Talks on Ukraine crisis, Geneva, April 17, 2014 / Flickr / European External Action Service / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Geneva deal falters as MEPs consider further sanctions

Hopes for an international agreement intended to de-escalate the tensions in Ukraine have faded, as pro-Russia separatists refuse to surrender their weapons and end the occupation of government buildings in the east. Pressure has increased on the EU to implement further sanctions on Russia. Brokered in Geneva on Thursday (17.04.2014) between … [Continue]

"U talking to me" interview with Guy Verhofstadt, April 2014 / Euranet News Agency

Guy Verhofstadt is a busy man

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, the Liberal candidate for the presidency of the European Commission, has launched his European election campaign. During the Euranet Plus weekly show “U Talking to Me?” in Strasbourg on Tuesday (15.04.2014), he admitted to having a very intense life at the moment. He distanced himself from the … [Continue]

Meeting on Central African Republic / Flickr / President of the European Council / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

EU, Africa search for solutions to CAR humanitarian crisis

The European Union - under France’s leadership - has organized a mini-summit in Brussels on the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic, where war has broken out for religious and ethnic reasons. Wednesday's summit (02.04.2014) involved 13 EU and 12 African countries which play a major role in the crisis. Marek Brzezinski, Polish … [Continue]

Big Crunch Presidential Debate

Top candidates to face off on Europe’s big issues

Who will be the next president of the European Commission? And how will he - or she - deal with the big election issues, like mobility, energy and unemployment? With just weeks to go before the EU-wide election in May, join us as we go beyond the Brussels bubble and talk directly with the top candidates. On April 29, four candidates from the … [Continue]

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC, in events celebrating the Global Safer Internet Day 2014 /

EU and the internet: Beauty and the beast?

The European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes will launch a Youth Manifesto on how to make a better internet. This year the Safer Internet Day was celebrated not only in Europe, but for the first time also around the world, including the US and in over 100 countries, under the theme "Let's create better internet together". But how safe … [Continue]

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“Big Crunch” Presidential debate

Big Crunch Presidential Debate

Top candidates to face off on Europe’s big issues

Who will be the next president of the European Commission? And how will he - or she - deal with the big election issues, like mobility, energy and unemployment? … [Read More...]

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Tumbleweed rolling / Wikimedia

EUphoria: Campaigns, eggs and election fever!

This week, Brussels shut down as MEPs hit the campaign trail. The EU election campaign is just getting started for some, while others have been dancing for weeks. [<a … [Continue]

Jean-Claude Juncker visit Utrecht, April 11 2014 / Flickr / Jean-Claude Juncker / CC BY-NC 2.0

EUphoria: Selfies and election campaigns

The European elections are getting closer and “selfies” are quite trendy among European politicians. For those who will leave the European bubble after the elections, the last plenary session in … [Continue]

Daniel Cohn-Bendit in a light-hearted moment the European Parliament in 2010 / Flickr / European Parliament/Pietro Naj-Oleari / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Daniel Cohn-Bendit: ‘We must continue toward a united Europe’

Daniel Cohn-Bendit said goodbye to the European Parliament this week after having served the institution for 20 years. At the age of 69, the unruly co-president of the European Greens-European Free … [Continue]

German and Euro flag intertwined /

Eurosceptic wave from Bavaria to Germany before European elections

How is Bavaria, one of Germany's richest states, preparing for the upcoming European elections? After months of controversy over immigration from Eastern Europe and the motorway vignette for … [Continue]

Viviane Reding in Trieste / European Union, 2013

Viviane Reding: EU commissioners should be elected

Their code of conduct forbids them from going on with their work as commissioners while campaigning, and so European commissioners must take a break from their duties during the European election … [Continue]

Colourful details in the plenary chamber in Strasbourg / Flickr / European Parliament / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

European Parliament completes final session of its seventh term

The European Parliament has completed the final session of its seventh term in Strasbourg, passing 70 acts. Over the past five years, the parliament has adopted 970 legislative acts. The new, eighth, … [Continue]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Geneva for Ukraine meeting / Flickr / United States Mission Geneva / CC BY-ND 2.0

EU is taking the next steps in the Ukraine

Representatives of the European Union, Ukraine, Russia and the United States met today (17.04.2014) in Geneva to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting was the highest-level direct talks between … [Continue]

Europe on tour April 16, 2014

Europe on Tour: Will these European elections be more democratic?

The European Parliament elections will take place across the continent in just over a month. Are these elections going to be more democratic than the previous ones? And how are the election … [Continue]

Margrete Auken at the plenary session week 16, 2014, on reducing the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags / European Union 2014 EP

European Parliament votes to reduce plastic bag use by 80%

In its last plenary session ahead of the EU elections in May, the European Parliament on Wednesday (16.04.2014) voted to dramatically reduce the use of plastic bags in the European Union by 2019. NGOs … [Continue]

Vote on the Single Resolution Mechanism at the European Parliament / European Union 2014 - EP

Big EU banks under the eyes of a ‘central policeman’

The European Parliament has approved the creation of a new authority and a fund for failing banks. Legislators managed to reach an agreement on Tuesday (15.04.2014) about the missing elements of this … [Continue]