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#ClientEarth: ‘Rule of law shunned’ as #CETA deal approved in European Parliament

#ClientEarth: ‘Rule of law shunned’ as #CETA deal approved in European Parliament

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

MEPs have voted through CETA, without seeking the opinion of the European Court of Justice on the most controversial elements of the deal (ICS, ISDS), says ClientEarth. ClientEarth trade and environment lawyer Laurens Ankersmit said: “We are disappointed the European Parliament has decided to consent to CETA so hastily, without due regard for the rule of law. […]

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Europe-#Asia relations become a priority in the age of #Trump

Europe-#Asia relations become a priority in the age of #Trump

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Asian governments are still trying to make sense of Donald Trump’s unpredictable approach to their region, writes Shada Islam. After lambasting both Tokyo and Beijing over their trade and currency policies, the new President of the United States has made constructive contact with the leaders of both Japan and China. But conflicting statements by American […]

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#Eurozone proposals will be Rome party pooper

#Eurozone proposals will be Rome party pooper

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pity the European Union’s top officials as they contemplate next month’s 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, writes Giles Merritt. Planned as a glorious popular celebration, it’s shaping up to be a political embarrassment. The EU is caught between two conflicting pressures: it wants to showcase the Union’s achievements at the 25 March informal summit […]

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A relationship with #Putin offers little to #Trump

A relationship with #Putin offers little to #Trump

| February 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Donald Trump believes his personal relations with Vladimir Putin are an asset to be used in a fresh approach towards Russia, and it is in the Kremlin’s interest to feed the idea that if only the Americans would ‘engage’ then deals could be done. Good relations are not, however, a policy in themselves but something […]

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‘The #euro can only survive if political leaders recognize that we Europeans belong together’

‘The #euro can only survive if political leaders recognize that we Europeans belong together’

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is no viable alternative to a more political Eurozone, focusing more on the big priorities that matter for its citizens than on specific numerical targets and technical issues. Once again, the EESC calls on the European political leaders to accelerate the process of deepening Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in order to ensure more […]

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#Russia: Civil society under attack

#Russia: Civil society under attack

| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Film producer Nikita Mikhalkov is leading a campaign against the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre in Yekaterinburg in an attempt to stifle civil society and the development of democracy in Russia, writes James Wilson. The hugely impressive complex of the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Centre in Yekaterinburg includes a museum, an exhibition and conference centre, a branch […]

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Why I cannot return to #Lithuania

Why I cannot return to #Lithuania

| February 1, 2017 | 10 Comments

I am a Lithuanian, but I live abroad and I am not going back, because the government does not pay attention to its people. According to some authoritative research institutes, during 2017 the Lithuanian population is again projected to decrease (by 45,677 people) and reach 2,758,290 by the beginning of 2018. As of 1 January […]

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