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Far-right Polish MEP saves Farage group

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 18:42
Farage’s eurosceptic group in the EU parliament has been saved by a Pole with unusual views on women.


[Ticker] Cameron taking Britain towards EU exit, says Clegg

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 17:49
David Cameron's EU strategy "has only one clear outcome - leaving the European Union", UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said at a press conference Monday. Clegg made the comment after Cameron's plans to propose a cap on EU migration were shot down by EU Commission boss Jose Manuel Barroso


[Ticker] Brussels ends telecoms battle with China

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 17:44
The European Commission on Monday ended its investigation into two Chinese telecoms firms, Huawei and ZTE, which it had said benefitted from illegal government subsidies. Officials at the EU-China Joint Committee agreed a task an independent body with monitoring EU and Chinese telecoms markets and extend equal treatment for firms.


MEP from party led by racist could save Farage's EFDD

EU Active - 20 October, 2014 - 17:38

UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament is expected to reform after a Polish MEP from a party led by a racist joined the Eurosceptic faction.

Robert Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Polish Congress of the New Right, which is led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke. Kowin-Mikke was fined €3,040 in September for making racist remarks in the European Parliament.

EU lawmaking down 40 percent in Barroso's second term

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 17:22
The volume of EU lawmaking fell by nearly 40 percent in the last legislative term, according to an internal European Parliament paper.


Lawyers shortlisted for EU data chief post

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 16:56
Two French corporate lawyers working for American firms and a high-ranking EU official are vying to replace Peter Hustinx as the next European data protection supervisor.


[Ticker] Cameron says Barroso not his 'boss'

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 16:34
UK PM Cameron Monday responded to criticism by the EU's Barroso on British plans to curb EU immigration saying: "I'm very clear about who the boss is, about who I answer to and it's the British people. They want this issue fixed ... and I will fix it."


[Ticker] Far-right Polish MEP to save Farage group in EP

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 16:14
Poland's Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Wyborcza report that far-right Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz has joined the Ukip-led, eurosceptic EFDD group in the EP. The move will save the EFDD from disintegration after the departure of a Latvian MEP left it short of the minimum seven EU states needed for a quorum.


Study: EU can cut gas imports and carbon emissions by half

EU Active - 20 October, 2014 - 13:31

The European Union can slash natural gas imports from countries such as Russia by half and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 49% if it ramps up energy and efficiency improvements, a new report has argued.

Cost-effective measures in energy supply, industry and buildings would be good for the climate and boost energy security, the study by independent consultants Ecofys said.

The 49% cut to carbon, compared to 1990 levels, goes “far beyond” projections in the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Framework, the report said.

EU states increase lifeline to developing world

EU Active - 20 October, 2014 - 11:25

The aid index released annually by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has become a reference for trends of official development finance, and ways to make it work to its fullest.

[Ticker] Germany floats idea of EU mission to Ebola zone

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 11:13
German FM Steinmeier has said the EU should consider a "civilian mission" to help Ebola-struck states in Africa as well as a "European platform" to help smaller EU states prevent potential spread in Europe. Polish FM Schetyna also said in Luxembourg Monday Poland supports Germany's ideas of an EU mission.


What is ODA spent on in Africa?

EU Active - 20 October, 2014 - 11:04

Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?

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Open Europe - 20 October, 2014 - 11:00
Irony alert as Poles ride to UKIP's rescue in a classic Brussels stitch-up

[Ticker] EU not ready to relax Russia sanctions

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 10:47
The FMs of Denmark and Lithuania said Monday in Luxembourg the EU is not ready to relax sanctions on Russia. Denmark's Lidegaard said "I don't think we should decrease pressure just now". Lithuania's Linkevicius noted: "There's no breakthrough, no improvement in the situation ... no possibility to lift any sanctions".


[Ticker] Poland threatens veto on EU climate targets

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 10:47
Polish FM Schetyna, at his first-ever EU foreign ministers' meeting, in Luxembourg Monday said Warsaw is ready to veto EU climate change proposals at Thursday's summit. "If we speak of the possibility of a veto - Yes. But this is a last resort and I hope it won't be used".


[Ticker] EU's Ashton to keep Iran nuclear talks role

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 10:24
Outgoing EU foreign relations chief Ashton Monday in Luxembourg told press she'll stay on as chairman of world powers' Iran nuclear talks: "I've been asked to stay on till it's done". The Luxembourg FMs' meeting is her last before handing over the EU post to Italy's Mogherini on 1 November.


Ukraine needs reform to survive

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 09:58
The focus in Ukraine is shifting back from war or peace to the country’s internal malaise - the time has come for real reforms.


Belgium's main airport starts Ebola screening

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 08:29
Belgium's main airport, which gets four direct flights a week from the Ebola zone in west Africa, began screening arrivals in the small hours of Monday.


What are the EU climate talks about?

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 08:28
With climate targets only set at the EU level, the key question is how member states will be persuaded to do their share.


Barroso draws EU red lines in UK speech

EU Observer - 20 October, 2014 - 08:28
Britain risks “alienating” friends in Europe by loose talk of migration caps, the outgoing EU commission chief is to warn.


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