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Pro-Russia separatists reject EU and US-brokered Ukraine pact

18 April, 2014 - 16:22
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have declined to honour a peace deal brokered in Geneva by the EU and US with Russia.


Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

17 April, 2014 - 08:29
Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China, as EU countries weigh options on economic sanctions.


Europe faces worst human rights 'crisis' in decades

17 April, 2014 - 08:29
Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe.


[Ticker] Court clears Anglo-Irish boss

17 April, 2014 - 08:26
The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank, the bank that collapsed in 2009 and cost Irish taxpayers more than €30bn, has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price. Two other senior Anglo executives are still awaiting a verdict about loans to Ireland's then-richest man, Sean Quinn.


[Ticker] Juncker wants politicians in EU commission, not bureaucrats

17 April, 2014 - 08:26
EU centre-right top candidate Jean-Claude Juncker told AFP he wants politicians rather than bureaucrats in the EU commission if he becomes its president after the May elections. "You'd have to be deaf and blind not to realise that the EU and the commission are viewed with increasing suspicion," he said.


[Ticker] Nato increases military presence in eastern Europe

17 April, 2014 - 08:26
Nato is increasing its air, naval and ground presence in Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, with Germany announcing it will send a warship and six fighter jets to support this mission. "More measures can follow in the coming weeks and months if needed," said Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen.


[Ticker] EU and Switzerland edging closer to free movement deal

17 April, 2014 - 08:25
The EU and Switzerland are close to ending a spat over freedom of movement, AFP reports. In February, the Alpine country voted to reestablish immigration controls, jeopardising a range of agreements with the EU. Switzerland is a non-EU member of the border-free Schengen area and the EU internal market.


MEPs upset over Schulz's double role as president and candidate

17 April, 2014 - 08:25
A majority of MEPs want Schulz to explain how he is able to run a campaign and fulfil his role as EP President at the same time.


[Ticker] MEPs back cross-border pension rights

16 April, 2014 - 09:01
MEPs have voted new rules to help people keep pension rights while moving from one EU country to another. Measures include gaining rights after working in a host country for three years. "It is vital to ensure that those who move across borders are not penalised," EU commissioner Andor said.


[Ticker] Industry wary of new EU rules on lorry design

16 April, 2014 - 09:01
The European Parliament has voted for lorry cabs to become safer and more aerodynamic. The nose design of future vehicles is to resemble sloping high-speed trains to reduce accident fatalities. But industry estimates say the move will boost the cost of cabs by up to €1,500, Reuters reports.


[Ticker] Ukip leader 'taking legal advice' on expenses allegations

16 April, 2014 - 09:00
British eurosceptic party, Ukip, leader Nigel Farage has told the BBC that a report in The Times, a British daily, that he fiddled expenses, is a "politically motivated attack from what is the establishment newspaper". He added: "I am taking legal advice, I think this is completely and utterly outrageous."


[Ticker] French MEP recalls trips to see porn films

16 April, 2014 - 09:00
Joseph Daul, the French leader of the EU parliament's centre-right EPP group, has told Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace that one benefit of EU integration is easier access to pornography. He said when he was 18 he went to Germany to see films banned in France but faced border-crossing delays.


[Ticker] Berlusconi sentenced to work in old people's home

16 April, 2014 - 08:59
A court in Milan has ruled that former Italian PM, 77-year-old Silvio Berlusconi, must work in a care home for elderly people "once a week and for a period of no less than four consecutive hours" as the community service part of his sentence for tax-fraud, The Guardian reports.


EU countries to boost defence budgets in light of Ukraine

16 April, 2014 - 08:29
Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defence spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions.


EU parliament gives final nod to banking union

16 April, 2014 - 08:21
MEPs on Tuesday signed off on the creation of a new authority and fund for failing banks – a missing element to the so-called banking union aimed at minimising the public cost of future financial crises.


[EU Elections] German centre-right election posters show Merkel, not Juncker

16 April, 2014 - 08:15
Juncker may be the centre-right's chosen candidate for the next EU commission chief, but his face is nowhere to be seen on German MEP election posters, which boast a smiling Merkel.


Regional unemployment highest in Spain

16 April, 2014 - 08:14
Over two-dozen regions throughout the Union have an unemployment rate twice the EU average.


[Opinion] Learning from the past: EU aid in the Eastern Partnership

16 April, 2014 - 06:41
Ukraine, in particular, badly needs effective external aid. But EU aid for reforms in Eastern Partnership countries has so far failed to bring tangible results.


[Ticker] EU commission presidency race is 'cosmetic' democracy

15 April, 2014 - 13:24
Dutch Socialist MP Harry van Bommel has said having an EU commission presidency race does not make the EU more democratic as the change is only “cosmetic". He told EUobserver he neither knew nor was interested in who was the European leftist candidate (Greece's Alexis Tsipras) for the post.


[Ticker] Over half of Czechs say 'too many' foreigners in their country

15 April, 2014 - 13:12
Over half of Czechs think there are "too many" foreigners in the country, despite it being the most ethnically homogeneous of the EU states, according to a fresh CVVM poll. Sixty-two percent -the highest percentage since 2005- don't believe every foreigner should be allowed to settle in the country.