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Post EU ElectionsNational MPs demand more say in EU law-making

27.06.14 @ 07:58

National MPs want more powers in EU law-making, according to a letter backed by most of the EU’s national parliaments. The letter, a copy of which was obtained by EUobserver, warns that “there are signs that [the EU’s] ...

Post EU ElectionsNew EU 'strategy' fudges British, German and Italian demands

24.06.14 @ 08:15

A draft plan for EU priorities in the coming years tries to strike a balance between the devolution of powers demanded by Britain and the anti-austerity drive of Italy, in a typical German-inspired fudge. The "strategic ...

EU membership a 'boon' to UK economy

10.06.14 @ 09:29

Membership of the EU has been a "boon" for the British economy, and leaving the EU “would not be an economic liberation,” according to an expert group. The conclusion is part of a 92-page report published on Monday (9 ...

OpinionEuropean tremors have only begun

05.06.14 @ 09:27

When President Obama arrived in Poland earlier this week, it was as two decades of uncritical integration exuberance had faded in Europe. Instead of Brussels, the old continent is again led by a handful of core ...

OpinionThe first G7 summit in Brussels, but not the last?

05.06.14 @ 09:26

This week, the leaders of the seven most industrialised countries – the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and the UK – and the European Union are gathering in Brussels. For the first time since 1998 when Russia ...

Lithuania set to join eurozone in 2015

04.06.14 @ 18:39

Lithuania is set to become the nineteenth member of the eurozone after the European Commission gave its membership bid the green light. "Lithuania is ready to adopt the euro on 1st Jan 2015," confirmed the bloc's ...

Russia-China deal overshadows talk of EU energy union

22.05.14 @ 09:29

The EU's lack of a common energy policy costs the bloc €30 billion per year, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk told a conference of European energy experts on Wednesday (21 May). But talks about the possibility of an EU ...

Brexit would be 'very costly gamble'

16.05.14 @ 18:43

Increased trade and regulatory costs would cost the UK economy up to 9.5 percent of its output if the UK left the European Union, according to new research by the London School of Economics. The findings are contained ...

AnalysisSurvey spotlights pro-EU Brits, anti-EU Italians

16.05.14 @ 08:55

The good news was that over 50 percent of Europeans had a favourable view of the EU. The bad news that most Europeans still think that the EU is remote, doesn't listen and is inefficient. That, at least, was how most ...

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. ...

UK is EU's 'special' case, Barroso says

09.05.14 @ 09:30

The UK is Europe's "special" case, and EU leaders should find ways to accommodate its "specificity", Jose Manuel Barroso has said. In a speech at the Humboldt university in Berlin on Thursday (8 May) where he set out ...

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 ...

Common debt fund needs EU treaty change: report

01.04.14 @ 10:01

The EU treaties and democratic constraints block the way to establishing a fund to pool eurozone debt, according to a European Commission report released Monday (31 March). The report by a commission expert group led by ...

Czech government backs EU fiscal pact

25.03.14 @ 09:28

The Czech government has agreed to adopt the EU's fiscal pact, as the new centre-left administration of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka continues to tread a more pro-EU path than his predecessors. The decision, taken ...

British Lords want more power over EU laws

24.03.14 @ 10:15

National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament. The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords' EU committee, says domestic ...

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 ...

Post EU Elections'Europe projects coldness'

04.03.14 @ 09:29

Over recent days Berlin has been filled with artists and writers discussing how culture can counter the rise of populism and euroscepticism in Europe. On Monday (3 March), EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso and ...

Swiss hope to salvage EU agreements despite immigrant cap

03.03.14 @ 09:27

The Swiss government will try to salvage its bilateral programmes with the EU, which are under threat after voters backed plans to cap EU migration, the country's economy minister has said. "We have to reconcile the ...

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 ...

Catalan referendum plan 'illegal', says Spain's PM

26.02.14 @ 09:29

Spain's Prime Minister maintained that a referendum on independence for Catalonia would be "illegal" on Tuesday (25 February) as he delivered his annual state of the nation speech. Mariano Rajoy vowed to block the vote, ...

Icelanders protest government decision to deny EU referendum

25.02.14 @ 09:29

Plans for Iceland's parliament to start work on a bill abandoning EU membership talks were held up on Monday following public protests. Around 3,500 people demonstrated in front of the Parliament on Monday (24 February) ...

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 ...

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 ...

AnalysisWould a eurozone committee enrich the EU parliament?

12.02.14 @ 19:16

The European Parliament seems likely to create a new committee specifically for the eurozone when MEPs convene in July for the first meetings of the new legislature. The idea, set out in a letter from Sharon Bowles, the ...

OpinionLooking on the bright side of the euro crisis

11.02.14 @ 12:31

As the European Parliament elections approach many cite the lack of a European public sphere as the reason for the disinterest in European politics and the inevitable low voters’ turnout. But is this really so? Or is ...

Wilders report: Dutch families would be €10,000 better off out of EU

06.02.14 @ 17:55

Leaving the European Union would boost the Dutch economy by between 10 and 13 percent, and be worth nearly €10,000 per household, according to a report commissioned by Geert Wilders' Freedom party. The study, published ...

Lithuania expresses 'will' to join euro in 2015

28.01.14 @ 19:37

Lithuania is determined to become the 19th member of the eurozone in 2015, the country's finance minister confirmed on Tuesday (28 January. "We have expressed our will to be in the eurozone," finance minister Rimantas ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

Samaras and Barroso show solidarity on 'anti-EU' parties

09.01.14 @ 11:48

Greek PM Antonis Samaras and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso have showed solidarity against what Samaras calls his "anti-EU" political enemies. Speaking at a launch ceremony for the Greek EU presidency on ...

Greece hoping for peaceful launch of EU presidency

08.01.14 @ 15:02

The European Commission's top brass is set for a muted reception on Wednesday (8 January) as the EU executive gathers in Athens for the launch of Greece's six month presidency of the EU. After more than four years of ...

Catalonia urges EU leaders to endorse 'legal' referendum

03.01.14 @ 09:29

Catalonia's President, Artur Mas, has written to EU leaders and world powers seeking their support for a vote on independence from Spain. The appeal comes amid strong resistance to his plan to hold a referendum in ...

Latvia heralds 'big opportunity' as it joins eurozone

02.01.14 @ 19:56

Latvia became the 18th country to join the eurozone on Tuesday (1 January). Joining the currency is "a big opportunity for Latvia's economic development," Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said as he became the first ...

EUobservedCameron'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 ...

EU ministers clinch deal on failed banks

19.12.13 @ 09:27

EU finance ministers have agreed new rules on how to wind up failed banks - the key pillar of a "banking union" designed to stop a repeat of the crisis. The deal, finalised in Brussels late on Wednesday (18 December) ...

'We can't go mad again' - the reality as Ireland leaves its bailout

14.12.13 @ 08:14

Ireland will become the first eurozone country to exit a bailout on Sunday when it completes its €67.5 billion three-year programme. However, those hoping that this brings an end to an austerity programme that has seen ...

Ministers edge toward bank resolution deal after marathon talks

11.12.13 @ 09:29

EU finance ministers have edged closer to a deal on rules to wind up stricken banks, following more than 12 hours of talks in Brussels. After a marathon meeting went on well into the early hours of Wednesday (11 ...

EU financial tax is legal, commission lawyers say

06.12.13 @ 09:24

The EU's financial transactions tax is legal and would not discriminate against countries outside its remit, according to lawyers working for the European Commission. A report by the commission's legal team, seen by ...

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 " ...

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 ...

MEPs back single seat by thumping majority

20.11.13 @ 16:52

MEPs backed a single seat for the European Parliament with a thumping majority on Wednesday (20 November). Deputies backed a report by British Conservative Ashley Fox and Gerard Hafner, a German Green MEP, by 483 votes ...

EU needs fewer commissioners, Netherlands says

19.11.13 @ 09:26

The European Commission should be slimmed down, with only a handful of commissioners handling the bloc's main portfolios, according to a plan put forward by the Dutch foreign minister. Speaking with reporters after ...

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- ...