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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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#Portugal Commission due to adopt its opinion on the Draft Budgetary Plan on Portugal

#Portugal Commission due to adopt its opinion on the Draft Budgetary Plan on Portugal

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Subject to adoption by the College of Commissioners, Vice President Dombrovskis (pictured) and Commissioner Moscovici will come to the press room directly after today’s (5 February) extraordinary College meeting, to present the Opinion of the European Commission on the Draft Budgetary Plan, which the Portuguese authorities submitted on 22 January. The legal basis of […]

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#Brexit Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA

#Brexit Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The debate on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership dominated Parliament´s first February plenary alongside migration, the future of Schengen, the liberalisation of services and car emissions. In addition Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed MEPs.  The UK’s future in the EU was hotly debated on Wednesday 3 February, a […]

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#TTIP Bernd Lange on TTIP: ‘If there is no ambitious deal on the table, there is no deal’

#TTIP Bernd Lange on TTIP: ‘If there is no ambitious deal on the table, there is no deal’

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Trade agreements can affect anything from employment to migration, so no wonder that people are interested in them. On 3 February the European Parliament’s Facebook fans had the chance to ask Bernd Lange, the chair of the international trade committee, all about them during a chat. The German member of the S&D group, who is […]

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