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What difference will Europe’s new leadership team make?

What difference will Europe’s new leadership team make?

Opinion by Denis MacShane           As elsewhere in today’s EU affairs, the new leadership team has Made-in-Berlin firmly stamped on the package.  Donald Tusk, the president of the Council, is Angela Merkel’s favourite among her EPP cohort of prime ministers.     He speaks Polish and Kaszubian, the dialect of the small region of Kaszubia behind Gdansk where […]

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Gianni Pittella: ‘EU’s role is to save Israel and Palestine from extremism’

Gianni Pittella: ‘EU’s role is to save Israel and Palestine from extremism’

During a two-day mission to Israel and Palestine, S&D Group President Gianni Pittella (pictured) met with a series of high-level politicians including Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Israel Labour Party Chairman Isaac Herzog, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki. The S&D delegation to Israel and Palestine was […]

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Statement by President Barroso following European Council

Statement by President Barroso following European Council

“Good evening, “As this is the first time (31 August) I speak with you after those appointments, let me extend my congratulations to my good friend Donald Tusk and to Federica Mogherini on their appointments. I know they are both deeply committed Europeans and I am sure that, together with Jean-Claude Juncker, they will make […]

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European public broadcasters react to Lamy report on spectrum allocation

European public broadcasters react to Lamy report on spectrum allocation

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies. The group chaired by former European commissioner and WTO Director General […]

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Jiří Buriánek takes over reins as Committee of the Regions’ secretary-general

Jiří Buriánek takes over reins as Committee of the Regions’ secretary-general

Jiří Buriánek (pictured) took over as secretary-general of the Committee of the Regions today (1 September). The former Director at the Secretariat-General of the Council of the EU succeeds Daniel Janssens and Gerhard Stahl heading the administration of the European Union’s assembly of local and regional authorities. On taking office Jiří Buriánek said:”Following the recent […]

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What difference will Europe’s new leadership team make?

What difference will Europe’s new leadership team make?

Opinion by Denis MacShane           As elsewhere in today’s EU affairs, the new leadership team has Made-in-Berlin firmly stamped on the package.  Donald Tusk, the president of the Council, is Angela Merkel’s favourite among her EPP cohort of prime ministers.     He speaks Polish and Kaszubian, the dialect of the small region of Kaszubia behind Gdansk where […]

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Italy’s Mogherini and Poland’s Tusk get top EU jobs

Italy’s Mogherini and Poland’s Tusk get top EU jobs

EU leaders have appointed Italy’s Federica Mogherini as EU foreign policy chief and Poland’s Donald Tusk as European Council president. The announcement came in tweets from the current council president, Herman Van Rompuy, at an EU summit. Mogherini, a centre-left politician, is Italy’s foreign minister. She will replace the UK’s Catherine Ashton. Tusk, Poland’s centre-right […]

Kiev’s propaganda: Lack of any credible evidence

Kiev’s propaganda: Lack of any credible evidence

  Comment by Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov on rising wave of anti-Russian speculations in Western media regarding the situation in Ukraine, 29 August 2014. A number of media outlets have recently been spreading Ukrainian claims that “Russian military invasion in Ukraine” was under way and demands of “decisive action of the West”. It is highly regrettable […]

NGO branded as ‘foreign agent’ after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

NGO branded as ‘foreign agent’ after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

See video  On 28 August, the Russian Ministry of Justice added the NGO Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg to its official list of “foreign agents” under the 2012 law. The decision came after its leader, Ella Polyakova (pictured), spoke publicly about the alleged death of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine against the Ukrainian forces.   […]

More than 1.6 million internally displaced by Iraq conflict says IOM

More than 1.6 million internally displaced by Iraq conflict says IOM

More than 1.6 million people have been internally displaced in 1,577 locations across Iraq since the beginning of the year following unrest in Anbar and Ninewa governorates, according to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). The August 28th DTM shows that a total of 850,858 people have been displaced since the fighting broke out in […]

Crisis in Iraq: The European Union’s humanitarian response

Crisis in Iraq: The European Union’s humanitarian response

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq has been deteriorating rapidly: the ongoing conflict has been dispersing populations throughout the country and putting them in need of assistance. The European Commission is responding with all its humanitarian aid tools and co-ordinating with member states through the European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). Still, the crisis exceeds […]

Elmar Brok: Strong EU foreign policy vital to end crises in neighbourhood

Elmar Brok: Strong EU foreign policy vital to end crises in neighbourhood

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called on 28 August for a strong EU foreign and security policy lead by a strong personality. “Bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the broader EU neighbourhood must be the first and utmost priority,” he said following a meeting of the Committee’s Enlarged Bureau with […]

Satellite imagery exposes Russian combat troops inside Ukraine

Satellite imagery exposes Russian combat troops inside Ukraine

NATO released new satellite images on 28 August that show Russian combat forces engaged in military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine. The images, captured in late August, depict Russian self-propelled artillery units moving in a convoy through the Ukrainian countryside and then preparing for action by establishing firing positions in the area of […]

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