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So what is Syriza’s foreign policy?

So what is Syriza’s foreign policy?

Amidst all the excitement of the Syriza victory in Greece no-one seems to have examined the new government’s foreign policy. At first sight, Syriza conforms to the standard southern European leftist rhetoric. It has infused with anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Nato populism. The party’s programme proclaimed its allegiance to the leftist European Parliament grouping, the United […]

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Charlemagne Youth Prize: Deadline extended to 23 February

Charlemagne Youth Prize: Deadline extended to 23 February

Are you a 16-30 year old running a project with a European dimension? If so, you have until 23 February to register for the 2015 edition of the Charlemagne Youth Prize. The aim of the Prize is to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration […]

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Ombudsman: How to make the Commission’s expert groups more balanced and transparent

Ombudsman: How to make the Commission’s expert groups more balanced and transparent

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly (pictured), has made proposals to the European Commission on how to make its expert groups more balanced and transparent. The Commission oversees hundreds of such advisory groups which play a crucial role in the development of EU legislation and policy. The Ombudsman calls on the Commission to establish a legally […]

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments
Discard ban: MEPs delay enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply

Discard ban: MEPs delay enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply

Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) discard ban take effect, under a tentative deal struck by the European Parliament and the European Council on Thursday (29 January), with European Commission help. The agreement amends the omnibus regulation setting out detailed arrangements for enforcing […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ Non-US Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business by Mylan, subject to conditions

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ Non-US Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business by Mylan, subject to conditions

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ Non-U.S. Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business (“Abbott EPD-DM”), by Mylan, Inc (“Mylan”). Abbott EPD-DM is a Swiss-based manufacturer focused on distributing branded ex-originator products with expired patents and with internal production capabilities in Europe, Canada and Japan. […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
EU steps up humanitarian assistance to Syria crisis

EU steps up humanitarian assistance to Syria crisis

With the humanitarian situation worsening every day, growing numbers of people inside Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries are in need of assistance. The European Union is increasing its assistance to the Syria crisis by €136 million in humanitarian funding, half of which will go to needs inside Syria via cross-border assistance from neighbouring countries, […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
State aid: Commission approves UK flood reinsurance scheme

State aid: Commission approves UK flood reinsurance scheme

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a UK reinsurance scheme aimed at ensuring the availability of domestic insurance at affordable prices for flood-related damage. The scheme (“Flood Re”) will set up a pool to provide reinsurance for the flood risk element from those households deemed at high risk of flooding. It […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
United by energy concerns

United by energy concerns

The EU is at constant risk of energy supply disruption. Too much energy is wasted and 10% of households in the Union cannot afford proper heating, the European Commission vice-president for energy union told the European Parliament’s energy and environment committees this week. Maroš Šefčovič (pictured right) was presenting his vision for an energy union […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups

Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups

The European Commission vice-president for growth and investment, Jyrki Katainen, called on the European Parliament on Wednesday (28 January) to do its utmost to ensure the Juncker plan for strategic investment would be up and running by June. He stressed the importance of the plan’s three pillars: the fund itself, the project pipeline and the […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
TTIP: Spotlight on the sensitive issues at European Parliament public hearing

TTIP: Spotlight on the sensitive issues at European Parliament public hearing

EU-US negotiations on the TTIP free trade agreement are continuing. The deal which is expected to create new jobs and boost economies on both sides of the Atlantic touches upon sensitive issues, not least rules for the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). On 27 January the international trade and legal affairs committees held a joint public […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference

Climate change: MEPs discuss roadmap to Paris conference

The roadmap to the 21st UN Climate Change Conference, in Paris (France) in December, was debated by MEPs, the Latvian Presidency and Commissioner Arias Cañete on Wednesday (28 January). The conference of parties (COP21) to the UN Convention on Climate Change aims to deliver a worldwide climate agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol. During the debate, […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Israeli army confirms: Two soldiers killed in missile attack from Hezbollah in northern Israel

Israeli army confirms: Two soldiers killed in missile attack from Hezbollah in northern Israel

The Israeli army confirmed that two soldiers were killed in a missile attack claimed by Hezbollah in northern Israel. Seven other soldiers were wounded, two of them moderately. The anti-tank missile was fired at an unarmored IDF military vehicle near Mt. Dov in the Hermon region. In addition, mortar shells were fired at Israeli communities […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Voting for visit.brussels Awards 2015 open to public

Voting for visit.brussels Awards 2015 open to public

Have you a favourite museum in Brussels? Or maybe a public building you always like to visit? If so, the visit.brussels awards 2015 could be just for you. These awards give people living and working in the city the chance to vote for places or initiatives that have caught the eye in the past 12 months. […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
A top BBC executive branded ‘mad’ after saying that Charlie Hebdo killers should not be described as ‘terrorists’

A top BBC executive branded ‘mad’ after saying that Charlie Hebdo killers should not be described as ‘terrorists’

The BBC was branded ‘mad’ after one of its senior executives said the Charlie Hebdo killers should not be described as ‘terrorists’ as the term is too “loaded”. Tarik Kafala (pictured), the head of BBC Arabic, the largest of the BBC’s non-English language news services, said the term “terrorist” was seen as “value-laden” and should […]

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
EU Investment Offensive: Commission Vice-President Katainen takes investment roadshow to Germany

EU Investment Offensive: Commission Vice-President Katainen takes investment roadshow to Germany

Next stop Germany: The roadshow to promote the Investment Plan for Europe takes European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, to Berlin and Frankfurt. On Thursday, 29 January, the Vice-President will meet German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, German parliamentarians, business leaders and academics in Berlin. He will also visit a […]

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
European Commission reports on progress in Romania under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism

European Commission reports on progress in Romania under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism

The European Commission issued today its analysis on the steps Romania has taken in the past twelve months in the areas of judicial reform and the fight against corruption, under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). The report shows continued progress towards the goals of the CVM and shows where further steps are needed. First […]

| January 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

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