Germany's level of compliance with anti-corruption recommendations issued in 2015 was "overall very low," the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) said.
Washington and Brussels have both proposed solutions to facilitate cross-border access to data for law enforcement officials, but the issue has stirred up a hornet's nest.
European voters go to the polls from May 23-26 to choose a new parliament with many fearing that eurosceptics and populist will deal a new blow to the EU.
The EU statistics agency Eurostat released its 2018 report showing extremely diverse unemployment rates across Europe.
Taxes on products considered polluting are struggling to gain ground in the EU despite backing from Brussels, in the face of opposition from movements like France's "Yellow Vests".
Chinese firms have plowed at least 145 billion euros into Europe since 2010, but investment has been slowing recently as several European governments tighten rules on acquisitions by foreign firms.
Italy gets six months to make a decision on the contested Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link after the company in charge of the project invites expressions of interest from contractors.