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National governments punch holes in EU data protection bill

3 March, 2015 - 21:06
National governments are unraveling a EU data protection bill for the benefit of big business, according to leaked documents published by pro-privacy campaigners.






[Ticker] Israel denounces US and EU brokered Iran deal

3 March, 2015 - 19:59
Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday said the US and EU brokered non-proliferation deal, currently in final talks in Switzerland, "paves the way" to a nuclear-armed Ian. He spoke to rapturous applause in Congress, but his intervention was dismissed as "pure rhetoric" by US officials.






[Ticker] EU's 5G mobile tech race kicked off in Barcelona

3 March, 2015 - 19:52
The EU's 5G mobile broadband race was kicked off at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona on Tuesday with EU commissioners Ansip and Oettinger adressing the audience. Swedish telecom giant Ericsson, China's Huawei, Finland's Nokia and France-based Alcatel-Lucent are all in position to develop the next-generation mobile broadband.






[Ticker] Germany adds €5 billion to domestic investment plans

3 March, 2015 - 19:51
The German government announced Tuesday that it will make €5 billion available to local communities by 2018. The money, which comes on top of a €10 billion investment plan announced last November, will go to infrastructure development and into a fund for poor communities.






EU banking watchdog postpones new 'stress tests' until 2016

3 March, 2015 - 14:31
Europe’s largest banks will get another year to boost their balance sheets after the EU’s bank watchdog announced that it would not conduct its next ‘stress test’ of their books until 2016.






[Ticker] EU condemns 'arbitrary' Russian entry ban on MEP

3 March, 2015 - 14:29
The refusal by Russian authorities to allow several European indivuduals in the country to attend Boris Nemtsov's burial, including Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete, is "a clear breach of basic principles", EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said Tuesday. The justification of a threat to security "is arbitrary", she added.






[Ticker] Brussels taxi drivers in protest against Uber

3 March, 2015 - 14:28
Belgian taxi drivers on Tuesday afternoon briefly blocked Rue Belliard in the EU neighborhood of Brussels, in an anti-Uber protest. "It's unfair competition", one protester told this website, adding that they are against a plan by Brussels region minister Pascal de Smet to incorporate the car-sharing app into law.






Greece could need third bailout, says euro commissioner

3 March, 2015 - 09:22
Greece could need a third bailout when its current programme expires at the end of June, the EU’s eurozone commissioner has said.






Ukraine and Russia strike fragile deal on gas deliveries

3 March, 2015 - 09:07
A gas deal brokered by the EU secures deliveries until end of March and leaves aside the issue of rebel-held areas.






[Ticker] EU politicians prevented from attending Nemtsov funeral

3 March, 2015 - 09:07
Polish senate president Bogdan Borusewicz and Latvian centre-right MEP Sandra Kalniete were barred from entering Russian to attend Boris Nemtsov's funeral, reports AP. It is the third time a member of the European Parliament has been stopped at the Russian border. Nemstov, a Putin critic, was shot over the weekend.






[Ticker] Swedish report suggests fingerprint scans at border points

3 March, 2015 - 08:55
A Swedish government-led inquiry on Monday advised taking the fingerprints of all non-EU nationals to help crack down on passport fraud, reports APF. Fraudsters often board a flight with a fake passport or one that belongs to someone else, destroy it en route, and then claim asylum upon arrival.






EU must do more to fight climate change, report says

3 March, 2015 - 01:51
Europe needs to introduce farther-reaching policies if it wants to achieve its long-term climate target, the EU's most important environmental body said.






[Ticker] Greece in talks for third bailout, says Spain

2 March, 2015 - 20:05
Talks on a third bailout for Greece, worth between €30bn to €50bn, have begun, Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos said Monday. "We are negotiating a third rescue for Greece," he said at a conference, reports the FT. "For Greece, there is no alternative to European solidarity," he added.






Seven out of nine EU bodies lack internal whistleblower rules

2 March, 2015 - 18:07
The European Parliament and the Council, representing member states, have yet to update whistleblower rules despite obligations requiring them to do so.






EU commission seeks 'unity', after southern states clash

2 March, 2015 - 15:51
The European Commission is being forced into a mediation role to try and keep the lid on a brewing row between its southern member states, sparked by their respective fears about discontented voters.






Pessimistic French more optimistic about EU

2 March, 2015 - 15:41
French people still think that the worst of the crisis is still to come but they have a better image of the EU than last year and appear ready for reforms, a new poll shows.






[Ticker] Eurozone stays in deflation for third straight month

2 March, 2015 - 15:38
Prices in the eurozone fell for the third consecutive month in February, EU statistics agency Eurostat said on Monday. Inflation was projected to be -0.3% in February, slightly up from -0.6% in January, according to a flash estimate. Industrial goods and energy prices were the main cause of deflated prices.






[Agenda] Merkel to visit Brussels this WEEK

2 March, 2015 - 15:37
The German chancellor will visit the European Commission for the first time since Jean-Claude Juncker took over on 1 November.






[Ticker] Greek government to adopt loan extension without parliament vote

2 March, 2015 - 15:35
The Greek government will adopt the four month extension to its EU bailout without submitting it for a parliament vote."The government chooses not to ratify this agreement in parliament," government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis said in a radio interview Monday. "It is just an extension of a loan agreement," he added.






[Opinion] The US energy pivot and Europe’s oil dilemma

2 March, 2015 - 11:59
A prolonged period of low oil prices poses a direct geopolitical risk for Europe.