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[Opinion] Yes or No - the consequences will be dire

EU Observer - 4 July, 2015 - 16:57
The EU shares the blame for this sad and avoidable situation. It should do some soul-searching while it watches up to 10 million Greek voters make their fateful decision on Sunday.








Greeks head for knife-edge referendum

EU Observer - 4 July, 2015 - 16:57
Sunday's bailout referendum is the first in Greece for 40 years. It is not clear when the final result will be known.








'It's Greeks against Greeks'

EU Observer - 4 July, 2015 - 08:29
It was a tale of two Greeces on Friday night as tens of thousands took to the streets of Athens for the last evening of campaigning ahead of Sunday's referendum on bailout reforms.








Spain's anti-protest 'gag' law comes into force amid strong criticism

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 17:41
A new anti-protest law in Spain clamping down on protests or spreading information about protests has been criticised as undermining fundamental human rights.








Greece’s unenviable choice

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 17:19

There is no good choice in Sunday’s referendum. For Greeks, it is either the devil or the deep blue sea, argues Uri Dadush.

Amnesty International: Surveillance exploding in Europe

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 16:19

There's a worrying trend towards increased surveillance in Europe, says Amnesty International adviser Tanya O'Carroll.

“What's happening in Europe is a trend in a very negative direction. Governments are giving themselves vague powers to gather information on everyone, whether you're a lawyer, a doctor or an NGO,” O'Carroll said, referring to the French law that passed this spring and planned legislation in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Investor court issue still bedevils US trade vote

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 15:45
Socialists say new US trade text has killed ISDS. The centre-right say it's ISDS under a different name, ahead of a crunch vote next week.








[Analysis] 'Sharing economy' masks cold business interest

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 15:34
The phrase suggests a friendly, hippie-like world, but there are reasons why many courts in Europe have banned UberPop.








What world leaders can do in September to improve the lives of the poorest

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 15:09

When world leaders meet in September to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will make a strong case that health goals should be a top priority, writes Bill Gates.

EU declares Greece in default just before referendum

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 14:29

Greece was officially declared in default today (3 July), injecting even more urgency into a make-or-break weekend referendum that new polls suggest is too close to call.

The EU fund providing Greece's financial lifeline declared "an event of default by Greece".

The European Financial Stability Facility added, though, that it had decided to not immediately demand repayment of its loans -- a step that analysts say could have triggered sudden "Grexit", or Greece's exit from the eurozone.

[Agenda] Greece, Greece, and Greece on EU agenda This WEEK

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 14:27
The Greek referendum eclipses EU affairs next week. But an EP vote on the US trade pact and Srebrenica politics merit attention.








[Ticker] Tsipras: IMF report is 'vindication' of government position

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 14:24
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras urged voters "to say No to ultimatums and blackmails". He said that a No vote at Sunday's referendum would not mean an exit from the eurozone and that an IMF report saying the Greek debt should be partly written off is "a vindication" of his position.








[Ticker] EU debt fund says Greece is in 'default'

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 14:23
The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) has said Greece is in "default" after it failed to repay the IMF earlier this week. The facility holds €145bn of Greek debt. It hasn't demanded debt repayment, which would trigger a Greek euro exit. But its decision heightens tension ahead of Sunday's referendum.








Some Greeks look at bitcoin as alternative currency

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 14:08

There is at least one legal way to get your euros out of Greece these days, to guard against the prospect that they might be devalued into drachmas: convert them into bitcoin.

Although absolute figures are hard to come by, Greek interest has surged in the online "cryptocurrency", which is out of the reach of monetary authorities and can be transferred at the touch of a smartphone screen.

Billions lack toilets, says World Health Organisation report

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 13:48

Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialised West, but are a luxury for a third of the world’s people, according to a report by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.

Those who make do without toilets continue to pollute water sources and jeopardise public health and safety for millions worldwide, contributing to malnutrition and childhood stunting, impairing 161 million children both physically and mentally every year.

Why Europe needs a global strategy

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 13:41

The challenges facing Europe today have global implications and require global solutions. From the Greek crisis to migration and climate change, the EU must seek answers beyond its borders, argues the European Think Tanks Group.

[Ticker] Juncker: No vote will 'dramatically weaken' Greece's position

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 11:58
"Even in the case of a Yes vote, we'll have to face difficult negotiations. In the case of a No vote, the Greek position will be dramatically weakened," European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday, two days ahead of the Greek referendum on creditors' bailout proposals.








Half a million Greeks unable to vote in referendum

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 11:36

EXCLUSIVE / At least half a million Greeks are unable to vote in a referendum widely perceived as a choice on whether or not to remain in the eurozone, unless they return to Greece before Sunday’s poll.

There is no provision under Greek law to allow for voting abroad. Instead, Greeks must travel home to where they hold their voting rights to make their voices heard.

[Ticker] Uber suspends UberPop service in France

EU Observer - 3 July, 2015 - 11:23
The taxi service Uber announced Friday it would stop its UberPop service in France at 8pm. Several drivers for the service, which was declared illegal in France, were attacked by professional taxis drivers in recent weeks. The paid car-sharing service is suspended "in an appeasement spirit," said Uber France chief.








Armenian protests threaten regional stability

EU Active - 3 July, 2015 - 11:17

The ongoing protests over electricity prices are a danger to the Sargsyan government, according to Strafor, the global intelligence company.

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