September 09, 2011 | Decreased state sovereignty proposed as crisis solution
European officials take advantage of the current debt crisis to renew calls for a "United States of Europe," stating that nations will have to give up sovereignty and develop not only a "fiscal and economic mandate," but "a common security, energy, climate, immigration and foreign policy" as well.
August 31, 2011 | Finland and the Greek collateral
Finnish minister Alexander Stubb has said his country's demand for Greek collateral is meant to defend the eurozone principle of financial responsibility. But he admitted that Finnish eurosceptics have played their part in the initiative.
July 20, 2011 | UK snubs Ashton over EU military headquarters
British foreign minister William Hague on Monday said his country would "never" agree to the idea of a single EU military headquarters to replace the command centres scattered around five member states. The idea is part of a report prepared by EU foreign and security policy chief Catherine Ashton.
July 11, 2011 | A comment on MEP Andrew Duff's electoral reform
Proposals designed to shake up the European political landscape were on Thursday (July 7th) sent back to the drawing board after proving too controversial for MEPs to endorse.
July 06, 2011 | Fresh financial scandal hits EU parliament
A fresh row broke out on Monday as allegations of embezzlement to the tune of €40,000 by a Romanian far-right MEP came to light - just days after the working group on transparency finalised a code of conduct following a cash-for-amendments scandal in March.
July 05, 2011 | Greece faces 'massive' loss of sovereignty
Eurozone finance ministers over the weekend staved off looming bankruptcy in Greece by agreeing to release the next tranche of aid to the country, but Athens will pay with a massive loss of its sovereignty, the eurozone chief has said.
July 01, 2011 | EU states object to transparency in law-making
EU member states are set to launch an appeal of a lower court decision with the European Court of Justice hoping to prevent greater transparency in decision-making - even about transparency rules themselves.
June 30, 2011 | Brussels seeks financial tax in new EU budget
Future EU spending is set to increase, focusing marginally less on agriculture and more on research, education and transport, according to European Commission proposals for the next seven-year budgetary period (2014-2020).
June 29, 2011 | Interview of Pat Cox was 'one-sided' and 'unfair'
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) ruled in favor of one man's complaint that a recent interview of Pat Cox, an Irish politician and well-known EU supporter, was one-sided and unfair.
June 27, 2011 | Van Rompuy's 'egg' goes down badly at EU summit
EU Council head Herman Van Rompuy scored an own goal at the EU summit by putting forward plans for an expensive new headquarters at an inopportune moment.
June 22, 2011 | One in 20 EU officials could lose jobs in 'solidarity' cuts
The European Commission is to propose cutting five percent of jobs in the EU institutions in line with austerity measures in member states. But EU countries may want more.
June 21, 2011 | EU agrees new €500 bn permanent bail-out fund
EU finance ministers on Monday (20 June) in Luxembourg put the finishing touches on the eurozone's massive permanent bail-out fund, giving it an effective lending capacity of €500 billion.
June 20, 2011 | EUD Press Release
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June 15, 2011 | Four states push back against 'EU Semester'
The European Commission has warned against a "watering down" of the new system of centralised oversight on national economic planning after the Hungarian EU presidency accused Brussels of steamrolling through the process and leaving no time to assess what is being proposed.
The EU's General Court has ruled that the European Parliament must release a controversial 2008 internal report, detailing how MEPs abused an allowance system intended for parliamentary assistants.
June 06, 2011 | Anti-racism campaigners slam Finnish colour-coded ID cards
European anti-racism campaigners have criticised moves by Finnish authorities to colour-code the country's ID cards, with bright blue cards for native-born citizens and brown cards for all foreign nationals, calling the new scheme "legalised ethnic profiling".
May 30, 2011 | MEPs' budgetary wishlist likely to irritate states
MEPs have called for a five percent increase in the EU's next long-term budget (post 2013), a system of own resources and the abolition of national rebates, setting the European Parliament on a collision course with a coalition of large member states.
May 24, 2011 | Buzek defends parliament's efforts to tighten internal rules
Proposing a tighter code of conduct for MEPs continues to shine light on issues of transparency and corruption within the European Parliament.