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Budget and Bettel on the EU's agenda This Week

EU countries will be watching closely the European Commission's detailed proposals on one of the largest policies in the next long-term EU budget, as figures and methods for calculating the cohesion policy will be unveiled on Tuesday (29 May). Member ...

Finance ministers clear way for eurozone reform

EU finance ministers cleared the way on Friday (25 May) for their leaders to move forwards on the deepening of the eurozone. At a meeting in Brussels, and after late-night discussions to convince the most reluctant countries - like the Netherlands -they ...

Focus

EU accused of 'half-hearted approach' on air quality

The European Commission recently published a paper to accompany its decisions on improving air quality, titled 'A Europe that protects: Clean air for all'. It explained, once again, why clean air is of vital interest to EU citizens. "Air pollution is a ...

Visual Data

EU budget: Biggest cuts and increases

After weeks of opacity about the European Commission's original proposal for the next long-term EU budget, the European Parliament has put together its own figures. They show the differences between the upcoming 2021-2027 period and the previous one from ...

GDPR - a global 'gold standard'?

EU officials and lawmakers like to say the general data protection regulation (GDPR) is setting a new global standard. They say people living in the European Union will have more control over how their personal data is exploited by companies all around the ...

EU tells UK to stop with Brexit 'fantasies'

The sooner UK politicians move away from "fantasies", the sooner solutions could be found for the UK's departure from the European Union, a senior EU official warned on Thursday (25 May) after the latest round of Brexit talks yielded no significant ...

Analysis

Good day for Russia in Europe

Russian firm Gazprom is a reformed character, the European Commission has said, improving the climate for new pipelines to Europe. "Cher Vladimir [Putin]", the Russian leader, is also a European "partner", France said the same day, amid extravagant ...

New GDPR enforcer says complaints imminent

Andrea Jelinek, a former Austrian police chief, will be in charge of coordinating enforcement of the EU's general data protection rules as of Friday (25 May) - in a move that has rattled companies worldwide. Jelinek chairs a new EU body known as the ...

Debt relief talks mar Greek bailout exit

With the end of the bailout looming on 20 August, Greece and its creditors are trying to bring together the three elements for a "successful exit" - the mantra that was repeated by ministers and EU officials at a Eurogroup meeting in Brussels on Thursday ( ...

Opinion

The dangers of resurgent nationalism in Greece

On 19 May, a mob assaulted the mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, during a public ceremony for the Day of the Pontic Genocide. The incident began with shouts and insults: "Go away! We don't want you here! Leave! Dirty fag! Dirty Jew! You anti-Greek! ...

Ticker

Italy set to pick eurosceptic finance minister

The 81-year-old Paolo Savona appeared on Thursday as the leading candidate to become Italy's new finance and economy minister, despite describing Italy's entry in the eurozone a "historic error". Leader of the far-right League, Matteo Salvini, said he had ...

Ticker

UK foreign minister fooled by Russian pranksters

Two Russian internet provocateurs, Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, managed to trick UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson into believing he was on the phone with Armenian leader Nikol Pashinyan in a talk that lasted over 18 minutes. The duo posted ...

Ticker

Rajoy ally gets 33 years in jail for corruption

Spain's ruling PP party has suffered a major blow after the High Court in Madrid on Thursday convicted Luis Barcenas, the party's former treasurer and once a close ally of the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, to jail for 33 years. In total, 29 officials and ...

Ticker

Close race as polls open in Irish abortion referendum

Irish voters go the polls on Friday to decide whether to remove the a constitutional ban on abortion, and pave the way for laws legalising abortion up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy. More than 3.2 million people are eligible to vote. Two polls published this ...

Stakeholder

Green stadiums at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

As the world's biggest sporting event, the FIFA World Cup has a strong impact on various aspects of society in the host country, and Russia is no exception. An important legacy of this summer's event will be a new national green standard specially adapted ...

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Visegrad Four 'nothing to hide' on rule of law issue

Visegrad countries are not afraid of discussing the European Commission's controversial rule of law conditionality proposal in the next long-term EU budget, Hungary's state secretary said. "We, in Hungary and in all three other V4 [Visegrad] countries, we ...

Analysis

GDPR does not (yet) give right to global oblivion

EU citizens will see their 'right to be forgotten' online enshrined in EU law on Friday (25 May), but its effectiveness and reach will depend on a case which is still pending in front of the Court of Justice of the EU. The general data protection ...

Ticker

Gazprom accepts EU conditions on gas supplies

Russian energy giant Gazprom on Thursday accepted four new conditions from the EU Commission governing its supply of gas to central and eastern European member states, rather than face a potential fine of up to 10 percent of global revenues. The measures ...

Ticker

Facebook tells MEPs: non-users are not profiled

Facebook does not create profiles about internet users without a Facebook account, the US company told MEPs. "However we may take the opportunity to show an ad encouraging the non-user to sign up for Facebook," the company said in a five-page document ...

Privacy Shield less relevant given GDPR, says data chief

Two years ago the EU's data protection chief said the EU-US data transfer pact known as 'Privacy Shield' would increasingly play a minor role. On the eve of the launch of the general data protection regulation (GDPR), Giovanni Buttarelli, the European data ...

Unknown academic to lead Italy into EU clash

Italian populists have picked an unknown academic to lead them into conflict on EU finance and asylum rules. The Five Star Movement (M5S) and the League put forward Giuseppe Conte, a 53-year old law professor, to be Italy's next prime minister on Wednesday ...

'Killer robot' projects eligible for EU defence fund

The EU will allow companies developing so-called 'lethal autonomous weapons' to apply for EU funding, negotiators from the EU's three institutions decided on Tuesday (22 May) evening. The European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Council of the ...

Opinion

Funding for European values needs radical changes

The European Commission has unveiled two new tools to frustrate aspiring authoritarians in the EU. The first would allow the commission to block EU funds to governments that bring independent courts under political control. The commission has packaged this ...

Ticker

Commission proposes ending France deficit procedure

The European Commission proposed Wednesday to end the procedure for an excessive deficit opened against France in 2009. "The trajectory for the reduction of deficit is strong and clear," said finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici, after the deficit went ...

EUobserved

Feeble EU format deflates Zuckerberg 'hearing'

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent two hours in a hearing with US senators last month, he quipped that he would be fine to continue without a break. But he was not keen to stay much longer than agreed when he met members of the European Parliament on ...

Ticker

UK households hit with Brexit income loss

Households in the UK have lost around €1,025 in real income each as a result of Brexit, said Bank of England governor Mark Carney. "Real household incomes are about £900 [€1,025] per household lower than we forecast in May of 2016, which is a lot of money ...

Ticker

Report: EU faces 10% cut in steel exports to US

The Wall Street Journal reported the US may reduce European steel and aluminium imports by 10 percent. The move is part of a wider threat from the US in March to impose tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium. The EU is demanding ...

Ticker

Australia wants more access to EU agricultural market

Australia will be seeking expanded access to the EU agricultural market as part of its free trade talks with the European Union. Australia's PM Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday that Australia's farmers have little access to Europe ...

Ticker

CV of Italian PM candidate under scrutiny

Giuseppe Conte, the law professor slated by Italy's two largest populist parties to become the next prime minister, is facing scrutiny over allegations he embellished his CV. His resume says that he had 'perfected his legal studies' at New York University ...