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[Ticker] Greece delays approval of EU sanctions on Russia

9 hours 2 min ago
The Greek EU ambassador was, at a meeting early on Thursday, unable to approve an EU statement authorising extra sanctions on Russia because, he said, he couldn't contact his foreign minister who was in a plane en route to Brussels for a ministerial meeting on Russia later the same day.

[Ticker] Bank of England governor criticises eurozone austerity

10 hours 59 min ago
The Bank of England governor Mark Carney has criticised the eurozone's "tight" fiscal policy and warned of its consequences. "Cross border risk sharing through the financial system has slid backwards. Europe’s leaders do not currently foresee fiscal union as part of monetary union. Such timidity has costs,” he said.

EU to Greece: No debt relief, stick to your promises

11 hours 44 min ago
Top EU officials have warned the new government in Greece that it needs to stick to the bailout requirements and that there will be no debt relief.

[Analysis] Who's next on the EU's Russia blacklist?

11 hours 45 min ago
The EU’s next round of Russia sanctions is to be limited to blacklisting more names, with diplomats and kremlinologists helping EUobserver to identify potential targets.

[Ticker] Greek minister says Russia dispute was about 'respect'

12 hours 5 min ago
Greece's abjuration of an EU statement on Russia was not about "whether our new government agrees or not with fresh sanctions on Russia", but about "respect for our national sovereignty", Greece's finance minister Varoufakis wrote Thursday on his blog. He added he's "not qualified to speak on foreign affairs".

[Ticker] Bioenergy should be 'phased out' to feed planet

12 hours 6 min ago
The current push for using land to grow crops that can generate bioenergy is making it harder to "sustainably feed the planet", a report from the World Resources Institute concludes. "Governments should phase out bioenergy which uses crops or which otherwise makes dedicated use of land".

[Ticker] EU must 'chase' jihadis online

12 hours 7 min ago
EU countries should block jihadi propaganda online and hire PR experts to produce counter-propaganda, the EU's counter-terrorism co-ordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said in a Dutch newspaper interview Thursday. On Wednesday, the European Commission called on the EU's parliament to swiftly adopt a passenger data sharing plan.

[Ticker] Anti-Islam protest cancelled as Pegida leaders quit

12 hours 8 min ago
German anti-Islam group Pegida cancelled Monday's (2 February) weekly protest in Dresden for "organisational and legal reasons". On Wednesday, five of the group's leading members left. Spokesperson Kathrin Oertel left “due to the massive hostility, threats and career disadvantages”. Pegida's leader Lutz Bachmann quit after controversy over a Hitler photo.

[Opinion] EU deafeningly silent on Egypt abuses

12 hours 17 min ago
European states and institutions must condemn what's happening in Egypt if the ideals of and sacrifices of Tahrir Square have any meaning.

[Ticker] Greece puts 'reserve' on EU ministers' Russia conclusions

28 January, 2015 - 20:03
Greece has put its "reserve" on draft FMs conclusions to be adopted Thursday, insisting they redact a line that all 28 EU leaders blame Russia for an attack on Mariupol, Ukraine, and toning down Russia criticism. EU ambassadors meet 10am Thursday in Brussels for final talks on the draft text.

Europeans should eat less meat, but EU keeps silent

28 January, 2015 - 19:42
The agricultural sector is a growing sector causing global warming, but the EU is wary of telling its citizens to reduce meat consumption.

[Ticker] EP president to visit Tsipras in Athens

28 January, 2015 - 18:50
European Parliament president Martin Schulz is due in Athens on Thursday to meet newly elected PM Alexis Tsipras. He will be the first high-ranking EU politician to visit Greece since its ground-changing elections on Sunday. They are expected to discuss the new government's negotiations with its international creditors.

[Opinion] Corruption is greatest threat to Ukraine sovereignty

28 January, 2015 - 17:36
Beyond immediate financial assistance, what Ukraine needs most is to establish a functional, self-sustaining economic environment

EU ministers to expand Russia blacklist

28 January, 2015 - 11:28
EU foreign ministers are keen to add names to the Russia blacklist and to launch counter-propaganda measures, according to draft conclusions seen by EUobserver.

[Ticker] Greece may veto EU sanctions on Russia

28 January, 2015 - 09:58
Government sources have told the Kathimerini daily that the new Greek government may veto further EU sanctions on Russia. The report comes after Athens declined to join an EU leaders' statement blaming Russia for a recent rocket attack on Ukrainian civilians which killed 30 people.

[Ticker] Former IMF official makes case for halving Greece's debt

28 January, 2015 - 09:50
Reza Moghadam, a former IMF director of the Europe department involved in negotiations on Greece's two successive bailouts, has written an op-ed in the Financial Times making the case for halving Greece's debt. Moghadam argues that the fiscal targets for Greece are too harsh and "threaten social cohesion".

EU raises alarm on Bulgaria corruption

28 January, 2015 - 09:30
Seven years after joining the EU, Bulgaria has done little to curb corruption and organised crime in a threat to its sovereignty and to European unity.

[Analysis] Juncker plan is not new: How the EU fell in love with 'blending'

28 January, 2015 - 09:23
It used to be that every European government had at least one pet public works project. Demand for investment hasn’t gone away. But government appetite to fund it has.

[Ticker] EU commissioner still an option for Greek presidency post

28 January, 2015 - 08:56
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras is expected to make a nomination for the country's president (to be elected by parliament) in the coming days. Greece's EU commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, in charge of migration, is among the names being discussed for the post.

[Ticker] French unemployment reaches new record

28 January, 2015 - 08:53
Unemployment in France rose by 0.2% in December to a new record high, with a total of 3.496 million people claiming benefits, according to official statistics published on Tuesday. Overall in 2014, there were 189,100 more people out of work than in the previous year, or an increase of 5.7%.