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  1. 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...

  2. December 16, 2010

    ‘Third pole’ to challenge Berlusconi

    Having narrowly failed in their efforts to unseat Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition government in parliament, several opposition...

  1. November 26, 2009

    MEPs set to flex muscles over Brussels posts

    Five years ago the formation of a new European Commission marked a watershed for the European parliament. MEPs used the...

  2. November 25, 2009

    MEPs set to flex muscles over Brussels posts

    Five years ago the formation of a new European Commission marked a watershed for the European parliament. MEPs used the...

  3. November 18, 2009

    European sexism

    Brussels Blog (Tony Barber): My colleague Philippe Ricard wrote a fine piece in Monday's Le Monde about the scarcity of...

  4. Brussels Blog

    November 17, 2009

    Scarcity of women candidates for EU jobs signals trouble ahead

    My colleague Philippe Ricard wrote a fine piece in Monday’s Le Monde about the scarcity of women candidates for top...

  5. April 23, 2008

    Barroso weighs in on justice chief

    José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, has insulated himself from potential fresh embarrassment at the hands...

  6. December 18, 2006

    Rumours of Roman faith's demise greatly exaggerated

    When Diarmuid Martin, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin, ordained three priests in July, it was not without a certain...

  7. December 17, 2006

    No last rites yet for Catholic Europe

    When Diarmuid Martin, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin, ordained three priests last July, it was not without a...

  8. November 25, 2005

    Rome backs pension reform but delays changes

    Italy's centre-right government yesterday gave final approval to a long-awaited pensions system reform, but diluted its...

  9. November 24, 2005

    Italy approves pension reforms

    Italy’s centre-right government on Thursday gave final approval to a long-awaited pensions system reform, but diluted its...

  10. April 21, 2005

    Pope to seek harmonious relations with other faiths

    Pope Benedict XVI promised yesterday to promote harmony between Roman Catholicism and other religions as the cardinals...

  11. April 21, 2005

    Europe's healthy religious tension

    There was a chance this week for 115 Roman Catholic cardinals to choose a non-European successor to Pope John Paul II, to...

  12. April 21, 2005

    Catholic distaste

    The civil war between Catholics and unbelievers in the European parliament has hotted up. The announcement of a new Pope...

  13. April 20, 2005

    Quentin Peel: Europe's healthy religious tension

    There was a chance this week for 115 Roman Catholic cardinals to choose a non-European successor to Pope John Paul II, to...

  14. April 20, 2005

    Pope to prioritise relations between religions

    Pope Benedict XVI promised on Wednesday to promote harmony between Roman Catholicism and other religions as the cardinals...

  15. April 19, 2005

    Snap poll unlikely as coalition regroups

    The prospect of a snap general election in Italy receded yesterday as the ruling centre-right coalition moved closer to an...

  16. April 18, 2005

    Snap election in Italy unlikely

    The prospect of a snap general election in Italy receded on Monday as the ruling centre-right coalition moved closer to an...

  17. April 6, 2005

    Brussels flies the flag for the Pope

    Who says Europe is a godless continent? The European Commission, having declined to lower its flags to half mast on Monday...

  18. April 5, 2005

    Brussels flies the flag for the Pope

    Who says Europe is a godless continent? The European Commission, having declined to lower its flags to half mast on Monday...

  19. January 25, 2005

    Barroso's 'liberal' economic plan faces protests

    José Manuel Barroso will tomorrow present a five-year work plan for his European Commission which aims to boost economic...

  20. January 24, 2005

    Barroso economic plan faces 'liberal' protests

    José Manuel Barroso will on Tuesday present a five-year work plan for his European Commission which aims to boost economic...

  21. January 18, 2005

    Rocky sees red over Greens

    The Rocky horror show continues. Last October, when Rocco Buttiglione's outspoken views on homosexuality and marriage...

  22. January 17, 2005

    The Rocky Buttiglione horror show continues

    Rocky sees red over Greens The Rocky horror show continues. Last October, when Rocco Buttiglione's outspoken views on...

  23. January 12, 2005

    Fini's fumes are not yet finished

    Although Italy's tough anti-smoking law has taken effect relatively smoothly this week, it still presents tricky choices...

  24. January 11, 2005

    Fini's fumes are not yet finished

    Fini's fumes are not yet finished Although Italy's tough anti-smoking law has taken effect relatively smoothly this week, it...

  25. December 4, 2004

    It was supremely illogical to put Buttiglione in charge of equality

    From Senator David Norris. Sir, Eleanor de Rosmorduc (Letters, November 20) takes exception to Rocco Buttiglione being...

  26. December 1, 2004

    Lessons of the Buttiglione affair

    The European parliament has enjoyed its two months in the spotlight, playing out its role as quality control monitor for the...

  27. November 30, 2004

    Eerie calm envelops Brussels

    Phony war, drole de guerre, dziwna wojna. The British, French and Poles all had words to describe the lack of military...

  28. November 30, 2004

    Senate shock

    The Senate in Rome has seen some sights over the centuries, but images of hardcore gay pornography popping up on computer...

  29. November 20, 2004

    On fair coverage for Rocco Buttiglione

    From Ms Eleanor de Rosmorduc. Sir, In your coverage of EU Commission developments, you have on a number of occasions...

  30. November 20, 2004

    Barrot faces questions on conviction

    Jacques Barrot, the new European commissioner for transport, is to face questions in the European parliament next week on...

  31. November 19, 2004

    Commissioner faces questions over conviction

    Jacques Barrot, the new European commissioner for transport, is to face questions in the European parliament next week on...

  32. November 19, 2004

    Barrot's Non

    An interesting day for Jacques Barrot, the incoming transport commissioner, yesterday. While Nigel Farage raised his past...

  33. November 19, 2004

    Parliament gives thumbs up for Barroso's new team

    José Manuel Barroso's reshuffled European Commission was yesterday overwhelmingly endorsed by the European parliament,...

  34. November 18, 2004

    After Buttiglione

    The European Parliament will almost certainly endorse the new European Commission today after José Manuel Barroso, its...

  35. November 15, 2004

    Frattini smoothes ruffled feathers in parliament

    Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister nominated to become the European Union's new justice and security...

  36. November 15, 2004

    Frattini facing tough interview for European Commission job

    The revised team of European commissioners headed by José Manuel Barroso is expected to be endorsed on Thursday by members...

  37. November 15, 2004

    Barroso was right to reshuffle team

    From Michael Cashman MEP. Sir, Michael Skapinker ("The new America will test its business disciples' faith", November 10)...

  38. November 14, 2004

    Rough ride ahead for Frattini at European parliament

    The revised team of European commissioners headed by José Manuel Barroso is expected to be endorsed on Thursday by members...

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