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#Merkel: ‘Europe must take its fate into its own hands’

#Merkel: ‘Europe must take its fate into its own hands’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the days when Europe could completely depend on others are over. Merkel said that this was what she had experienced over the last few days, referring to the NATO and G7 Summits, writes Catherine Feore. Trumps first foreign trip and participation at two high-level summits provided the back drop to the Chancellor’s […]

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German interior minister lauds #SecurityTies with US and UK

German interior minister lauds #SecurityTies with US and UK

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Germany’s security ties with the United States are “excellent” and common interests with Britain mean its departure from the European Union should have as little impact as possible on security co-operation, Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (pictured) said, writes Paul Carrel. “I can only say trans-Atlantic co-operation is, especially in the security domain, of paramount significance for […]

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Council and Parliament agree on new mechanism to better protect Europeans from new #PsychoactiveSubstances

Council and Parliament agree on new mechanism to better protect Europeans from new #PsychoactiveSubstances

On 29 May, the Council and the Parliament reached a political agreement on a package reforming the legislation on new psychoactive substances (NPS) used as alternatives to illicit drugs.  The new mechanism will allow for a more effective and efficient EU response to new psychoactive substances, which are appearing on the EU market at an […]

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EU executive says #Poland’s minister misrepresents dispute

EU executive says #Poland’s minister misrepresents dispute

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Union’s executive on Monday (29 May) accused Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski (pictured) of misrepresenting the nature of the spat between Warsaw and Brussels over rule of law, writes Gabriela Baczynska. Waszczykowski was quoted as saying over the weekend by Politico that the European Commission’s deputy head, Frans Timmermans, was waging a “a personal […]

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Commission welcomes adoption of new rules to block #TaxAvoidance

Commission welcomes adoption of new rules to block #TaxAvoidance

The European Commission has welcomed the formal adoption today (29 May) of new EU rules to prevent tax avoidance via non-EU countries. The agreed rules will stop companies from escaping tax by exploiting the mismatches between Member States’ and non-EU countries’ tax systems (“hybrid mismatches”). Today’s (29 May) agreement completes the Anti Tax Avoidance Directive […]

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Over €44 million of funding to help people in need in #Afghanistan, #Iran and #Pakistan

Over €44 million of funding to help people in need in #Afghanistan, #Iran and #Pakistan

The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of over €44 million to help people in need in South-West and Central Asia, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflicts and displacement, as well as recurrent natural disasters. The funding will support Afghan refugees and their families in Iran and Pakistan, help victims of […]

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#EAPM: Alienation will only add to woes of Europe’s patients

#EAPM: Alienation will only add to woes of Europe’s patients

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is no denying that many citizens in both Europe and the United States have felt, or still feel, alienated, writes European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Executive Director Denis Horgan. On this side of the Atlantic there has long been a sense that many people across the EU’s current member states fail to see […]

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