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Tusk praised for 'short, concise' EU summit

19 December, 2014 - 16:49
New EU council chief Donald Tusk has broken with the two-day summit tradition and made leaders and journalists happy by wrapping up the meeting before midnight.


Thousands protest in Brussels against EU-US trade ageement

19 December, 2014 - 16:45
Protestors gathered in front of any empty EU summit building on Friday to demonstrate against the EU-US free trade pact talks.


[Ticker] Bribery allegations mar Greek presidential vote

19 December, 2014 - 14:14
Haikalis, an MP from the Independent Greeks party, says a consultant, who used to worke for Deutsche Bank, tried to bribe him to vote for government candidate Dimas to become Greek president. If Dimas fails, it will trigger snap elections that could bring the far-left Syriza party into power.


[Ticker] Russia seeks to jail top anti-corruption activist for 10 years

19 December, 2014 - 14:13
Russian prosecutors have called for a 10-year jail sentence for anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny in a trial on fraud charges seen by civil society as a political attack. They called for an eight-year sentence for his brother. Navalny is already on a five-year suspended sentence related to a 2013 conviction.


[Ticker] IMF holds back tranche for Cyprus

19 December, 2014 - 09:04
The IMF has said it won't release €88m in bailout money for Cyprus on Friday after the parliament delayed a foreclosure law meant to take effect at the end of December. "Critical requirements for the completion of the fifth programme review are now no longer met,” said the IMF.


[Ticker] Tsipras wants to 'cancel austerity' if elected

19 December, 2014 - 09:03
Greek far-left politician Alexis Tsipras has said a Syriza government would "cancel austerity through the Greek parliament, we will cancel the bailout." He told Reuters that a Syriza victory, after a possible early election, "will break the bad spell and liberate markets. It will create a feeling of security."


[Ticker] Poroshenko calls on parliament to adopt bill on joining Nato

19 December, 2014 - 09:03
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has called on the country’s parliamentarians to adopt a bill to allow the country to join Nato, Spiegel reports. He said the country's non-aligned status, set out in a 2010 law, was “ineffective means of ensuring the country’s security from foreign aggression and pressure".


[Ticker] Italian president to step down

19 December, 2014 - 09:03
Giorgio Napolitano Thursday announced his "imminent departure" as Italy's president. The 89-year old, a well-respected figure, has always indicated he would not serve the full term of office, due to his age. Speculation has already started on whether the search for a successor will delay PM Renzi's reform programme.


[Ticker] Poland warns of veto on UK migrant benefits cuts plan

19 December, 2014 - 09:02
Poland has warned it will veto plans by UK PM Cameron to curb welfare benefits to EU migrants. Writing in the Independent, deputy FM Rafal Trzaskowki called "discrimination" against EU citizens a line "we cannot allow ourselves to cross". He also said it is "not the time" for treaty change.


Luxembourg caves in to EU tax listing demands

19 December, 2014 - 09:01
Luxembourg on Thursday caved into pressure to give EU-anti trust regulators the details of tax deal schemes it has with multinational companies.


Merkel: EU strategy is to maintain Russia sanctions

19 December, 2014 - 01:36
Germany has warned the EU will not roll back Russia sanctions unless Putin makes major concessions, in Europe’s first “strategic” talks on the crisis.


TTIP by end of 2015, EU leaders pledge

19 December, 2014 - 01:34
EU leaders have given trade negotiators until end-2015 to finalise a US free trade pact, but some are sceptical about the date.


[Ticker] Dutch coalition saved by deal on health bill

19 December, 2014 - 01:27
The two coalition parties that support the Dutch government, Liberal and Labour, have agreed on adapting and reintroducing a health bill that was struck down by three Labour senators. With the compromise, Liberal PM Mark Rutte, who skipped Thursday's EU summit, and his colleagues saved their cabinet from collapse.


[Ticker] Irish PM pressures ECB to show up at inquiry

19 December, 2014 - 01:26
Ireland's prime minister Enda Kenny on Thursday pressed ECB chief Mario Draghi to co-operate with a parliament inquiry into the banking crisis. Kenny "pointed out to him that the people in Ireland were very concerned to understand ... what actually had happened", the Independent reports.


[Ticker] Merkel: We never created laws favouring big corporations

19 December, 2014 - 00:11
The German government has never had a policy of drafting legislation that would allow big corporations to dodge taxes, chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday in a press conference. But she did not exclude that such deals were made at regional or local level. "I am no state prosecutor," she said.


[Ticker] Germany wants 'successful' presidentials in Greece

19 December, 2014 - 00:10
German chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of an EU summit said she wants to see "successful" presidential elections in Greece that will allow it to stay on a "stable path". A first round of elections failed and if two more are unsuccessful, there will be early parliamentary elections.


[Ticker] Luxembourg agrees to share tax secrets

18 December, 2014 - 22:44
Luxembourg has agreed to share information on its tax arrangements with multinationals with the European Commission, prime minister Xavier Bettel confirmed on Thursday at the EU summit in Brussels. The move follows the commission's request Wednesday for information from all EU countries on their tax rulings and "patent box" schemes.


[Ticker] Belgium adds 10 years to lifespan of 30-year-old reactors

18 December, 2014 - 22:43
The Belgian government has decided to keep nuclear reactors Doel 1 and 2, almost 30 years old and initially scheduled to be turned off in 2015, open until 2025. In 2003 Belgium decided to phase out nuclear power, but subsequent governments kept reviewing that decision.


EU leaders want 'urgent' action on investment fund

18 December, 2014 - 22:29
EU leaders have called for a speedy setting up of the investment fund linked to Juncker's €315bn plan, but the EU parliament chief doubts it will be ready by June.


[Opinion] EU-Turkey ties will survive war of words

18 December, 2014 - 21:07
The EU's former ambassador to Turkey says the recent dispute over media arrests is a blip in relations governed by deep economic and security concerns.