NEWSApplicants had asked EU court to overturn Dutch decisions refusing residence to non-EU spouses.
The European Union's highest court today (12 March) rebuffed
attempts by Dutch nationals to use EU freedom of movement law to overrule
national immigration decisions that prevented their non-EU spouses from
residing with them in the Netherlands.
In all three cases, the Dutch authorities had refused to allow persons from [...] Read more
Special report: Taxation
Published Thursday, 27 February 2014
The EU's attempts to reform taxation rules.
The economic crisis exposed weaknesses in public finances. A global approach to reforming tax systems is now required.
The world's most developed economies realise it is in their own interests to increase co-operation on tax issues.
While a healthy level of tax competition may be considered beneficial, the current system is unfair.
The EU is keen to introduce EU-wide reforms, but is facing opposition from its member states at every turn
The European Commission is taking steps to simplify rules on value-added tax, but a single unified VAT regime remains a long way off
The European Commission is renewing its scrutiny of tax breaks and incentives across the EU
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Copyright rules can be frustrating for consumers, but, as the Commission is discovering, bringing in reforms is a tricky business.
A study suggests that making grants and loans flexible to promote student mobility is having only limited success
The EU's register of lobbyists has taken on a new lease of life.
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MEPs voted last week to prolong into the next parliamentary term temporary arrangements about the provision of interpretation to and from certain languages for which the European Parliament is short of interpreters.
A European Citizens' Initiative, ‘One of Us', was submitted to the European Commission last Friday (28 February) with 1,721,626 certified signatures from 18 EU member states.
Eurovision says it expects “between five and seven presidential hopefuls” to take part in its televised debate between the candidates for the European Commission presidency that will be staged in the European Parliament's Brussels hemicycle on 15 May.
Congratulations to Dannar Leitmaa and Margus Järv, journalists on the Eesti Ekspress, who, it was announced this week, are winners of the Bonnier award for investigative journalism, Estonia's biggest journalism prize.
NEWSDate of visit by Xi Jinping is confirmed as 31 March, five days after EU-US summit.
NEWSRetroactive salary adjustment agreed of 0.8% for 2012 and of 0% for 2011.
NEWSLabour will go into the next election backing an EU referendum if there was a transfer of power to Brussels.
NEWSSecond meeting scheduled for 31 March.
NEWSProcedure allows gradual response to systematic threats to fundamental values by the member states.
COMMENTA recent speech in the US should make everyone realise that the world's mega-banks urgently need to be made simpler, smaller and safer.
NEWSEU regulations stifle innovation, greater investment needed in education.
NEWSDirect payments, support programmes and administrative procedures form part of the regulation.
NEWSPartial removal of import duties could be worth almost €500m.
NEWSCampaigners say public registers would help developing countries.
NEWSDijsselbloem optimistic that differences can be overcome to release next loans.
NEWSMember states would have to meet a target for phasing out plastic bags, but can choose how to reach it.
NEWSPresident Nicos Anastasiades had threatened in September to sack Panicos Demetriades.
NEWSPresident speaks to main parties; Kallas favourite to be next prime minister.
NEWS“All roads lead back in the end to the success of the nuclear talks,” EU's foreign policy chief says about ties with Iran.
NEWSSecurity concerns given as reason for sending fewer election monitors to Afghanistan than in 2009.
NEWSHow will the eurozone survive its encounter with voters in the European Parliament election in May?
COMMENTOnce again, Iran is reaching out to the EU, and once again it hopes this will help weaken UN pressure on its human-rights record, writes Roya Boroumand.
NEWSNSA exploited disunity between EU national governments to get access to data on citizens of other EU countries, says whistleblower.
NEWSThe dissolution of EREC after a decade in existence comes as the Commission has proposed to scrap renewable-energy targets after 2020.
NEWSFormer Eurogroup chair defeats Michel Barnier, European comissioner for the internal market.
COMMENTThe United Arab Emirates wants visa-free travel to the EU, but is denying dissidents a chance to travel, says Nicholas McGeehan of Human Rights Watch.
COMMENTJerusalem is destined for economic and political collapse unless Israel accepts the plan presented by the US, says former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben Ami.
NEWSThe centre-right pan-European party will elect its candidate for European Commission this morning.
NEWSMerkel says asset freezes on Russian officials could follow within days.
Ukraine's prime minister says that Russia's “aggression” damages hopes of persuading Iran and North Korea to reject nuclear weapons.
Speculation that Barnier may withdraw tonight, leaving Juncker unopposed.
Early signs suggest that EU leaders are unlikely to impose sanctions on Russia despite accelerating move towards break-up of Ukraine.
Strong euro and fall in energy prices contributing to low inflation, Draghi says
Sons and closest aides of ousted Ukrainian president among 18 Ukrainians on EU blacklist.
The road to disaster is paved with simplifications and Kremlin-speak
In Ukraine, Putin misread Ukrainians, Yanukovych and the West.
Research increasingly suggests that inequalities of wealth and income are on the rise and the EU is ill-equipped to deal with the problem.
No one should be judging the health of democracy inside the EU by the norms of Ukraine or Russia.
Critics of the Putin regime should not resort to Russia-bashing.
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The Russian-Ukrainian war calls for a new EU policy.
The current crisis may prompt a long-overdue reform of Ukraine's energy sector