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#EFSA: Food safety – politics and science simply cannot mix

#EFSA: Food safety – politics and science simply cannot mix

| May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former US president Barrack Obama has shone a light on the combustive mix of technology, politics and climate and their impact on global security and food production. In a speech at the Seeds&Chips food conference in Milan, Obama gave a level headed presentation about the risks faced by the world if consumption habits and production […]

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#Albania: Prime Minister Edi Rama confirms 18 June election date

#Albania: Prime Minister Edi Rama confirms 18 June election date

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has confirmed that parliamentary elections will proceed on 18 June as required by the nation’s constitution, writes Martin Banks. This follows the opposition Democratic Party’s rejection of a European Union-proposed solution to the party’s disagreements with the Socialist Party Government, The announcement followed talks involving German MEP David McAllister, Chairman of […]

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#Moldova case highlights concern over international arrest warrants

#Moldova case highlights concern over international arrest warrants

| May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

              It is claimed the warrants are being used solely for “politically motivated” reasons. One such case is that of Renato Usatii,  leader of ‘Our Party’ in Moldova. He is also the mayor of Beltsi, the country’s second city. An international arrest warrant, or ‘red notice’, as it’s also […]

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EU steps up pressure on #Albania opposition to take part in upcoming election

EU steps up pressure on #Albania opposition to take part in upcoming election

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

The US ambassador to Albania says that the upcoming election in Albania could go ahead without the participation of the opposition Democratic party, writes Martin Banks. Donald Lu (pictured), ambassador since 2014, said it was “better” if the 18 June election had the participation of all political parties. But, in an interview, he added: “Also, […]

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Representatives of #Moldova opposition search for justice in Council of Europe

Representatives of #Moldova opposition search for justice in Council of Europe

| April 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Renato Usatii (pictured) may not be a name overly familiar to many in Europe but his worrying plight is symptomatic of the crisis that has descended on Moldova, a country still clinging on to hopes of, one day, joining the EU, writes Martin Banks. Usatii is the leader of a new Moldovan political party called […]

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Politicians pay tribute to former EU Eurocrat Sir #JulianPriestley

Politicians pay tribute to former EU Eurocrat Sir #JulianPriestley

| April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tributes have been made to former EU Eurocrat Sir Julian Priestley, who has died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 66, writes Martin Banks. The Briton served for ten years as secretary general of the European Parliament from 1997–2007 and was the second president of the Young European Federalists from 1974–1976. […]

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#Romania condemned over refusal to comply with international ruling

#Romania condemned over refusal to comply with international ruling

| April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The former Attorney General of England and Wales has led a chorus of criticism of Romania over its failure to comply with an international ruling over the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), writes Martin Banks. The verbal comments by top barrister Lord Goldsmith comes after Romania refused to abide by a binding ruling of the International Centre for Settlement […]

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