The European Commission will propose new air safety measures after the Germanwings crash earlier this week, an EU official said on Friday (27 March).
A plane flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf with 144 passengers on board crashed in the French Alps on 24 March leaving no survivors. Preliminary investigations suggest the co-pilot Andreas Lubitz crashed the plane on purpose after locking his captain out of the cockpit.
Two people in the cockpit rule
The European Union kept Hamas on its terrorism blacklist Friday despite a controversial court decision ordering Brussels to remove the Palestinian Islamist group from the register.
"Hamas stays on list during Council's appeal to December judgement," Susanne Kiefer, a spokeswoman for the European Council said on Twitter.
Hamas' military wing was added to the EU's first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The EU then blacklisted the political wing of Hamas in 2003.
EU citizens are not entitled to claim benefits in a member state they haven’t previously worked in, The Court of Justice of the European Union announced on Thursday (26 March).
The opinion of Advocate General Wathelet said foreign nationals who move without the aim of finding work or a new arrival in the process of finding work may be excluded by receiving social benefits.
Once an EU citizen has worked in a member state, the individual “may not automatically be refused” access to benefits.
Poland said today (27 March) it would bring charges against two Russian air traffic controllers over a 2010 plane crash which killed then Polish president Lech Kaczyński, a move likely to damage bilateral relations already strained by the Ukraine crisis.
Prosecutor Ireneusz Szelag from the District Military Prosecutors' Office told a news briefing an investigation so far had established that the main cause of the crash was the failure of the plane's crew to respond adequately to bad weather.
Britain’s membership of the EU is a matter of high politics for Europe, for Britain itself and for Ireland. It should be treated as such, writes Kevin Leydon.
Kevin Leydon is a trustee of the Institute for International and European Affairs, Brussels, A.I.S.B.L.
A leaked secret dispute-settlement provision of a pending US trade deal with Asia is raising concerns among nonprofit groups which say it favors big companies over governments.
The classified document, released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday, deals with a controversial investor-state dispute settlement tool that is part of closed-door negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-nation free-trade agreement including Japan, Australia, Singapore and Vietnam.
Greece's international partners have grown mistrustful, Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling said on Friday, while German tabloid BILD renewed its attacks on the country's embattled finance minister.