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Politics 24-03-2017

Spokesperson: Expensive gifts to Commissioners from ‘old friends’ don’t count

Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has received expensive suits as gifts. Their unit price is estimated at €15,000, the French weekly Le Canard Enchaîné has revealed. But the Commission sees no wrongdoing.

Europe's East 23-03-2017

Council of Europe plagued by ‘caviar diplomacy’

A corruption scandal involving payments running into millions of euros has rocked the Council of Europe. But details are still hard to come by and the organisation seems unwilling to delve deeper into the matter. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

EU fundamental rights chief: ‘Without human rights, Europe loses its integrity’

Head of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights Michael O’Flaherty insists that the EU has not given up on Poland and that Brussels is capable of dealing with the problems that currently face it. EURACTIV's partner Gazeta Wyborcza reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Brazil’s rotten meat scandal strikes ahead of fresh EU trade talks

The European Union has insisted Brazilian representatives attend an emergency meeting today (20 March) to explain themselves regarding a scandal involving rotten meat and the country's two largest exporters. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

Commission hails downsized EU public prosecutor as victory for ‘multi-speed Europe’

EU leaders agreed to slice up a controversial bill to open the first EU public prosecutor's office, with some backers calling it a victory of “multi-speed Europe” because it will free countries that opposed the new set-up to drop out.

Enlargement 09-03-2017

EU to recommit support to Balkan candidate countries

European Union leaders will pledge "unequivocal support" for the Balkans today (9 March) in order to counter Russian influence and reinvigorate the region's bid to join the bloc, diplomats said.

Politics 03-03-2017

Brexit could slam door on star footballers

European football’s top official fears superstar footballers with ongoing court cases, like Messi and Neymar, could be refused access to the UK after Brexit. He even indicated that European matches could be held elsewhere in a worst case scenario.

EU watchdog opens probe into Barrosogate

Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly began investigating the Commission’s handling of the Barrosogate scandal today (28 February).

Elections 27-02-2017

French election turns ugly as political attacks mount

Journalists accused of bias. Judges said to be taking orders from the president. The country in a state of "near civil war".

Thousands form huge EU flag during Bucharest protest

Thousands protested in the Romanian capital Bucharest yesterday (26 February) against the Social Democrat government that tried to weaken a crackdown on corruption earlier this month.

Enlargement 23-02-2017

MEPs focus on Serbian Savamala affair

After ten months, and no judicial progress, lawmakers in the European Parliament are discussing the destruction of privately owned buildings in the centre of Belgrade last year. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

Elections 23-02-2017

Le Pen aide charged as Macron wins key ally

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist yesterday (22 February), hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.

Austrian extradition could spell trouble for Trump

An Austrian court on Tuesday (22 February) approved the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the US request was politically motivated.

Romania’s have-a-go heroes fight corruption

Romanian architect Serban Marinescu never thought he'd come up against such brazen corruption. And when a city mayor demanded a backhander, he plucked up his courage and reported him.

20-02-2017

It is time to remove the stamp of corruption from Romania

The fight against corruption, so highly supported by Brussels, has become a witch-hunt with prosecutors, judges, the secret services and the president all protecting their business interests, writes Norica Nicolai.

Elections 17-02-2017

Bulgaria’s interim government finds many irregular defence contracts

Bulgaria's new interim government has found that over half the defence procurement contracts signed last year were irregular and is examining nine of them on suspicion of fraud, its prime minister said today (17 February).

EU welcomes Romania’s repeal of graft decree, offers help for jails

The European Commission yesterday (16 February) welcomed as a "very good step" the decision of the Romanian government to repeal a decree that would have decriminalised graft, and offered Bucharest assistance and funds to improve the country's prisons.

Elections 13-02-2017

Thousands continue protests against government in Romania

Tens of thousands of Romanians braved the cold and returned to the streets in protest on Sunday (12 February), calling on the government to resign as they accused it of attempting to water down anti-corruption laws.

Enlargement 10-02-2017

EU tells Macedonian politicians to drag country out of crisis

European Union Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn yesterday (9 February) urged political parties in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) to reach a swift agreement on the formation of a new government.

Romanian justice minister quits after graft decree debacle

Romanian Justice Minister Florin Iordache resigned on Thursday (9 February) after a decree on corruption that he drafted triggered a week of street protests, international criticism and finally an embarrassing climbdown by the month-old government.

Romanian president berates government, rules out early elections

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis yesterday (7 February) rebuked the government for doing "too little" to resolve the crisis rocking the country over a corruption decree, but stopped short of calling for its resignation.

Central Europe 07-02-2017

Political analyst: Romania is undergoing a second ‘democratic’ revolution

The mass demonstrations that have swept Romania since 29 January have kicked off a social insurrection, the likes of which has not been seen since the overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989, Octavian Milewski told Euractiv Poland.

Elections 07-02-2017

Defiant Fillon refuses to quit France’s presidential race

French conservative presidential candidate François Fillon yesterday (6 February) vowed to fight on for the presidency despite a damaging scandal involving taxpayer-funded payments to his wife for work that a newspaper alleges she did not do.

Inside Romania’s protests

Despite a wave of similar grassroots anti-government protests elsewhere, particularly in the US, the roots of the present wave of protests in Romania lie in the political and economic failures of the country’s post-communist transition, writes Bogdan Enache.