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US trial sheds light on murky Cyprus-Russia links

As the first trial arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian interference during the US presidential election draws to a close, now is a good time to reflect on what has come to light so far.

The trial in question is the first of two centering on ...

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Burned cars fuel Swedish election debate

"What the heck are you doing?" Sweden's prime minister asked on Tuesday (14 August), after up to 100 cars had been set on fire by young, masked men in several south-western Swedish cities during the night.

Social Democrat prime minister Stefan Lofven also called for more resources for the ...

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EU court to hear citizens' climate case against EU

A group of citizens suing the EU over climate change received good news this week when the European General Court accepted their case, which they have dubbed the 'People's Climate Case'.

The case was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on Monday (13 August) under the ...

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How long can Bulgaria keep facing both East and West?

Bulgaria's first stint holding the rotating EU presidency, from January to June 2018, was neither the disaster some observers predicted nor the PR coup Sofia had hoped for.

Sofia can hardly be blamed for the biggest turmoil currently roiling Europe, considering the ongoing spat over ...

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EU commission steps up legal case against Poland

The European Commission moved closer on Tuesday (14 August) to a possible referral of Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU over Poland's new law on the country's Supreme Court.

The EU executive sent Poland a 'reasoned opinion' – the next step on the escalation ladder of the ...

2018-08-14 14:53 open_in_new
Revealed: ExxonMobil's private dinner with Cyprus' top EU brass

Oil and gas firm ExxonMobil recently hosted Cypriot MEPs, Cyprus' highest EU diplomat and EU commissioner Christos Stylianides at a dinner in a private club in Brussels, to inform them about its offshore drilling plans near Cyprus.

However, no record was made of what was said at the ...

2018-08-14 08:35 open_in_new
Separation of powers instead of 'Spitzenkandidat' process

With less than a year to go until the European elections, political groups are about to nominate their so-called Spitzenkandidat, or 'lead candidate'.

They want to make it a habit that the Spitzenkandidat of the largest political group becomes the president of the European Commission. ...

2018-08-14 08:35 open_in_new
What Salvini teaches us about Operation Sophia

In his political rampage since becoming Italy's minister of the interior, Matteo Salvini has recently begun targeting European crisis management missions such as Operation Sophia.

This mission, currently led by an Italian admiral and specifically pushed for back in 2015 by the ...

2018-08-13 08:26 open_in_new
14 lobbyist meetings with Oettinger and Canete went unminuted

The two EU commissioners who most often meet with lobbyists did not have any minutes or notes taken of 14 meetings with companies such as Goldman Sachs, Statoil, Suez, and Peugeot.

The lack of any recording or transcript of the meetings makes it difficult for journalists and the public to ...

2018-08-13 08:26 open_in_new
UK poll suggests Brits would now vote Remain

The majority of people in the UK would now vote to remain part of the European Union, according to a new poll.

A YouGov survey on Friday (10 August) suggests 53 percent of voters would choose to stay in the EU, if a referendum was held now, as opposed to 47 percent who would opt to ...

2018-08-10 11:08 open_in_new
Some EU states face delays in 5G preparation

A handful of English tourists was recently waiting for a ferry service to the Scottish island Handa, when a typical 21st century smalltalk topic emerged.

The tourists compared their phones and whether they had a mobile connection.

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2018-08-10 07:59 open_in_new
Nordic and Baltic farmers urgently need EU support

Agriculture is the single largest budget item in the European Union. Within a budget of more than €380bn, it is reasonable to expect a European ability to cope with crises and extraordinary events.

We hope that the Union will come forward with more initiatives to support farmers ...

2018-08-09 10:59 open_in_new
Migrant death rate spikes despite EU 'safety' priority

The European Commission on Wednesday (8 August) said its main objective in Libya is to protect migrants following a surge in deaths of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

"Our main objective is to protect migrants and that is the main reason to train the Libyan coastguards," ...

2018-08-09 08:53 open_in_new
10 years on: Russia's occupation of Georgian territory

Ten years after the brief Russia-Georgia war, Moscow continues to be in breach of its international obligations.

Russia has not only failed to implement key elements of the six-point ceasefire agreement brokered by then–French president Nicolas Sarkozy in August 2008, it has also ...

2018-08-08 17:08 open_in_new
EU official proposed covering up wifi portal flaw

A high-ranked official at the European Commission proposed closing a call for subsidies for municipal wireless internet connections to cover up for a technical design flaw in the application portal.

The director of Electronic Communications Networks and Services, Anthony Whelan, said in a ...

2018-08-08 08:44 open_in_new
Has the time finally come for 'European champions'?

The word "European champion" will likely be the new buzzword of corporate executives and politicians in the EU, as the number of inter-EU mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in 2017 climbed to its highest since 2008.

While the concept will surely touch some free-competition nerves, ...

2018-08-07 10:41 open_in_new
EU firms in Iran caught between US and Europe

European businesses that pull out of Iran because of US sanctions may end up being sued by EU states.

A European Commission spokeswoman on Monday (6 August) told reporters in Brussels that EU firms are banned from following US demands to cut business ties with Iran, unless specifically ...

2018-08-07 08:35 open_in_new
Allergic disease and asthma on the rise in Europe

Asthma is one of the most frequent chronic conditions in Europe, affecting more than 30 million Europeans – a number that is still growing.

"At some stage in the future almost half of the population may suffer from an allergic disease and asthma will be a considerable proportion of ...

2018-08-06 10:32 open_in_new
Children losing out on education in EU migration deal

"I get depressed here. I want to go to a good school to study," said a bright, 12-year-old girl from Afghanistan, who's been stuck for six months in the grim Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. "If we don't study we won't have a future and we won't become successful."

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2018-08-06 10:32 open_in_new
Heat, drought, fires: climate change shows Europe's future

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2018-08-06 10:32 open_in_new
EU still not clear on where to put rescued migrants

The EU states have yet to reach an agreement on changing rules for an EU naval operation, at Italy's demand, when it comes to offloading rescued migrants at sea.

EU ambassadors on Friday (3 August) in a meeting in Brussels discussed Operation Sophia, an EU naval operation primarily tasked ...

2018-08-03 18:29 open_in_new