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Plea against UK tear gas exports to Hong Kong delivered in European Parliament

Plea against UK tear gas exports to Hong Kong delivered in European Parliament

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

A personal testimony that tear gas and pepper spray exported from Britain have been used against democracy protesters in Hong Kong, has been delivered in the European Parliament today (22 October). Labour Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Richard Howitt MEP related how student protester Kristine Chan had told him today the umbrella was not simply a symbol […]

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Schulz on election of Juncker Commission

Schulz on election of Juncker Commission

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Commenting on today’s (22 October) positive vote for the Juncker Commission, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said: “The new European Commission starts under the right auspices. Its President benefits from the strongest possible legitimacy. Today his team has received backing from a very large majority of the Parliament, and his own nomination is the direct […]

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Israel, Palestinians set to resume Gaza talks in Cairo next week

Israel, Palestinians set to resume Gaza talks in Cairo next week

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Israel and a Palestinian delegation are expected to resume talks in Cairo next week over a long-term Gaza ceasefire, after Egypt reportedly extended invitations. Egyptian-brokered open-ended truce on 26 August, which put an end to Israel’s 50-day Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza has held firm. However, the terms stipulated that Israel and Hamas, […]

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OCEANA alerts that EU is turning blind eye to swordfish overfishing

OCEANA alerts that EU is turning blind eye to swordfish overfishing

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

OCEANA, the international marine conservation organization, has sounded the alarm today on the European Union’s reluctance to take measures for the recovery of Mediterranean swordfish. According to an assessment carried out by scientists earlier this year, the stock is overfished; it has declined steeply since the 1980s, falling to levels that are currently 70% lower […]

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Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

Juncker statement on EU free movement of people puts Cameron between rock and hard place

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Opinion by Denis MacShane Any hopes that David Cameron might have that the new centre right dominated European Commission would help him on the question of EU citizens living and working in Britain evaporated when the new European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker said he “would not compromise on free movement of people as a […]

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Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs

Juncker pledges investment plan for jobs

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, told the European Parliament on Wednesday (22 October) that he would present his €300 billion plan for investment to bolster growth and jobs by the end of this year. Switching significantly to German during a keynote address ahead of a parliamentary vote to endorse his new […]

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