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Irish senators build EU momentum on Palestine recognition

24 min 7 sec ago
Irish senators have urged the government to recognise Palestine, as the EU prepares to set out new red lines on Israel relations.


[Opinion] EU states should follow Sweden on Palestine

27 min 47 sec ago
Israel's ex-ambassador to South Africa tells EUobserver his country is on "the slippery slope of apartheid" by destroying prospects for a Palestinian state.


[Ticker] 2015 EU budget up for tough negotiations

50 min 40 sec ago
Disagreement between the EU institutions over next year's budget has triggered a three-week conciliation period to start on 28 October. The aim is to find agreement based on the Commission's 2015 budget proposal of €142.1bn (5% more than in 2014), with the Council wanting €140bn and the European Parliament €146.42bn.


[Ticker] Nine migrants injured in rush on Spanish border fence

51 min 54 sec ago
Nine African migrants were Wednesday treated for injuries after a rush on border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Around 20 managed to get across. Spanish authorities estimated total 2,000 migrants have made it across the border fences in roughly 60 attempts this year.


[Ticker] Hungary to press charges against Norway-funded NGO

52 min 33 sec ago
Hungary's government said Wednesday it had found "irregularities" in 61 of 63 Norway funded NGO projects and will press charges against the Budapest-based Okotars Alapitvany in charge of distributing Norwegian grants. The foundation, which promotes environmental awareness among civil society, denied the accusations.


[Ticker] Russian plane violates Estonia airspace

2 hours 7 min ago
Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian intelligence-gathering plane entered 600 metres into its airspace for less than one minute on Wednesday. Nato "air-policing" jets from Denmark and Portugal intercepted the plane, which took off from Kaliningrad. Swedish jets were also involved in escorting it away.


EU fiscal rules won't be changed, says Juncker

22 October, 2014 - 18:55
TThe EU's rules on debts and deficits will not be re-written, Juncker told MEPs in his first speech as European Commission president.


[Opinion] Cameron's tight-rope walk on free movement

22 October, 2014 - 17:35
EU migration will be the key battle in the UK election next year. Polls show that immigration is the number one issue for British voters; they care about it more than the economy. So what will David Cameron's approach be?


Open letters help frame debate on climate summit

22 October, 2014 - 17:30
EU leaders have received at least a dozen open letters about the climate and energy targets they are about to set. But does anyone pay any attention to them?


MEPs withhold millions from EU commission over transparency

22 October, 2014 - 16:59
The European Parliament on Wednesday punched a €3.8 million hole in the EU commission 2015 budget as leverage until the Brussels-executive improves its transparency record.


[Ticker] Lega Nord signs partnership with Putin party

22 October, 2014 - 15:05
Italy's far-right Lega Nord party has signed a partnership deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin's political party, Lega Nord MEP Matteo Salvini said in a press conference Wednesday. Salvini said the partnership is about "values" and does not imply Lega Nord is getting any funding from Putin.


[Video] Barroso says goodbye to MEPs

22 October, 2014 - 13:24
After 10 years as European Commission president, his most "emotional" moment was collecting the EU's Nobel Peace Prize, Jose Manuel Barroso told MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday (21 October) in his last speech in the European Parliament.


EU parliament approves Juncker commission

22 October, 2014 - 12:57
MEPs have approved Juncker's new EU commission, with a slightly smaller majority than in 2010, and following a number of concessions on portfolios.


[Ticker] EP approves Juncker commission

22 October, 2014 - 11:37
The European Parliament has approved the new EU commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker with 423 in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. Back in 2010, MEPs approved the second Barroso commission with 488 votes to 137 and 72 abstentions. The number of MEPs has since changed from 736 to 751.


[Ticker] Pharma and medical devices unit goes back to health

22 October, 2014 - 11:30
EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he listened to criticism from MEPs and medical figures after he announced that pharmaceuticals and medical devices were to be moved to the industry commissioner in his new team. Juncker decided to reverse that decision and allow the health commissioner to be in charge.


[Ticker] Hahn portfolio still called 'enlargement negotiations'

22 October, 2014 - 11:30
Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he has given a lot of thought but decided to keep the "enlargement negotiations" portfolio named as such, because he doesn't want to "delude people into thinking they could become members in the next 5 years." Johannes Hahn is the commissioner in charge.


[Ticker] Navracsics to get sport instead of citizenship

22 October, 2014 - 11:29
Incoming Hungarian commissioner Tibor Navracsics will remain in charge of culture and education, but will get sport instead of citizenship, said commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. MEPs said he should get a different portfolio because he was part of the Orban government in Budapest cracking down on media freedom and NGOs.


[Ticker] Juncker tasks Timmermans on special courts in EU-US trade deal

22 October, 2014 - 11:27
Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs he is tasking his 'first vice-president', Frans Timmermans to "advise" him on so-called investor-state dispute settlement arrangements in the EU-US free trade deal under negotiation. ISDS clauses are common in free trade deals, but they are seen as 'special courts' favouring businesses.


[Ticker] Frontex under fundamental rights probe

22 October, 2014 - 10:23
EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly on Wednesday announced her office has opened an investigation into how the EU's border agency, Frontex, applies fundamental rights when migrants are forced to return to their home countries. "I want to find out how Frontex is equipped to deal with potential violations," said O'Reilly.


Former Polish FM causes scandal on Russia interview

22 October, 2014 - 08:30
He came close to being the EU’s new foreign policy chief, but Sikorski’s political future is in doubt over his handling of a press interview.