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France, Italy, Belgium to get extra three months on deficit and debt

27 November, 2014 - 20:01
The EU commission is set to give France, Italy and Belgium three more months to implement deficit-and-debt cutting measures or face fines.


EU blacklists 13 Ukrainians over Russia war

27 November, 2014 - 18:10
EU countries have blacklisted 13 Ukrainian “separatists” and five entities, amid uncertainty on what to do if the conflict escalates.


[Opinion] Turkey needs its women, Mr Erdogan

27 November, 2014 - 17:06
Erdogan and the EU should do more for Turkish women if they care about the country's future. But instead, they are digging holes


[Ticker] MEPs back anti-Google resolution

27 November, 2014 - 14:12
MEPs on Thursday in Strasbourg voted through a non-binding resolution that calls up EU anti-trust regulators to unbundle Google from other commercial services as a means to tackle its market dominance in Europe.The resolution was approved by 384 votes to 174, with 56 abstentions.


[Ticker] European Parliament approves new data protection supervisor

27 November, 2014 - 14:06
The European Parliament on Thursday approved Giovanni Buttarelli as the next European data protection supervisor. His deputy will be Poland's data protection chief Wojciech Rafal Wiewiorowski. Buttarelli is replacing Peter Hustinx who is retiring after having served in the post for more than ten years.


[Ticker] EU to blacklist 13 people, five entities over Ukraine

27 November, 2014 - 14:05
EU states Thursday agreed to blacklist 13 new people and five entities over Russia's actions in Ukraine. The visa ban and asset freeze enters into force Saturday when the names come out in the bloc's Official Journal. EU ministers earlier agreed to target Ukrainian "separatists", not Russians, in the move.


[Ticker] EU lawmakers agree deal on investment funds

27 November, 2014 - 13:19
MEPs and ministers have agreed legislation setting up European long-term investment funds following talks Wednesday night. The funds will aim to channel investors' money into projects and companies that struggle to raise funds on stock markets and via bank loans. The law still needs formal the formal support of parliament.


[Ticker] Juncker survives confidence vote

27 November, 2014 - 12:16
EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday survived a confidence vote in the European Parliament over his involvement in the Luxembourg tax regime allowing big corporations to avoid paying taxes elsewhere, as revealed by LuxLeaks. Only 101 MEPs voted in favour of toppling Juncker, 461 were against and 88 abstained.


[Ticker] EP postpones decision on LuxLeaks inquiry

27 November, 2014 - 11:38
Political groups in the EP Thursday failed to reach an agreement on establishing a special inquiry committee to look into Luxembourg's tax practices and the role played by former PM Jean-Claude Juncker, who is now European Commission president. The EP will decide at a later stage.


[Analysis] Europe's 'last chance' investment scheme depends on pension funds

27 November, 2014 - 11:07
During his successful campaign for the European Commission presidency, Jean-Claude Juncker described his flagship plans for a €300 billion investment programme as ‘Europe’s last chance’. But its success depends on getting pension funds to invest.


[Ticker] Van Rompuy to teach at College of Europe

27 November, 2014 - 09:47
Herman Van Rompuy, who finishes his job as EU council president on Sunday (30 November), will from 2015 teach an EU "leadership and decision-making" course at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. The college, which made the announcement on Wednesday, is a training ground for future EU officials.


Mediapart: National Front's Kremlin loan is worth €40mn

27 November, 2014 - 09:28
France's National Front is in talks with a Kremlin-linked bank to borrow €40 million to win power in France, Mediapart reports.


MEP vote ups pressure on EU to break up Google

27 November, 2014 - 09:26
MEPs are - in a vote on Thursday - putting pressure on EU anti-trust regulators to unbundle Google, amid US complaints.


[Ticker] Bulgaria won't sign EU-US trade deal until visas are scrapped

27 November, 2014 - 09:13
Bulgarian economy minister Bozhidar Lukarski said Wednesday that Sofia will not sign an EU-US trade deal (TTIP) unless the US lifts visa requirements. The US has maintained visa obligations against only a few EU countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Poland, the rest being part of the so-called Visa Waiver Programme.


[Ticker] Germany approves women quota law

27 November, 2014 - 09:12
The German government has passed a law ordering the largest companies to ensure that 30% of supervisory board positions are held by women from 2016 onwards. Firms that have not implemented a quota of female directors will have to leave some posts unoccupied.


[Ticker] EU border agency gets French chief

27 November, 2014 - 09:11
The board of EU border agency Frontex has elected Fabrice Leggeri as its new head. Leggeri is a French official who worked on defence, illegal immigration and was posted as diplomat in South Korea, according to his webpage. Frontex is involved in border patrolling missions, particularly in the Mediterranean.


[Ticker] No South Stream could mean less gas, says Russian minister

27 November, 2014 - 09:10
If Europe abandons the South Stream project, its gas supplies are at risk, Russian minister Ulyukayev said according to Kyiv Post. "If European consumers have a need for lowering risks, then we will build South Stream. If this demand doesn't exist, then we aren't going to build it."


[Ticker] Spanish minister resigns over corruption scandal

27 November, 2014 - 09:09
Following a court accusation that she profited from her ex-husband's connection to a corruption scandal, Spain's minister for Health Ana Mato has resigned on Wednesday. The corruption scandal involves the centre-right People's Party that is currently in power.


[Ticker] Fresh anti-government protests in Budapest

27 November, 2014 - 09:08
Over 3,000 people took to the streets of Budapest Tuesday evening to protest against government plans to nationalise a private pension fund. The measure, proposed by the Viktor Orban government, is to kick in on 1 January and would seize €200bn from the currently obligatory private pension schemes.


[Ticker] EU to measure climate emissions from ships

26 November, 2014 - 18:30
Despite opposition from Greece, Cyprus, Malta, and Poland, EU ministers decided Wednesday that shipping firms must monitor their CO2 emissions, Reuters reports. Accounting for 3% of global CO2 output, the sector could in future be part of the EU's emissions trading scheme.