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#LondonVotes2016: A worrying sign for the EU referendum to come

#LondonVotes2016: A worrying sign for the EU referendum to come

The London mayoral vote (5 May) will not be about remaining in or leaving the EU, but it may be a useful bellwether for how the debate will turn in the run-up to the EU referendum. Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith (British Conservative candidate) enjoys the support of outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson and David Cameron. Like his […]

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#Israel: Significant upgrade of Israel’s ties with NATO

#Israel: Significant upgrade of Israel’s ties with NATO

Israel’s ambassador to the EU and NATO David Walzer (pictured) announced Tuesday (3 May) that Turkey has removed its veto on Israel’s upgraded cooperation with Israel.  The North Atantic Treaty Organization, an intergovernmental military alliance of 28 nations, confirmed that Israel would be permitted to open a permanent office in the orgaization headquarters in Brussels […]

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#ECB starts to take €500 out of circulation

#ECB starts to take €500 out of circulation

Today (4 May) the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) concluded a review of the denominational structure of the Europa series. It has decided to permanently stop producing the €500 banknote, taking into account concerns that this banknote could facilitate illicit activities.  The issuance of the €500 will be stopped around the end […]

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#Tobacco: Court defends EU directive on tobacco products

#Tobacco: Court defends EU directive on tobacco products

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has today (4 May) ruled against Poland, Romania, Philip Morris and others on the future EU-wide prohibition on menthol cigarettes, the standardisation of cigarette packaging, and the special rules for electronic cigarettes are lawful. The Court’s decisions were in response to three cases that concerned the EU Tobacco Products Directive. Menthol flavoured […]

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#ECYP2016: And the 2016 Charlemagne Youth Prize goes to…

#ECYP2016: And the 2016 Charlemagne Youth Prize goes to…

About the prize The European Charlemagne Youth Prize aims to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects. It is awarded every year by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. Representatives of the 28 national winning projects were […]

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#EuropeDay: European Parliament open days

#EuropeDay: European Parliament open days

On Sunday 8 May in Strasbourg and on Saturday 28 May in Brussels, the European Parliament and other EU institutions will open their doors to the general public, a unique opportunity to discover the diversity of Europe in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. The events mark the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May […]

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#Kazakhstan could be ‘model’ for Europe in fight against terrorism

#Kazakhstan could be ‘model’ for Europe in fight against terrorism

Kazakhstan could become a “model” for Europe in its fight against terrorism and Islamic radicalization, a meeting was told. The event, to mark the country’s 25th independence,was told that Kazakhstan has successfully integrated people from different ethnic backgrounds and religions. According to the Assembly of the Western European Union (WEU), a Paris-based western defensive alliance, […]

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