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  • 17.12.2014

    The news story "EU parliament set to endorse Palestine recognition" said the EPP, S&D, and Alde endorsed a draft text on Wednesday ahead of a vote on Thursday. In fact, they endorsed it on Tuesday and the vote is on Wednesday.

  • 09.12.2014

    The news story "EU meeting turns into South Stream funeral" originally said energy ministers from seven ex-South Stream states attended a meeting and signed a joint statement. In fact, Hungary also attended the meeting. But its minister declined to sign the statement, saying he had no mandate from Budapest to do it.

  • 24.11.2014

    The news-in-brief story "MEP vote on Palestinian state would be seen as 'anti Israel'" originally said Walzer is Tel Aviv’s ambassador to the EU and did not give the source of his quote. Walzer is Israel’s ambassador to the EU. Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, but EU states do not recognise this and base their Israel missions in Tel Aviv. The Walzer quote was taken from a story in Arutz Sheva, an Israeli publication.

  • 13.11.2014

    The story "European probe lands on comet 500 million km from eath" initially said the comet's discoverer Klim Churyumov was a Russian astronomer. This has been corrected to state he is Ukrainian.

  • 02.10.2014

    The story "Spain's Canete entangled in EP political battle" initially said the Czech commissioner Vera Jourova is a Socialist politician. This was corrected to say she is a Liberal, after switching political families in 2011.

  • 17.09.2014

    The story "Most Malta boat victims were Gaza refugees" said the Palestinian embassy in Greece had estimated that 450 of the migrants were from Gaza. But the embassy’s Ahmed Suhail later told EUobserver the number is between 250 and 300.

  • 15.09.2014

    The story "Nato states begin exercise in west Ukraine, weapons deliveries" said the Rapid Trident and Maple Arch exercises are Nato exercises. They are not. Rapid Trident is a US-led exercise joined by several Nato allies on a bilateral basis. Maple Arch is a Canada-Poland exercise. Any arms deliveries by Nato states to Ukraine are also being carried out on a bilateral basis.

  • 02.09.2014

    The story "Who is Tusk and what does he mean for the EU?" said PO narrowly lost to PiS in the May EU elections. This was indicated by premilinary results. The final results said PO got 32.13 percent and PiS got 31.78 percent.

  • 29.08.2014

    The story "Russia's 'invasion' of Ukraine alienates EU friends" quoted Hollande as saying the Russian incursion into Ukraine is “intolerable and unacceptable.” His full statement said: "If it turns out to be true that Russian soldiers are present on Ukrainian soil, that would of course be intolerable and unacceptable”.

  • 25.08.2014

    The story "Libya violence puts EU border mission in doubt" said Islamist militants who captured Tripoli airport at the weekend were allied with fighters from the town of Zintan. In fact, they are allied with paramilitaries from Misrata.

  • 31.07.2014

    The story "EU institutions to be probed on whistleblower rules" stated that the council has no internal whistleblower rules. In fact the Council's rules on whistleblowing have been in place since 2006.

  • 9.07.2014

    The story "European court strikes down transgender marriage case" incorrectly listed Denmark as having sterlisation laws on gender recognition. In fact, Denmark removed the law in June 2014 and now has rules which allow for legal gender recognition without any medical intervention.

  • 9.07.2014

    The story "EU states adopt new counter-terrorism plan" said the Milan meeting took place on Tuesday (8 July). It took place on Monday, but De Kerchove gave news of it on Tuesday. The story also said, based on an AFP report, that Sweden was one of the signatories. But Swedish authorities told EUobserver they did not adopt the action plan.

  • 8.07.2014

    The story "Several EU states impose arms ban on Russia" said Rolls Royce supplied engines to the German airforce after the outbreak of WWII. This was the author's mistake and the incorrect paragraph has been deleted. The story also referred to microchips made by Pentium. In fact, Pentium is a brand of microchip made by US firm Intel. This has been corrected.

  • 26.06.2014

    The story "British eurosceptic cobbles together EP group" said the Sweden Democrats vice president had equated rape and assault on women with Muslim culture. In fact, it was a local representative. Meanwhile the article also said that the current leader was recorded singing nazi songs - this was not the case.

  • 19.06.2014

    The story "Lesbian MEP victim of acid attack" incorrectly labelled Ulrike Lunacek as co-chair of the Greens party. In fact Lunacek is a former vice-president of the Greens/EFA group since the new bureau was elected on 11 June 2014.

  • 23.04.2014

    The story "EU elections may strengthen Putin in Europe" implied that the OSCE had been blocked from monitoring the Crimea referendum. However, the OSCE had itself ruled out monitoring the 16 March poll.

  • 09.04.2014

    The story "Two more Ukrainians try to get off EU blacklist" was corrected to say the EU sanctions on 18 Ukrainians from 5 March do not include a visa ban, but only an asset freeze.

  • 19.03.2014

    The original story "EU justice scoreboard upsets some member states" said the UK does not provide any data on its justice system to the Council of Europe, while it should have said to the European Commission's scoreboard.

  • 14.03.2014

    The story "EU officials seek new powers to protect rule of law" incorrectly stated that Article 7 had been used against Austria in 2000. This was not the case. Member states imposed sanctions on Austria but did not invoke Article 7.

  • 14.01.2014

    The story "EU commissioner defends work of bailout troika" was corrected to say that commissioner Olli Rehn had spoken to the Portuguese finance minister in 2010 about the necessity of reforms, not to convince him to apply for a bailout, as it originally stated.