A big step up in requests for asylum last year has put one of the EU's touchiest issues, migration, back in the limelight. One idea is to leverage visa, aid and trade policy to get third countries to take back deportees.
Member states in the European Union want to act more independently in international politics, an idea supported by the United States. But that's easier said than done.
The EU is engulfed in a corruption scandal amid allegations that Qatar bribed European politicians to sway policy. European Parliament Vice-President Eva Kaili is among those arrested by Belgian police.
22 Oct 2022
European Council President Charles Michel said EU leaders agreed to cooperate on energy after a long day of talks. However, a consensus was not reached on capping gas prices.
18 Jan 2022
In an interview with DW, the president of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, confirms her commitment to EU integration and NATO. She also emphasizes the country's full support of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers war crimes court.
12 Dec 2020
German women made 19% less than men in 2019, a slim decrease from 2018. With the European Union average at 15%, Germany has the bloc's second-worst gender pay gap after Estonia.
21 Sep 2020
Covid, economic recovery, green goals, and testing times on foreign policy:EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has now given her first ever “State of the European Union” address, putting the coronavirus-battered bloc under the microscope, with its most recent achievements, failings, and aspirations for the future.
23 Aug 2020
European Union leaders say the bloc will soon impose sanctions over Belarus elections that were "not free and fair." They also rejected the outcome of the poll that saw President Alexander Lukashenko claim victory.
26 Jul 2020
The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says Britain has failed to engage, with two key issues proving particularly troublesome to resolve. The UK now faces a real risk of quotas and tariffs, he said.
19 Jun 2020
France has accused the US of deliberately provoking the European Union by withdrawing from major talks on digital tax. Tech giants are able to pay minuscule tax rates by shifting profits overseas.
19 May 2020
New car registrations in the European Union fell by 76 percent in April, the largest fall on record, as lockdown measures hit production and sales. Figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association show the slump was particularly pronounced in Spain and Italy, where registrations fell by over 97 percent. Also today, the UK saw a jump in unemployment claims in April, despite 7.5 million workers being covered by the British government's pandemic income support scheme.
5 May 2020
Is it already too late for the European Union to seize the initiative and prevent a repeat of the debt spiral triggered by the financial crisis in 2008? Former ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet and ex-Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis sharply disagree on whether there’s still time for the EU to reach a consensus and fill the global leadership vacuum in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Ann Pettifor, co-founder of Jubilee 2000, argues that the best way out of the crisis is to put citizens to work at decent wages.