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EU-airlift to Ukraine: Europe increases its humanitarian aid

EU-airlift to Ukraine: Europe increases its humanitarian aid

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Union is increasing its humanitarian assistance in Ukraine where the latest surge of violence has deepened an already desperate situation. Thousands of people are suffering from the combined impact of the conflict, displacement, extreme poverty and the harsh winter. The European Commission is pledging an additional €15 million in humanitarian assistance. This will […]

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Human rights and surveillance: Can the EU ensure the democratic usage of its technologies?

Human rights and surveillance: Can the EU ensure the democratic usage of its technologies?

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

“There is a proliferation of surveillance technologies around the world. It is easy and likely that these technologies, which could be of harm to both human rights and our strategic interests, could fall into the wrong hands,” says Marietje Schaake. The Dutch member of ALDE is drafting a report on the impact of digital surveillance […]

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European Parliament this week: Anti-terrorism measures, economic governance, climate agreement

European Parliament this week: Anti-terrorism measures, economic governance, climate agreement

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Parliamentarians meet in their committees this week, and on Wednesday (28 January) in plenary, to discuss European Commission president Juncker’s investment plan, anti-terrorism measures and the international climate agreement. Meanwhile German and Italian Finance Ministers Wolfgang Schäuble and Pier Carlo Padoan will review rules for economic governance in the European Parliament, and President Martin Schulz […]

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So what is Syriza’s foreign policy?

So what is Syriza’s foreign policy?

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Mergers: Commission continues investigation of Orange/Jazztel merger without referral to Spain

Mergers: Commission continues investigation of Orange/Jazztel merger without referral to Spain

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has decided not to refer the planned acquisition of Jazztel p.l.c. by Orange S.A. to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law. The Commission concluded that it was better placed to deal with the case with a view to ensuring consistency in the application of the merger control rules […]

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Bernd Lange on EU-US trade deal: ‘A ship in troubled waters’

Bernd Lange on EU-US trade deal: ‘A ship in troubled waters’

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In June 2013 the EU and the US launched negotiations on the world’s largest free-trade agreement to date. It was promised that the agreement would lead to faster growth and more jobs but after seven rounds of negotiations many issues remain unresolved. The European Parliament spoke to German S&D member Bernd Lange, chairman of the […]

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BRAFA: Enduring magic

BRAFA: Enduring magic

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

By Anna van Densky, Brussels The startling, vibrant and ever-young Brussels Antique and Art Fair (BRAFA) celebrates its 60th edition, offering a firework display of masterpieces from civilizations, cultures and contemporary challenging creations – a rich palette of artifacts to satisfy the most refined taste. Belgian art also remains a point of inspiration and the […]

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