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#Brexit: House of Lords may try to amend #Article50 bill

#Brexit: House of Lords may try to amend #Article50 bill

Today (20 February), the bill on notification to withdraw from the European Union, the legal act that allows the UK government to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, will be debated in the House of Lords – the British upper chamber. The debate starts this afternoon and will continue tomorrow. More than 190 members of […]

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Brussels warns French #economy is out of kilter and chides Germany, Italy

Brussels warns French #economy is out of kilter and chides Germany, Italy

The European Commission warned France two months before elections that its economy was out of balance and in need of reforms as it also chided Germany and Italy. The European Union’s executive arm published in-depth reviews on Wednesday (22 February) of the economies of several countries identified last November as having “imbalances” or “excessive imbalances”, […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
France’s #Macron meets PM #May in London, vows to stand up for EU

France’s #Macron meets PM #May in London, vows to stand up for EU

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (21 February) not to expect any favors from the European Union during Brexit talks, and drew big cheers for his pro-EU message from French nationals in London, writes Estelle Shirbon. Macron visited May at her Downing Street office and later met Britain’s […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
#Pesticides: MEPs want to promote use of natural alternatives

#Pesticides: MEPs want to promote use of natural alternatives

Although fast and effective for plant growth, chemicals pesticides entail potential risks for human health, animals and the environment. About 45% of food we consume contains pesticide residues with 1.6% exceeding legal limits, according to the European Food Safety Authority. MEPs want to promote the use of more natural pesticides and to simplify and speed […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Don’t start #Brexit talks with a clash on cash

Don’t start #Brexit talks with a clash on cash

The eyes of the world will soon be on the Brexit negotiations, amid widespread fears that they may end in a ‘train crash’, not least because of a cash clash. Here’s a suggestion for averting that – or at least making it much less likely, writes Giles Merritt. The pressures and constraints affecting both sides […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Ring of Pakistani #migrant smugglers prosecuted

Ring of Pakistani #migrant smugglers prosecuted

Law enforcement authorities of Germany, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia, in strong cooperation with Europol’s European Migrant Smuggling Centre, have dismantled an organised crime group that arranged smuggling of migrants from Hungary to Italy. Coordinated investigations revealed that members of the smuggling network were Pakistani citizens who formed their criminal enterprise in Italy. More than 100 […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Britain faces ‘very hefty’ #Brexit bill, years of talks – Juncker

Britain faces ‘very hefty’ #Brexit bill, years of talks – Juncker

Britain will need years to negotiate a future trade deal with the European Union after it quits the bloc and will be landed with a “very hefty bill” from Brussels on leaving, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday (21 February). Noting that the Brexit talks expected to be launched next month would last […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Sweden and the Union for the Mediterranean sign an agreement in support of regional integration and co-operation in #Mediterranean 

Sweden and the Union for the Mediterranean sign an agreement in support of regional integration and co-operation in #Mediterranean 

The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the UfM Secretariat have signed a €6.5 million multi annual financial agreement to support UfM core activities in favour of a more sustainable and inclusive development in the region.  As a clear signal in support of enhanced regional cooperation and integration in the Mediterranean, the UfM Secretariat and […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
MEP Norica Nicolai: ‘It is time to remove the stamp of #corruption from #Romania’ 

MEP Norica Nicolai: ‘It is time to remove the stamp of #corruption from #Romania’ 

Unity in diversity is the main motto of the European Union. We function as a union of equal states, supposed to respect each other and to accept our differences, writes MEP Norica Nicolai. Romania has consistently acted like a sensible student in its relationship with the EU, willing to develop as a nation and assure a […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
UK parliament passes historic #Magnitsky asset-freezing sanctions

UK parliament passes historic #Magnitsky asset-freezing sanctions

Today (21 February) the UK House of Commons unanimously passed the UK Magnitsky Sanctions legislation. The Magnitsky Sanctions legislation was voted on as part of the UK Criminal Finances Bill. It will allow the British government to freeze assets of human rights abusers in the UK. The Magnitsky Sanctions amendment which passed was submitted by UK Home Secretary […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Handling #Russia should not be so difficult for the West

Handling #Russia should not be so difficult for the West

In recent weeks, a grand ‘reset’ between the US and Russia has become politically impossible amid increasing speculation that Donald Trump and his campaign team may have come under Moscow’s influence. But such a deal was in any case destined to fail because of the irreconcilable underlying interests of the two countries, writes John Lough. This is […]

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
#Poland in response to EU: Rule of law not under threat

#Poland in response to EU: Rule of law not under threat

Poland appeared to dismiss on Monday (20 February) demands that it implement judiciary reforms deemed essential by the European Commission to uphold the rule of law, raising the danger that Warsaw could be stripped of its voting rights in the 28-member bloc. The Commission had given Warsaw two months from December to implement measures to […]

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
#Industry4Europe: Industry calls for ‘concrete plan to give clear signal that Europe is open for investment’

#Industry4Europe: Industry calls for ‘concrete plan to give clear signal that Europe is open for investment’

Photo: Markus Beyrer, director-general of BusinessEurope, Minister Chris Cardona and Dr. Hariolf Kottmann, president of Cefic (CEO, Clariant) Dr Hariolf Kottmann, president of Cefic and CEO, Clariant, addressed European competitiveness ministers in Brussels. Kottman raised his concern about Europe maintaining its position as a major world industrial power, when other global regions are growing faster, […]

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
UK defends #Trump state visit offer despite protest

UK defends #Trump state visit offer despite protest

The British government on Monday (20 February) defended its decision to offer U.S. President Donald Trump a lavish state visit and an audience with the queen this year, defying protests outside parliament and dissent from lawmakers, writes William James and Alistair Smout. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government wants to reaffirm the “special relationship” with the […]

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Jaded Greeks resigned to more #austerity

Jaded Greeks resigned to more #austerity

When asked what he thought about the prospect of yet more austerity to be imposed on Greece by its international creditors, Nicos Papapetrou was fairly short, writes Lefteris Papadimas. “I had better stop … because I will start swearing,” 49-year old Papapetrou, a shop assistant in Athens said. Greeks appeared resigned on Tuesday to accepting […]

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
#Industry4Europe: Competitiveness Council endorses vision for industry in Europe

#Industry4Europe: Competitiveness Council endorses vision for industry in Europe

On 20 February, the Competitiveness Council held a discussion on Europe’s manufacturing sector. Representatives of European companies welcomed Commissioner Bieńkowska’s support for a European vision for industry in Europe. As part of the debate, Dr. Hariolf Kottmann, president of the Chemicals Industry Council and CEO of Clariant, told European industry ministers that the European Union […]

| February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

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