Emily O’Reilly seeks public opinion on EU trade deal

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened a public consultation process on the EU-US trade deal negotiations, arguing that the process could have “a significant impact” on the lives of EU citizens. Ms O’Reilly yesterday opened a six-week consultation process,...

Credibility meets compromise in Europe’s bank stress test

(Reuters) – When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a “comprehensive assessment” of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis. In practice, a spirit of comprehensive compromise...

Can Europe wean itself off Russian gas?

By Christian Oliver and Henry Foy The night shift at Agropolychim, Bulgaria’s biggest fertiliser plant, received a fax at 4.30am on January 6 2009 warning that their gas supply was going to be cut off immediately. The engineers demanded four more hours: an instant...