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Putin’s communications difficulties reflect serious policy problem

Putin’s communications difficulties reflect serious policy problem

Vladimir Putin attends a rally in Moscow on 18 March, marking the one-year anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Photo by Anastasiya Karagodina/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. By John Lough Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House  Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his […]

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Study points towards Germany’s future dependency on immigration

Study points towards Germany’s future dependency on immigration

In the coming decades, Germany will be “more dependent than ever before” on immigration, a new study has concluded. It says that without immigrants, the number of people of working age  in the country would sink from approximately 45 million today to less than 29 million. That would represent a decline of 36%. It says […]

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Israeli minister says Europe needs to be ‘more fair’ with Israel if it wants to play a mediating role between Israel and Palestinians

Israeli minister says Europe needs to be ‘more fair’ with Israel if it wants to play a mediating role between Israel and Palestinians

As the European Union urged Israel and the Palestinians to quickly resume peace talks, in view of the upcoming formation of a new Israeli coalition government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a senior Likud figure said that Europeans need to have a “more fair” attitude towards Israel should they want to mediate between Israel […]

Gabrielius Landsbergis: ‘Sanctions against Russia are already bearing fruit’

Gabrielius Landsbergis: ‘Sanctions against Russia are already bearing fruit’

Ukraine will benefit from €1.8 billion worth of financial assistance after MEPs approved it during plenary on 25 March. Although this constitutes the EU’s largest package ever given to a non-EU country, Ukraine’s troubles are far from over. Lithuanian EPP member Gabrielius Landsbergis (pictured), who wrote the resolution on financial assistance as well as a […]

Mukwege: ‘Whenever there is evil, society must mobilize to fight it’

Mukwege: ‘Whenever there is evil, society must mobilize to fight it’

“When I look ahead to the future of Congo, I can’t picture it without these women activists, who have suffered atrocities,” said Dr Denis Mukwege during a visit to Parliament on 26 March. The 2014 Sakharov Prize Winner, who treats victims of sexual violence in DR Congo, discussed his country’s future as well as violence […]

Summer time: All you need to know to make your life easier

Summer time: All you need to know to make your life easier

EU countries switch to summer time every year, as they will do this Sunday (29 March), but what are the benefits and are there any drawbacks? These and other questions were discussed by MEPs and experts on 24 March. “We need to move forward with this legislation and giving an oral question to the European […]

Week ahead: 30 March-5 April 2015

Week ahead: 30 March-5 April 2015

Committee meetings, Brussels NATO/counter-terrorism. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove will join the Foreign Affairs Committee for two separate debates. Libya, Tunisia and the EU response to terrorist threats are likely topics. (Monday (30 March)) LIBOR/EURIBOR scandal. Draft EU rules to improve the transparency and reliability of benchmarks that may […]

Putin’s communications difficulties reflect serious policy problem

Putin’s communications difficulties reflect serious policy problem

Vladimir Putin attends a rally in Moscow on 18 March, marking the one-year anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Photo by Anastasiya Karagodina/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. By John Lough Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House  Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his […]

‘Connector’ opens at Brussels Airport

‘Connector’ opens at Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport has officially opened the Connector building, a major €75 million investment designed to increase passenger comfort. The building links the terminal above-ground to the two piers so passengers need less time to go from the check-in to their boarding gate. It means passengers can wait to board their plane in an “open and […]

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
AIIB, ‘Belt & Road’ initiatives top 2015 Baoao Forum agenda

AIIB, ‘Belt & Road’ initiatives top 2015 Baoao Forum agenda

Themed  “Asia’s New Future: Toward a Community of Common Destiny”, the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) will be held on March 26-29 in Hainan Province. This year’s event will be held on an unprecedented scale: A total of 16 state leaders will attend the forum, including Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Nepal’s President Hon Ram […]

Xi attends Boao Forum to promote cooperation, development in Asia

Xi attends Boao Forum to promote cooperation, development in Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) tops the list of distinguished guests set to attend the opening ceremony of the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia, held from March 26 to 29 in Boao, Hainan Province.   This is Xi’s third year attending the forum. While serving as China’s vice president in 2010, Xi delivered a keynote […]

Schaffhauser: ‘Minsk 2 offers best chance for peace in Ukraine’

Schaffhauser: ‘Minsk 2 offers best chance for peace in Ukraine’

French MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (pictured) says the Minsk 2 ceasefire deal  is expected to offer the “best chance’” for peace in crisis-torn Ukraine.The deputy was speaking in Brussels where he revealed that the leaders of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine’s two breakaway regions, had agreed to approve the proposal to hold an international forum he has […]

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
European Parliament approves €1.8 billion EU loan to Ukraine

European Parliament approves €1.8 billion EU loan to Ukraine

EU plans to lend Ukraine €1.8 billion to help plug its short-term balance of payments gap were approved by MEPs on Wednesday (25 March). The EU will borrow the money externally and lend it on to Ukraine with the same interest rate. The disbursement will be tied to Ukraine pledging structural reforms to tackle problems […]

Leading author calls for ‘attack on all fronts’ against Islamic fundamentalism

Leading author calls for ‘attack on all fronts’ against Islamic fundamentalism

Leading law professor Karima Bennoune (pictured, centre-left) says that religious extremism in Muslim countries and contexts “undermines human rights” by denying people the freedom to practise their religious beliefs. Speaking exclusively to EU Reporter, she also called for an “attack on all fronts” against Islamic fundamentalism and extremism which she says poses a “grave danger” […]

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
MEPs urge Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers

MEPs urge Commission to clarify whether minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers

The question of whether Germany’s minimum pay rules should apply to foreign lorry drivers using its roads divided MEPs evenly in a debate with transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Wednesday (25 February) evening. The European Commission is still assessing the implications of these rules, which the Germany partially suspended (for transit drivers) early this year, but […]

Tax competition should be fair and transparent, says Parliament

Tax competition should be fair and transparent, says Parliament

Tackling tax evasion should be a top EU priority. EU countries and the European Commission should play a leading role in discussing how to fight tax fraud and aggressive tax planning in the OECD and other relevant fora, says Parliament in its resolution on tax, voted on Wednesday (25 March). In the text, MEPs welcome […]

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