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German interior minister lauds #SecurityTies with US and UK

German interior minister lauds #SecurityTies with US and UK

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Germany’s security ties with the United States are “excellent” and common interests with Britain mean its departure from the European Union should have as little impact as possible on security co-operation, Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (pictured) said, writes Paul Carrel. “I can only say trans-Atlantic co-operation is, especially in the security domain, of paramount significance for […]

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EU executive says #Poland’s minister misrepresents dispute

EU executive says #Poland’s minister misrepresents dispute

| May 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Union’s executive on Monday (29 May) accused Poland’s Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski (pictured) of misrepresenting the nature of the spat between Warsaw and Brussels over rule of law, writes Gabriela Baczynska. Waszczykowski was quoted as saying over the weekend by Politico that the European Commission’s deputy head, Frans Timmermans, was waging a “a personal […]

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EU to impose sanctions on more #Congo officials: diplomats

EU to impose sanctions on more #Congo officials: diplomats

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Union is poised to impose sanctions against more Congolese officials, sources in Brussels said, amid worsening violence in the resource-rich country since President Joseph Kabila (pictured) overstayed his mandate and pushed back elections, writes Gabriela Baczynska. One source said the EU will add nine names to its Congo blacklist of people subjected to asset freezes […]

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Foreign selling of German debt drying up, creating headache for #ECB

Foreign selling of German debt drying up, creating headache for #ECB

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Foreign holdings of German government bonds have fallen to their lowest since before the financial crisis in 2008, data suggests, a potential headache for the European Central Bank which buys the bulk of assets for its stimulus scheme from among the debt, writes Dhara Ranasinghe. Based on data from the ECB, Eurostat and the International Monetary […]

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#StarmusIV Festival and Norwegian University of Science and Technology contribute to world of science and music

#StarmusIV Festival and Norwegian University of Science and Technology contribute to world of science and music

| May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Starmus IV* festival under the slogan ‘Life And The Universe’ will celebrate a synthesis between science and music from 18-23  June 2017 in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. The festival aims is to bring these two worlds together and make them accessible to the public through the participation of the world’s most influential and […]

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EU fines #Facebook 110 million euros over WhatsApp deal

EU fines #Facebook 110 million euros over WhatsApp deal

| May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

European Union antitrust regulators fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) on Thursday (18 May) for giving misleading information during a vetting of its deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp in 2014, writes Robert-Jan Bartunek. Calling it a “proportionate and deterrent fine”, the European Commission, which acts as the EU’s competition watchdog, said Facebook had said […]

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#Barnier: No figures set for #Brexit bill, EU doesn’t want a ‘no deal’ option

#Barnier: No figures set for #Brexit bill, EU doesn’t want a ‘no deal’ option

| May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is no figure for a financial settlement between Britain and the European Union yet, because it can only be established once both sides agree on a common methodology of calculations and taking into account the date of exit, the EU’s Brexit chief negotiator said on Wednesday (17 May), writes Jan Strupczewski. “The figures will depend […]

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