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#Refugees Guernsey ‘Islamophobia’ minister apologises for comments

#Refugees Guernsey ‘Islamophobia’ minister apologises for comments

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Guernsey’s chief minister has apologised for suggesting Islamophobia among its inhabitants was behind a decision not to accept refugees. Jonathan Le Tocq’s original comments, where he expressed fears about negativity and an unwelcoming attitude, prompted a backlash. States advocate Peter Ferbrache said the remark was ‘ill-judged’ and islanders were ‘decent people’. Le Tocq said his […]

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#EuMediaPoll: EU Reporter more influential than Guardian Online

#EuMediaPoll: EU Reporter more influential than Guardian Online

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

  EU Reporter appears ahead of the Guardian Online in a list of “very influential” media, with more MEPs visiting EU Reporter online for news on EU issues than visit the Guardian Online.   These are among the findings from the ComRes/Burson-Marsteller 2016 EU Media Poll, ‘What Influences the Influencers’, a survey into the preferred […]

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#Israel  Azerbaijan, Israel’s top strategic partner in the Muslim world, also deplores ‘double standards’ from the EU

#Israel Azerbaijan, Israel’s top strategic partner in the Muslim world, also deplores ‘double standards’ from the EU

| February 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who attended last month’s annual World Economic Forum in Davos, held there a series of meetings with world leaders. Among them, one is particularly cherished by Israel, it is Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, because of the strategic alliance that exists between Jerusalem and Baku. ‘Azerbaijani-Israeli relations develop and nothing can hinder this’, […]

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#Thailand Calls for Obama to revoke Thai invite to US-ASEAN summit

#Thailand Calls for Obama to revoke Thai invite to US-ASEAN summit

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The international reputation of Thailand has suffered a fresh blow after the downgrading of Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to a ‘B’ by the International Coordinating Committee on National Human Rights Institutions (ICC).  The move has created the embarrassing situation whereby Thailand, the leader of the G-77, no longer has a voice on human […]

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On the future of #Schengen

On the future of #Schengen

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Several options and scenarios are currently being explored by the EU member states in order to (re)-examine the future of Schengen, writes Solon Ardittis. These include: A status-quo, an option which is still favoured, at least publicly, by large member states such as France, Germany and Italy A two-year Schengen suspension throughout the current border-free […]

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#Gymnich Informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Amsterdam (Gymnich)

#Gymnich Informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Amsterdam (Gymnich)

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

On 5 and 6 February Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders (pictured) is to host a meeting attended by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the foreign ministers of all EU member states. This informal meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, also known as ‘Gymnich’, will take place at […]

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#Portugal Commission adopts Opinion on Portugal’s 2016 Draft Budgetary Plan

#Portugal Commission adopts Opinion on Portugal’s 2016 Draft Budgetary Plan

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici are in the press room to present the European Commission’s adopted Opinion on Portugal’s 2016 Draft Budgetary Plan. The press conference can be followed via EbS. The European Commission considers that the Portuguese Government’s 2016 Draft Budgetary Plan is at risk of non-compliance with the provisions of the […]

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