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March 31, 2011 | Jurisdiction dispute continues in MEP scandal
Disagreements concerning who should investigate MEPs over allegations of corruption continue as European Parliament (EP) President Jerzy Buzek refuses to allow the EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) to carry out the probe.
March 30, 2011 | Czech president criticizes pact for the euro
President Vaclav Klaus, of the Czech Republic, has attacked the recently approved “Pact for the euro” as the first step towards complete political union in Europe.
March 29, 2011 | Jurisdiction squabble hinders corruption probe
An investigation into allegations that three MEP accepted “cash for amendments” has made little progress as investigators argue over who should direct the proceedings.
March 28, 2011 | Leaders split on Syria
Even as NATO takes control of the no-fly zone in Libya, Western leaders disagree on the situation in Syria, where forces of President Bashar al-Assad have killed dozens of protesters.
March 23, 2011 | Blog: Lobbyists and corruption in European Parliament
An investigation by the Sunday Times shows troubling corruption among some MEPs.
March 21, 2011 | Three MEPs accused of accepting bribes
The Sunday Times reports that three senior MEPs accepted bribes from undercover reporters in exchange for tabling amendments. The European Parliament began an investigation into the accusations last week.
March 18, 2011 | Change in regulation for euro-parties
A rule change passed by the Constitutional Affairs committee earlier this week would allow euro-parties to spend money on national referendum that have a “direct link” to EU matters.
March 17, 2011 | Commission pushes for common EU tax base
Ireland is calling the European Commission’s proposal for a common tax system a danger to national sovereignty, and they aren’t the only ones.
March 15, 2011 | Uncertainty in EU energy markets with nuclear crisis
Carbon prices in Europe rose to their highest level in two years on Monday (March 14) following uncertainty in the nuclear power industry caused by the crisis in Japan.
March 14, 2011 | Crisis in Japan raises questions on nuclear power
The current crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northern Japan has raised questions about the safety of nuclear power in Europe. Austria has called for “stress tests” of Europe’s nuclear facilities while 60,000 German protesters filled the streets on Saturday.
March 11, 2011 | Cautious action from Nato
Defence ministers meeting at Nato yesterday (10 March) agreed to reposition planes and warships closer to the Libyan coast as they "further explore" the creation of a no-fly zone.
March 11, 2011 | MEPs limit traveling circus
MEPs voted this week to cut one of their monthly sessions in Strasbourg in what appears to be a show a frustration with the “travelling circus” of the European Parliament.
March 09, 2011 | Blog: Schulz and democracy
Following his attack on the European commissioner for taxation, S&D leader Martin Schulz should take time to reflect on the true legitimacy of his position.
March 09, 2011 | MEPs pass financial regulation
Stricter regulations for two controversial financial products received broad support from MEPs in a vote early this week.
March 08, 2011 | Blog: Views of an EUD MEP
Although members of the EU Democrats do not always agree on policy issues, many share a set of core beliefs that make the organization dynamic. Examining the positions taken by Nils Lundgren, who was associated with the EUD during his time in European Parliament, can be quite instructive.
March 08, 2011 | Support for no-fly zone by Britain, France
As NATO puts its AWAC surveillance plances on 24-hour alert, Britain and France are drafting a resolution in the UN Security Council to authorise a no-fly zone over Libya if the situation worsens.
March 07, 2011 | New Irish government faces tough renegotiation battle
Irish parties Fine Gael and Labour have agreed to form a coalition government following last week’s general election. The agreement comes ahead of European summits involving the terms of the €85 billion bail-out negotiated by the Fianna Fail administration with the EU and IMF.
March 02, 2011 | New rules throw power to Commission
According to experts on the subject, new rules on the execution of EU legislation would give considerable power from member states and interest groups to the European Commission.