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Building a #NuclearWeapons free world

Building a #NuclearWeapons free world

The international community, including the EU, is being urged to step up its contribution to create a nuclear-free world, writes Colin Stevens. The issue was thrust back into the spotlight most recently when North Korea test–fired a submarine-based ballistic missile from its east coast on 25 August. The exercise drew international condemnation and Daniel A. […]

| August 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

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#Turkey: Handling aftermath of coup attempt is crucial test say MEPs

#Turkey: Handling aftermath of coup attempt is crucial test say MEPs

The respect of human rights and the rule of law in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt will be a crucial test for the state of the country’s democracy, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs on Tuesday (30 August). They assessed the results of last week’s fact-finding mission to Turkey by the committee […]

#EU2017Budget: Parliament starts drawing up its position

#EU2017Budget: Parliament starts drawing up its position

The EU’s budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week parliamentary committees adopt their opinion on the budget, while the budgets committee discusses the Council’s position on Wednesday 31 August. The committee will then draft a recommendation to MEPs, which will be put to a plenary vote at the […]

#CRPD: 10 years of Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities – #UN event to discuss challenges and goals for next 10 years

#CRPD: 10 years of Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities – #UN event to discuss challenges and goals for next 10 years

The theme of this year’s Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council to be in held in Geneva from 3-5 October, is ‘Promotion of the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities’. The forum, which takes place in the framework of the 10th anniversary year […]

#EU is talking instead of doing

#EU is talking instead of doing

EU leaders will meet in the Slovak capital on 16 September to discuss the future of the organization. They will just meet, talk, have lunch, take pictures and say goodbye to each other. Once again nothing will happen, nothing will change, writes Adomas Abromaitis.  The fact is the EU leaders really do not know what […]

| August 31, 2016 | 0 Comments
#CarEmissions: ‘We are not done with #Verheugen yet’

#CarEmissions: ‘We are not done with #Verheugen yet’

“Former Commissioner Günter Verheugen (pictured) did not bring clarity to the issue at his appearance before the inquiry committee on car emissions today (30 August). Specifically, he did not explain why EU legislation on emissions was pushed through in 2007 when it was clearly known that real-world driving car emissions vastly differ from those in […]

25th anniversary of #Semipalatinsk closure marked in terms of progress and danger

25th anniversary of #Semipalatinsk closure marked in terms of progress and danger

As has been underlined on many occasions, we are living in deeply uncertain times. Our world faces complex challenges and threats that put at risk all we have achieved and all our hopes for the future. The global economy remains weak. While we may have agreed on the threat that climate change poses, we are […]

| August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
#Juno, #Jupiter and #Europa: Why space matters for Europe

#Juno, #Jupiter and #Europa: Why space matters for Europe

On July 5, this year, after a five-year voyage across 12.8 billion km, NASA’s Juno spacecraft passed into the orbit of the fifth rock from the Sun, Jupiter, writes Namira Salim (pictured), founder of Space Trust. This is one of NASA’s greatest achievements: Juno will carry out an array of tests on the planet, examining […]

#NetNeutrality: EU rules out blocking online content, application and services

#NetNeutrality: EU rules out blocking online content, application and services

The Devil is in the details they say, and this was part of the reaction the Commission received when Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Gunter Oettinger proposed the Telecom Single Market Regulation back in 2013. For the very first time, the principle of net neutrality as enshrined in EU law sets out the detail on ruling […]

#Apple forced to pay record fee in unpaid tax by European Commission

#Apple forced to pay record fee in unpaid tax by European Commission

The European Commission today (30 August) announced that Apple would need to pay €13 billion plus interest back to the Irish Treasury following an illegal sweetheart tax deal arranged in 1991. The deal effectively reduced Apple’s tax from the standard rate of 12.5% in Ireland to a much lower level. As this deal was specifically […]

Constitution key factor of #Kazakhstan success

Constitution key factor of #Kazakhstan success

Kazakhstan is set to celebrate the 21st anniversary of its constitution, the decisive moment on the road to the country becoming an independent state. The anniversary, today 30 August, is one of the most important state holidays in the country and will be marked across Kazakhstan. On this date in 1995 as a result of […]

| August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
#Taiwan signs scholarship MoU with #KULeuven

#Taiwan signs scholarship MoU with #KULeuven

On 25 August, a delegation led by the ROC Ministry of Education, including seven university presidents and vice presidents, visited the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium. To promote academic collaboration between KU Leuven and Taiwan, KU Leuven Vice-Rector Danny Pieters and Director-General Yang Min-Ling, of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education […]

Commission ‘turning its back’ on Baltic cod overfishing crisis says Oceana

Commission ‘turning its back’ on Baltic cod overfishing crisis says Oceana

On 29 August, the European Commission published its annual proposal for fishing limits (total allowable catches or TACs) for the Baltic Sea in 2017. The proposal should be based on scientific advice, issued by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). For the majority of herring and sprat stocks that are already […]

The #HangzhouG20Summit – what is at stake?

The #HangzhouG20Summit – what is at stake?

On 4-5 September, the city of Hangzhou is set to host the first ever summit of G20 leaders in China. By welcoming G20 leaders for their 11th gathering, China is hitting another crucial milestone in demonstrating its increasing indispensability to global economic governance, following the organization of the 2014 summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation […]

| August 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
Opinion: Busting the myths of #NATO mission in eastern Europe

Opinion: Busting the myths of #NATO mission in eastern Europe

The continuous economic and political crisis in Europe has exhausted the European Union, causing the disbalance of the EU’s political structure and setting its leaders apart. However, the roots of the current situation in Europe lies not only in the internal failure of the EU’s social and economic system, but also in the US’s and […]

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
#Turkey’s Europe Minister Ömer Çelik lets rip on Twitter

#Turkey’s Europe Minister Ömer Çelik lets rip on Twitter

Over the weekend, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel let it be known that he didn’t see Turkey joining the EU as a full member of the EU for quite some time, but could see Turkey becoming a member of an ‘outer ring’ at some time in the distant future. Gabriel, who is the SPD (Sozialdemokratische […]

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