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.
May 20, 2011 | Blog: Jan Å Johansson
The influence of national parliaments within the EU does not work.
Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier argues for more supranationalistic support from EU citizens. His statements are in direct opposition to the views of many who maintain Eurosceptic ideologies.
May 13, 2011 | Blog: Jan Å Johansson
The European External Action Service wants more and more money.
EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels to discuss the contentious issue of making it easier to re-institute national border controls have given the cold shoulder to the idea of the European Commission having ultimate control over border decisions.
May 10, 2011 | 'Master of lies' Juncker bombarded with attacks
Criticism is mounting against eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker for lying about a secret meeting last Friday of select EU finance ministers in his native Luxembourg to discuss the worsening Greek debt situation.
May 06, 2011 | UK champions own diplomacy over EU 'action service'
British foreign minister William Hague has in a landmark speech depicted the UK as a "global power" alongside a diminutive European Union useful chiefly in economic terms.
May 05, 2011 | Blog: Jan Å Johansson
Members of the European Parliament refuse to make cutbacks.
May 02, 2011 | EU 2012 budget requests set scene for fresh battle
The European Commission has asked for a 4.9 percent increase in next year's EU budget, setting the scene for a fresh game of tug-of-war between EU member states and the European Parliament. Squabbling between MEPs and EU member states last year almost left the Union without a budget.
April 07, 2011 | MEPs reject frugality, vote to increase budget by 2.3 percent
MEPs on Wednesday (April 6) approved a report that recommends increasing the annual budget by 2.3 percent next year, rejecting an amendment to restrict first-class travel.
April 06, 2011 | Romania seeks to prosecute MEP
On Tuesday (April 5), anti-corruption prosecutors in Romania issued a statement requesting that the European Parliament remove the immunity of MEP Adrian Severin (Socialist) so that they could investigate "the suspicion of bribe taking and abuse of power" in the recent cash-for-amendments scandal.
April 05, 2011 | Blog: Jan Å Johansson
Recent action by the Commission is more proof of the EU's out of control supranational governance.
April 05, 2011 | Amid increasing violence, EU backs Ouattara
The European Union (EU) continues to support the Ivory Coast’s President-elect Alassane Ouattara, even as rumours spread that his forces may have been responsible for last week’s massacre near Duekoue.
April 04, 2011 | French forces occupy airport in Ivory Coast
As a battle for the Ivorian capital of Abidjan looms, the French army has urged French and EU citizens to move to protected areas. To facilitate an evacuation, French forces secured the Felix Houphet Boigny international airport on Sunday (April 3).
April 01, 2011 | Buzek softens position on OLAF corruption probe
European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek reversed his position on Wednesday (March 30) by deciding to all the EU's anti-fraud office (OLAF) to investigate the cash-for-amendments scandal. However, Buzek still refuses to grant OLAF access to the offices of the four MEPs accused in the Sunday Times sting operation.