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25/06/2016

Spanish minister resigns after alleged links to offshore deals

Topic: corruption


Jean-Marie Le Pen told to repay €320,000 to European Parliament

The European Parliament is demanding the repayment of €320,000 from MEP Jean-Marie Le Pen over a salary it believes was wrongly paid out to a parliamentary assistant, sources said on Wednesday (22 June).
Elections 22-06-2016

Spaniards fear a 'Groundhog Day' election

The American comedy Groundhog Day is based on a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. Spaniards voting on Sunday (26 June) fear a “Groundhog Day” election: a repetition of the previous results, with no clear winner. EurActiv Spain reports.
Enlargement 21-06-2016

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ in Serbia team up to free iconic defendants

‘Good lawyers and bad judges’ have freed the protagonists of a major cigarette trafficking affair, in a judicial case illustrating the myriad failings of Serbian law enforcement. EurActiv Serbia reports.

The Kessler case should lead to a reform of OLAF

Giovanni Kessler, the director-general of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), is alleged to have wrongly listened in on telephone conversations as part of a previous OLAF investigation. Helen Xanthaki argues that the case should inspire the EU to reassess the structure of OLAF.
Europe's East 16-06-2016

Chief prosecutor: A wad of dollars is placed on Ukraine’s Themis scale

In a wide-ranging interview, the newly-appointed Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko told EurActiv of his adventurous life, the shocking corruption cases he has already uncovered, and the daunting tasks ahead.

EU and Kosovo disagree over role of legal mission, cases suspended

All court cases in Kosovo handled by European Union prosecutors and judges were suspended today (15 June) after the Balkan country failed to extend their mandate because of a dispute over the role of the EU’s legal mission.
Elections 06-06-2016

Social Democrats win Romanian local elections

Romania's leftist Social Democrats (PSD) won most votes in countrywide local elections yesterday (5 June), according to an exit poll, putting them in a strong position before a parliamentary election later this year.
Europe's East 03-06-2016

Ukraine's corrupt judges targeted in constitutional reforms

Ukraine's parliament approved yesterday (2 June) judicial reforms that Western backers say are needed to fight corruption, in the first constitutional vote the ruling coalition has pushed through since an overhaul of the government in April.

MEPs to grill Cañete over corruption after Spanish elections

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will have to appear before the European Parliament to respond to the accusations of his alleged involvement in the ‘Panama papers scandal’ and a corruption case in Spain.
EU Priorities 2020 31-05-2016

Giegold: ‘Many member states avoid European transparency like the plague’

EXCLUSIVE / Back in 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker prioritised transparency as a crucial point of his Commission's mandate. EurActiv Germany spoke with Sven Giegold about the future of transparency in the institutions.
Enlargement 25-05-2016

Macedonia's EU aspirations in jeopardy

Political uncertainty in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is leading to growing doubts over the country's capacity to meet its EU-accession targets. EurActiv Germany reports.
Elections 19-05-2016

Graft case shakes up Croatian government

Croatia's main opposition party, the Social Democrats, sought on Wednesday (18 May) a confidence vote against powerful Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko over an alleged conflict of interest, as a national watchdog opened a probe into the affair.
Sustainable Dev. 13-05-2016

OECD: Corruption costs water sector €66 billion a year

Water is arguably the world’s most precious, if not always most expensive, resource. The OECD is looking to prioritise cooperation between sectors and new forms of financing. EurActiv’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.
Enlargement 12-05-2016

Thugs destroy buildings in Belgrade while police look the other way

On 11 May, hundreds of residents of Belgrade protested the bulldozing of buildings on a street facing the Sava river, outraged by the silence of the authorities, and the complicity of the police. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 12-05-2016

Macedonia's Albanian minority parties to join election boycott

Two Albanian political parties in Macedonia said yesterday (11 May) they would join a boycott of parliamentary elections on 5 June, in order to protest government control over the media and state bodies, raising doubts about the viability of the poll.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Cameron caught on camera naming ‘fantastically corrupt countries’

British Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth yesterday (10 May) that leaders of some "fantastically corrupt" countries, including Nigeria and Afghanistan, were due to attend his anti-corruption summit.

Malta’s Court of Auditors nominee defends minister exposed in Panama Papers

Leo Brincat, the new Maltese nominee for the European Court of Auditors, whose role is to fight corruption, has helped a cabinet minister exposed in the Panama Papers, to escape a no-confidence motion.

European Parliament tells MEP to return €400,000

The Danish MEP Morten Messerschmidt has misused EU funding through two foundations he used to chair, according to the European Parliament’s secretary general Klaus Welle. The MEP will likely have to pay back €400,000 worth of EU funding.
Development Policy 26-04-2016

Corruption continues to hinder Global Fund's work

The Global Fund has financed anti-malaria programmes in 100 countries since its foundation in 2002. However, there are flaws in the system and the spectre of corruption is ever present. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Enlargement 22-04-2016

EU cancels Vienna talks as Macedonia protests continue

The European Union yesterday (21 April) cancelled mediation talks on resolving the political crisis in Macedonia, as tens of thousands of pro- and anti-government demonstrators again took to the streets of Skopje.
Europe's East 21-04-2016

EU raps Ukraine bid to change judicial law to suit Poroshenko

The European Union on Thursday (21 April) rapped a proposed change in Ukrainian law that would let President Petro Poroshenko appoint an ally with no legal experience to the prosecutor general's post.
Enlargement 21-04-2016

Macedonian opposition sets conditions for joining Vienna talks

Macedonia's opposition said yesterday (20 April) it would only join EU talks on resolving the country's political crisis if the government revoked an amnesty for politicians embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal and postpone the 5 June elections.
Enlargement 19-04-2016

Hahn invites Macedonia leaders to Vienna talks

The European Union has invited Macedonian leaders to talks Friday (22 April) on ending the political crisis that has gripped the small Balkan country for the last two years.
Elections 15-04-2016

Spanish minister resigns after alleged links to offshore deals

Spain's acting Industry Minister José Manuel Soria said today (15 April) he was resigning with immediate effect after alleged links to offshore dealings which emerged after he was named in the Panama Papers.