree on defence but not EU reform

31.01.14 @ 09:34

David Cameron and Francois Hollande are expected to agree a raft of measures on defence co-operation but draw a blank on EU reform when they meet on Friday (31 January) The UK and French leaders will meet for talks in ...

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 ...

ReviewOn blustering and finger-wagging

24.01.14 @ 09:14

It has all the feeling of one of those long-running musicals. The audience is dwindling, the actors are jaded, but the show must go on. Yet another ‘corruption-remains’ report on Bulgaria and Romania was published this ...

Independent Scotland could be €4.5bn worse off in EU

19.01.14 @ 22:30

An independent Scotland would be up to £3.8 billion (€4.5 billion) poorer each year, the UK government warned on Friday (17 January). Unveiling a 'Scotland Analysis' paper looking at the consequences independence would ...

Analysis'I'm in politics to seek solutions, not to block things'

17.01.14 @ 18:36

Debating how to increase the role of national parliaments in EU law making is far from being a new subject, nor is it one to set the pulse racing But that didn't matter to the several hundred political hacks, academics ...

ReviewRemorseless troikas

17.01.14 @ 09:27

“The parliament, the place where the heart of Europe beats:” Such mindless flattery never heralds a frank exchange. And so it was with Jean-Claude Trichet, the former ECB chief asked to appear before MEPs to give an ...

AnalysisA view from London: Desperately seeking EU reform

16.01.14 @ 10:15

Those who say that Britons don't care about Europe would have been in for a shock. On Wednesday (15 January) the Westminster elite flocked to the headquarters of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, just a few hundred ...

UK rejects German 'no spy' pact, report says

16.01.14 @ 09:29

The UK is reportedly opposed to a no-spy pact being crafted by EU states, despite months of German-led negotiations. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday (15 January) reported that the pact is designed to ...

UK to benefit from Bulgarian and Romanian migrants, study says

15.01.14 @ 16:03

A Swedish economist has said Bulgarians and Romanians who work in other EU states are likely to contribute more to the economy than they take out in benefits. A study published last week by Joakim Ruist, a research ...

'Reform or we leave EU,' warns British chancellor

15.01.14 @ 15:48

The UK will leave the European Union if the bloc refuses to reform, the country's chancellor George Osborne said on Wednesday (15 January). Speaking at the start of a two day conference on EU reform organised by the ...

EU spells out rules on migrant access to benefits

13.01.14 @ 17:49

The European Commission on Monday (13 January) outlined ways national authorities can prevent EU migrants from abusing state benefits while preserving the right to free movement. “The guide published by the commission ...

UK parliament should have right to veto EU laws, MPs say

13.01.14 @ 09:13

The UK parliament should have the right to throw out EU laws, according to a letter from Conservative MPs to Prime Minister David Cameron. In the letter, made public on Sunday (12 January), 95 Conservatives (out of a ...

Poland vows to veto British changes to EU migration rules

08.01.14 @ 09:27

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Tuesday (7 January) vowed to block any British changes to EU laws that would prevent migrant workers from having access to welfare benefits. "If anyone, whether it is premier Cameron ...

UK vows to control immigration as Bulgaria, Romania curbs end

02.01.14 @ 09:29

The UK has vowed to control immigration, as restrictions on the free movement of workers from Bulgaria and Romania are lifted throughout the whole of the EU. “We’ve already capped welfare and cut immigration and this ...

ReviewCameron's big EU speech fails to calm rebels

27.12.13 @ 07:56

David Cameron ended 2013 as he started it: harried by his own Conservative party over Europe and trying to persuade it not to vote for an early referendum on EU membership. It wasn't supposed to be like this. In January ...

No 'giant leap' on EU defence at summit

18.12.13 @ 17:43

Britain and Germany are aiming to downgrade plans for deeper EU military co-operation. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (19 December) will discuss joint defence for the first time in five years. The talks come ...

OpinionThe variable geometry of national sovereignty

18.12.13 @ 07:51

The release of the Scottish government’s White paper at the end of November raised the temperature of the debate on Scotland’s independence. The referendum will be held in September 2014 and could lead to independence ...

Mooted UK migrant cap would be 'illegal'

16.12.13 @ 18:22

The European Commission has said reported UK plans to cap the number of EU migrants entering the country to 75,000 annually would be illegal. “Any such restrictions would be illegal under the current rules,” European ...

EU data protection bill 'moves backwards'

06.12.13 @ 17:57

The EU data protection regulation hit a setback on Friday (6 December) after justice ministers backed off on a key component. “The ministers did not want to make hasty decisions,” Lithuanian Justice Minister Juozas ...

UK and Germany dislike EU 'welfare tourism' plan

06.12.13 @ 09:23

The European Commission on Thursday (5 December) presented its report on free movement to interior ministers after a handful of member states in April complained about EU nationals abusing their welfare systems. “Free ...

British law chief warns EU on power grab

03.12.13 @ 09:27

British attorney general Dominic Grieve on Monday (2 December) threatened to sue the EU if it continues to seize more powers from member states. Speaking in Brussels to an audience of lawyers and policy makers, he also ...

UK has 75 percent of EU's millionaire bankers

01.12.13 @ 08:43

More than 75 percent of Europe's banking millionaires are based in the UK, according to a report by the EU's bank watchdog. More than 2,700 UK-based bankers were paid more than €1 million in 2012, compared to a further ...

ReviewBeloved Ashton

29.11.13 @ 09:27

It looked like it would be another humdrum year for Catherine Ashton. Full of: Where is she? What is she doing? Why does she never talk to press? Then she pulled the Kosovo-Serbia deal out of the hat. It passed under ...

Scottish leader hits back at Spain on independence

28.11.13 @ 19:26

Scottish leader Alex Salmond has played down Spain's claim that an independent Scotland would be kicked out of the EU. The Scottish Nationalist government unveiled its plans for independence in the 670-page blueprint " ...

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 ...

AnalysisDr Who and the EU: Priorities for an independent Scotland

27.11.13 @ 09:26

An independent Scotland would keep the BBC's Dr Who, the pound and the EU, although perhaps not in that order. At least, that was the pitch from the country's first minister, Alec Salmond, as he unveiled his plans for ...

Brussels on guard over UK's Romania, Bulgaria plan

25.11.13 @ 18:41

Reported UK plans to curb the future rights of Romanians and Bulgarians has put the European Commission on guard. Restrictions imposed on citizens from Bulgaria and Romania in eight EU member states - including the UK, ...

ReviewSelf-determined MEPs

22.11.13 @ 09:30

This EU week shall be remembered for bringing us closer to imagining a day where the phrase ‘travelling circus’ can be consigned to a bin. Preferably in Strasbourg. Although it’s still not the done thing to say that ...

UK allowed US to trawl data of Britons

21.11.13 @ 09:28

The former UK government under Tony Blair granted the US intelligence service, the National Security Agency (NSA), permission to spy on millions of Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing. A joint investigation by The ...

Spanish border checks on Gibraltar not illegal, EU says

18.11.13 @ 09:20

Spain's border checks on Gibraltar have not broken EU law, the European Commission said on Friday (15 November) in response to a simmering dispute between Madrid and the UK government. Spanish border authorities ...

UK spy chiefs defend mass-snooping on Europeans

08.11.13 @ 09:23

The head of UK spy agency GCHQ, Iain Lobban, has said leaks on mass-surveillance have made it harder to catch terrorists. “We’ve seen terrorist groups in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, and elsewhere in south Asia, ...

UK business lobby backs Britain staying in EU

04.11.13 @ 09:25

The UK's main business lobby group will offer "unequivocal" support for Britain staying in the EU on Monday (4 November), in the latest sign that industry will fall behind the campaign for Britain to remain in the 28- ...