Tag: European Commission

Holding the EU executive to account: Hearings of commissioner-candidates

Holding the EU executive to account: Hearings of commissioner-candidates

| August 27, 2019

Parliament will hold hearings to scrutinize proposed commissioners Before the new European Commission – the EU’s executive body – can take office, Parliament will organize public hearings to assess the commissioners’ suitability for the job. On 23-26 May, 200 million people in 28 EU countries went to the polls to elect MEPs, giving them a […]

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#Brexit – Is a U-turn in sight?

#Brexit – Is a U-turn in sight?

| August 20, 2019

Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on 19 August, setting out the UK government’s position on ‘key aspects’ of Brexit, particularly in relation to the ‘backstop’ provisions in the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. The letter comes before one-to-one meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, and […]

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Trump’s on-again, off-again war on #Huawei holds Europe hostage

Trump’s on-again, off-again war on #Huawei holds Europe hostage

| August 9, 2019

The US government’s haphazard approach to the Chinese tech company Huawei, as most recently evidenced by the implementation of a ban on US government agencies doing business with the firm, has already caused consternation among major American tech companies and given rise to calls for the United States to lift the Trump administration’s blacklisting of […]

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Spanish judiciary’s abuse of #HumanRights to come under scrutiny before UN and #ECtHR

Spanish judiciary’s abuse of #HumanRights to come under scrutiny before UN and #ECtHR

| July 31, 2019

According to several submissions to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review, the Spanish legal system allows for violation of human rights, either by directly ignoring EU standards, or through loopholes in existing laws, writes Human Rights Without Frontiers Director Willy Fautré. An emblematic case in point is the abuse suffered by the Kokorev family (Vladimir Kokorev, […]

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Ursula von der Leyen must take on Europe’s biggest #Climate rebel: Germany

Ursula von der Leyen must take on Europe’s biggest #Climate rebel: Germany

| July 25, 2019

Ursula von der Leyen won’t assume the European Commission presidency for another four months, but the battle that will define her tenure is already underway. After years of sluggish European progress on climate change, Von der Leyen has committed herself to a bold new ‘Green Deal’, with the goal of securing carbon neutrality by 2050. […]

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#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

#Georgia and #SouthOssetia – EU should support International Peace Project

| July 19, 2019

The EU has applauded the efforts of a pioneering project which aims to reconcile people in Georgia and South Ossetia, a so-called frozen conflict zone. A source of tension since the break-up of the Soviet Union, South Ossetia hosted a brief war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Moscow subsequently recognised South Ossetia as an […]

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#ECForecast – ‘Growth clouded by external factors’ Summer 2019 Economic Forecast

#ECForecast – ‘Growth clouded by external factors’ Summer 2019 Economic Forecast

| July 10, 2019

The European economy continues to be clouded by external factors including global trade tensions and geopolitical uncertainty. The manufacturing sector, which is the most exposed to international trade, is projected to weaken over the year. The GDP forecast for the EU remains unchanged at 1.4% in 2019 and 1.6% in 2020.   Always eager to be upbeat […]

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