Tuesday 21 October 2014

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The EU should mobilise an Alliance of the Willing against Climate Change

By Eberhard Rhein Between November 26th and December 7th the international community will again come together and discuss on what to do against climate change. Since its turbulent 2009 meeting in Copenhagen the international community has not achieved much worth mentioning. Above all, it has failed to define a global a strategy for containing the increase of global temperature within 2°C, its agreed objective.


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The Paris Climate Conference must agree on abolishing fossil energy subsidies

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 21st October 2014

During the last years international organisations from IMF to IEA have called for the abolition of subsidies on oil and gas consumption. At its meeting in September 2009, the G20 [...]

Irony alert as Poles ride to UKIP’s rescue in a classic Brussels stitch-up

Posted by Open Europe blog team on 20th October 2014

We reported only a few days ago that UKIP’s EFDD group in the European Parliament collapsed after a Latvian MEP resigned, meaning the group no longer met the criteria of [...]

Open Letter to the European Council, by Orgalime

Posted by Orgalime on 20th October 2014

President, Hon. Heads of State and Members of the European Council, Orgalime, the European engineering industries association, whose members’ annual turnover is some 1800 billion euro and which employ over 10 [...]

Oops! EU slept through Einstein’s ‘Wake-up Call to Europeans’

Posted by David on 20th October 2014

By David All this year EU’s Commission’s headquarters Berlaymont building has been sporting a hypocritical reminder to all Europeans to remember the lessons of World War One. Back in 1914, [...]

Again and again the same play in Eurozone?

Posted by Dimitris Rapidis on 20th October 2014

Mr Pierre Moscovici takes office in less than 10 days, after a tumultuous hearing a couple of weeks earlier. During this month, stock markets were shockingly destabilized with distrust over [...]

Zagreb Mayor arrested – and not before time

Posted by Bankwatch on 20th October 2014

Something quite amazing happened yesterday evening in Zagreb. The Croatian police and the State Prosecutor announced that several people had been arrested on suspicion of a number of criminal corruption [...]

We should be concerned about Ukip’s approach to overseas aid

Posted by Chris Whitehouse on 20th October 2014

We should be concerned about Ukip’s approach to overseas aid, argues Whitehouse Chairman Chris Whitehouse in his latest piece for The Universe magazine. To read Chris’ article, please click here. The Whitehouse Consultancy [...]

Cybersecurity in Europe must remain focused on critical infrastructures

Posted by digital-europe on 20th October 2014

By John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE The 28 member states of the European Union run the risk of undermining a new cybersecurity  law that will play a central role in [...]

Mayors network listed – will Mayors take the lead on a climate deal?

Posted by Kaj Embrén on 19th October 2014

National governments have proven that they do not have what is required to meet the global challenges of climate change and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. The shortcomings [...]

Personal and Private? Correspondence between DG Enterprise and the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Posted by jim on 19th October 2014

Citing Regulation (EC) 1049/2001, I asked last month for access to the following documents: ‘All communications in any form, and notes or records in any form of communications between DG Enterprise [...]

Irony with Goji Berries

Posted by epopress on 19th October 2014

By Jason Anderson, Head of European Climate and Energy Policy at WWF European Policy Office Earlier this year I got a blood clot while flying home from a climate meeting in [...]

UK takes another blow over bankers’ bonus cap

Posted by Open Europe blog team on 19th October 2014

EBA HQ in London The European Banking Authority (EBA) on Wednesday released the results of its investigation into whether banks across Europe have been using ‘allowances’ to skirt the EU’s bankers’ [...]

Building a career in non-institutional EU Brussels

Posted by Dan Luca on 19th October 2014

Brussels hosts more than 100.000 persons working in EU affairs. Only 50% of the jobs are to be found in the EU institutions. The other 50.000 EU actors work at [...]

A Power Shift in China and the EU

Posted by Duncan Freeman on 19th October 2014

Just how fast can China and Europe change? And just how fast can the relationship between them change? The answer, at least sometimes, is very fast. A recent report from the [...]

Germany turning into an Electricity Importer

Posted by Blogactiv Team on 19th October 2014

Germany is in the beginning of its nuclear phase-out to be completed by 2022. To that end, it has to replace nuclear power accounting for 18% of its electricity supply, compared [...]

The United Kingdom: An Excellent Country for Erasmus Internship

Posted by mladiinfo on 19th October 2014

Uncertain times

Posted by adamczyzewski on 16th October 2014

Oil prices surprise us again as Brent falls to below USD 90 on Thursday (9/10). What is going to happen next? Will the downward trend continue? Or should we rather [...]

Seven reasons we love Slovenia’s new Commission nominee Violeta Bulc

Posted by OE on 16th October 2014

By Open Europe Violeta Bulc, Slovenia’s new Commissioner-designate, will be grilled by MEPs on her suitability for the Transport portfolio, next Monday. Here’s our 7 reasons why she might shake [...]


Posted by EU Perspectives on 16th October 2014

True? False? Who cares? It’s a great headline. With many shops, particularly in the UK, already displaying Christmas baubles in their windows it’s a timely news item certain to grab reader’s [...]

EU-Russia Relations: Reloading again?

Posted by Tyszecki on 16th October 2014

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) will be held on October, 16-17, in Milano (Italy). German Federal Chancellor, British Prime-minister, Presidents of Ukraine and France confirmed their participation at the [...]