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Campaigners step up pressure on EU and UK to guarantee citizens’ rights after #Brexit

Campaigners step up pressure on EU and UK to guarantee citizens’ rights after #Brexit

| November 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

A delegation of campaigners met MEPs in Strasbourg as part of a campaign to ensure the legal residency rights of citizens are “fully respected” after the UK exits the EU, writes Martin Banks. The move came as MPs in the House of Commons held a debate amendments to legislation which will pave the way for […]

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Bidding contest for hosting #EMA

Bidding contest for hosting #EMA

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Political pressure is mounting not to overlook central and Eastern Europe in deciding where a key EU Agency is rehoused after Brexit, writes Martin Banks.     With the bidding war intensifying to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Slovakia is fast emerging as a leading contender. The EMA,  along with the European Banking Authority, is […]

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#Albania PM leaps to defence of former interior minister at centre of drug-trafficking allegations

#Albania PM leaps to defence of former interior minister at centre of drug-trafficking allegations

| October 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Parliamentarians in Albania will on Wednesday (25 October) vote on removing the immunity of the country’s former interior minister Saimir Tahiri (pictured) to allow prosecutors to investigate him on corruption and drug-trafficking charges. Tahiri has found himself embroiled in a highly public drugs scandal following the recent arrest by Italian police of several drug traffickers […]

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#KoyzinaAuthentica: Re-inventing one of the great world cuisines

#KoyzinaAuthentica: Re-inventing one of the great world cuisines

| October 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you thought Greek cuisine was all  about moussaka and throwing plates you’d be wrong, writes Martin Banks. At least that is the case with Koyzina Authentica which is doing a very valiant job at re-inventing one of the great world cuisines. Over the years the building has played host to all manner of restaurants ranging from […]

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Cross-channel trade continues to grow despite #Brexit fears

Cross-channel trade continues to grow despite #Brexit fears

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK government’s recent initiative to maintain the free flow of goods to mainland Europe has been welcomed by DFDS, the leading cross-channel ferry operator.Britain says that despite the currently stalled and sometimes bitter Brexit negotiations, trade links will be maintained by continuing current flexible customs control between the UK and the EU. There have […]

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European Commission ‘should urgently consider reform of European Arrest Warrant’ #EAW

European Commission ‘should urgently consider reform of European Arrest Warrant’ #EAW

| October 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

A respected rights organization says the European Commission should urgently consider a reform of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) “as for years its implementation has been tarnished by numerous flaws”, writes Martin Banks. The Arrest Warrant scheme is designed to counter cross-border crime and generally seen as a “useful tool” in combating terrorism and serious […]

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#Oceana: ‘The world’s oceans are in serious trouble’

#Oceana: ‘The world’s oceans are in serious trouble’

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The stark statistics speak for themselves. At current rates of consumption, plastic debris will most likely outnumber fish in the world’s oceans by 2050. More than 90% of fish stocks in the Mediterranean are over-exploited and the amount of carbon dioxide that humans will have released into the atmosphere by 2100 may be enough to […]

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