EU commission's Timmermans told MEPs he was tempted to be "the biggest hero for a day" by calling for sanctions on Poland, but that this wouldn't solve anything.
NGOs could sue EU on issues such as fisheries quotas or state aid for coal plants if a UN-linked panel gets its way.
EU-27 summit in early May likely to sign off on Brexit guidelines, after Downing Street said it would start divorce on 29 March.
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Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem could lose his post in the next government. But his position as president of the group of eurozone ministers may not yet be jeopardised.
The European Council president warned the UK against getting cosying up to the idea of having no Brexit deal at the end of the divorce negotiations, as the EU gears up for receiving PM May's notification.
Emily O'Reilly has launched an inquiry into whether the EU Council, where member states are represented, allows sufficient public scrutiny of the drafting of laws.
The EU's draft Rome Declaration, seen by EUobserver, pledges a "common future" for the 27 countries left behind by Brexit and vexed by Trump.
Polish foreign minister plans to "work" with EU but to "block" some initiatives in retaliation for Tusk re-election, as Le Pen eyes new allies in eastern Europe.
Polish prime minister brought EU summit to the brink in an "emotional" fight against Council chief Tusk.
EU leaders meeting in Brussels insisted on staying united after Brexit but are still divided over fears of creating new 'elite clubs' within the bloc.
EU leaders enjoyed the new Europa building and its flashy meeting room. But diplomats point to small spaces and labyrinthine corridors.
Legal analysis requested by the Dutch parliament said Council guidelines on internal documents “is incompatible with European transparency law”.
Heads of state and government have agreed to allow a core group of EU states to set up a European Public Prosecutor Office to probe VAT fraud and crimes against the EU budget.
[Updated] Poland tried and failed to block EU summit conclusions shortly after failing to block Tusk’s re-election as Council chief, prompting bitter accusations.
EU leaders took just 30 minutes to vote Donald Tusk back into office, in a diplomatic fiasco for Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo.
Only the three other Visegrad states can contain Poland's suicide attempt by saying that Tusk is still central Europe's candidate.
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The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and German left-wing MEP Fabio De Masi want to know whether the European Central Bank overstepped its powers when putting capital controls on Greek banks in 2015.
Leaders to avoid clear call for different levels of integration in symbolic Rome declaration, according to a draft text seen by EUobserver.
The solution to the crisis is not changes to the European institutions but changes to what is not working in Europe.
The centre-right European party has presented its strategy to preserve the EU's security and values and presents a multi-speed union as a "necessity", given the circumstances.
The European Stability Mechanism should be more transparent and independent to eurozone finance ministers, says Transparency International.
Poland appears increasingly isolated in Brussels as it seeks public support to unseat Donald Tusk as president of the European Council.
Leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Spain support forging ahead with European integration in a post-Brexit world, even if it means deepening cracks among EU member states.
Dutch elections are not enough about the EU, says former MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg. The Netherlands is no longer completely sovereign, but "that's okay".
Poland's Law and Justice Party has put a little-known MEP, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, against Donald Tusk in the race for the European Council presidency.
The French president, who is hosting a meeting with the German, Italian and Spanish leaders, says that EU countries must be able to integrate further on economy, defence or research and calls for a eurozone budget.
EU summit must take into account "different levels of ambitions", with deeper integration for core groups of member states, Germany and France say.
The EU commission has launched five different scenarios on the make-up of the European Union by 2025.
Juncker expected to present four alternative "avenues" for European integration in a post-Brexit strategy document.
Ombudsman wants Juncker to reply to staff petition and say how Barroso got green light to work at Goldman Sachs.
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