Eurozone banks hit by downgrades as Spain appeals for help
Moody's cuts the ratings of a series of banks in Germany and Austria because of the risks from the eurozone crisis, as Spain appeals to the EU for help in propping up its ailing banks
EU concern over allegations of Google data breaches
The online search engine Google finds itself in the spotlight again over potential breaches of EU data protection rules concerning the street-view cars used for Google Maps - reveals Claude Moraes MEP
Has Europe 'lost all hope' of recovery?
This year's Brussels Economic Forum enjoyed a record attendance, though the mood was bleak. Justin Stares listened to the speeches and the anecdotes exchanged over coffee and lunch – his verdict does not make for happy reading
Ireland says 'yes' to fiscal treaty in referendum
European politicians have welcomed the 'yes' vote in Ireland's referendum on the fiscal treaty, saying it showed the country's 'commitment' to Europe and that it had 'taken its responsibilities seriously'
Time to think again on austerity policies
Pro-growth investments in infrastructure and education are being slashed alongside consumption - this is no way to build competitiveness, argues John Springford
Strengthened Monti 'part of the solution' for eurozone
Italy's Mario Monti is one of few European leaders to simultaneously speak the languages of German austerity and French growth – and with the case for his emergency government reinforced he can play a vital role in solving the crisis, writes Maria Elena Gutierrez
Cypriot EU presidency must aim for 'more Europe'
The whole of Europe is counting on the success of the Cypriot six-month EU presidency, which should have one main priority: reinforcing the political integration of Europe - says Joseph Daul MEP
Dispute over EU patent court venue 'a scandal'
A leading MEP has slammed the United Kingdom, Germany and France for failing to agree a location for the headquarters of the new European Patent Court
The world in 2030 - all is not lost for the west
Billions of new consumers coming into the world economy will enormously benefit America and Europe - writes Daniel Twining
Europe must fight Turkish abortion restrictions
Evidence show that abortion restrictions lead not to fewer abortions, but to increases in unsafe and illegal abortion procedures, warns Lilian Sepúlveda
Banking union - the solution Europe is looking for?
A banking union in the eurozone might represent progress towards creating a stable currency bloc in the long-run, but would be of little help in curing the immediate crisis, writes Francesco Guarascio
Euro stability 'indispensable' for EU's global power
Europe's foreign policy has been weakened by the economic crisis and it cannot expect to "suddenly turn into a new superpower", Herman Van Rompuy says
The trauma of the asylum process for abused women
Women who have suffered from female genital mutilation, forced abortion or rape can be forced to relive painful memories as they are asked personal questions by a male police officer, while their children mill around their feet, says Jean Lambert MEP
Germany 'leading the way' in green growth
Germany is "leading the way" in using green policies as a means to simulate the economy while limiting the amount of carbon, energy and resources needed to achieve growth.
EU will monitor Azerbaijan following Eurovision
Despite a successful Eurovision Song Contest - the country is still engaged in human rights abuses that put at risk its deepening trade links with the EU, says Ulrike Lunacek MEP