BRUSSELS, July 16 (Reuters) – European Union leaders on
Wednesday were seeking agreement on a package of top jobs for
the bloc in hopes of signing them off at a summit later in the
day, including the appointment of a new foreign policy chief.
The 28 leaders were also set to step up sanctions against
Moscow over separatist violence in eastern Ukraine, according to
a draft statement seen by Reuters.
BRUSSELS, July 16 (Reuters) – European Union leaders meet on
Wednesday to pick the bloc’s new foreign policy chief after
choosing Jean-Claude Juncker to head the executive European
Commission, but it may take some weeks before other top EU jobs
are finally carved up.
The nominations, including other Commission posts as well as
the president of the European Council of EU leaders, will shape
Europe’s response to challenges from the crisis in Ukraine to a
stagnant economy and Britain’s wavering membership of the bloc.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Juncker denied on Tuesday that he favoured a federal European superstate as he sought the support of British Conservatives and other eurosceptics for his presidency of the European Commission, but his assurances drew a cool response.
The designated head of EU executive delivered his message to the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the European Parliament 10 days after British Prime Minister David Cameron failed to block his path to Brussels’ top job.
BRUSSELS, July 8 (Reuters) – Italy and its allies will
receive no special treatment when EU budget rules are enforced,
the influential chairman of euro zone finance ministers said on
Tuesday, drawing battle lines as Rome embarks on the bloc’s
Italy, leading a drive for greater flexibility in the way
the rules are applied to encourage growth and investment, has
the second-highest public debt in the euro zone as a proportion
of national output, after Greece.
LUXEMBOURG, July 7 (Reuters) – A former top European
official challenged EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
in court on Monday, declaring he was unfairly forced out of his
job and maintaining his innocence in a graft scandal.
John Dalli was forced to quit as EU health commissioner last
October after his associate was accused of asking for 60 million
euros ($83 million) from a tobacco firm in return for Dalli’s
help in influencing EU tobacco law.
LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS, July 4 (Reuters) – The European
Commission is widening its probe into how multinationals use
countries such as Luxembourg to cut their tax bill, an official
with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
Last month, the Commission warned Ireland, another EU
country that offers companies offshore tax status, that it could
investigate more companies beyond Apple Inc as part of
its probe into European tax practices.
LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is widening its probe into how multinationals use countries such as Luxembourg to cut their tax bill, an official with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.
Last month, the Commission warned Ireland, another EU country that offers companies offshore tax status, that it could investigate more companies beyond Apple Inc as part of its probe into European tax practices.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two of Europe’s leading Eurosceptics accused Brussels on Wednesday of ignoring the result of recent EU elections and warned that growing numbers of doubters in the bloc’s Parliament would shake up any return to “business as usual”.
“What you are going to have to get used to is … there are now more Eurosceptics in this parliament than there have ever been and many of them do not subscribe to ever closer union,” Britain’s Nigel Farage told the first session of the recently elected European Parliament in Strasbourg.
BRUSSELS, July 1 (Reuters) – The European Parliament on
Tuesday chose Martin Schulz as its president for another two and
half years, backing a combative social democrat who has fought
for more power for the EU legislature.
The extension of the German lawmaker’s term follows the
parliament’s success in getting its candidate, Jean-Claude
Juncker, nominated as European Commission President and shows
lawmakers’ determination to have a greater say in Europe.
FRANKFURT, June 27 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank
will supervise the subsidiaries of Russia’s two largest banks in
Austria, giving supervisors in Frankfurt unprecedented insight
into their activities in Europe.
The ECB said on Friday that Russia’s biggest bank,
Sberbank, and No. 2, VTB Bank had been added to the list of
lenders it will police because of the cross-border nature of
their operations. It also said it will pare back the number of
lenders under its watch elsewhere.