There were several accusations that EU agricultural subsidies end up in the pockets of politicians in power in several countries in Europe. The European Commission defended itself, however, from such allegations.
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.
European Union scientists have found no evidence of an "east-west divide" in the bloc's food quality as they reject claims of "food apartheid"
Three votes by the European Parliament in recent years have exposed deep divisions between EU members from the wealthier west and the previously communist east of the bloc.
The Fidesz party of firebrand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been suspended from the European People's Party
Three months from the European Parliament election, the assembly's dominant centre-right bloc has been weakened by a rift over how to handle Hungary's populist leader Viktor Orban.
Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has vowed to oppose an EU plan aimed at bolstering the bloc's external borders, accusing Brussels of wanting to take away Hungary's control of its own frontiers.