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Commissioner backs EU 'border guard corps'

21 May, 2015 - 17:31
The commission says countries should cede control of the bloc’s external borders to a new EU agency, amid a wider “war” on smugglers.






Cameron: Welfare reform to be 'absolute requirement' in EU deal

21 May, 2015 - 17:30
British PM said changes to rules on welfare access are essential to any EU deal, with past Danish and Irish solutions being examined in the treaty-change conundrum.






EU reaches out to former Soviet states

21 May, 2015 - 16:44
EU countries have acknowledged Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova's EU aspirations but stopped short of giving a clear enlargement perspective.






[Ticker] EU figures show 10-fold wealth gap

21 May, 2015 - 15:17
People in inner London, the EU's wealthiest region, are 10 times richer in terms of GDP/capita than people in Severozapaden, Bulgaria, the bloc's poorest,new EU commission figures say. Brussels, home to some 100,000 internationals, including EU staff, is the third richest and twice as rich as most of Belgium.






Euro bank tightens up communications

21 May, 2015 - 09:33
The ECB is no longer giving advance copies of speeches to media. But privy briefings for business chiefs will go on.






[Opinion] Islamism in the EU: a difficult debate

21 May, 2015 - 08:52
Political correctness and populism have clouded the debate on why European Muslims are prone to radicalisation.






Irish referendum: 'The gayest day in history'?

21 May, 2015 - 08:27
If the Yes side wins in Friday's referendum, Ireland will be the first country ever to introduce gay marriage by changing its constitution.






[Opinion] Mogherini's to-do list in Israel

21 May, 2015 - 08:26
EU-Israeli relations are in stalemate. But with a little courage and wisdom, they have the potential to help stabilise the Middle East.






[Ticker] Italy PM says EU countries must accept migrant quotas

21 May, 2015 - 08:25
Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi told Rai TV on Wednesday that member states must divide asylum seeker arrivals and refugees."Those countries that have agreed to send their warships must also accept the quota principle, which is a principle of solidarity," he said, reports the BBC.






Eastern Partnership: In search of meaning

21 May, 2015 - 08:25
Twenty-five EU leaders and six former Soviet states are meeting in the shadow of the Ukraine crisis and amid divergent views on future relations.






[Ticker] Russia arrests Lithuanian for spying

21 May, 2015 - 08:23
Russian authorities on Tuesday arrested a Lithuanian national for spying, reports the BBC. "The foreign spy was caught red-handed as he was receiving secret documents from a Russian citizen," stated the Federal Security Service. The FSB say the suspect is an officer from the Lithuanian military intelligence.






[Ticker] Banks slammed with almost $6bn in fines for rate-fixing

21 May, 2015 - 08:22
Six banks, including Barclays and RBS, received almost $6 billion in fines in a settlement on Wednesday for their role in a rate-fixing scandal. "The penalty all these banks will now pay is fitting, considering the long-running and egregious nature of their anticompetitive conduct," said the US attorney general.






[Ticker] Airbus chief warns against UK exit from EU

21 May, 2015 - 08:21
Paul Kahn, the president of Airbus Group UK, on Wednesday said a UK exit from the EU would have “enormous ramifications”, stop any further Airbus investments in Britain, and cut jobs, reports the Guardian. The company employs around 16,000 people in the UK.






[Ticker] 'Much greater effort' needed to preserve Europe's wildlife

21 May, 2015 - 08:21
In a review of Europe's wildlife, the European Commission concluded that EU conservation actions "have brought successes, but a much greater effort is required for the situation to improve significantly." While half of the bird species are secure, the conservation status of 60 percent of other wildlife species is unfavourable.






UK business chief urges Yes side to start campaigning

21 May, 2015 - 07:52
The UK’s top business leader has called on firms to “turn up the volume” in making the case for EU membership.






[Analysis] Migration plan: Juncker's gamble

20 May, 2015 - 18:40
Juncker's migration proposal is the first clear sign that he's willing to challenge member states, but has he overplayed his hand?






[Analysis] Knives out for Farage in Ukip civil war

20 May, 2015 - 18:32
Farage was the first party leader to fall on his sword after this month’s UK general election. Or so it seemed.






EU parliament cracks down on shell firms

20 May, 2015 - 18:11
People trying to hide money in shell companies will face greater scrutiny following a new EU law. But loopholes on trusts remain.






MEPs adopt binding rules on conflict minerals

20 May, 2015 - 18:04
The EU parliament has unexpectedly backed new rules obliging EU companies to ensure the minerals they use are from certified mines.






[Ticker] Industry to fight new EU rules on conflict minerals

20 May, 2015 - 14:34
A slim centre-left majority in the European Parliament on Wednesday voted to have a mandatory EU-wide scheme on trading minerals originating from conflict areas. European business reacted with deep disappointment and pledged to continue to follow the developments closely, turning attention to the trialogue discussions which may start soon.