European Union

EU enlargement - integration or indigestion?

EU enlargement - integration or indigestion?Brussels - Five years after its biggest-ever enlargement, the European Union is still struggling to accept that it really is one union, not two separate blocs called "old" and "new."

Talk of "old Europe" and "new Europe" is "very much a common use: it's very easy and everybody knows who you mean by it, so I think it will stick with us for a while," Maros Sefcovic, Slovakia's EU ambassador since enlargement, told the German Press Agency dpa.

Turkey against politics affecting EU accession talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan Prague  - Turkish Foreign Minist

Croatia rejects EU mediation in Slovenia border dispute

CroatiaZagreb- Croatia has rejected the European Union's offer of mediation between Zagreb and Slovenia in a border dispute that is delaying Croatia's EU accession talks, local media reported on Saturday.

Croatian President Stjepan Mesic was quoted by the daily Jutarnji List paper as saying that the offer "made no sense." The refusal of the EU offer would also be approved by Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, the paper said.

EU urges major economies to commit to fighting climate change

EU urges major economies to commit to fighting climate change Prague - European Union environment officials Wednesday urged the world's major economies to join the 27-member bloc in its ambitious plans to curb global warming.

"We want to offer co-leadership to the United States and other important countries," said outgoing Czech Environment Minister Martin Bursik, whose country currently chairs the EU.

The call came some eight months before a United Nations conference in Copenhagen, which aims to set new targets for reducing emissions of gases heating up the planet.

Gang members arrested for counterfeiting euros

"Polish Fritzl" goes on trialWarsaw- Twenty-five people were arrested Wednesday in Poland on suspicion of bringing counterfeit euro banknotes into circulation across the European Union, local media reported. More than 300 investigation officials and anti-terrorism officers entered some 30 homes simultaneously to make the arrests, reported the Polish Press Agency PAP.

Suspects included two Polish soldiers, a prison service official, and a Romanian national. They face up to 10 years in jail.

Low interest in European Parliament elections, survey finds

Low interest in European Parliament elections, survey findsBrussels - Less than half of Europe's citizens are interested in June's European Parliament elections, and only a third of them currently plan to take part in the ballot, according to an unreleased survey obtained Tuesday by the German Press Agency dpa. The Eurobarometer survey, expected to be published later this week, polled some 27,000 citizens from the 27-member bloc between January and February.