Friday

22nd Sep 2017

Ticker

Another EU official 'not informed' of car cheating suspicions

Daniel Calleja y Crespo, the highest civil servant in the EU Commission's industry directorate-general from 2012 to 2015, said 2012 e-mails on suspicious behaviour of anti-pollution devices in diesel cars never reached him. “I have not been aware of this exchange,” he told MEPs in a hearing of the Dieselgate inquiry committee, some of whom said this was worrying. Last week, his predecessor made a similar statement.

Barnier: UK risks undermining trust in Brexit talks

A day before UK PM Theresa May sets out her Brexit strategy in Florence, top EU negotiator Michel Barnier told lawmakers in Rome: there can be no transitional deal for the UK without a withdrawal agreement.

EU 'embarrassed' by Catalan 'taboo'

Faced with the growing tension between the Spanish and Catalan governments, the member states and EU institutions would prefer not to get involved.

EU takes time to ponder tech giant tax

The EU commission published a paper that outlined several options on how to increase tax income from internet companies' activities, but fell short of proposing legislation.

Interview

Dieselgate disappointed car-loving commissioner

Industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska often finds herself on opposite sides to the car industry, referring to diesel engines as the "technology of the past".

Asylum seekers create EU 'limbo' nation

The number of asylum seekers "in limbo" in the EU is likely to be greater than the combined populations of Cyprus and Malta, estimates indicate.

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