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Germany to ban EU citizens who abuse social systems

27 August, 2014 - 16:52
The German government has approved draft legislation aimed at curbing 'welfare abuse', including a ban of up to five years for EU citizens who have tricked the system, a measure that could be in breach of EU law.


[Ticker] IMF chief under investigation in French corruption case

27 August, 2014 - 13:56
IMF head Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation in France for negligence in a multi-million fraud and corruption case. She ruled out stepping down from the IMF post, however. Prosecutors so far have questioned Lagarde as a "special witness", but she might face a future trial.


[Ticker] Socialists threaten to veto woman-poor commission

27 August, 2014 - 09:26
The Socialist group in the European Parliament has threatened to veto a new EU commission "with fewer women than in Barroso's previous team". "We urge in particular the member states which have never appointed a woman as a commissioner to contribute to the gender balance," they said on Wednesday.


[Ticker] Russia accuses EU commissioner of 'treacherous sacrilege'

27 August, 2014 - 09:20
The Russian foreign ministry Tuesday accused interim EU justice commissioner Reicherts of "treacherous sacrilege that blurs the lines between good and evil" and of "playing on Russophobia" after she noted at a remembrance day last week that Hitler and Stalin started WWII by signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to partition Poland.


[Ticker] Four EU states join US in condemning Libya air strikes

27 August, 2014 - 08:30
The four largest EU countries France, UK, Germany and Italy issued on Monday a joint statement with the US condemning escalation of fighting across Libya, saying "outside interference exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya’s democratic transition.” Last week, The United Arab Emirates and Egypt secretly bombed Islamist militia in Libya.


Nato chief unveils new plan for eastern Europe

27 August, 2014 - 08:30
A summit in Minsk on Tuesday failed to produce a breakthrough on the Ukraine conflict, while Nato announced a bold new plan for eastern Europe.


[Ticker] Austrian conservative leader quits over budget and tax reforms

27 August, 2014 - 08:29
Austria's conservative party and ruling coalition partner (OVP) on Tuesday elected Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner as their new leader after Finance Minister and party leader Michael Spindelegger abruptly quit. Spindelegger cited a lack of support for his plans to reform Austria's tax system and reduce its debt.


Valls picks investment banker as France's new economy minister

27 August, 2014 - 08:29
French PM Manuel Valls appointed Emmanuel Macron, a 36-year-old former merchant banker, as his economy minister on Tuesday as part of his new government.


Italy's Mogherini still an option for EU foreign policy job

27 August, 2014 - 08:28
Italian foreign minister Mogherini may become the next EU foreign policy chief if Polish PM Tusk or a Baltic leader succeeds Van Rompuy as EU Council president.


[Ticker] Strongest support for ISIS among young French

27 August, 2014 - 08:20
One in six French citizens,16%, sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, a poll from ICM Research for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya has found. Sympathy for ISIS stood at 27% among young French aged 18-24. Only 7% of British citizens and 3-4% of Germans responded favourably to ISIS.


[Ticker] Poroshenko shakes Putin's hand in Minsk

26 August, 2014 - 16:41
Ukraine leader Poroshenko shook hands for cameras with Russia's president Putin at a meeting in Minsk on Tuesday despite reports of ever-more Russian troops and weapons pouring into Ukraine. "In Minsk at this meeting the fate of the world and Europe is being decided," Poroshenko told press, AFP reports.


[Ticker] Putin says EU-Ukraine trade pact will cost him €2bn

26 August, 2014 - 16:40
Russian leader Putin said at a summit in Minsk Tuesday the EU-Ukraine trade deal will cost Russia €2bn in lost business with Ukraine. He repeated threats to cancel preferential tariffs for Ukraine but said he advocates "closer co-operation" between the EU and his Eurasian Union, to be launched in 2015.


[Feature] The changing face of Europe's mafia

26 August, 2014 - 16:40
The landscape of European organised crime is “completely changing”, says the director of Europe's leading research institute into organised crime groups.


[Ticker] Cameron backs Tusk for council job

26 August, 2014 - 16:22
British PM David Cameron is set to tell fellow EU leaders that he favours Polish PM Donald Tusk to succeed Herman Van Rompuy as council chief, the Guardian reports. Tusk could be a compromise for eastern member states to accept Italy's Federica Mogherini as the next EU foreign affairs chief.


[Ticker] Top economics MEP switches to financial sector

26 August, 2014 - 16:22
Former economics committee chair Sharon Bowles, a British Liberal MEP who did not stand for re-election in May, was hired by the London Stock Exchange, Spiegel reports. The move is legal under the conflict of interest rules that govern the European Parliament, despite criticism from transparency advocates and some MEPs.


[Ticker] Mobile phone chipmaker Qualcomm to face EU probe

26 August, 2014 - 16:21
US firm Qualcomm, the world's leading chipmaker for mobile phones, is set to face an EU antitrust investigation, Reuters reports. The probe could arise from a four-year old complaint by rival Nvidia about alleged anti-competitive practices. The EU's competition commissioner threw out a previous anti-trust case against Qualcomm in 2010.


[Ticker] Ukip leader set to fight Westminster seat

26 August, 2014 - 16:21
Ukip leader Nigel Farage is set to be confirmed on Thursday as his party's candidate for the South Thanet constituency ahead of next May's UK general election. South Thanet is one of 12 seats that Ukip is targeting as it seeks to claim its first MPs in the Westminster parliament.


Scottish separatist wins TV debate ahead of referendum

26 August, 2014 - 08:30
Scotland's pro-independence leader Alex Salmond was seen as the winner of a final TV debate before the referendum next month.


EU to investigate Galileo launch failure

26 August, 2014 - 08:28
The European Commission has set up an inquiry into the failure to correctly launch the latest two satellites of its ill-fated Galileo programme.


[Ticker] EU summit to discuss Ukraine

26 August, 2014 - 08:09
Ukraine leader Poroshenko told EU Council chief Van Rompuy by phone Monday of his concern that Russian armoured vehicles keep entering Ukraine and that Russia plans to send a second, unilateral "aid" convoy to rebels. Poroshenko is to attend an EU summit in Brussels on Saturday "to discuss the situation".