November 30, 2011 | Public support of EU social and employment policy drops drastically
A regular European Commission social issues survey out on Tuesday (29 November) has shown that the public’s belief that the EU is having a positive impact on employment and social policy - policies with the biggest impact on ordinary peoples' lives - has sharply declined in almost all countries.
November 29, 2011 | German inactivity a greater concern for Poland than German power
Poland has issued an extraordinary appeal to Berlin to do all it takes to save the eurozone, saying that only Germany can manage the task and has a "special responsibility" to do so given its history.
November 28, 2011 | New report reveals randomness in European Parliament voting results
An analysis of the voting behaviour in the European Parliament Thursday 23rd of June, 2011. The European Parliament is more and more influential in European politics, but does it possess the qualities required to be given such responsibility?
November 28, 2011 | IMF reported to be preparing Italian bailout
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is preparing a multi-billion-euro rescue of Italy, reports in the Italian media on Sunday (27 November) claim.
November 24, 2011 | EU seeks to take over budget powers from national parliaments
The European Commission has proposed perhaps the most radical shift in decision-making away from parliaments and toward unelected bodies in the history of the European Union.
November 23, 2011 | EU staff unions to strike
EU staff unions have re-iterated their threat to go on strike after negotiations with the European Commission failed to produce an agreement on a new package of pay and pension changes.
November 22, 2011 | Britain pushes to take back powers from Brussels
British Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to have a "constructive" look at an upcoming treaty change German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing for, but in return, he wants a reinforced British opt-out from EU labour laws.
November 21, 2011 | EU 2012 budget increase limited to 2.02%
Negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states agreed to just over a two-percent rise in the Union’s budget for 2012 - a victory for those countries that have argued that at a time of national austerity, the bloc itself must tighten its belt as well.
November 18, 2011 | New MEP Code of Conduct may be insufficient
Euro-deputies in the key committee dealing with parliamentary rules on Thursday (17 November) approved a new code of conduct obliging them to more transparency and disclosure after a cash-for-amendments scandal uncovered earlier this year.
November 17, 2011 | Democracy set aside in Italy
Incoming Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has named a government entirely composed of unelected figures, just days after a technocratic government was installed in Greece, where the presence of far-right figures linked to the military junta are raising hackles.
November 16, 2011 | Merkel's party calls for eurozone exit clause, directly elected EU President
With Germany pushing for a change to the EU treaty in order to toughen up economic governance, an EU resolution agreed Monday (14 November) by Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party gives an idea of Berlin's thinking on the matter.
November 15, 2011 | Commission again pushes censor of credit rating agencies
The European Commission on Tuesday (15 November) is to unveil proposals to clamp down on the credit-ratings industry, seen as one of the key villains in the eurozone debt crisis melodrama.
November 14, 2011 | A new Italy, complete with Brussels oversight
A former EU commissioner has been installed as prime minister of Italy after right-wing leader Silvio Berlusconi bowed to the pressure of financial markets and resigned on Saturday evening.
November 10, 2011 | More rumors of a two-speed Europe stir controversy
With France's borrowing costs on the up and with its prized triple-A rating under threat, French leader Nicolas Sarkozy is publicly advocating a fast-lane Europe for 'core' euro-countries. "In the end, clearly, there will be two European gears: one gear towards more integration in the euro zone and a gear that is more confederal in the European Union," Sarkozy said Tuesday (8 November) during a discussion with students at Strasbourg University.
November 09, 2011 | Former ECB official to be installed as Greek PM
Former vice-president of the European Central Bank, Lucas Papademos is set to be named the new, technocrat prime minister of Greece, a changeover demanded by the EU and IMF.
November 08, 2011 | Non-euro members: similarities and differences
Finance ministers from the 10 EU countries outside the eurozone gathered on Monday night for an "informal dinner" in Brussels, while their euro counterparts met elsewhere, highlighting the rifts between the euro 'ins' and 'outs'.
November 07, 2011 | Italian PM says Italians are poorer with the euro
Italians are poorer today than before the introduction of the euro, Prime Minister Berlusconi said Friday (4 November) after failing to gain the trust of world leaders and markets about the reforms his government still has to implement.
November 04, 2011 | Greek PM likely to resign, cancel referendum
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has backed away from holding a referendum on a €130 EU bail-out deal and has agreed to talks with the conservative opposition over the construction of a transitional government leading to early elections.