Final Day of EP Elections Arrives

400 million people can vote in the European Parliament (EP) election, taking place across the European Union from May 22 to May 25. The only democratically elected institution in the European Union, the EP brings together the 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) from the 28 states, who will not only set the course of European […]

EU Gives €11 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

On March 5, the European Commission promised Kiev €11 billion in aid, taking what many consider a long overdue measure to provide help in Ukraine. The promise of monetary compensation came alongside announcements that the assets of 18 former Ukrainian officers would be frozen.  The names of the individuals were withheld until Thursday, to prevent […]

Hollande Announces Measures to Increase France’s Economic Outlook

President Francois Hollande presented a fresh fiscal outlook for the struggling French economy to 30 or more international business executives on 17 February. The meeting included representatives from corporate staples such as Volvo, Intel and Nestle, in addition to financial chiefs from China and various Gulf nations. France, the European Union’s second-largest economy, has experienced […]

Internet Wars: Google and EU Work to Reach Agreement Three Years in the Making

On Wednesday, February 5, the European Commission announced it had accepted terms proposed by Google to remedy problems concerning the marketing of online search results. Google was accused of overstepping boundaries, yet the talks between the EU and Google are said to have opened the way for an amicable solution. The 14 plaintiffs can be […]

Hollande Visits Turkey to Repair Relations

In an effort to repair French relations with Turkey, French President Francois Hollande traveled on Monday Jan. 27 to Ankara, the nation’s capital, for a two-day visit. The trip was fraught with political implication, both due to upcoming ministerial elections in Turkey and the country’s efforts to join the European Union (EU), of which France […]

EU Reconsiders Its Financial Aid To The Palestinian Authority

Earlier this week, a European Union official in Brussels declared that the union could cut off its financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if ongoing peace talks with Israel fail. The question was raised at a meeting last Tuesday, suggesting that funds could be redirected to other countries in the region, such as Syria. The […]

Tense Warsaw Climate Change Conference Ends in Consensus

The COP19 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the most recent round of ongoing United Nations talks aiming to forge a new global agreement on climate change, ended on November 23 after two weeks of tense negotiations. The goal of the talks was to lay the groundwork for an agreement involving substantial reductions […]

Disappointing EU Factory Data Raises Doubts About Recovery

Eurozone manufacturing numbers plunged in July to their lowest level in three years, according to newly-released macroeconomic data. A fall of 1.5% in industrial output was reported across the 17-country Eurozone, instead of the 0.1% increase forecast by economists. The drop, reported by European Union statistics agency Eurostat, raises serious questions about whether European leaders […]

Hollande Seeks to Rally Support at Press Conference

François Hollande, facing approval ratings of roughly 25%, the lowest of any French president over the past 50 years, and opposition from within his own party, tried to rally support in a press conference last Thursday, May 16. Since his election last year, Hollande’s poll ratings have steadily declined, apart from a brief boost following […]

European Parliament Rejects Austerity Budget

After a November deadlock and subsequent 24-hour “marathon” of talks in the European Parliament, lawmakers in Brussels rejected a slate of proposed spending cuts in a vote on Wednesday, March 13. The first set of proposed spending cuts in the European Union’s history, the €960 billion ($1.2 billion) budget was overwhelmingly rejected 506 to 161.  […]