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[Ticker] EU to measure climate emissions from ships

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 18:30
Despite opposition from Greece, Cyprus, Malta, and Poland, EU ministers decided Wednesday that shipping firms must monitor their CO2 emissions, Reuters reports. Accounting for 3% of global C02 output, the sector could in future be part of the EU's emissions trading scheme.

[Opinion] Common European investment programme needed

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 18:30
Investment levels are abnormally low in the EU - the good news is that money is out there.

[Ticker] Romanian president says PM may lose parliament majority

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 18:27
Romania's new president Iohannis told Reuters that MPs defecting to "the winning side" mean that "during the year 2015 we will have this shift" and see Social Democrat prime minister Ponta lose his majority in the Romanian parliament and leave power. Iohannis' liberal party is the second largest behind Ponta's.

EU regulators want right-to-be forgotten to go global

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 18:24
Demands by EU citizens for their names to no longer appear in a search engine result following a right-to-be forgotten request could be extended worldwide.

[Ticker] Merkel says EU to uphold Russia sanctions

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 18:24
Germany's Merkel told parliament Wednesday Russia's ceasefire violations in Ukraine mean "economic sanctions are and remain unavoidable". Nato general Breedlove the same day in Kiev said "nothing ... is off the table" when asked if Nato might arm Ukraine. He said Russian forces form the "backbone" of the rebel side.

[Ticker] One in four deaths in EU caused by cancer

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 18:06
Cancer was the cause of death for 1.28 million EU citizens, 26 percent of total deaths across the 28-country bloc, according to figures published by Eurostat. Although the total number of deaths fell slightly compared to 10 years ago, the number of fatalities caused by cancer rose by 6 percent.

[Ticker] UK's Clegg and Germany's Gabriel to discuss benefit curbs for EU migrants

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 17:48
UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel are to discuss plans to curb welfare benefits for EU migrants at a meeting in Berlin on Wednesday, the BBC reports. UK PM Cameron will set out his plans to restrict EU migration in a speech next week.

Van Rompuy’s last message: France must lead Europe again

EU Active - 26 November, 2014 - 17:13

In what is considered to be his outgoing speech, which he delivered at Sciences Po in Paris on Tuesday (25 November), European Council President Herman Van Rompuy urged France to regain confidence and drive Europe into the next era.

“France needs Europe, because France can only be big in Europe. But Europe too needs France more than ever,” he added, stressing the need for a confident France that is economically strong and free of pessimists of all kinds.

Tories, UKIP MEPs join far-right in voting against development goals

EU Active - 26 November, 2014 - 16:53

A recent vote in the European Parliament provided the opportunity to look into which MEPs voted against EU policies to promote the development agenda. Surprisingly, all the Eurosceptic and conservative British MEPs voted against.

A resolution was passed on Tuesday (25 November) on the EU and the global development framework. A total of 541 MEPs voted, with 96 against (14.41 against) and 29 abstentions (4.4%).

MEPs endorse Juncker investment plan despite criticism

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 16:28
Most members of the European Parliament have endorsed Jean Claude Juncker's investment plan based on financial engineering, but critical voices said the scheme did not add up.

Sarkozy hopes to crush party rivals in French comeback test

EU Active - 26 November, 2014 - 15:59

Nicolas Sarkozy's hopes of running for a new French presidential term in 2017 face a crucial first test on Saturday, as members of his crisis-ridden conservative UMP party vote for a new leader.

Sarkozy, who has watched impatiently from the sidelines since losing the French presidency to Socialist François Hollande in 2012, is favourite to be named UMP chairman. But he also knows only a landslide win will deter party rivals from emerging later to challenge him for the presidential ticket.

How Tolstoy might have portrayed the legacies of Yanukovich and Putin

EU Active - 26 November, 2014 - 15:16

The Kremlin has privileged politico-military-territorial objectives in Ukraine, while ignoring the economic consequences, and this begins to look like a strategic miscalculation, or Tolstoy’s “ill-directed will of one individual, and usurpation of power”, writes Michael Emerson.

Michael Emerson is Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). He is also a former EU ambassador to Moscow. The analysis was first published by CEPS.

OECD warns against austerity in the eurozone

EU Active - 26 November, 2014 - 13:58

The OECD has thrown its weight behind the argument for relaxing budgetary policy, a position championed in the eurozone by France and Italy. The European Commission is due to publish its judgements on the member states' budget bills on 28 November. EuActiv France reports

Juncker: Christmas has come early, here is my big plan

EU Active - 26 November, 2014 - 13:36

“I promised to present an ambitious Investment Plan before Christmas. One month later and Christmas has come early – I am here to deliver on my promise”, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs, presenting his €315 billion investment plan.

Juncker presented his €315 billion investment plan, which has indeed put together in record times. He pledged to present such a plan on 15 July, when MEPs confirmed him as next Commission President, but had time to work on it only after his team took office on 1 November.

Why President Juncker got it wrong on the environment

EU Active - 26 November, 2014 - 13:14

The Juncker Commission is less interested in a Europe that responds to citizens’ needs or achieving a transition to a sustainable economic model, and more interested in pandering to short-term business interests, writes Jeremy Wates, but gives the President the chance to prove himself. 

Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau

[Ticker] EU suspends Iran sanctions until July

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 10:36
The EU on Tuesday suspended sanctions on Iran until 30 June 2015 - the new deadline for a nuclear talks deal. Suspended measures include: a ban on insurance of transport of Iranian oil; a ban on trade in precious metals; and a ban on financial transactions below certain financial ceilings.

Reports multiply of Kremlin links to anti-EU parties

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 09:29
Austria’s far-right FPO party has defended its relations with the Kremlin, amid signs of a wider Russian strategy to build ties with anti-EU parties.

Eurozone 'grinding to standstill', OECD warns

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 09:29
The eurozone is “grinding to a standstill” and now poses “a major risk to world growth”, the OECD has said.

[Ticker] EU parliament postpones Palestine vote

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 08:40
The European Parliament has postponed a vote on recognising Palestine as a state until mid-December on the request of the centre-right EPP group, sources say. The Jerusalem Post reports that intensive lobbying by Israeli diplomats in Brussels contributed to the decision. France is to vote on a similar resolution Tuesday.

[Ticker] US to send tanks to eastern Europe

EU Observer - 26 November, 2014 - 08:39
The US plans on sending 150 tanks to Nato members in Europe as a part of a larger training exercise, reports AFP. Some of the tanks will be sent to eastern European countries where tensions have been heightened over the Ukraine crisis.

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