Tag: European Union

EU’s highest court delivers blow to UK snooper’s charter

“General and indiscriminate retention” of emails and electronic communications by governments is illegal, the EU’s highest court has ruled, in a judgment that could trigger challenges against the UK’s new Investigatory Powers Act – the so-called snooper’s charter. Only targeted interception of traffic and location data in order to combat serious crime – including terrorism […]

European Union sanctions against Russia extended again

The European Union’s European Council announced a six-month extension of sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine on Monday. The EU imposed sanctions against Russia’s financial, energy and defence sectors “in response to Russia’s actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine,” a statement by the council Monday said, referring to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and […]

Turkey’s EU membership talks ‘must be stopped’

Austria wants the European Union to freeze membership talks with Turkey over Ankara’s massive crackdown following the failed coup. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said that the EU “must at least freeze the accession negotiations”. He said: “It is wrong to continue accession negotiations as if nothing negative has happened in Turkey in the last […]


The super army would be funded by all 28 member states – including Britain, which will be forced to pay as Article 50 has not yet been ratified. Speaking tonight in Strasborg, MEP Urmas Paet said the army must become a reality “without further delays”. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group member […]

If you don’t want to leave the EU, you don’t have to – become an associate citizen

Looking across the English Channel from mainland Europe, it is clear David Cameron’s decision to impose a binary choice on the British people, in the form of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, has divided the UK. The overwhelming emotion to the result of the referendum in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe […]

Top EU Official Disputes That Trump Could Upend Iran Nuclear Deal

Asked Thursday about President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to tear up the Iran nuclear deal once in office, the European Union official tasked to oversee its implementation said it was not a bilateral agreement but a multilateral one, enshrined in a U.N. Security Council resolution. E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s words reinforced those of Iranian […]

For our freedom and yours

IF EUROPEAN history once seemed to have arrived at its terminus in 1989, it has sped off in a new direction in Poland. After winning the country’s first post-1989 outright majority in elections one year ago, the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) immediately set about undermining independent checks on its power, from the constitutional […]

EU member states approve Canada trade deal

EU member states have officially endorsed the landmark Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, the European Council says. “I am delighted to confirm that the EU is ready to sign the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with Canada,” said Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. Slovakia currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency. “It represents […]

Prominent German Economist Predicts Italy’s Withdrawal From Eurozone

Amid the ongoing crisis of European integration, Eurosceptic parties and sentiments are on the rise across the EU. In particular, Italy risks leaving the eurozone in the coming future. The European Union is currently in a deep crisis, including an unprecedented influx of refugees and financial tribulations across the eurozone. Prominent German economist Hans Werner Sinn, former president […]

Serbian president: EU’s membership conditions ‘humiliating’

Serbia’s president has accused the European Union of setting “humiliating” conditions for the Balkan country’s membership.   Tomislav Nikolic told visiting Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar that Serbia would move to adopt the EU’s fundamental principles and values even though the 28-nation bloc is in crisis.   Nikolic did not say which EU conditions he […]