Italian politician Franco Frattini has hit out at sanctions implemented against Russia, saying they are counterproductive. He also says Russian loans to Ukraine are much bigger than the amount of money the EU is prepared to offer Kiev.
To solve the current crisis in Ukraine, the country should become decentralized and federalized, Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, announced in his political anniversary speech in Paris this week.
The European Parliament has voted to make search engines split their commercial services from their business. Although the vote is largely symbolic, it adds another notch in a long running standoff between the EU and the US internet giant.
Air pollution, mainly from a small number of coal fired power stations in Germany and Eastern Europe, cost the EU up to €189 billion in 2012, according to a study by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
Addressing the European Parliament for the first time, Pope Francis has alluded to a general impression of “ageing and weariness” in Europe and said a new spirit should be built, where humans are treated not as programmable objects.
The second poorest EU nation has taken a step towards civilization, the electorate delivering a blunt verdict on a dubious dysfunctional oligarchy passed off as a political system, and electing an ethnic German, Klaus Iohannis as the new president.
Finland’s leader Sauli Niinisto says his country, which has traditionally steered a course between Russia and the West, should not join NATO, despite the Ukraine crisis and calls from other Finnish politicians.