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The European Commission has declared the need for a period of reflection after Opinion 2/13 of the European Court of Justice has stopped the European Union from signing up to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Mindful of its legal duty under Article 6(2) TEU to achieve the EU’s accession to the Convention, the… » read more

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              Guest blog post by Professor Vivian Moses, Chairman of CropGen and visiting professor of biotechnology at King’s College and of biology at University College. One of those dubious classic EU “compromises” was approved by the European Parliament last week in Brussels. While the responsibility for approving the cultivation… » read more

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Europe finds itself very close to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and shows an increasing interest in contributing to a sustainable and just solution to the conflict. Last December the European Parliament voted with overwhelming majority for a resolution supporting in principle the recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state resolution. The Parliament added, to Israel’s satisfaction,… » read more

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By WWF Greece On 11 March 2015 WWF Greece launched a new report demonstrating that there is no dilemma in choosing between the planned lignite plant Ptolemaida V and hybrid RES and pumped hydro energy storage systems (PHES). According to the economic and technical assessment performed in the report, the latter prove to be not… » read more

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This blogpost by Bill Hemmings, bunkers manager at Transport & Environment, was first published by EurActiv The UNFCCC negotiating text took an important step forward last week with the inclusion in the text of wording calling for the setting of emission reduction targets for international shipping and aviation, in the context of the objective of… » read more

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Once again, France got several years extra for getting rid of its excessive deficit. Once again, Greece was held up to its reform promises and given not a respite. The Commission is applying double standards on the eurozone members. This will lead to huge damage of Europe’s trust and credibility. On February 25, the Brussels… » read more

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The winter of 2014 was marked by one of the most prominent events for Ukraine since gaining independence — Euromaidan. Exacerbation of political crisis, activization of radical nationalists activity in the capital was not welcomed by eastern regions of the country, which have always been loyal to ex-president Victor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions.… » read more

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“…So much the Spanish diaries as those of other countries of the European Union, they present the following characteristics: 1. The exchange of contents between European diaries is scanty. 2. The mobility between his drafts, void. 3. The integration of the journalistic companies to European, non-existent scale. 4. During these years of crisis, we see… » read more

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The witnesses and the experts report why this war has succeeded in Crimea, but miserably failed in Donbass. The Russian “success” in Crimea has finished by a hard failure in Donbass. A country “Malorossia” stretching its territory from Lugansk to Odessa did not emerge and the hybrid war turned in a bloody and terroristic one,… » read more

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Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/0 1 Are we witnessing a harbinger of a religious war? Is it the beginning of a new violent era that may not spare any nation? What is that radicalism wants to achieve by committing such acts? Why is this happening? And is there a solution? These are few questions that appear in the daily… » read more

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En avril 2014, l’ancien Contrôleur général des lieux de privation de liberté en France, Jean-Marie Delarue, a fait valoir dans son avis relatif à l’encellulement individuel que ce principe visait «à offrir, à chaque personne incarcérée, un espace où elle se trouve protégée d’autrui et où elle peut donc ainsi préserver son intimité et se… » read more

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A number of trade unions have recently denounced McDonalds’ fiscal optimisation policies. According to the unions’ experts, between 2009 and 2013 McDonalds paid only 16 million euros in profit taxes across the EU states in which it operates instead of the 1.06 billion euros it should have paid if tax avoidance schemes had not been… » read more

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By Carlos A. Primo Braga The future of the Greek economy and its place in the Eurozone are back in the headlines. In the short term, Athens’ confrontational strategy will buy some time for Greece. Unfortunately, it is doubtful that it will pave a sustainable way ahead for the Greek economy.

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For those who were already following Europe’s policy on GM crops last century, something strange is happening. Long teased by our cousins across the Atlantic for living in the world’s agricultural museum, we now finally appear to be travelling back in time to 1999. The similarities are startling. Let’s review: In early 2015: the European… » read more

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I had always presumed that life for a Russian billionaire must be pretty sweet. You know what I mean – private jets, international homes, super yachts, vast sprawling business empire, obligatory ownership of a football club, wedges of cash and lots of glamorous Russian girls. It all sounds pretty sweet to me! Obviously there have… » read more

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By Daniele Brunetto After the extension of EU sanctions against Russia and the Minsk-2 deal, one might seriously ask how effective economic coercion is. the answer is: “It depends”.

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