The German commissioner says it was normal to travel by a private jet owned by a German businessman. MEPs, with the exception of Oettinger's own EPP group, are gearing up to grill him.
The Donbass region in east Ukraine is on the road to becoming a de jure Ukrainian province, but a de facto Russian-backed mafia state.
Dutch banking giant Rabobank is facing questions over investments in Romania, amid concerns that its subsidiaries are "land grabbing" in some of the EU's poorest and most corrupt regions.
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Poland is probing human rights abuses committed by the CIA on its territory, but politics and hostile public opinion have turned what was once a proper criminal investigation into a farce.
EU anti-fraud sleuths have taken a closer look at the company of the son-in-law of Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban - and they don't like what they found.
Each year, the European Commission provides billions of euros to companies buying up huge tracts of land in eastern Europe, on the premise that they are assisting in land concentration and driving up land prices.
Oettinger said he used pro-Russia lobbyist's jet because it was the only way to make dinner in Budapest, but who paid for the trip?
Gaffe-prone Guenther Oettinger faces questions on whether the commission paid for the flight and why the lobbyist meeting was not declared.
Asylum centres on the Greek islands have borne the brunt of implementing the EU-Turkey deal. The centre on Samos island has struggled more than the others.
At least 95,000 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in Europe last year, four times the numbers for 2014. In Sweden, the rise was 402 percent.
In the new round of talks over the TTIP free trade agreement that started on Monday, the European Commission is ready to offer lower taxes on US imports in exchange for open public procurements.
Abused by gangsters, disowned by their families, and let down by the state: Albanian women trafficked as sex slaves in Europe face an uphill battle to build new lives.
Pregnant Bulgarians travel to Greece to sell their babies to couples desperate to adopt - an illegal trade which is flourishing while efforts to stop it flounder.
EU court heard bogus case on social welfare rights, despite being told by fake plaintiff he had nothing to do with it. Outcome could have shaped EU-wide laws.
Over half of major enterprises in Ukraine separatist zone of Donetsk and Luhansk closed or seized by rebels.
"Investigative needs ... dictate much faster means of enquiry than formal requests with a deadline of 45 days," EU anti-fraud agency said..
The European Union and its member states have so far received at least €1.4 billion from four tobacco giants as a result of anti-smuggling cooperation agreements. How have they spent that money?
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A ‘landmark’ agreement with tobacco company PMI was supposed to bring down cigarette smuggling. But it is very difficult to estimate the success of the deal, which is up for renewal in 2016.
EU anti-fraud agency, in past 11 years, made little use of investigative instruments gained under special deal with tobacco giant Philip Morris.
A 2004 deal saw Europe halt its legal claims against Philip Morris in exchange for the multinational's cooperation in the fight against cigarette smuggling.
Citizens may ask national authorities for a second opinion, but figures compiled by EUobserver show that very few people are exercising this right to appeal.
The EU border agency has the potential to police Europe's borders, save lives and reduce human trafficking, but lack of means and political will reduces it to a resource-poor coordinating agency, says a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Russian tanks are using French technology in Ukraine. But will Russia's new "star" tank, the T-14, also rely on EU-made kit?
A small airport in north-eastern Poland used by the CIA to fly in kidnapped detainees for torture at a nearby intelligence training camp has received over €30 million in EU funds.
HIV is spreading at a dangerous rate in nations around the Black Sea, with hotspots in Ukraine and Russia.
The EU has asked an ageing academic to look into Eulex corruption allegations. But former officials want to know why it failed to convict a single "big fish" in the past five years?
EUobserver reporter Nikolaj Nielsen sheds new light on the Dalli lobbying scandal, which, by Barroso's own admission, threatened to bring down the EU executive, but which is not over yet.
A combination of lax rules and no-questions-asked policy means that money from the European Investment Bank, the EU's longterm lending institution, is flowing to tax havens. An Egyptian case study shows how this happens.
EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso's travel expenses in 2012 were almost three times as high as those of foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Most of the EU’s top arms exporters have imposed a quiet ban on sales to Russia, but Ukraine’s military embargo could have a bigger impact on the crisis.
Former Slovene PM Jansa has been sentenced to two years in prison over a scandal involving defence contracts and a trail of corrupt money across several EU states.
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