EU Observer (115)

Free wifi plan backed by MEP committee

A large majority supports giving out subsidies to European cities and municipalities to help them set up wireless internet hotspots.

Report: Germany blocks post-Dieselgate reform

Germany opposes increased EU oversight on how cars are approved, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reports.

Malta floats cash-for-refugees plan

European Union governments should get €60,000 for each asylum seeker they take in above their quota, according to a proposal by Malta reported by Reuters. The countries could choose to pay the same amount if they fall below their share, according to the plan from Malta, which holds the rotating EU ...

Ivanka Trump to meet Merkel at Berlin women's conference

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US president Donald Trump, is participating in the W20 women's summit in Berlin on Tuesday at the invitation of chancellor Angela Merkel. The forum of female leaders also includes Queen Maxima of the Netherlands and IMF director Christine Lagarde. It is Trump's first ...

Russia suspected of Macron hack

Likely Russian spies tried to steal email passwords from Macron's people the same way they hacked US elections, new study says.

Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in 20 years

The Arctic Ocean could be largely ice-free in the summer as early as 2030, according to a report. Some 90 scientists contributed to the study commissioned by the Arctic Council, which groups the US, Russia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The warmer climate is melting ...

Nord Stream 2 to get €4.8bn from European energy firms

Five European energy companies - Engie, OMV, Shell, Uniper and Wintershall - have signed financing agreements for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project committing them to provide long-term financing for 50 percent of the total cost of the project, currently estimated to be €9.5 billion. Each ...

EU to exclude financial services from post-Brexit deal

Contrary to British PM May's expectations for a sweeping trade deal, the EU 27 want to ring-fence the financial services industry from a future trade accord unless the UK agrees to EU rules.

Le Pen-Poutine: des liens qui remontent Ă  loin

La leader du Front National a rencontré le président russe trois fois, et non pas une comme elle l'affirme. Mais l'argent que son parti a obtenu, et sous quelles conditions, restent un mystère.

Defeated Fillon retires from French politics

Francois Fillon, who was eliminated from the French presidential election on Sunday, said on Monday that he would not seek a new seat in the lower chamber of the French parliament in the upcoming June elections. He said in a statement that he didn't have "the legitimacy to lead the fight" and that ...

Hollande: Vote Macron to avoid 'risk' for France

French president Francois Hollande said on Monday that he will vote for Emmanuel Macron in the run-off of the presidential election on 7 May. He called on voters to avoid a "risk" to France if far-right candidate Marine Le Pen were elected. "There is a threat of isolation for France and of a ...

Juncker breaks tradition with support for Macron

European Commission chief diverted from EU practice by congratulating French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, even though he still needs to win the second round.

Les fake news inondent les réseaux sociaux français

Selon une récente étude, un utilisateur français de réseaux sociaux sur quatre partage des fausses informations anti-UE, souvent portant la marque d'une influence russe.

Italy misses deadline on air quality warning

Italy has not responded in time to the European Commission's final warning on Italy's failure to meet air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide , a commission source told EUobserver Monday. France and the UK replied on time, but the commission is still assessing the responses. Spain and Germany ...

Les amis de Le Pen Ă  la Trump Tower

En janvier dernier, la leader du Front National a rencontré des "gens assez aisés" lors d'un cocktail organisé dans l'immeuble appartenant au président américain. L'événement a mis en avant les relations de longue date du Front national aux États-Unis.

France's election run-off will be far-right versus EU

The run-off of the French presidential election will pit a pro-EU social-liberal Macron against anti-EU Marine Le Pen. Macron is likely to win but far-right support is higher than ever.

Alternative for Germany party refuses to shun extreme right

The German anti-EU, anti-Islam party rejects discussing a motion that would declare opposition against racism and anti-Semitism.

Brexit summit, Turkey and Hungary dominate EU This WEEK

European leaders will adopt their negotiating position on the Brexit summit on Saturday, whereas the situation of Hungary's democracy and post-referendum Turkey will be under scrutiny in the EU this week.

Russia threat triggers European military spending hike

Russia's annexation of Crimea in Ukraine has intensified military and defence spending throughout much of Central Europe, according to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Land mine kills OSCE observer in Ukraine

One American paramedic working with the European security watchdog, OSCE, was killed and two field officers - one German and the other Czech - were wounded when their vehicle struck a land mine on Sunday while on patrol in eastern Ukrainian. The area is controlled by Russia-backed separatists. It is ...

Italy prosecutor claims NGOs are working with migrant smugglers

Carmelo Zuccaro, the chief prosecutor for the Sicilian port city of Catania, told "La Stampa" newspaper Sunday that he has evidence in the form of phone calls that NGOs are working directly with human smugglers in Libya to bring migrants to Italy. "We don't know if we can use this information during ...

Danish defence hacked by Russian cyberspies

A Russian cyber-espionage group hacked into the emails of Danish defence ministry employees for two years, the country's defence minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, said. The Russian hacker group ATP28, also known as Fancy Bear', accessed the emails of the department's employees in 2015 and 2016, the ...

EU trade commissioner in US to pick up TTIP talks

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem is in Washington on Monday to discuss how to proceed with talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership . US president Trump seems to have softened his opposition to trade negotiations with the European Union after meeting Germany's Angela ...

Voters 'change face' of French politics

Newcomer Macron and far-right leader Le Pen qualified for the presidential election run-off in a vote that pushed aside the two main traditional parties.

France holds nail-biting 'anti-system' vote

Tactical votes could still bring down either of the two favourites in France on Sunday in a nervous election seen as crucial for the future of the EU.

Le Pen-Putin friendship goes back a long way

Le Pen has met Putin three times, not once, as reported, but how much money did her party get and with what strings attached?

Juncker to meet Soros on Hungary next week

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Hungarian-born American billionaire George Soros, founder and chairman of Open Society Foundations, on 27 April in Brussels to discuss "all the political developments" in Hungary, the EU executive announced Friday. Soros, who founded the ...

Mogherini should tell Russians their rights matter

Invitation to Moscow is a unique opportunity to show solidarity with people who are risking their lives for a more open, democratic Russia.

Le Pens Freunde aus dem Trump Tower

Frankreichs rechtsaussen Parteichefin, Marine Le Pen, traf sich im Januar mit reichen Persönlichkeiten auf einer Cocktailparty, die im Hochhaus des neuen US-Präsidenten stattfand. Die Veranstaltung wirft Licht auf die langjährigen Verbindungen des Front National innerhalb der USA.

Sexe et mensonges: l'information russe sur l'UE

La France et l'Allemagne ont été la cible pendant des années de fausses nouvelles et de mensonges conçus pour inciter à la répulsion sexuelle envers les migrants et les politiciens qui leur ont donné refuge.

Report: Post-Brexit payments, ECJ jurisdiction could last years

The EU and the UK government could clash over several years of post-Brexit payments, EU citizens' rights, and the oversight of the European Court of Justice, all priorities according to the EU's draft negotiating mandate.

Timmermans praises Romania's anti-corruption measures

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans praised Romania during a visit to Bucharest Thursday , saying it was approaching the end of a decade-long anti-corruption programme called the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. We've achieved so much that we are now in the final, final ...

Oxford study raises alarm on 'junk' news in France

Fake news is playing a massive role on Twitter in the run-up to French elections, a British study has said amid concerns on Russian meddling.

Thousands to march in defence of science

Global march should inspire scientists to engage in public life. That goes for Europe's researchers too, Green MEP Bas Eickhout said.

Illicit Russian money poses threat to EU democracy

It cost €11 million to help Le Pen campaign in elections, but it cost the Russian mafia less than €100,000 to hire a former UK attorney general to lobby against EU sanctions.

Trump says 'strong Europe' is good for the US

US president Donald Trump appeared to soften his stance on the EU in a meeting with Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday , saying that a strong Europe was "very important" to him and the United States. His assurances break with earlier statements during Trump's campaign, when he ...

French campaign ends in uncertainty and fear

Several presidential candidates cancelled their last meetings after a policeman was killed in an attack on Paris's Champs Elysees. Pollsters say the race will be very tight on Sunday.

Juncker to visit May in London next week

The British prime minister invited the European Commission president for a discussion about the upcoming EU exit negotiations, while she prepares for general elections on 8 June with a "hard" Brexit agenda.

Sex und LĂĽgen: Russlands Nachrichten ĂĽber die EU

Frankreich und Deutschland sind seit Jahren von Fake-News und Lügen betroffen, die dazu gedacht sind sexuelle Abneigung gegen Migranten und Politiker, die ihnen Zuflucht gewähren, zu schüren.

Brussels and Delhi's shared interests in the Indian Ocean

The EU and India must pool their efforts to strengthen maritime security and stability in their extended neighbourhood.

EU's Juncker and Barnier in London next week

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will travel to London on 26 April, at the invitation of UK prime minister Theresa May, for discussions on the start of the Brexit negotiations. The meeting will take place three days before EU leaders meet in ...

Tusk dragged into 'political' spy probe

EU Council chief appeared as witness in a Russian spy probe in Warsaw amid increasingly toxic political climate in one of the Union's largest states.

Russia-linked fake news floods French social media

One in four of French social media users are sharing links to anti-EU fake news that promote candidates such as Le Pen, amid marked Russian influence, a new study says.

German far-right leader won't run for chancellor

Frauke Petry, the leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party said on Wednesday that she would not lead her party for the 24 September elections. Petry is expecting a baby during the summer, but is also faced with internal dissent. In a video message she said that "the absurd assertion ...

China and EU push for global free trade

EU and Chinese officials stress support for global free trade and multilateral world order in first post-Trump election talks.

Meet Le Pen's friends at Trump Tower

French far-right leader met wealthy people at cocktail party in US president's building in January, spotlighting her longstanding US connections.

How a Swedish love mob fights online hate

A Swedish group helping people to take the fight against online hate and lies had busy days after the recent terrorist attack in Stockholm.

How a Swedish love mob fights back against online hate

A Swedish group helping people to take the fight against online hate and lies had busy days after the recent terrorist attack in Stockholm.

Top Turkey MEP urges talks with Erdogan on accession

Dutch MEP Kati Piri called on Turkey's pre-accession funds to be redirected to Turkish civil society, journalists, and those who share the EU's values.

How a Swedish love mob fights back against online hate

A Swedish group helping people to take the fight against online hate and conspiracies had busy days after the recent terrorist attack in Stockholm.