Germany struggles with Armenia genocide debate
- 23 April 2015
Now Germany's government looks set to condemn as genocide the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks 100 years ago. In some ways.
On Friday, parliamentarians in Berlin will debate a motion on the 1915 massacres, in which hundreds of thousands of people died.
But instead of a clear statement of condemnation, politicians will discuss an opaque, tortuously-worded sentence, which aims to be unclear enough to keep everyone happy - with the sort of convoluted phrasing that the German language is so good at.
Roughly translated, politicians will debate whether the fate of the Armenians "exemplifies" the 20th Century's terrible history of mass killings, ethnic cleansing, expulsions and genocides.
Europe at risk of corruption from lobbying - report
- 15 April 2015
European nations urgently need new regulations to prevent governments from being unduly influenced by businesses and other special interest groups, according to a new report by the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International.
The advocacy group says most countries do not control lobbying practices, "allowing for nearly unfettered influence of business interests on the daily lives of Europeans".
Pro-Putin Russian bikers spark Polish protest
- 15 April 2015
A Vladimir Putin-backed motorcycle club called Night Wolves - sometimes portrayed as Russia's Hells Angels - has triggered a protest in Poland.
The bikers plan to ride through Poland on a trip to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis, ending in Berlin on 9 May.
Brave new world for EU farmers as milk quotas scrapped
- 31 March 2015
Back in the days when the EU was called the European Community, the big gripe was the butter mountains, wine lakes and milk lakes.
In 1984 European leaders decided that enough was enough - they imposed milk quotas to stop the over-production.
EU set to fight back in Russia information war
- 18 March 2015
When EU leaders meet for a summit in Brussels later this week they will have to confront serious divisions on whether and when to extend sanctions, imposed on key sectors of the Russian economy in response to the Kremlin's actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.
But amidst talk of unresolved splits on sanctions, there does seem to be broad agreement on a separate but related issue: the need to challenge what a draft version of the summit's conclusions calls "Russia's ongoing disinformation campaigns".
Bulgaria PM Borisov seeks to halt security turmoil
- 13 March 2015
Bulgaria's parliament has approved the appointment of a new interior minister, Rumyana Bachvarova, after a week of drama in which five top officials have resigned or been replaced in the secret services and interior ministry.
The political turmoil at the heart of government has hit a country which was warned in a European Commission report earlier this year that much more had to be done to fight organised crime and corruption.
Germany split over policy on migrants
- 8 March 2015
To the east of Berlin, there's a bleak clearing surrounded by concrete high-rise apartment blocks.
And behind a few windswept pine trees and a wire fence, is a three-storey metal building.
Italian MPs chided for macho language
- 6 March 2015
One of the top positions in the Italian state has been occupied by a champion of women's rights since 2013 - Laura Boldrini, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies (lower house).
She has campaigned against online harassment of women, for equal pay, and spoken out against beauty pageants. But now she is in a tussle over grammar.
Europe's environment - good news and bad
- 3 March 2015
Here’s a striking thought: in many parts of Europe, the local environment is arguably in as good a state today as it has been since the start of industrialisation.
This direct quotation leaps out of the tome produced by the European Environment Agency to assess the progress of policy from the 1970s stretching forward to 2050, when the EU aspires to be "living well within the limits of the planet".
Greek bailout: Eurozone pressure remains despite deal
- 24 February 2015
It's hardly a ringing endorsement.
Following weeks of negotiations and meetings and increasingly short tempers, the Eurogroup has finally approved the Greek reform plan with a degree of enthusiasm that looks suspiciously like a damp squib.