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#EuropaColon: What next for #health?

#EuropaColon: What next for #health?

Is DG SANTE pulling the short straw over changing EU budget discussions, as Brexit becomes a reality?  There are rumours circulating and recently reported by POLITICO, that health at EU level will be relegated to the second division and a ‘health in all policies’ approach will come to replace the Directorate in the Commission.   These […]

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EU states push back against 25-year #wireless spectrum licenses

EU states push back against 25-year #wireless spectrum licenses

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Germany and Italy are among 15 European Union member states pushing back against a proposal to set a 25-year minimum on wireless spectrum licenses, thwarting the telecoms industry’s hopes for a more coordinated approach across the bloc, writes Julia Fioretti. The European Commission has tried for years to coordinate how national governments allocate so-called wireless […]

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#Macron breakthrough in #France election signals rising EU hopes

#Macron breakthrough in #France election signals rising EU hopes

If elected president, Emmanuel Macron would change the narrative on Europe, write Friends of Europe’s Giles Merritt and Shada Islam. The centrist candidate would not only breathe new life into the Franco-German ‘locomotive’ but offer a more hopeful and upbeat message for the future. The European Union’s fortunes look to be on the rise. When […]

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#Kazakhstan president sets out vision for modernization of country’s identity

#Kazakhstan president sets out vision for modernization of country’s identity

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

On 12 April, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan (pictured), published an article entitled Course Towards the Future: Modernization of Kazakhstan’s Identity, in which he set out his vision for the modernization of Kazakhstan’s identity and society.  In the article, President Nazarbayev explained: “The large-scale [economic and political] reforms that we have started should be […]

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#Azerbaijan introduces its candidate for UNESCO director-general

#Azerbaijan introduces its candidate for UNESCO director-general

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paris-based UNESCO, the international organization dedicated to co-operation in education, science and culture, is seeking a new director-general to lead it for a new four-year term beginning January 2018, writes Colin Stevens. The Republic of Azerbaijan has put forward Polad Bülbüloğlu (pictured), actor, politician, and diplomat as its candidate for the top job. Bülbüloğlu became […]

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EU’s Mogherini, on Moscow visit, says bloc’s #Russia sanctions to stay

EU’s Mogherini, on Moscow visit, says bloc’s #Russia sanctions to stay

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Union’s top diplomat said on Monday (24 April) that the bloc wanted better ties with Russia but could not pretend Moscow did not annex Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 and that EU sanctions would stay in place. Federica Mogherini, on her first official visit to Moscow in her current role as the EU’s foreign […]

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France’s #Macron favorite for presidency in run-off with #LePen

France’s #Macron favorite for presidency in run-off with #LePen

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step toward the French presidency on Sunday (23 April) by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen, write Sybille de La Hamaide and Matthias Blamont. Though Macron, 39, is a comparative political novice who has never held […]

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