November 03, 2011 | Berlusconi's ratings fall to record low, government "hangs by a string"
Silvio Berlusconi’s position as prime minister of Italy is increasingly uncertain as he travels to Cannes this morning to present the G20 summit with a package of anti-crisis measures, agreed to after a gruelling day of emergency meetings and a growing mutiny at home.
November 02, 2011 | Democracy used as a last resort for Greek PM
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has announced he will hold a referendum on the new EU bail-out package, putting Greek membership of the euro at risk.
October 31, 2011 | Euro referendum debate in Czech Republic gains ground
The ruling euro-sceptic ODS party in the Czech Republic wants to push for a referendum on the country's future eurozone accession, claiming that the rules have changed since 2003 when Czechs said yes to the EU and the euro.
October 28, 2011 | Member states reject EU budget increase
EU ministers on Thursday rejected the European Parliament's demands for an 5.23% increase in the 2012 EU budget.
October 27, 2011 | New Study: Who are the Members of the European Parliament?
EUDemocrats (EUD) and its think-tank, Organisation for European Interstate Cooperation (OEIC), present their research of the social, educational, and professional background of the current 736 Members of the European Parliament (MEP). A comparison is also made with research done in 1996 and 1999.
October 26, 2011 | Uncertainty looms over summit
With so many aspects of the deal still far from being brought together, any grand bargain reached between the bloc’s premiers and presidents on Wednesday will likely be only the broad outline of a plan, leaving the fine print to be tackled by finance ministers in the coming days.
October 25, 2011 | Avoiding a referendum, Cameron vows to take back EU powers
British MPs have voted against a referendum on EU membership. But Prime Minister David Cameron indicated he will try to claw back EU powers in an upcoming review of the Treaty.
October 24, 2011 | Dutch parliament kept in the dark on government's stance at summit
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte clashed with parliament in the Hague on Saturday, over his refusal to elaborate on the government’s position at Sunday's eurozone summit for fear of giving away its negotiation strategy.
October 20, 2011 | Proposal seeks to censor ratings agencies
EU institutions are seeking to curb the powers of ratings agencies and some forms of speculative trading in a backlash against markets by Europe's political elite.
October 19, 2011 | Suggestions of eurozone exclusivity in voting raise objections
Deputies from eurozone countries should alone be allowed to vote on issues to do with the single currency in a special committee, a leading MEP has suggested.
October 18, 2011 | EU-dictated austerity comes under fire, defended by EU presidents
The EU presidents have declared their sympathies for the widening anti-austerity movement of ‘indignados’ but said turning away from austerity would be "irresponsible."
October 17, 2011 | Parliament pushes for more power in investigation
The European Parliament is seeking major new powers to conduct investigations, including the right to summon European commissioners, officials and national politicians to give evidence to inquiries into breaches of EU law.
October 13, 2011 | EU agricultural policy to be overhauled
The European Commission on Wednesday published keenly awaited proposals to overhaul its farm policy from 2014, capping payments to single farms and obliging the EU's 12 million landowners to become greener.
October 12, 2011 | Slovakia says no to bailout fund, dissolves government
The Slovak parliament on Tuesday (11 October) brought down the government in a no-confidence vote linked to the eurozone bail-out fund, a move putting in doubt a second rescue package for Greece as agreed by EU leaders in July.
October 11, 2011 | German officials admit to using controversial spyware since 2009
Officials from the German state of Bavaria admitted on Monday (October 10) that they legally used the software but promised a review. Both cyber security experts and politicians doubt the legality of the software due to its many pervasive functions.
October 10, 2011 | EU-tax discussed in the Swedish Parliaments’ European Committee
A look at Sweden's EU tax debate.
October 10, 2011 | No details to be given on Greek bailout until end of month
Financial markets hoping for the outline of some grand strategy for dealing with the ever-worsening eurozone crisis are likely to be disappointed by the vague announcement offered up by the French president and German chancellor after emergency talks in Berlin on Sunday (9 September).
October 07, 2011 | "Six pack" begins to flex its muscles
The EU commission on Thursday (6 October) proposed that from 2014 onwards, the bloc's structural funds for poorer regions be linked to strict budget deficit rules under the new economic governance legislation.