The European Parliament voted on Thursday in a non-binding resolution to separate Internet companies’ search engine business from other commericial activities. This could lead to Google being split up. Some commentators praise the Parliament for countering Google’s abuse of its market dominance. Others call for concrete steps against the US company, for example in the ongoing antitrust dispute.

 

Juncker interview: the annotated transcript

Juncker presents his €315bn investment plan to the European Parliament in Strasbourg

On the eve of two of the most momentous events of his young tenure as European Commission president – Thursday’s failed vote of no confidence against him in the European Parliament and Friday’s long-awaited decision on whether to sanction France or Italy for failing to comply with EU budget rules – Jean-Claude Juncker sat down for his first interview since assuming office with a small group of European newspapers in Strasbourg.

 

A pensioner’s plight highlights Spain’s housing rights crisis

In the first six months of 2014, banks reclaimed over 26,500 homes. The dream of owning one’s own home has, for many, turned into a nightmare of foreclosures, evictions, and over-indebtedness.

Carmen Martínez Ayuso, who is 85 years old, was evicted from her home of 50 years in Madrid on November 21.  Her eviction provoked outrage, pledges of support by the neighbourhood football club, and scrambling by authorities to save face.

We’ve laid it out in our response today, but in an attempt to elucidate things we’ll go into a bit more detail in this post. In addition to the general ‘fairness’ discussion – making sure that there’s a link between what people put in and what they take out – the debate is now centred on the practical impact of the proposals.

The European Commission on Friday (28 November) presented a new proposal for the 2015 EU budget, after member states rejected it on 17 November. However, the new proposal is almost identical to the former one, and there is little chance that the institutions will come to an agreement.

The big speech has been delivered – you can read our response here, but below we round up the reactions from around Europe – remember, the changes Cameron set out today based on Open Europe’s research will require agreement from other EU leaders.

European Commission

A Commission spokesperson said after the speech that:
Juncker interview: the annotated transcript

Juncker presents his €315bn investment plan to the European Parliament in Strasbourg

On the eve of two of the most momentous events of his young tenure as European Commission president – Thursday’s failed vote of no confidence against him in the European Parliament and Friday’s long-awaited decision on whether to sanction France or Italy for failing to comply with EU budget rules – Jean-Claude Juncker sat down for his first interview since assuming office with a small group of European newspapers in Strasbourg.

 

The long-awaited European Fund for Strategic Investments was unveiled yesterday (25 November). The EIB, who will be investing 5 billion euros, hopes to wave its magic wand to mobilise 315 billion, without dipping into the Commission budget. EurActiv France reports.

 

Prime Minister Viktor Orban still dominates Hungary’s political scene, in spite of recent large demonstrations in Budapest. But his political reforms and economic and foreign policies are raising more and more questions abroad as well as at home. If Orban thinks he can ignore such criticism, he is wrong: Hungary’s economic development depends on its Western partners.

In view of the widespread poverty, unemployment and suffering of refugees, Pope Francis called on Europe to remember its fundamental values in an address to the EU Parliament on Tuesday. In Strasbourg the pontiff made an appeal for more European integration and encouraged politicians to believe in change, commentators write.

This is the name which has been given to the long touted €315bn investment fund which European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has put front and centre of his programme to deliver jobs and growth. The key points of the proposal (EC press release,Juncker speech, Katainen speech) are:

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