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    1. October 5, 2014

      European parliament kicks back against commission’s nominees

      While pitching to be Europe’s digital chief, Germany’s Günther Oettinger insulted Hollywood victims of hacking for being...

    2. September 21, 2014

      Hill prepares for Brussels’ baiting

      Confirmation hearings for EU commissioners are the closest Brussels comes to blood sport, and this time around few nominees...

    1. July 16, 2014

      Lord Hill clears out his lobbying links

      Britain’s candidate to be EU commissioner is selling his £375,000 stake in a public affairs group in a bid to avert a clash...

    2. The World

      July 4, 2014

      Rome and Berlin lock horns

      Today Germany and France will meet in their World Cup quarter final in Rio de Janeiro, the latest episode in one of Europe’s...

    3. June 21, 2014

      Leftwing leaders back Juncker for top Brussels post

      PARIS, June 21 – Leftwing European leaders agreed on Saturday to back Luxembourg conservative Jean-Claude Juncker for the...

    4. The World

      May 29, 2014

      Spit out the Spitzenkandidaten

      Jean-Claude Juncker (Getty) The fact that the leaders of the 28 EU nations are not rushing to appoint Jean-Claude Juncker as...

    5. The World

      May 23, 2014

      ‘Spitzenkandidat’ Schulz plays up German roots

      Martin Schulz has made a career of presenting himself as the ultimate European. But when it comes to the crunch, the German...

    6. May 22, 2014

      Martin Schulz changes game in wrangling for top Brussels job

      When French prime minister Manuel Valls takes the stage in Lyon on Friday, at his final campaign rally before Sunday’s...

    7. Brussels Blog

      May 22, 2014

      And the European Commission winner is...

      Juncker, left, with Schulz ahead of a debate in Hamburg, Germany earlier this week With voting now underway in Britain and...

    8. May 16, 2014

      Alexis Tsipras uses EU campaign to connect with voters in Greece

      Alexis Tsipras, the leftwing Greek political leader, may be a long-shot to become the next president of the European...

    9. May 14, 2014

      European Parliament’s ‘prince of darkness’ awaits poll backlash

      Klaus Welle’s formal title is secretary-general of the European Parliament. Yet in the corridors of the EU capital, Mr Welle...

    10. The World

      May 11, 2014

      My challenge: How to moderate a lively (and intelligible) EU election debate

      Ten minutes into moderating Friday night’s European parliament election debate in Florence, I was gripped with the...

    11. May 9, 2014

      Candidates for commission president warn on Brussels poll

      Leading candidates in the European parliamentary elections for the top post of Commission president have warned of a...

    12. The World

      May 9, 2014

      Schulz and Juncker clash in TV debate

      Martin Schulz and Jean-Claude Juncker, the two leading candidates in the European Parliamentary election, did their best to...

    13. April 29, 2014

      Berlusconi launches European election campaign

      Silvio Berlusconi, has taken a swipe at the judiciary for his tax fraud conviction as Italy’s former prime minister launched...

    14. April 27, 2014

      European Commission hopefuls try to excite voters with TV debate

      Voters across Europe will be introduced on Monday to four candidates vying to be the next head of the European Commission...

    15. March 28, 2014

      Labour urges European Parliament president not to visit UK

      Labour has urged the Socialist president of the European Parliament not to visit the UK on an upcoming tour of the...

    16. February 9, 2014

      Swiss access to EU market under threat after immigration vote

      Brussels warned Switzerland on Sunday that its access to the EU’s single market for goods and services was under threat...

    17. The World

      February 5, 2014

      Booze, Brussels and the next Commission president

      Guy Verhofstadt (Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Getty) The three main candidates to be the next head of the European Commission are...

    18. February 4, 2014

      The return of yesterday’s men

      On March 6-7 Europe’s centre-right political parties will meet in Dublin to choose their frontman for May’s elections to the...

    19. Brussels Blog

      January 29, 2014

      From scourge of McDonald's to Green nominee

      José Bové, campaigning in France last year Before coming to the European parliament in 2009, José Bové was best known as the...

    20. October 10, 2013

      Wilfried Martens, nine-times Belgian prime minister, dies aged 77

      Wilfried Martens, former Belgian prime minister and longstanding president of the European People’s Party, has died...

    21. July 2, 2013

      America’s spying has made a European trade deal even harder

      I am shocked,” said Martin Schulz, president of the European parliament, in response to leaks revealing US surveillance of...

    22. Brussels Blog

      July 1, 2013

      US snooping gives the EU an unexpected boost

      A report in Der Spiegel about US snooping on the EU has thrown a very big spanner into trans-Atlantic relations. As we...

    23. June 27, 2013

      EU reaches €960bn budget deal

      A protracted fight over the EU’s next long-term budget appeared to come to an end on Thursday morning after negotiators from...

    24. April 26, 2013

      Dinner with the FT: Martin Schulz

      For many years, the European Parliament has been dismissed as a waste of space: a double waste of space, in fact, since it...

    25. March 13, 2013

      EU Parliament rebuffs budget

      The European Parliament wielded its new powers to reject for the first time a long-term EU budget agreed by leaders of the...

    26. March 12, 2013

      MEPs plot weapon of mass sequestration

      European lawmakers are considering importing a version of Washington’s dreaded budget sequestration as a way of gaining more...

    27. March 5, 2013

      Europe: A loaded chamber

      Deep inside the Parlamentarium, the European parliament’s flashy, new €21m visitors centre, Eva Vanpeteghem and Elise Mais...

    28. February 8, 2013

      EU budget hawks take spoils

      Austerity-minded EU nations led by Britain and Germany prevailed over freer-spending counterparts to secure the first ever...

    29. February 8, 2013

      Leaders agree cut to EU spending

      Leaders agreed the first ever cut to the European Union budget after setting spending to the end of the decade at €960bn....

    30. Brussels Blog

      February 8, 2013

      EU Budget: Schulz's shenanigans

      It’s hard enough to get 27 member states to agree unanimously on a seven-year, €1,000bn budget – as anyone following the...

    31. January 9, 2013

      Japan’s stimulus unlikely to aid growth

      Back in the spring of 2009, in the wake of the Lehman crisis, Japan’s then prime minister Taro Aso launched what he called a...

    32. December 6, 2012

      UK sidelined in eurozone oversight plan

      Britain will be formally sidelined within an EU institution for the first time under a contentious proposal from the...

    33. Brussels Blog

      November 15, 2012

      Has summit deal on EU budget become impossible?

      Martin Schulz, far right, with his fellow EU presidents ahead of budget talks on Monday. Just how bleak do things look for...

    34. November 13, 2012

      EU standoff stokes tension before summit

      The abrupt collapse of talks on the EU’s budget for 2013 has amplified concerns about the bloc’s ability to negotiate a...

    35. October 23, 2012

      ECB urged to identify women candidates

      EU leaders are facing an embarrassing rebuff by lawmakers who are threatening to vote against the nomination of a Luxembourg...

    36. FT Alphaville

      October 18, 2012

      Van Rompuy, Barroso and Schulz to collect the EU's Nobel together

      We had only just digested the news that the EU had won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, before the obvious question dawned on...

    37. October 16, 2012

      Peace prize sets off an unseemly scuffle

      No sooner had the EU been awarded its Nobel Peace Prize on Friday than Brussels descended into what it does best: an...

    38. Brussels Blog

      September 27, 2012

      Van Rompuy swings, and misses, for the ECB

      Van Rompuy this week at the UN. MEP Goulard called his letter "empty (and quite insulting The ongoing saga of the European...

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