25th Feb 2018

Editorial Corrections

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Recent corrections

  • 23.02.2018

    In the ticker Luxembourg and Ireland pay highest minimum wages was Luxembourg's minimum wage by a mistake reported to be €1,199 per month, instead of €1,999 per month. We thank our readers for quickly pointing out the error.

  • 20.02.2018

    The article Far-right parties re-register to access EU funds initially stated that MEP Bela Kovacs was a member of the Jobbik party. However, Kovacs left the party on 6 December 2017. This was corrected on Tuesday 20 February at 18:54.

  • 13.02.2018

    The article Pro-EU network teams up with VW for integrity event initially stated that MEP Jo Leinen was president of European Movement International. However, Leinen left that position last November 2017 and has been succeeded by Eva Maydell. This was corrected on Tuesday 13 February at 10:34.

  • 08.02.2018

    On February 8, a statement sent to EUobserver by the Turkish embassy to the EU concerning the article Erdogan's diplomats have become 'Gulenist-busters' was appended to the end of the opinion piece.

  • 08.02.2018

    The article MEPs to look for 'bullet-proof' pesticide approval was amended on February 8 at 12pm to correct the fact that Frederique Ries is a Belgian MEP not a French one, and Eric Andrieu is a SD MEP, not member of the Greens.

  • 24.01.2018

    The article MEPs to keep 28 UK seats after Brexit contained two calculation errors. The total number of UK seats reallocated is 27, not 28 as previously reported, which puts the total number of MEPs at 705, not 706. The additional cost of the 27 'new' MEPs' would be €345,600 per month, not per year. This article was corrected on 24 January at 7.30am.

  • 04.01.2018

    The article The overlooked past of the 'next PM of Greece' has been amended in the standfirst to clarify Stavros Papastavrou was a former senior advisor to the New Democracy party. This article was corrected on 4 January at 12.30pm.

  • 12.12.2017

    The article EU complicit in Libyan torture, says Amnesty had misspelled the last name of Amnesty International's Europe director, John Dalhuisen. The article had spelled his name as Balhuisen, which was then corrected on 13 December at 16.25.

  • 21.10.2017

    The article Norway and Poland reach deal on €809m aid scheme was corrected on 21 October at 10.30. It incorrectly said that Ordo Iuris Institute was funded by "an extremist sect in Brazil, which was banned by the Catholic church". The Ordo Iuris Institute told EUobserver that it "never received any money from any kind of Brazilian 'extremist sect'." The organisation Tradition, Family and Property was not banned by the Catholic church.

  • 12.10.2017

    The opinion article Left flirting with antisemitism in EU parliament was corrected on 12 October at 13.00. It incorrectly said that Gunnar Hoekmark was German, but he is actually from Sweden.

  • 04.10.2017

    The article EU puts May under pressure over Brexit and 'Boris' was corrected on 4 October at 11.00. It incorrectly said that Matti Maasikas is Estonia's deputy prime minister. He is deputy minister for EU affairs.

  • 26.09.2017

    The article Polish president disappoints EU on judicial reform was corrected on 26 September at 11.00. It originally said: "Malgorzata Gersdorf, the SC president, who turns 65 in November and who is known for rulings that go against PiS interests, added that the constitution forbids the shortening of her six-year term, which ends in 2020." But Gersdorf did not say this herself.

  • 05.09.2017

    The article Danish bank shamed in Azerbaijan corruption scheme was corrected on 5 September at 12.15. It originally said Azerbajan's incumbent EU ambassador, Fuad Iskandarov, reportedly received funds from the scheme. This was a mistake. It was meant to say Emin Eyyubov, who is a former Azerbaijani envoy to the EU.

  • 28.07.2017

    The article Spain's PM appeals to court over Catalan independence was corrected on Friday at 16.50. It originally said that the reform of the Catalan parliament procedure would facilitate a vote to declare independence, whereas in fact it would facilitate the adoption of the bill calling for the independence referendum.

  • 14.07.2017

    The article New Romanian PM tries to reassure EU was corrected on 13 July 2017. The article originally referred to party leader Victor Dragnea, when his name is in fact Liviu Dragnea.

  • 28.06.2017

    The article EU parliament should befriend transparency was corrected on 28 June 2017. The article's footnote had originally said that MEP Danuta Huebner is the chair of the foreign affairs committee, when in fact she is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee.

  • 27.06.2017

    The article EU Commission could get say on Russia gas pipeline incorrectly gave the impression that member states on Monday granted the mandate for the European Commission talks with Russia on Nord Stream 2. In fact, they agreed informally to hold talks on the mandate, but the decision is to be voted on at a later stage.

  • 14.06.2017

    The article Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland face EU sanctions on migrants was corrected and updated on 14 June 2017 at 15.50. It had originally stated that the Czech Republic had not made any pledges since May 2015, when in fact it had not made any pledges since May 2016.

  • 13.06.2017

    EUobserver has deleted a news-in-brief article entitled "Macedonia considers name change to join Nato". The article was based on a report by the FT, a British newspaper, which had incorrectly reported the views of the Macedonian foreign minister, the Macedonian foreign ministry said. The FT has also published a correction, saying that Macedonia in fact considered joining Nato under a provisional name.

  • 13.06.2017

    The article EU states eye production of new fighter jet was changed on 13 June 2017. The corrected version now says Spain aims to replace its F18 jet, not F16, as previously reported.

  • 12.06.2017

    The headline of the article May clings to power with Irish unionists was changed on 12 June 2017. The corrected version now says "Northern Irish unionists" to make clear that the headline refers to the DUP party.

  • 24.05.2017

    The article Would-be US envoy calls EU a 'failure' incorrectly referred to US WWII-era leader Theodore Roosevelt, but rather Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president during World War 2.

  • 26.04.2017

    The ticker Council of Europe puts Turkey on watch list originally said the Council has no binding power over its 47 member states, while it has in fact limited enforcement powers.

  • 20.04.2017

    The article Meet Le Pen's friends at Trump Tower was corrected on 20 April at 14.30, to describe The Republicans as a centre-right party, and not centre-left as originally written.

  • 12.04.2017

    A news ticker published on Wednesday 12 April initially said that a voter registration website for the UK referendum on EU membership may have been "hacked". In fact, the House of Commons report only said that it did not rule out the possibility that it was attacked with a DDoS attack. More on the difference in this article.

  • 06.04.2017

    The article Former UN chief implies EU farm subsidies unfair quoted Kofi Annan saying it was sometimes "easier to import ten tomatoes" than for Africans to grow them locally. Annan had probably said "tinned tomatoes".

  • 03.04.2017

    The article Most Libya migrants not headed to EU, aid group says said the IOM had interviewed 300,000 migrants in 2016, when in fact it had registered and identified 300,000.

  • 17.02.2017

    The article EU interns to rebel against unpaid work said the EEAS takes on 400 unpaid interns in its delegations. In fact, the figure is 800.

  • 07.02.2017

    The article EU states on hook for humanitarian visas stated Belgian immigration minister Theo Francken was willing to pay daily fines to refuse visas to the Syrians referred to in the advocate-general's opinion. When in fact the fines are related to a different Syrian family.

  • 24.01.2017

    The article No Turkey-type migrant deal with Libya, says EU commission misstated that Mali had accepted two people returned from France to the country, when in fact Mali sent them back to France.

  • 17.01.2017

    The article Liberals and centre-right unite in EU parliament misstated the number of votes needed to secure the presidency. The absolute majority is 376, not 368.

  • 13.12.2016

    The ticker Centre-right names MEPs to run in EU parliament primary originally stated MEP Alojz Peterle is Italian and Antonio Tajani is from Slovenia. This is incorrect: it is the other way around.

  • 05.12.2016

    The article EU scrambles to finalise gun-control reforms originally stated the Kouachi brothers used decommissioned weapons obtained from Slovakia. This is incorrect. In fact, it was the Jewish supermarket shooter Amedy Coulibaly.

  • 03.11.2016

    The article Former spy chiefs call for EU-US intelligence hub said the new counter-terrorism hub would be based in The Hague. This is not necessarily the case. The article said the Counter Terrorism Group shared intelligence with Europol, but the Globsec think tank said this was not correct. The article mistakenly said that Michael Chertoff was the former head of the National Security Agency. In fact, he was the former US secretary of homeland security.

  • 13.09.2016

    The article Catalonia still asking for independence published on 12 September 2016 said that the Catalan national day "commemorates the loss of independence in 1714". In fact it commemorates the fall of Barcelona and the subsequent loss of Catalan liberties, institutions and laws in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714.

  • 06.09.2016

    The article One year after launch, EU fails on relocation originally stated that 65 people had been relocated in August and the start of September. This is incorrect. The correct figure is 831.

  • 18.05.2016

    The article Spain and Portugal likely to face fines over deficit stated that the head of the EPP group in the European Parliament Manfred Weber wrote two letters to the European Commission's president that were leaked by the Cadena Ser radio. He actually wrote only one letter and commented it on the radio.

  • 18.04.2016

    In the original version of the article US and Germany say No to Poland on Nato base, the name of general Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, was misspelled. It has been corrected accordingly.

  • 13.04.2016

    The article German AfD member expelled from EU parliament group said that AfD would cooperate with the Austrian People's Party. This was corrected to Freedom Party of Austria (FPO).

  • 24.03.2016

    The article Brussels attacker felt 'hunted everywhere' said that Najim Laachraoui, one of the suicide bombers at Brussels airport, was born in Belgium. He was actually a Belgian citizen born in Morocco.

  • 18.03.2016

    This ticker Faroe Islands rejects same-sex marriage was updated Friday 18 March to clarify that the proposal was sent back to a parliamentary committee and was not definitively rejected.

  • 26.02.2016

    A ticker incorrectly stated that migrant arrivals in Italy were 1,000 times higher than last year. In fact, 1,000 more migrants arrived in Italy compared to last year.

  • 25.02.2016

    The article WikiLeaks: US spied on Merkel, Ban Ki-moon originally stated that Julian Assange was seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. In fact, no charges have been brought. He is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault.

  • 24.02.2016

    A ticker published on 24 February said that Romanian former MEP Adrian Severin was jailed for bribery. He was actually sentenced to three years and three months but not put in prison.

  • 15.02.2016

    The article EU imposes border demands on Greece incorrectly stated that the Schengen Evaluation Report would be submitted to the European Parliament for adoption. In fact, the recommendations will only be forwarded to the parliament.

  • 10.02.2016

    The article The second coming of Varoufakis originally said that Nessa Childers is a German MEP, when she is in fact Irish.

  • 05.02.2016

    The article Statehood is Catalonia's 'only option' originally stated that the Catalan government has, among other places, a delegation in Australia, which is not the case.

  • 04.02.2016

    The article German AfD party reviled over 'shoot refugees' comments originally said that MEP Beatrix von Storch was asked if border police should shoot women with children crossing the border illegally. She was in fact asked if border police should use armed force to prevent women with children crossing the border illegally.

  • 03.02.2016

    The article Cyprus in spotlight on Russia money laundering originally said that the Dutch christian-democrat CDU party was part of the current ruling coalition, which it is not.