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Britain to launch #Brexit process on 29 March: EU sources

Britain to launch #Brexit process on 29 March: EU sources

Prime Minister Theresa May will write to the European Union on March 29 formally announcing Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc, EU sources told Reuters on Monday (20 March), saying Brussels had been told of the plan by British officials, writes Gabriela Baczynska. That letter next Wednesday will start the clock ticking on a two-year countdown […]

| March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

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UK parliament #shooting: Woman dies in Westminster attack

UK parliament #shooting: Woman dies in Westminster attack

A woman has died on Westminster Bridge in central London in what police are treating as a terrorist incident. A police officer was also stabbed in the nearby Houses of Parliament by an attacker, who was shot by police. The attacker struck several pedestrians as he drove a car across the bridge, before crashing it […]

EU antitrust regulators want more power for national #watchdogs

EU antitrust regulators want more power for national #watchdogs

EU antitrust regulators outlined a proposal on Wednesday aimed at giving national watchdogs in the 28-country bloc more power to crack down on anti-competitive practices and also ward off political interference, writes Foo Yun Chee. The move by the European Commission came after a study it commissioned found shortcomings in the way competition agencies were […]

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Portugal PM demands #Dijsselbloem step down over ‘xenophobic’ remarks

Portugal PM demands #Dijsselbloem step down over ‘xenophobic’ remarks

Portugal’s Prime Minister demanded the resignation of eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday (22 March) over remarks he called “racist, xenophobic and sexist” and said Europe would only be credible once he left. Dijsselbloem suggested in an interview at the weekend with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that southern European countries that received EU financial […]

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind #Turkey coup attempt

German spy agency chief says does not believe Gulen behind #Turkey coup attempt

The Turkish government has failed to convince Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency that U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last summer’s failed coup in Turkey, the BND head told a German magazine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government accuse Gulen of orchestrating Turkey’s failed coup on July 15 in which more than 240 […]

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
#Scottish parliament begins debate on new independence referendum

#Scottish parliament begins debate on new independence referendum

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sought backing from the Edinburgh parliament on Tuesday (21 March) for her proposal to hold a new referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, the first formal step in a process resisted by London. The parliament started a two-day debate on Sturgeon’s proposal to hold a referendum in late 2018 […]

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
EU-#Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

EU-#Turkey: anatomy of a difficult relationship

“Unacceptable.” President Antonio Tajani was clear this week in his condemnation of Turkey accusing Germany and the Netherlands of Nazi methods for preventing Turkish ministers from campaigning in their countries in favour of a referendum to give the president additional powers. Although the EU and Turkey cooperate on anything from trade to migration, relations have […]

#FutureOfEurope: The next 60 years will be an uphill struggle

#FutureOfEurope: The next 60 years will be an uphill struggle

With the European Union’s 60th birthday upon us, it seems appropriate to look ahead to the next 60 years: what will Europe look like in 2077, writes Giles Merritt. An alpine valley springs to mind. The years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome are sunlit meadows that stretch gently downhill. The six people […]

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
#Magnitsky family lawyer thrown off top floor apartment in Moscow

#Magnitsky family lawyer thrown off top floor apartment in Moscow

  Russian lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov, who represents Sergei Magnitsky’s family, has been thrown from the top floor of his apartment building earlier today (22 March) and is currently hospitalized in the intensive care unit of Botkin hospital in Moscow with severe head injuries.  Nikolia Gorokhov is a key witness in the US Government’s case against Prevezon Holdings, a Cyprus company owned by Denis Katsyv, son of senior Russian Government official Petr Katsyv. The trial is scheduled to […]

#WorldWaterDay: Protecting our tap water and aquatic ecosystems from pesticide pollution

#WorldWaterDay: Protecting our tap water and aquatic ecosystems from pesticide pollution

On the UN World Water Day (22nd March) and 3rd day of the Pesticide Action Week, PAN Europe takes the opportunity to highlight that pesticides are one of the main sources of pollution of European waters, causing degradation of our aquatic ecosystems and jeopardizing the future of EU water supplies. Water quality management varies across […]

EESC President Georges Dassis’ statement on the #terrorist attacks of 22 of March

EESC President Georges Dassis’ statement on the #terrorist attacks of 22 of March

“One year ago, like all Europeans, I was overwhelmed by indignation, revulsion and sadness to learn that a handful of cowards had once again struck the people of European civil society indiscriminately with the atrocious cruelty of their fanatical delusions. This time, they had targeted the city where the European institutions are based and the […]

#China and US forge interconnected ties 45 years after signing of Shanghai Communiqué

#China and US forge interconnected ties 45 years after signing of Shanghai Communiqué

China and the US have forged a closer relationship with interwoven destinies 45 years after they signed the Shanghai Communiqué on 28 February, 1972, a document ended 23 years of diplomatic estrangement between the two countries, writes Zhang Mengxu from People’s Daily. Forty-five years ago, then US President Richard Nixon started an “ice-breaking trip” to […]

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
#UK wants to be #China’s leading Western financial partner says official

#UK wants to be #China’s leading Western financial partner says official

The United Kingdom wants to be China’s leading Western partner as the Asian power regains its place as the world’s biggest economy, a top official at Britain’s finance ministry said on Tuesday (21 March).  “China is well on the way to reclaiming its position as the world’s largest economy and the UK government firmly believes […]

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dutch report urges strong Britain-EU trade ties after #Brexit

Dutch report urges strong Britain-EU trade ties after #Brexit

The Netherlands should push for the European Union to keep strong trade ties with Britain after the British quit the EU, a report commissioned by the Dutch parliament said on Tuesday (21 March). Britain is the Netherlands’ second-largest trading partner, accounting for 9% of exports, according to the paper by two members of the Dutch […]

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
#ConflictMinerals: The bloody truth behind your smartphone

#ConflictMinerals: The bloody truth behind your smartphone

High-tech equipment such as smartphones, tablets and cars are able to run thanks to minerals and metals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. However, as their mining and illegal trade are often controlled by armed groups, they also help to feed a vicious circle of conflicts. On 16 March MEPs voted in favour of […]

Maryam Rajavi: Let us turn the New Year into the year of defeat for religious fascism in #Iran and the region 

Maryam Rajavi: Let us turn the New Year into the year of defeat for religious fascism in #Iran and the region 

In a grand gathering in Tirana, Albania, on the occasion of the Persian New Year, the Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi wished that the New Year would be the year of breaking the chains of the religious fascism ruling Iran. Today marked the beginning of the Iranian New Year or Nowrouz that starts with the […]

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