Eurosphere roundup: “Commission floats ?ideas? to deepen the EU?s social side…”Troubled Greece prepares for spartan EU presidency

Commission floats ?ideas? to deepen the EU?s social side Social policy indicators such as unemployment could soon form part of the European Commission?s regular monitoring of EU countries? economic and budgetary imbalances under plans floated by Brussels today to deepen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Presenting the proposal on Wednesday … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Gibraltar Row and more…

  Q&A: Gibraltar row What is latest dispute between Spain and Gibraltar about?   Between a rock and a hard place: Is Spain breaching EU law by making life difficult for Gibraltarians? The ‘Gibraltar question’ has consistently been the biggest bone of contention in UK-Spanish relations ever since the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht which saw … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: “European data protection under a cloud

Who’s accountable for Britain’s Internet censorwall? Jim from the UK Open Rights Group sez, “It seems Cameron and Perry have ignored official government policy, invented their own policy and forced it onto UK ISPs. With no legislation, and no complaints from Lib Dem MPS or the ISPs, we have completely unaccountable “nudge censorship” being forced … Read more

In the mean time, Berlusconi sentenced to seven years in jail on sex charges… Eurosphere roundup…

Italy court sentences former PM Berlusconi to seven years in jail on sex charges A Milan court sentenced former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to seven years in jail after finding him guilty of paying for sex with an underage escort girl. Berlusconi Has 2,500 Problems but Prison Ain’t One The two-year Bunga Bunga Trial has … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: “Ousted PM Borisov secures slim victory in Bulgaria election…Official list of English words misused in EU documents…

Ousted PM Borisov secures slim victory in Bulgaria election, fresh protests erupt Bulgarian ousted premier Boyko Borisov‘s party came first in tense elections but fell short of a majority, exit polls showed. Turkish minority MRF party beats threshold. Europe’s bold ride to stabilise Mali On May 15 the EU will organise a donors? conference on … Read more

Turks ready! Germany suffers worker shortage… Google EU settlement.. a Eurosphere roundup..

Germany suffering worker shortage from – World, Europe For Ursula von der Leyen, solving that dilemma will require fundamental reforms in the heart of the eurozone, and its periphery   The Google EU settlement: Full details from Brussels Blog by Alex Barker Google?s three year tussle with Brussels over its search business is almost … Read more

Once she was the major enemy of labor… Margaret Thatcher is dead… Eurosphere roundup…

Watch Margaret Thatcher arrive at 10 Downing Street for the first time from FP Passport by Uri Friedman Morning Brief: Margaret Thatcher has died from FP Passport by Elias Groll   The Early Political Career of Margaret Thatcher from Ideas on Europe by Osmi Anannya Margaret Thatcher was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire on 13 October … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: France’s President Hollande in trouble… “The Cyprus Bailout: Factsheet

Cyprus reaches end of a long and sleazy road from – World, Europe The collapse of the Cypriot economy is not the result of a random lurch or shift in axis. It is the end of a path traced in a long, complacent arc of ease and sleaze   The Cyprus Bailout: Factsheet from … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Cyprus crisis, Italian election deadlock continues, neo-Nazi trial in Germany clouds transparency….

Tough Bank of Cyprus terms detailed from BBC News | Europe | World Edition Officials spell out the tough Bank of Cyprus “haircut” that depositors holding more than 100,000 euros must take as part of an EU-IMF bailout.   Italy?s president moves to break election deadlock from – World, Europe Napolitano says mediators will … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Post-election stalemate in Italy, Cyprus votes for austerity…

Morning Brief: Post-election stalemate in Italy spooks investors from FP Passport by Ty McCormick Tense wait for Italian leftists in neck-and-neck election from Hurriyet Daily News Leftist supporters in Italy settled in for a tense wait at campaign headquarters.. Europe jitters over Italy deadlock from BBC News | Europe | World Edition European politicians and … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: EU Google Probe, Italy Elections…

Everything You Need to Know About the EU Google Probe from Mashable! by Todd Wasserman MAIN FOCUS: Berlusconi unsettles Europe | 19/02/2013 from euro|topics Leading German politicians have voiced concern that Italy’s ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi could return to power. In the run-up to the country’s parliamentary elections on February 24 and 25, Berlusconi’s right-wing … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: EU Budget, France’s National Assembly approves gay marriage, the Pope resigns, Another German politician accused of plagiarism…

MAIN FOCUS: EU budget summit ends in compromise | 11/02/2013 from euro|topics After lengthy negotiations, the EU heads of state and government agreed on the financial framework for 2014-2020 on Friday. The EU Parliament has said it is ready to oppose the budget, which for the first time is smaller than the previous one. While … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Eurozone vs. Britain, Berlusconi defends Mussolini, France at war in Mali…

  Eurozone slump derails Britain’s economic strategy by Centre for European Reform The British government’s attempt to rebalance the UK economy has failed. In 2012, the deficit on the country’s current account (the broadest measure of foreign trade) was larger than in any year since 1990. Britain’s problem is not its trade performance with non-European … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Berlusconi attempts to be back, EU postpones reforms until 2013

MAIN FOCUS: Berlusconi launches election campaign | 12/12/2012 from euro|topics Italy’s ex prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday attacked the government of his successor Mario Monti and accused it of being “German-centric”. Some commentators warn of the rise of a new anti-European populism in Italy. Others believe that despite his strong words Berlusconi has no … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Swiss army prepares for euro unrest (!), “Britain has become an open prison to migrants” and more…

Swiss army prepares for euro unrest from FP Passport by Joshua Keating   Greek Journalist Arrested for Publishing List of Alleged Tax Evaders from Global Voices Online by Asteris Masouras Greece: Public TV Journalists Fired After Criticizing Minister from Global Voices Online by Veroniki Krikoni On October 29, 2012, two journalists, Kostas Arvanitis and Marilena … Read more