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December 08, 2011 | Finland alarmed about proposed loss of sovereignty
Finland has objected to a Franco-German plan to make decisions on using the eurozone bail-out fund easier, saying it is an "alarming" move.
December 07, 2011 | Van Rompuy proposes a treaty shortcut
The European Union may be able to winkle out of the fraught process of a full treaty change via a clever legal trick, EU Council President Herman van Rompuy has suggested.
December 06, 2011 | Compromise between Merkel and Sarkozy still incomplete
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have endorsed an awkward compromise on the wielding of sanctions by the EU's top court against allegedly fiscally wayward governments.
December 01, 2011 | Transparency International: crisis countries increasingly corrupt
Denmark has lost its position as the least corrupt country in the world to New Zealand, while Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, and Romania are becoming increasingly problematic, according to Transparency International's latest Corruption Perception Index published on Thursday (1 December).
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.