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[Ticker] Couple arrested over EU commission terror plot

EU Observer - 3 hours 22 min ago
A man and a woman returning from the civil war in Syria were arrested for plotting to attack the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels , Dutch public broadcaster, NOS, reports. In a statement on Sunday, a commission spokesperson said that the EU executive had received no warnings of specific threats.

[Agenda] Bad banks and better loans on the agenda this WEEK

EU Observer - 21 September, 2014 - 18:14
Implementing the EU response to minimising the public cost of future financial crises and getting banks to offer up loans top the agenda this WEEK.

A Scottish Libertarian Deconstructs the Vote

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 20 September, 2014 - 06:00

Jeff Deist and David Farrer deconstruct Thursday’s referendum vote from a libertarian perspective.

Five Lessons Learned from the Scottish Referendum

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 20 September, 2014 - 06:00

In spite of its failure in the short term, the Scottish campaign exposed elite dread of decentralization while establishing a precedent that regions can decide for themselves to secede even without a nation-wide vote. The campaign also illustrates anew ongoing trends in the decline of the nation-state.

[Ticker] EU and Russia to hold new gas talks

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 20:08
The EU will hold fresh talks with Russia and Ukraine on September 26 in a bid to settle their dispute over gas supplies to Ukraine, AFP reports. Russia says that Ukraine owes €4.1 billion in unpaid bills, with the two sides still to agree on the price for future supplies.

[Ticker] Scottish leader Salmond to resign

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 18:29
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond will stand down in November. At a press conference Friday after Scots voted by 55-45 percent to reject independence, Salmond said he would not accept the Scottish Nationalist Party's nomination to remain as leader, commenting that "party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership".

Salmond to quit as Scottish first minister after independence vote defeat

EU Active - 19 September, 2014 - 17:24

Alex Salmond has announced he will step down as Scotland’s first minister and resign as the leader of the Scottish National Party, after voters rejected independence from the UK.

Scotland voted “No” to independence by about 55% to 45% in a poll yesterday (18 September) that attracted a British record 84.59% turnout and is set to spur major constitutional change.

“For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die," Salmond told reporters in Edinburgh, within ten hours of conceding defeat this morning. 

EU and NATO breathes sigh of relief after Scotland 'No' vote

EU Active - 19 September, 2014 - 15:13

European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday (19 September) at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

EU partners had mostly kept quiet in the run-up to Thursday's referendum, lest their fears of a break-up of the United Kingdom leading to contagion elsewhere in Europe be seized upon as interference.

Catalonia to press ahead with referendum after Scottish No

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 15:06
Catalan leader Artur Mas has said the Scottish referendum has reinforced his plan to hold a similar vote at home.

Banks repay bailout loans to ECB, hurting lending to businesses

EU Active - 19 September, 2014 - 14:59

European Central Bank (ECB) plans to bolster lending to business were dealt another setback on Friday after banks decided to repay billions of euros of cheap ECB credit, sapping money available to lend to business.

The news came a day after the central bank's fresh offer of up to €400 billion of low-cost loans fell flat, casting doubt on its plans to shore up the eurozone's faltering economy.

Poland unveils new cabinet line-up

EU Active - 19 September, 2014 - 14:31

Poland’s cabinet reshuffle after Donald Tusk’s resignation to become European Council president reflects a shift away from his political line, despite the fact only five ministers have changed.

Ewa Kopacz, expected to be the new prime minister, has announced the line-up of her cabinet. While most ministers kept their portfolios, some essential changes will take place.

The high profile foreign minister is leaving the cabinet and will take over as Speaker of the Sejm (lower chamber of the Polish parliament), constitutionally the second most important position in Poland.

[Opinion] Scotland's referendum - nothing and everything changes

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 14:04
Scottish people voted with a decisive majority against independence but the conversation in the UK has only just begun. And the EU will be listening closely

[Ticker] Catalonia sticks to referendum plan after Scottish No

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 12:28
Catalan leader Mas said he still plans to hold a non-binding referendum on independence after Scotland voted No. "The Catalan process will go on", he said in Barcelona Friday. He noted that London, unlike Madrid, did not try to block the vote, in what he called a model for "democracy".

Could the Scottish vote awaken European democracy from its slumber?

EU Active - 19 September, 2014 - 11:12

The Scottish referendum has had the benefit to set the stage for a broader discussion on the way governance functions in the UK and the EU at large, writes David Kitching.

David Kitching, is Policy Advisor for the Foundation of European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the political think tank linked to the Party of European Socialists (PES).

Energy efficiency at the heart of Europe's stability

EU Active - 19 September, 2014 - 11:03

The investment to cut energy waste in the building stock is not a cost, but a long-term investment which can redress Europe's economy and not only, writes Oliver Rapf.

Oliver Rapf is the Executive Director of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a Brussels based non-profit think tank focusing on energy in the built environment. 

[Ticker] EU's 'Eastern Partnership' ministers stepping aside

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 10:13
Poland Friday announced deputy PM Schetyna will become its new foreign minister, replacing Sikorski, who is to become parliament speaker. Sweden's FM Bildt is also expected to step aside after the government lost elections. Sikorski and Bildt co-authored the EU's Eastern Partnership policy on relations with former Soviet states.

[Ticker] EU welcomes Scottish vote outcome

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 09:52
The European Commission Friday reacted positively to the outcome of Scotland's independence referendum. "I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom. This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for," said President Barroso.

[Ticker] Russian jets violate Swedish airspace

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 08:59
Swedish media report two Russian fighter jets, which took off from Kaliningrad, entered Swedish airspace near the island of Oland in the Baltic Sea on Wednesday. Sweden scrambled "several" JAS Gripen planes before the Russian jets left. The violation is the latest in a series in Sweden and Finland.

[Ticker] Russia complains of Lithuania 'provocations'

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 08:59
The Russian foreign ministry has complained after a WWII statue of Soviet soldiers was painted blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag, in Lithuania. It said Thursday it is "demanding urgent measures to clean up the monuments, punish those responsible and prevent similar provocations in the future".

Cameron promises more devolution across UK

EU Observer - 19 September, 2014 - 08:32
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised more powers will be devolved to all parts of the UK while expressing his delight that Scotland voted to stay a part of the United Kingdom.

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