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EU institutions to be probed on whistleblower rules

28 July, 2014 - 17:54
Several EU institutions are to be probed on their whistlerblower rules but the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank will escape scrutiny.


Denmark, Germany benefit most from EU market

28 July, 2014 - 17:04
The Danish and German economies have benefited most among EU countries from the expansion of the bloc's single market between 1992-2012, a study shows.


Orban wants to build 'illiberal state'

28 July, 2014 - 16:57
Hungary's PM has said he wants to build an illiberal state based on national foundations, citing Russia and China as examples.


[Opinion] Is international law a universal right or a select privilege?

28 July, 2014 - 15:26
Is the EU truly committed to encouraging compliance with international law?


[Ticker] Kroes attacks Hungary tax on non-stated owned press

28 July, 2014 - 12:19
EU digital affairs commissioner Neelie Kroes Monday criticised Hungary's tax on non-state media. Kroes says the so-called advertising tax "disproportionately affects" media that do not promote the ruling party, Fidesz. "It is hard to see that the goal is anything other than to drive them out of Hungary," she said.


[Ticker] Putin reportedly ignored Merkel's phonecalls

28 July, 2014 - 11:37
A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said she couldn't confirm that Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to pick up the phone when Merkel called him over the weekend. The Daily Telegraph reported that "Putin failed to return several phone calls" from her.


[Analysis] From trade tariffs to trust – TTIP a year on

28 July, 2014 - 09:14
When political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic gave negotiators the green light to start talks on a Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), it was widely seen as an economic 'win-win' - a debt free economic stimulus.


Multi-billion losses expected from Russia sanctions

28 July, 2014 - 08:49
The economic impact of 'stage three' sanctions is projected to cost the EU €40bn this year and €50bn in 2015.


Banking union faces legal challenge in Germany

28 July, 2014 - 08:28
Germany's constitutional court is once again to be a testing ground for the eurozone's reponse to the financial crisis as a group of academics has filed a case arguing that the banking union is illegal.


[Ticker] Russia faces $50bn fine

28 July, 2014 - 08:19
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague on Monday is set to announce a $50bn fine against Russia for expropriating the assets of former oil giant Yukos, reports Reuters. Russia must pay the compensation to the shareholders in a legal commercial case that has lasted almost a decade.


[Ticker] Ukraine conflict may nudge Poland towards euro

28 July, 2014 - 08:19
Russia's annexation of the Crimea and the on-going fighting in Ukraine is putting pressure on Polish eurosceptic MPs to adopt the euro, reports AFP. "In the eastern part of the EU, joining the eurozone is mainly about security," said Witold Orlowski, a former advisor to Poland's president.


[Ticker] US satellite photos show Russia rocket fire into Ukraine

28 July, 2014 - 08:17
The US on Sunday released photos it says shows rockets being fired into Ukraine from Russia, reports the Guardian. The images also show heavy Russian artillery being moved into area. The heavy weapons fire occurred between 21 July and 26 July, after the Malaysia Airlines crash on 17 July.


[Ticker] Gaza child injury toll nears 2,000

28 July, 2014 - 08:16
Almost 2,000 Palestinian children in Gaza have been injured since the start of the Israeli offensive, according to figures published on Sunday by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. 999 Palestinians have died, including at least 760 civilians, of whom 226 are children and 117 are women.


[Ticker] Obama calls for Gaza ceasefire

28 July, 2014 - 08:16
US president Barack Obama on Sunday told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to impose an "immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities," according to a statement from the White House. Obama said the two sides need to respect the Egyptian-brokered November 2012 ceasefire agreement.


EU blacklist sheds light on Putin's rag-tag Ukraine army

26 July, 2014 - 18:21
The latest EU blacklist on Russia sheds light on the command structures, composition, and ambitions of Putin’s east Ukraine forces.


[Analysis] EU sanctions on Russia hurt more than it seems

25 July, 2014 - 17:59
Threats, leaks, innuendoes - the creation of "market uncertainty" on Russia is "a new tool of European and US foreign policy".


EU to hit Russia with economic sanctions next week

25 July, 2014 - 16:14
The EU is set to impose economic sanctions on Russia next week. Meanwhile, southern member states want the European Commission to consider any blowback effect when it assesses national deficits.


Poll: French most pessimistic about economic future

25 July, 2014 - 15:57
Europeans feel a bit more positive about the EU than they did late year, a new survey shows, while the French are among the most pessimistic about their economic future.


[Ticker] Dutch to send unarmed police to monitor crash site

25 July, 2014 - 08:29
The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed police to the MH17 crash-site, PM Mark Rutte said Thursday. The police will accompany a 23-strong investigator team to secure scene. The Dutch are also said to be drafting a UN Security Council resolution on allowing armed police or troops to secure the crash-site.


[Ticker] Boat migrant death toll around 800

25 July, 2014 - 08:28
Around 800 migrants have died this year in their attempts to cross Mediterranean by boat, prompting the UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday to urge EU governments to increase rescue operations and improve asylum hosting management, reports AFP. "Europeans need to take urgent action," he said.