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[Ticker] Greece to ask Russia for help: Report

29 March, 2015 - 18:15
Greece is to ask Russia to lower its gas prices for Greek households and allow Greek products such as fresh fruit to be imported into Russia again, Spiegel Online reports. The requests are to be made by the energy minister and parliament speaker during a two-day visit beginning Monday.

EU divided over Italy's olive tree disease

28 March, 2015 - 11:38
The EU is being railroaded into a plan to eradicate up to 1 million centuries-old olive trees in one of the most picturesque spots in south Italy, campaigners say.

France, UK trying to weaken EU air pollution law

27 March, 2015 - 18:33
Even as Paris and London are covered by smog, the French and British governments are trying to water down stricter EU limits on air pollution.

[Agenda] Still waiting for Greece, this WEEK

27 March, 2015 - 18:31
The long wait for the list of Greek reforms is due to end on Monday, but its government has missed deadlines before.

EU aviation agency recommends new cockpit safety rules

27 March, 2015 - 18:09
EU aviation safety authorities issued a recommendation for European airlines Friday saying that at least two people should be in airplane cockpits at all times.

[Opinion] The euro-crisis and the Greek crisis

27 March, 2015 - 16:44
It was the Greeks who chose the politicians that led the country into disaster. But is it really as simple as that?

[Opinion] The euro-crisis and the Greek crisis

27 March, 2015 - 16:44
It was the Greeks who chose the politicians that led the country into disaster. But is it really as simple as that?

[Ticker] Norway submits climate goals to UN

27 March, 2015 - 12:42
The UN published Friday Norway's submitted national contribution to fighting climate change. The EU has called on developed countries to submit their climate pledges at the latest on Tuesday (31 March), ahead of December's Paris summit. Norway and Switzerland are so far the only non-EU countries to have done so.

[Ticker] Kosovo is 'sovereign' state, Mogherini says

27 March, 2015 - 10:56
EU foreign relations chief Mogherini on her first-ever Kosovo visit Thursday told students that: "The dialogue [between Kosovo and Serbia] happens between two equal sides. The dialogue happens between two sovereign countries". The comment breaks EU officials' taboo on acknowledging Kosovo statehood, which isn't recognised by five EU states.

[Ticker] Left-wing MEPs back Swedish minister on Saudi Arabia

27 March, 2015 - 10:55
The Socialist group in the European Parliament Friday voiced support for Swedish FM Wallstrom in her dispute with Saudi Arabia, which blocked visas for Swedish nationals after she criticised its "medieval" rights record. "The S&D Group strongly supports Wallstrom in her defence of human rights", it said in a statement.

[Ticker] Hamas remains on EU terrorist register

27 March, 2015 - 10:55
Palestinian militant group Hamas remains listed on the EU's terrorist register, updated Friday, despite an EU court ruling it should be struck off. An EU diplomat sad it'll stay listed "during the appeal process" against the ECJ. Amnesty, an NGO, Friday accused Hamas of war crimes for targeting Israeli civilians.

Milk sector prospects 'encouraging', as EU quotas end

27 March, 2015 - 09:29
The end of the milk quota system next Wednesday comes at at a time when prospects for the sector are “encouraging”, EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan said.

EU transparency rules 'not truly effective'

27 March, 2015 - 09:28
A hearing at the European Parliament on Thursday aised questions on conflicts of interest and lack of transparency in the EU institutions.

Putin speech bodes ill for Ukraine ceasefire

27 March, 2015 - 09:27
Putin has said "the West” is encroaching on Russia and fomenting internal unrest, in his first foreign policy speech in a month.

EU waiting for cash-strapped Greece’s reform list

27 March, 2015 - 09:24
A week after Greece was asked by EU partners to "quickly" provide a list of reforms to unlock the next tranche of bailout money, no such document has been produced.

[Ticker] EU anti-trust chief to investigate ecommerce

27 March, 2015 - 09:00
EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced on Thursday an ecommerce investigation to help remove barriers to online cross-border trade in the EU. "I will propose the inquiry to the Commission in May," she told a conference on competition. "You can expect to read our preliminary findings online in mid-2016".

[Ticker] Two more Galileo satellites to be sent into orbit

27 March, 2015 - 08:59
The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites will be sent into orbit on Friday evening (27 March) aboard a Russian rocket fired from French Guiana. In total 30 Galileo satellites are planned to form a European alternative to the American Global Positioning System (GPS). The launch will be webstreamed.

[Ticker] Macedonia PM accused of taking huge bribe

27 March, 2015 - 08:59
Macedonia's conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski is under attack from the opposition for allegedly accepting a $22 million bribe for granting motorways construction concessions, reports AFP. "This is one of the biggest corruption scandals in the whole region," Social Democrat opposition leader, Zoran Zaev told a press conference on Thursday.

[Ticker] Spanish parliament approves controversial security laws

27 March, 2015 - 08:53
Spain's ruling conservative party used its absolute majority in the parliament's lower house to pass new controversial security bills on Thursday. All opposition parties voted against. Fines for public order offences, such as unauthorised demonstrations, damaging cars, rubbish bins or climbing buildings can be given without going before a judge.

[Opinion] Don't leave Serbia to Russia and China

27 March, 2015 - 08:41
EU leaders need to ask themselves if they can afford to neglect Serbia for another five years.