German owned ships top list of arms traffickers
A reports finds that almost 20 per cent of ships involved in arms and drugs trafficking over the last two decades were owned by companies based in Germany
Loss of biodiversity - Europe's 'silent crisis'
We consider ourselves the guardians of planet earth, but we are responsible for an extinction rate that has not been seen since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago – writes Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP
Greece to dominate latest EU crisis summit
Despite efforts by EU leaders to switch the focus to growth and job creation, Greece is set to dominate today's summit in Brussels as talks over debt reduction drag on
Social networks forcing leaders into dialogue with citizens
Politicians in Europe and beyond are starting to engage with the online conversation - but the downside of social media, 24-hour news and the blogosphere is that they leave 'no time to think'
What is the British Labour Party's real position on Europe?
Labour has decided to leave the EU out of the discussion altogether and conduct the political battle on national issues – believing that Europe is 'somewhere else'. Our secret columnist explains why
Tackling poverty - offering a hand-up, not a hand-out
We will tackle poverty by offering a hand-up, not a hand-out - by giving people in need the fishing rod to fish and not the fish - writes Joseph Daul MEP
UK rendition probes 'barely scratch surface'
Donald Campbell explains why probes into the UK's involvement in extraordinary rendition will not get to the bottom of Britain's complicity in some of the worst abuses of the War on Terror
'Serious problems' with NYSE-Deutsche Börse merger
A merger between Germany's Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext would cause "serious problems of competition," European commissioner Joaquín Almunia said today
Euro failure would cause 'devastating crisis' - Calderón
Mexico's president calls for increased IMF resources to contain the eurozone debt crisis, as European leaders prepare for the latest in a series of emergency summits
'Europe' is a dirty word on the US political campaign trail
Anti-European sentiment is on the rise among Republican presidential candidates in America, raising questions about the fragility of transatlantic ties - writes Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff
UN hands Iran 'propaganda fodder' over Camp Ashraf
Remarks attributed to the UN's top diplomat in Iraq have handed Tehran a propaganda coup by suggesting Camp Ashraf dissidents want to return to Iran, writes Lord King
Former EP president - successor must 'fight for prominent role'
Having just stepped down as president of the European Parliament – Jerzy Buzek talks to Francesco Guarascio about the trials and tribulations of his term in office, including a lobbying scandal and rows over the second seat in Strasbourg
Danish EU presidency must reject 'euro-ideology'
The single currency cannot survive in its current form and continuous attempts to save it by huge bail-outs and financial harmonisation are simply bad economics - claims Anna Rosbach MEP
What future for free trade and globalisation?
With Doha dead, the way forward is regrettably a string of free trade agreements with countries that want better access to the European Union market – writes our resident satirist
Lobbyists will not hijack petition scheme, EU insists
The European Citizens' Initiative will "open a new chapter in the democratic life" of the EU, the commissioner responsible claimed today, dismissing suggestions that will be too complex for ordinary people to take part.