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EU ready to support dairy sector hit by Russia food ban

Fri, 2014-08-22 17:40

The European Union is ready to support exporters of dairy products hit by Russia's ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken for fruit and vegetables, the EU's executive arm said on Friday (22 August).

Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the EU, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic sanctions over Moscow's involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

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UKIP launches 'win a pint with Nigel' fundraiser

Fri, 2014-08-22 16:10

The UK Independence Party is offering supporters the chance to win a pint with Nigel Farage in exchange for a donation, as it ramps up its general election campaign.

UKIP is looking to build on it success in May’s European elections, where it won more seats than any other British party. The 2015 national poll could have significant repercussions on the UK’s relationship to the EU.

Farage yesterday set out his election strategy, which includes tax cuts, stricter controls on benefits and on immigration. 

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Calling for a different approach to tobacco and nicotine regulation

Fri, 2014-08-22 15:55

Something is wrong with the punitive nature with which most of the world approaches tobacco and nicotine regulation. In contrast, the harm reduction approach taking shape in the US, if properly implemented, could put a huge dent in tobacco related disease, argues Jeff Stier.

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German government criticised for energy transition

Fri, 2014-08-22 15:50

In a recent report, Germany's Federal Court of Auditors issued sharp criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's "Energiewende', a project aimed at transitioning to renewable energy. The government says the auditors are wrong to only consider financial aspects. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Serbia assures EU it will not exploit Russian food ban

Fri, 2014-08-22 15:07

Under pressure from the EU to come clean following controversial statements from a member of his government, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić stated Friday (22 August) that his country had no intention of profiting from the Russian embargo on imported Western food.

Speaking to the press in Belgrade, Vučić said his government had no intention to encourage exports to Russia, after Brussels urged the EU hopeful not to exploit the Kremlin's ban on Western food imports.

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Russia-Ukraine conflict divides Germany's Eurosceptics

Fri, 2014-08-22 13:59

Germany's Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) is polarised over the Ukraine conflict, with Russian criticism coming from the party's leader Bernd Lucke and Brandenburg's top AfD candidate Alexander Gauland threatening to withdraw from the upcoming regional elections. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Bowles blasted over move to City

Fri, 2014-08-22 13:41

The MEP who led calls to cap fund managers’ bonuses has slammed Sharon Bowles, the ex-chairman of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, for taking a job with the London Stock Exchange.

Sven Gielgold, a German Green, took to Twitter today (22 August) to brand Bowles’ move to the financial sector directly from the influential ECON Committee a “swapping of sides” that “shamed democracy”.

He said that Bowles led important negotiations over EU rules governing the London Stock Exchange and added, “citizens distrust such revolving doors!”.

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EU's tobacco directive faces new lawsuit

Fri, 2014-08-22 10:29

The UK’s leading electronic cigarette manufacturer, Totally Wicked, has launched a legal challenge to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on the grounds that Article 20 of the Directive breaches EU law.

Article 20 within the TPD defines the regulations for e-cigarettes, which will come into force in 2016.

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What kind of gift will Merkel give Poroshenko on Ukrainian Independence Day?

Fri, 2014-08-22 09:14

What is Ukraine expecting from the visit of the German Chancellor? The answer is simple – a lot. However, if Merkel confines herself only to calls for the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, this will be the dead-end of European diplomacy on Ukraine, writes Bohdan Sumenko.

 

Bohdan Sumenko is  co-founder of the Information and Analytical Center Content and Consulting in Ukraine.

 

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Bring the women into the College!

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:58

The newly elected European Parliament has more female MEPs than ever in its history and the days when there was just one female member of the European Council are long history. Ten female out of 28 Commissioners is just the bottom line for the new Juncker Commission as there is no way the European Parliament will accept a College packed with testosterone, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.

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India’s Homemade Food Crisis

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:54

India will not have enough arable land, irrigation, or energy to provide enough nutritious food to India’s future 1.7 billion people if 35-40% of food output is left to rot. The new Modi government should therefore consider alternative ways to solve India’s food crisis argue Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.

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Renzi rules out rising taxes, cutting pensions

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:52

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi denied yesterday (21 August) that his government planned to raise taxes, cut pensions or adopt corrective measures to rein in the budget deficit this year.

There have been repeated media reports this summer that the government will need to pass a mini-budget to hold the deficit inside European Union limits after the economy unexpectedly slipped back into recession.

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New EU rules can stop politically motivated hostile takeovers

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:48

New EU state aid rules can protect companies from politically motivated hostile takeovers by third countries, writes Paweł Jarczewski.

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Greece asks EU to develop LNG backup plan

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:19

Greece has asked the European Commission to set up a backup plan to ensure liquefied natural gas (LNG) is available for Balkan countries in the event of potential disruptions to Russian gas supplies stemming from the crisis in Ukraine.

In a letter sent to European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, Greek Energy Minister Yannis Maniatis proposed an EU emergency mechanism to ensure that surplus amounts of lower-priced LNG are reserved for EU member states with gas shortages instead of being sent to other destinations.

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Returning commissioners: keeping portfolio and political responsibility

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:17

Can an outgoing Commissioner keep his portfolio in the new Juncker College? This question is pending and relevant mostly for Commissioner Oettinger, who is seeking to keep his job as Energy Commissioner. According to Piotr Maciej Kaczyński, the answer is yes.

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Commission moves to tighten customs security

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:09

A new strategy to plug gaps in the EU’s customs security safeguards was adopted by the European Commission today (21 August).  

Effective measures are needed to protect legitimate businesses from smuggling, but they must not prevent the smooth flow of trade.  Customs risk management can also fight the spread of contagious diseases such as Ebola, stop illicit food such as bush meat entering the supply chain, and prevent the illegal trafficking of weapons.

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Germany debates role of Bundestag in approving arms shipments to Iraq

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:08

The German government has announced its intention to send weapons to northern Iraq to support the offensive against radical Islamist forces, but the move has sparked debate over the Bundestag's participation in such decisions. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Lithuania, Poland ask EU to fund gas link

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:06

Lithuania and Poland have asked the European Union to cover up to 75% of the costs of a gas link between the two countries, their national gas grid companies said yesterday (21 August).

The link is a part of an EU plan to end the energy dependency of the three ex-Soviet Baltic states, which currently rely on Russia for all of their natural gas imports.

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Poroshenko talks tough ahead of Putin meeting

Fri, 2014-08-22 08:04

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday (21 August) he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in pro-Russian separatists when the two men meet next week and told the Kremlin chief he had "a strong country, a strong army" behind him.

Poroshenko spoke as government forces, despite taking heavy losses themselves, thrust deeper into rebel-held territory in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east and kept the separatists whom they have battled since April on the defensive.

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Bulgaria says it has ‘frozen’ South Stream, but pipes keep on arriving

Thu, 2014-08-21 14:44

The European Commission said today (21 August) that it was aware that a video reveals that room is made at the Varna harbour in Bulgaria for the pipes to be used for the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, in spite of the assurances of the country’s government that the project has been frozen.

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