At the end of the EU summit on Friday, 20 March, EURACTIV Senior Editor Georgi Gotev asked Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker if he was aware that Ukraine had banned Euronews, after a controversial businessman bought the Ukrainian service.
Only hours before EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso called on MEPs and European governments to reach a deal on the 2013 EU budget.
During a plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Barroso warned that he EU's executive is running out of money and might not be able to pays its bills as from mid-November.
According to the Commission, the current shortfall is due to unexpected low income from European imports duties.
The victory of French social-democrat Francois Hollande in the Sunday's presidential elections creates a completely new dynamic on the European agenda. The newly elected president has openly positioned himself against Germany's way of managing the euro crisis, emphasizing that Austerity can no longer be the only option. EU Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso, a member of Sarkozy's political family, welcomed Hollande's victory. Barroso said both leaders share the same growth-driven view for Europe.