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France denies warship delivery, as Russian bombers skirt EU airspace

2 hours 17 min ago
France has said it has not yet decided whether to go ahead with a delivery of a warship to Russia, after a Russian minister published an invitation to the delivery ceremony mid-November.

EU-brokered gas talks bedevilled by ‘lack of trust’

2 hours 46 min ago
Negotiators are struggling to secure EU winter gas supplies, with Ukraine saying chances of a deal are “pretty high”, but complaining of “lack of trust”.

EU citizens overestimate immigrant numbers, survey shows

2 hours 46 min ago
EU citizens tend to overestimate the number of immigrants and the unemployment rate in their country, a survey shows.

[Opinion] Has the EU lost the ability to enact sanctions?

2 hours 47 min ago
With Western leaders increasingly unwilling to use military power, sanctions and asset freezes have become essential instruments in the policymakers’ toolkit - but human rights need to be upheld.

[Ticker] Colombia and Peru pass EU criteria for visa-free access

2 hours 50 min ago
The EU commission on Wednesday said Colombia and Peru have passed the criteria needed to obtain short-term visa-free access to the EU's border free Schengen zone. The visa waivers still needs the approval of member states and the European Parliament, possibly in the second half of 2015.

[Ticker] Germany's largest lender in profit loss over scandals

2 hours 50 min ago
Germany's largest lender Deutsche Bank posted a net loss of €92 million in the three months to September, reports the BBC. The bank says the loss is due primarily to cover legal fees in its alleged roles in manipulating benchmark interest rates and the $5.3tn dollar-a-day foreign-exchange market.

[Ticker] Cameron under pressure on migrant backlogs

2 hours 51 min ago
Prime minister David Cameron is under pressure to change EU migration rules following a report earlier this week indicating the UK has a backlog of 29,000 asylum cases, some dating back seven years. The report, published by the Public Accounts Committee, says 11,000 applicants had received no official initial decision.

[Ticker] Sweden to recognise Palestine on Thursday

2 hours 51 min ago
Sweden on Thursday is set to officially recognise Palestine as a state, reports Haaretz. The plan has riled the Israelis, who have protested the move, first announced earlier this month during the swearing-in of Sweden's new government. British and Irish politicians have also called for similar measures by their countries.

[Ticker] UK denies Scotland veto on EU referendum

2 hours 52 min ago
A Scottish proposal to approve an UK-EU exit only if backed by the majority of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland as well as in England was rejected by prime minister David Cameron on Wednesday, reports Reuters. Cameron is hoping to hold a referendum in 2017 if he wins upcoming national elections.

[Ticker] Hundreds of migrants attempt to enter Spanish enclave

2 hours 53 min ago
Some 350 migrants on Wednesday attempted to scale the seven-metre border fences separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla with Morocco, reports AFP. None managed to get across but the event adds to the more than 60 such attempts by 14,000 migrants so far this year.

Spain and Netherlands among countries to buy way to green targets

29 October, 2014 - 19:02
Up to nine EU countries may buy their way to achieving targets set under an international climate change treaty.

[Ticker] Barroso says EU enlargement contained Russia

29 October, 2014 - 19:00
Outgoing EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso Wednesday defended EU enlargement to the east in the mid-2000s saying that without it, "we would not probably be discussing only about Ukraine. We would probably be discussing now about Bulgaria, or about the Baltic states,” he said in reference to Russia.

[Ticker] German toll law to be presented at the 'end of the week'

29 October, 2014 - 18:52
A draft proposal for a toll system in Germany "is ready" and will be presented at the "end of the week", transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told Munchner Merkur. The plan has come under fire on grounds that it might discriminate against non-German drivers.

From Borgen to Brussels: Who is the new EU competition commissioner?

29 October, 2014 - 18:24
Denmark's EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager is a true-blood politician who inspired the popular TV series Borgen. But in her new role as anti-trust chief, she will have the least political portfolio in the Juncker commission.

[Ticker] Tusk chooses Danish spokesman

29 October, 2014 - 12:03
The 41-year-old Danish diplomat Preben Aamann, who has worked in the past two years as deputy spokesman for outgoing EU president Herman Van Rompuy, will be advancing to the job as chief spokesman when Poland's Donald Tusk takes over 1 December, reports Danmark's Radio (DR).

[Ticker] Fifa defends plan to hold 2018 football cup in Russia

29 October, 2014 - 09:25
Fifa chief Blatter, in Moscow Tuesday unveiling the logo for Russia's 2018 World Cup, criticised calls to boycott the event. He told RT: "We are not in politics. We are in sports". A World Cup 2018 map projected onto the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow showed Crimea as part of Russia.

Denmark and UK rank top in EU for doing business

29 October, 2014 - 09:22
The report also looks at sub-indicators. Registering a property is one of the hardest tasks for a new business in Belgium.

EU commission lashes out at Hungary's internet tax plan

29 October, 2014 - 09:21
The EU commission Tuesday lashed out at Hungary’s proposal to introduce the world’s first Internet tax, while 100,000 people took to the Budapest streets in protest.

[Ticker] UK cannot control immigration while EU member, says minister

29 October, 2014 - 09:21
Politicians and voters must accept that the UK cannot control immigration levels while it remains an EU member, a minister close to David Cameron said Tuesday. Skills minister Nick Boles added that the UK would need a "very large amount of immigration every year" to maintain its economic growth rate.

EU parliament blocks websites 'to protect' staff

29 October, 2014 - 09:18
The EU parliament is routinely blocking websites such as Reddit or even the BBC in what internet security experts see as an exaggerated response to a virus which uses social networks.