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  1. June 21, 2007

    Wandering minds

    There has been an air of distraction in the European parliament in Strasbourg as the corridors buzz with talk of the...

  2. April 13, 2007

    Observer: No getting away from controversy

    Such is the popularity of Louis Michel, the EU development commissioner and former Belgian foreign minister, on his home...

  1. January 17, 2007

    Observer: Borrell's next step

    It is the changing of the guard in the European parliament. Halfway through its five-year term, it is time to elect a new...

  2. January 2, 2007

    EP faces busy agenda

    2007 is the centenary of the birth of the European federalist hero (resistance fighter, Commissioner and MEP), Altiero...

  3. October 31, 2006

    Observer: Grounded?

    One of the few pleasures of a European parliamentarian's life is a chance to see the world. With delegations for countries...

  4. October 25, 2006

    Observer: Roaming eye

    What will happen to Josep Borrell, the Spanish socialist, when his term expires as president of the European parliament in...

  5. October 3, 2006

    Observer: Warmongering

    The decision of the European parliament to buy its buildings in Strasbourg was bound to be controversial. But thanks to...

  6. August 30, 2006

    Polish PM seeks to mend EU links

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's prime minister, makes his first foreign trip to Brussels today to patch up relations that have...

  7. August 29, 2006

    Polish PM seeks to mend EU links

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s prime minister, makes his first foreign trip to Brussels on Wednesday to patch up relations...

  8. May 25, 2006

    Austria stifles debate on EU parliament

    Strasbourg's role as the hugely expensive second home of the European parliament is likely to survive unscathed at a...

  9. May 24, 2006

    Strasbourg likely to remain second home for parliament

    Strasbourg’s role as the hugely expensive second home of the European parliament is likely to survive unscathed at an EU...

  10. May 23, 2006

    Observer: Adieu, Alsace

    Observer is pleased to hear Margot Wallström watched Eurovision in her capacity as Brussels' Mrs PR. The Swede does not...

  11. May 16, 2006

    Morales to target under-used mining concessions

    Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, said yesterday he would target under-exploited mining concessions as part of his drive...

  12. May 15, 2006

    Morales to target under-used mining concessions

    Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, said on Monday he would target “There are mining concessions that have only been paper...

  13. May 10, 2006

    Push for EU tax to fund budget

    The European Union needs to overhaul its "irrational" budget procedures and consider an EU tax to provide part of its...

  14. May 9, 2006

    Push for EU tax to fund budget

    The European Union needs to overhaul its ?irrational? budget procedures and consider an EU tax to provide part of its...

  15. May 3, 2006

    Observer: Strasbourg sop?

    The clamour to end the European parliament's costly monthly commute to Strasbourg is growing. What was once the obsession of...

  16. April 7, 2006

    Observer: Who is picking the parliament's pocket?

    MEPs and their unaccountable expenses regime are often charged with ripping off the public. But might they be being taken...

  17. April 6, 2006

    Double speak

    MEPs and their unaccountable expenses regime are often charged with ripping off the public. But might they be being taken...

  18. April 6, 2006

    Observer: EU singalong

    The EU's budget battle had hardly ended before it sparked another contest yesterday between the leaders of the EU's three...

  19. March 21, 2006

    Observer: Winner by a head

    It is time to announce the winner of our caption competition, which featured Barroso and parliamentary speaker Josep Borrell...

  20. March 10, 2006

    MEPs cool on call to attend more votes

    MEPs should spend less time travelling the world and more attending key votes in order to raise the credibility of an...

  21. March 9, 2006

    MEPs cool on call to attend more votes

    During their last plenary session in Strasbourg, members of the European parliament applauded their almost unanimous...

  22. February 27, 2006

    Thanks for noticing we've sharpened up

    From Mr Josep Borrell. Sir, Quentin Peel is a perceptive columnist and the European parliament cannot but welcome his...

  23. February 8, 2006

    His steely eye

    Lakshmi Mittal may not have foreseen that his hostile bid for Arcelor would force him to dive deep into European politics...

  24. February 8, 2006

    Observer: Mittal meddling

    Lakshmi Mittal, the Indian steel tycoon, may not have foreseen that his hostile bid for Arcelor would force him to dive into...

  25. January 20, 2006

    Observer: Political theatre

    Members of the European parliament yesterday approved a new code of conduct that forbids them from disturbing debates...

  26. January 9, 2006

    Credit to Blair for a successful presidency

    The presidency of the European Union is usually overrated, not least by the current holders of the six month post. In...

  27. November 8, 2005

    Europe urged to be cautious on US change

    The European parliament has backed big business in the region by warning policy makers in Brussels not to loosen reporting...

  28. October 14, 2005

    Observer: No easy answers

    The British presidency of the European Union is already under attack for refusing to answer journalists' questions. Now it...

  29. September 14, 2005

    Observer: Chequered relaunch

    The jury is still out on whether the €1.25m the European parliament forked out to revamp its website was money well spent....

  30. June 24, 2005

    Mr Blair goes to Brussels

    The main event in Brussels yesterday was the appearance of Tony Blair, the British prime minister, at the European...

  31. June 23, 2005

    Mr Blair goes to Brussels

    The main event in Brussels on Thursday was the appearance of Tony Blair, the British prime minister, at the European...

  32. June 17, 2005

    Rethink on EU expansion bad news for Turkey

    Expansion of the European Union is in doubt. At the EU summit in Brussels many leaders made clear they wanted to think again...

  33. June 8, 2005

    Tidying up

    In keeping with his new role as the leader of Europe, Blair will appear at the European parliament on June 23. Neatly, it...

  34. May 20, 2005

    Europe's left woos French socialists on constitution

    Europe's socialist leaders flocked to Paris this week to express their support for the European Union's constitutional...

  35. May 20, 2005

    Europe's left woos French socialists on constitution

    Europe's socialist leaders flocked to Paris this week to express their support for the European Union's constitutional...

  36. May 19, 2005

    Europe's left woo French socialists on constitution

    Europe's socialist leaders flocked to Paris this week to express their support for the European Union's constitutional...

  37. April 26, 2005

    Barroso seeks watchdog to vet conflicts of interest

    José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, has called for an independent watchdog to vet conflicts of interests...

  38. April 25, 2005

    Barroso seeks independent watchdog

    José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, has called for an independent watchdog to vet conflicts of interests...

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