25th May 2016

Editorial Corrections

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  • 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.

  • 22.09.20015

    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.

  • 03.09.20015

    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.

  • 31.08.20015

    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.