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Kazakhstan: Anticipating Expo-2017

Kazakhstan: Anticipating Expo-2017

Kazakhstan is busy with preparations for ‘Expo-2017′. Astana – the new capital of Kazakhstan – has grown into a successful host of international forums. With its vibrant energy of a young state, neutral status and a climate of religious tolerance, it has attracted the representatives of states with varied religious and cultural backgrounds, which was one […]

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Ukraine prime minister vows to punish people behind fliers ordering Jews to register

Ukraine prime minister vows to punish people behind fliers ordering Jews to register

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Sunday he’s going to find and punish “the bastards” distributing leaflets ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with pro-Russian separatists. “I made a clear statement and urged Ukrainian military and security forces and Ukrainian Department of Homeland Security urgently to find these bastards and to bring them to […]

Ukraine: Geneva halt for Easter

Ukraine: Geneva halt for Easter

The call to all sides to refrain from provocation and violence came as the major conclusion of this week’s Geneva talks between US, Russia, European Union and Ukraine foreign ministers. With the signature on the final document, Ukrainian citizens observed the creation of a second major international declaration, destined to resolve the profound crisis of Ukrainian […]

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DVD Movie Review: Freaks (1932)

DVD Movie Review: Freaks (1932)

‘We accept her, one of us!’ This was the film that virtually ended the career of Tod Browning, the director of Dracula (1931) – he only made four more films after this, his last in 1939, with his longstanding career as silent actor and silent/talkies director having been effectively derailed by the controversy his film […]

Ukraine: MEPs call for EU sanctions against Russian energy firms

Ukraine: MEPs call for EU sanctions against Russian energy firms

The EU must step up sanctions targeting individual Russians and be ready to impose economic sanctions on Russia immediately, MEPs said in a vote on 17 April. They also called for EU measures against Russian firms and their subsidiaries, especially in the energy sector, and Russia’s EU assets, against a background of violence designed to […]

Statement by President Barroso on passing away of Gabriel García Márquez

Statement by President Barroso on passing away of Gabriel García Márquez

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing away of Gabriel García Márquez. “Gabriel García Márquez was a voice of Latin America who became a voice of our world. His imagination has made us richer, and his passing away makes us poorer. His work will endure. “I present my sincere condolences […]

Human rights: North Korea; persecution in Pakistan; vulnerable groups in Syria

Human rights: North Korea; persecution in Pakistan; vulnerable groups in Syria

The European Parliament passed three resolutions on 17 April, supporting the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea; expressing deep concern at the increase in sectarian violence and religious intolerance in Pakistan; and condemning the recent attacks against religious and ethnic communities and the suffering of women and […]

Things we learned in plenary: Banking union, posted workers, aid for natural disasters

Things we learned in plenary: Banking union, posted workers, aid for natural disasters

A reform of Europe’s banking system, quicker aid for member states hit by natural disasters and stricter checks for workers posted abroad… It might have been the last plenary session before the European elections in May, but MEPs managed to approve many new laws that will benefit Europeans for years to come. Read on for […]

Greens: ‘Geneva talks must be first step to stabilizing Ukraine’

Greens: ‘Geneva talks must be first step to stabilizing Ukraine’

Commenting in the context of the Geneva talks on the situation in Ukraine and following the adoption of a resolution on the situation in Ukraine by the European Parliament, Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said: “Expectations are low for the Geneva talks but the stakes could not be higher for Ukraine. Everything possible should be done […]

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

On 17 April, the European Parliament confirmed a legislative agreement revising EU rules on waste shipments. The Greens welcomed the vote on the legislation, which is being shepherded through Parliament by Green MEP Bart Staes, Parliament’s rapporteur/draftsman. The new rules will strengthen controls on waste shipments. After the vote, Staes said: “The need to tighten […]

Vote results and news from 17 April midday in Strasbourg plenary

Vote results and news from 17 April midday in Strasbourg plenary

The result of all the votes from today in Strasbourg plenary can be found here. Ukraine: MEPs call for EU sanctions against Russian energy firms Drugs: MEPs back rules to take harmful ‘legal highs’ off the market faster Series of events from the end of seventh European Parliament term to constitution of new Parliament Adopted […]

Letter from President Barroso to President Putin

Letter from President Barroso to President Putin

The following letter was sent today (17 April) by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. “Mr President, “Referring to your letter of 10th April to several member states of the European Union and third countries, I have been mandated by the Council […]

MEPs refer new rules on re-registering cars back to committee

MEPs refer new rules on re-registering cars back to committee

Draft rules to simplify re-registering of a car or motorbike when the owner moves to a new EU country were referred back to the Internal Market Committee on 16 April for further discussion, because the Council of Ministers was not yet ready to close a deal on them. The rules, for which the lead MEP […]

Never again? Plenary debate marks centenary of WWI

Never again? Plenary debate marks centenary of WWI

One century ago, Europe was on the brink of one of history’s deadliest conflicts that would change our world forever. MEPs commemorated the centenary of the Great War during a debate on 16 April, warning that peace and stability should never be taken for granted. They also called for more integration and stressed the importance […]

New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform

New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform

Operating rules for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen to comply with new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. EMFF aid will help fishermen to observe the discard ban, such as by buying more selective fishing gear, but will also be used to improve safety and […]

EU-wide hunt for top tech startups

EU-wide hunt for top tech startups

The European Commission is looking for Europe’s best startups in this year’s Tech All Stars competition. The lucky winners will have exclusive access to Europe’s most prestigious startup events and will pitch to the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Chad Hurley and Niklas Zennström. European Commission Vice President @NeelieKroesEU said: “Part of businesses success is making the right connections and the European Commission […]

EU aid for disaster-stricken countries to arrive faster, with less red tape

EU aid for disaster-stricken countries to arrive faster, with less red tape

EU aid to EU and EU candidate countries hit by flooding or other natural disasters should be delivered faster and more efficiently thanks to EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) rule changes approved on 16 April. These changes, already agreed with EU ministers, include extending the deadline for applying for natural disaster aid from ten to 12 […]

‘Legal highs’: Ins and outs of tackling uppers and downers

‘Legal highs’: Ins and outs of tackling uppers and downers

New psychoactive substances, also known as legal highs, can prove damaging or even lethal. On 17 April MEPs vote on new rules to enable these harmful substances to be quickly withdrawn from the EU market. In a separate vote, they decide on more severe punishments for criminals who breach the ban on severe-risk substances, including […]

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Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

Illegal waste shipments target of new EU rules

On 17 April, the European Parliament confirmed a legislative agreement revising EU rules on waste shipments. The Greens welcomed the vote on the legislation, which is being shepherded through Parliament by Green MEP Bart Staes, Parliament’s rapporteur/draftsman. The new rules will strengthen controls on waste shipments. After the vote, Staes said: “The need to tighten […]

FRONTEX rules an improvement but concerns remain as regards treatment of refugees say Greens

FRONTEX rules an improvement but concerns remain as regards treatment of refugees say Greens

On 16 April, the European Parliament voted to confirm new EU legislation governing sea missions by FRONTEX, the EU’s border management agency. The Greens acknowledged some improvements in the new rules but expressed concern that it will still fail to offer full protection to MEPs. After the vote, Green migration policy spokesperson Ska Keller said: […]

EU law means one million Britons will have right to access basic banking services

EU law means one million Britons will have right to access basic banking services

Labour MEPs will vote tomorrow (16 April) for the European Union to establish a right for EU consumers to open and access a basic payment account. It is estimated more than 58 million individuals (10%) over the age of 18 across the EU do not have access to a bank account. The new law means […]

EU clinical trial rules will ensure Tamiflu scandal won’t happen in future say Labour MEPs

EU clinical trial rules will ensure Tamiflu scandal won’t happen in future say Labour MEPs

New clinical trials transparency measures, voted through by the European Parliament last week, will prohibit companies from suppressing data and putting lives at risk says Labour. This week it was revealed that Roche, the drug company behind Tamiflu, withheld vital information on its clinical trials for years. When the data was finally uncovered, it revealed […]

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