The EU Journalism Fellowship blog

Two journalists who took part in the Fondation EurActiv PoliTech’s EU Journalism Fellowship programme have been shortlisted for a European press award. The committee of the European Press Prize 2012 will announce the winners on 26 January. Prune Antoine, currently a writer for ‘M, Le Magazine du Monde’, and Nikos Chrysoloras, a member of the… » read more

Posted by Marc Hall

SCOTLAND’S deputy first minister wants urgent talks with the European Commission on the process of independence. Nicola Sturgeon, who is leading the campaign for an independent Scotland, has been belatedly pushed into action by yet another interview where European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso reiterated his belief an independent Scotland would be outside the EU… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

EUROPEAN Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has confirmed a newly-independent Scotland would cease to be in the EU and re-entry would need to be renegotiated. The fresh confirmation has come in response to questions from Scottish Labour MEP David Martin. Mr Martin asked if advice given in 2004 – that a newly-independent country would become… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond has been branded a bare-faced liar over an independent Scotland’s position in the EU. Scots MEP Catherine Stihler went head to head with the SNP leader over a government decision to refuse a Freedom of Information request on the issue. Salmond’s number two Nicola Sturgeon has now revealed such legal advice… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

Die EU braucht ein Gesicht

Kinder geben irgendwie immer ein gutes Bild ab – das dachte wohl EU-Innenkommissarin Cecilia Malmström, als sie am Freitag per Internet wissen ließ, wer ihrer Meinung nach den Friedensnobelpreis in Oslo entgegennehmen sollte. Die Vertreter der EU – man merkt es – sind ein wenig nervös und angespannt ob der Ehre, die ihnen zuteil wird.… » read more

Posted by Johanna Herzing

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland’s membership of the EU cannot be firmed up until the UK Government makes a move, the European Commission has confirmed. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have signed the Edinburgh Agreement, giving the legal green light for a referendum on an independent Scotland. Now the starting gun… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan

Pro-Catalan-independence politicians seem to be ready to split from Spain, but are Spanish people ready as well? Unlike Scotland’s case, there is no political deal to break in Spain. Moreover, the Spanish constitution includes specific provisions against the independence of any of the country’s regions. What does the EU have to say about it? Catalonia… » read more

Posted by Estefania de Antonio Garcia

As the working day draws to a close, Place du Luxembourg – the square in front of the European Parliament in Brussels – fills with people. Among the crowd are lobbyists, on the hunt for networking opportunities. Place du Luxembourg – or Place Lux as it’s known – was described by one former Member of… » read more

Posted by Joanna Impey

BOOZE price hikes to combat alcohol abuse would be illegal, according to a top EU official. The SNP’s flagship policy to introduce minimum pricing was passed by Holyrood earlier this year, but needed the stamp of approval from the European Commission. Now commission vice president Antonio Tajani has turned his back on the plans, adding… » read more

Posted by Jennifer McKiernan