24th Apr 2017

Editorial Corrections

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Recent corrections

  • 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 center-right party, and not center-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.

  • 19.01.2016

    The article Who's next on the EU's Russia blacklist? originally named Oleg Boyko as a potential EU sanctions target. EUobserver has removed his name, following clarifications from his law firm, Schillings, and EUobserver’s own sources.

  • 07.12.2015

    The article Sweden and Israel in diplomatic spat over 'scandalous' remark initially said Sweden is "the first and so far only EU member to have recognised the state of Palestine". However, EU member states like Poland, Cyprus and Malta had also recognised the state of Palestine, but before they were EU members. The word "sitting" has been added to clarify that Sweden is the only sitting EU member to recognise the state of Palestine.

  • 07.12.2015

    The article Switzerland threatens EU immigration quota originally said the EU is a member of the European Free Trade Association, which was an error.

  • 05.11.2015

    This article EU and Africa to clash on readmissions originally stated Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe would chair the African Union delegation, when in fact, it will be chaired by Commission President Zuma. It had also stated Lithuania's head of state would likely not attend, when in fact, it was Latvia.

  • 23.10.2015

    EUobserver, on 23 October, amended the article, Hungary links Roma to jihadists in Syria, to say: ‘Hungary’s minister of justice Laszlo Trocsanyi on Monday (19 October) said there is a risk Roma could end up in Syria as foreign fighters alongside jihadist or other radical groups, according to Hungary’s spokesperson.’

    The original article said: ‘Hungary’s minister of justice Laszlo Trocsanyi said there is a risk Roma could end up in Syria as foreign fighters alongside jihadist or other radical groups’.

    The amendment was made following a complaint by Mr Trocsanyi that the original version misrepresented his statement in an EU conference, in Brussels on 19 October, entitled ‘Criminal justice response to radicalisation’, on the subject of jihadist radicalisation and foreign fighters in Syria. Mr Trocsanyi said at the conference that Roma ‘could be a target for radicalization’.

    As part of its due diligence, EUobserver contacted the Hungarian permanent representation in Brussels to ask if he meant they could be a target for jihadist radicalisation and could end up as foreign fighters in Syria. The reprsentation’s official spokesperson, Dora Bokay, after consulting with the relevant ministry, confirmed that this is what he meant, in an extensive phonecall conversation with EUobserver and in writing. Mr Trocsanyi subsequently denied that this is what he meant. EUobserver has offered Mr Trocasnyi to personally clarify what he meant, in the form of an op-ed or in the form of an interview. We are currently awaiting his response.

  • 20.10.2015

    The article Six EU states slash food aid for Syria refugees was updated on Friday (25 September) at 14:23 to note Sweden contested the figure provided by the European Commission. The article was updated on Tuesday (20 October) at 17:56 to note that Hungary has since contributed $10,000.

  • 22.09.2015

    The story EU diplomats tweak text on migrant relocations said Ireland opted out of the 120,000 refugee relocation project. This was an error. In fact, Ireland waived its opt-out and is to take in 1,850 of the asylum seekers.

  • 03.09.2015

    The story Italy lets in Russian singer, despite EU blacklist cited an EU source as saying the Council held a vote on whether to give Kobzon a visa. But the Council later confirmed there was no vote. It said some EU states asked Italy for extra information, but didn’t insist on a vote.

  • 31.08.2015

    The ticker Street artist Banksy depicts EU's migration crisis failed to mention that the image of the floating bodies as stars of the EU flag on Banksy's Facebook page was originally created by the Spanish Refugee Aid Commission (CEAR). The 'Banksy' account that posted it was not the account of the Banksy artist. The ticker has now been removed.

  • 25.08.2015

    The ticker Bulgaria sends soldiers to Macedonia border said initially that 25 armored vehicles including tanks were being sent to the border crossings between the two countries. This was a mistake, only armored vehicles were sent.

  • 12.05.2015

    The story What does Putin’s 9 May parade mean? originally said the Hungarian leader was to attend the Moscow event. This was a mistake.