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.
October 06, 2011 | While member states cut back, MEPs seek increased 2012 EU budget
Members of the European Parliament's budget committee on Wednesday adopted their position on the 2012 EU budget, asking for a 4.2 percent increase compared to last year, a demand likely to be whittled down in upcoming negotiations with member states.
October 05, 2011 | London mayor: UK referendum on EU membership "not a bad idea."
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October 03, 2011 | OLAF reports increasing misuse of EU funds
More than €1.8 billion in funds from the EU's 2010 budget are believed to have been wrongly spent, according to a European Commission report released last week.
September 30, 2011 | Staff leaving European External Action Service at alarming rate
Working for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) used to sound like one of the sexiest jobs in Brussels. But in the past nine months almost 60 staff have left amid reports of bad working conditions.
September 29, 2011 | Proposed financial transaction tax to target banks and hurt City of London
The European Commission on Wednesday (28 September) unveiled plans to slap a tax on financial transactions in the EU, a scheme that the EU executive hope will raise some €57 billion a year in revenues.
September 28, 2011 | Commission proposes EU financial tax
The EU commission on Wednesday proposed a financial tax for Europe.
September 27, 2011 | Doubts soar in spite of attempts to end 'disorderly default' rumors.
The Greek finance minister on Friday attempted to quash talk of a “disorderly default” as the drumbeat of rumours of the country abandoning its effort to service its debts gathers pace.
September 23, 2011 | Hold them accountable!
Roll Call Votes (RCV) of interest in the European Parliament during the 7th legislature 2009 to 2014
September 23, 2011 | Van Rompuy's UN speech glosses over EU difficulties and shortcomings
EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy has in a ground-breaking speech in New York described the EU as a force for good in the world and said it is managing the euro crisis in a spirit of "solidarity."
September 22, 2011 | Pressure mounts as debt crisis spreads to banks
Stress tests of EU banks in July revealed that nine banks, mainly smaller institutions, were undercapitalised and would be unable to withstand further financial shocks, while an additional sixteen were in a ‘grey zone’.
September 21, 2011 | National interest collides with neutrality in recent TV spot
The Polish government has told voters that its man in Brussels, Janusz Lewandowski, will help it get more EU money, testing the meaning of the budget commissioner's oath of neutrality.
September 20, 2011 | Billions in agricultural subsidies going to vague ecological projects
More than a third of EU agro-environmental aid is given to farms that have no ecological problems on site or within a 10-km range, a study carried out by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) shows.
September 19, 2011 | Financial transaction tax disputed among financial ministers
Day two of talks between finance ministers from the European Union focused largely on the introduction of a financial transaction tax. The proposal faces strong opposition from non-eurozone states.
September 16, 2011 | Ireland requests treaty change to guarantee sovereignty in tax policy
Ireland's low corporate tax was seen as key to its economic success in recent years.