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Eastern Ukraine casualties augur badly for Geneva meeting

17 Avril, 2014 - 07:19
Foreign ministers of the US, Russia, Ukraine and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis in Geneva today (17 April). But a violent clash in the city of Mariupol, in eastern Ukraine, with three people killed is likely to poison the atmosphere of the meeting.

Parliament votes for compulsory 'made-in' labels

17 Avril, 2014 - 07:10
The European Parliament voted on Tuesday (15 April) to oblige manufacturers to label all non-food goods with their country of origin, a step designed to help consumers know what they are buying, but one that has divided industry.

Romanian Orthodox MEP candidate campaigns on anti-gay ticket

17 Avril, 2014 - 07:03
Iulian Capsali, a Romanian Orthodox priest, has gathered the necessary signatures to be registered as independent candidate for the European elections, the Romanian press reports. He presents himself as “the candidate of the Romanian family”, campaigning against abortion and against “homosexual culture”.

New EU airport noise rules infuriates Belgian Greens

17 Avril, 2014 - 06:00
New European Union rules aimed at regulating airport noise could have far-reaching political consequences for Belgium's general elections, in May.

New EU airport noise rules enfuriates Belgian Greens

17 Avril, 2014 - 06:00
New European Union rules aimed at regulating airport noise could have far-reaching political consequences for Belgium's general elections, in May.

MEPs approve ‘imperfect but improved’ protection for posted workers

17 Avril, 2014 - 05:41
Following heated debate, MEPs gave the green light Wednesday (April 16) to “improved” legislation on the posting of workers. However, the compromise is still subject to harsh criticism, especially in France, where it remains a controversial topic.

Parliament agrees new rules to beef up EU parties

16 Avril, 2014 - 16:17
A reform of the European political parties, adopted by Parliament on Wednesday (16 April), will allow for more flexible funding and ‘enhance their European character’.

Parliament approves basic bank accounts for all

16 Avril, 2014 - 13:56
A directive guaranteeing all European citizens access to banking services was passed by a large majority in the European Parliament on Tuesday, 15 April. EurActiv France reports.

EU moves to speed up fibre networks

16 Avril, 2014 - 11:07
The European Parliament adopted new rules aimed at deploying high-speed telecoms networks on Tuesday (15 April), paving the way for wider Internet coverage of rural and poorer areas.

Hole in the heart of Africa

16 Avril, 2014 - 10:13
"Desperate is an understatement", writes Ban Ki-moon on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). The recently approved UN peacekeeping mission gives European countries a heavy responsibility: bring security and stability to this nation in ruins.

New directive on posted workers ignores member states' objections

16 Avril, 2014 - 08:52
Social dumping issues have pushed France to already denounce a new EU directive on posted workers, arguing it does not go far enough to prevent abuses and to protect workers’ rights, write Florence Dupont-Fargeaud and Camilla Spira.

Kroes slams Belgium for banning taxi reservation app

16 Avril, 2014 - 08:03
Neelie Kroes, the Commission Vice President responsible for the Digital Agenda, slammed Tuesday (15 April) the decision of a Belgian court to ban Uber, a US-owned taxi-service application, and lashed out at a Belgian minister for taking this initiative with the aim of “protecting a cartel” of Brussels taxis.

Germany's RWE begins gas deliveries to Ukraine

16 Avril, 2014 - 07:07
Unprecedented talks across the European Union Tuesday (15 April) showed it scrambling for solutions, in order to break its dependence on Russian gas, and help supply Ukraine.