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February 14, 2011 | A Sad Tale of Two Cities
A new study shows that an overwhelming majority of MEPs want to discontinue monthly trips to Strasbourg, preferring instead to meet solely in Brussels. Unfortunately, a change in the Lisbon treaty would be necessary to enact the money-saving proposals.
February 10, 2011 | Poor grades for Barroso's Commission
EU insiders are unimpressed with the performance of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's team during the first year of his second term, according to a recent survey.
February 09, 2011 | Brussels notices economic crisis
In a letter to EU institutions and agencies last week, EU budgets commissioner Janusz Lewandowski warned that excesses by EU entities won't bode well for popular support.
February 08, 2011 | Insiders blamed for EU robbery
Investigators seem certain that the third armed robbery inside the European Parliament in two years was an inside job.
February 08, 2011 | Romania requests "precautionary" loan
Romania is about to sign a second, "precautionary" agreement with the EU and the International Monetary Fund worth €5 billion, with a first aid package agreed in 2009 set to run out in May, the country's president said on Sunday (6 February).
February 07, 2011 | Blog: Sony Kapoor
An examination of fiscal missteps at the EU.
February 04, 2011 | Blog: Res publica, royalty and the EU
Bruno Waterfield on the EU's high and mighty.
February 04, 2011 | EP chief demands increased funding
Arguing that competition from the Chinese and risk from dependence on Russia are too much for the private sector, European Parliament chief Jerzy Buzek called for further increases in EU funding.
February 02, 2011 | EU moves to decrease transparency
Legislation set to appear before the European Parliament will tightly restrict its freedom-of-information rules just seven years after they were introduced, says an alliance of some 180 human rights organisations, transparency pressure groups and journalist unions which oppose the proposed changes.
February 01, 2011 | The crisis of the euro
An article by Swedish economist Stefan de Vylder.
February 01, 2011 | EU costs cut by ceiling collapse
According to documents published this month, travel and accommodation savings of nearly €2 million were made in 2008 when MEPs were forced to relocate to Brussels due to a collapsed ceiling in the European Parliament's Strasbourg plenary chamber.
January 31, 2011 | EU aid to Egypt's Mubarak continues
Concerns are mounting over the Egyptian military's repression of pro-democracy protestors, but American and European aid will continue to buoy the government of Hosni Mubarak.
January 28, 2011 | Sarkozy defends euro
In a keynote speech to some of the most powerful businessmen and politicians on the planet at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday (27 January), French President Nicolas Sarkozy attempted to kill off suggestions that the euro could splinter.
January 27, 2011 | The ALDE: Impressive in one way
Blog: The ALDE position paper on the 2013 EU budget has several commendable suggestions, and one big failure.
January 27, 2011 | ECR leader resigns
In a move that threatens the stability of the eurosceptic European Conservatives and Reformist (ECR) group in the European Parliament, Polish leader Mical Kaminski has announced his resignation.
January 26, 2011 | MEPs call for democratization of Schegen enlargement process
With access to documents still being restricted for the European Parliament, whose role remains purely consultative on the Schengen enlargement issue despite beefed up powers in police matters, MEPs say the moment has come to reform the whole system.
January 25, 2011 | German foreign minister condemns expansion of EU bail-out fund
In an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt released on Monday, German Foreign Minister Guido Wersterwelle denounced EU leaders who “practically impose their demands for a top-up of the rescue fund.”
January 24, 2011 | Pan-Eurpean Party Hearing
On Wednesday, MEPs will investigate the question of pan-European political parties with the presentation of a new study, How to create a Transnational Party System,and a discussion of rule changes designed to boost the idea of European-level partisanship.