When the Baltic Soviet republics were fighting for their right to independence from the Soviet Union some 25 years ago, there were plenty of high-level Western “well-wishers” ready to offer advice. In most cases their recommendations could be summarized as follows: we understand your aspirations, but please don’t cause too much trouble for Gorbachev and his ongoing reforms.
More than 130 business leaders on Wednesday (27 August) spoke out against Scottish independence, saying the economic risks of secession days after the campaign to end the union was boosted by a strong performance in a TV debate.
The heads of the commodities company BHP Billiton, temporary power provider Aggreko and HSBC bank joined forces with the bosses of smaller firms within Scotland's whisky and fishing industries to sign a letter calling for the UK to stay together.
For those who have worked to improve the lives of vulnerable children, particularly those locked away in institutions, the challenge is to move from façade engagement to genuine care, writes Georgette Mulheir.
Georgette Mulheir is Chief Executive Officer at Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity.
The European Commission on Wednesday (27 August) said France's new government must urgently speed up its reform plan, aimed at helping the economy by cutting business taxes at the same time as trimming public spending to bring the deficit to within EU limits.
The call shows that the EU is keeping up the pressure on President François Hollande after a government crisis earlier this week provoked by three ministers who challenged his increasingly pro-business line and rejected budgetary rigour.
The formation of the new European Commission confronts Romania with unprecedented challenges, as the country seeks to retain its agriculture portfolio for a second term. EurActiv Romania reports.
Even though at home, the centre-right Romanian President Traian Băsescu and the Socialist Prime Minister Victor Ponta are constantly in conflict, they both agree that Dacian Cioloș, the present EU Commissioner for Agriculture, should run for a second term, hopefully with the same portfolio.
Luís Durão Barroso, son of Commission President is José Manuel Durão Barroso, has landed a top job at the struggling Bank of Portugal without competition, the Portuguese press writes.
Reportedly, the 31-year old formally was taken on without having to suffer the stress of an interview, as no other candidates were sought by Portugal's struggling central bank.
Young Barroso officially will join the staff of the Bank of Portugal in the Department of Prudential Supervision, under a 'contract without competition' as he had 'proven competence'.
Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski is among the official contenders for the post of High Representative. Yet the reality is more complicated. Poland is in fact interested in obtaining an economic portfolio. EurActiv Poland reports.
EU leaders meet in Brussels on 30 August to decide who will replace Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton as President of the EU Council and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, respectively. Poland officially nominated Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski as a candidate to replace Ashton.
The European Commission said Wednesday (27 August) that it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly requested.
Europe's border control agency Frontex will take over the new operation, dubbed "Frontex Plus", by merging two existing operations. Eventually, the new EU initiative will replace Italy's costly mission to patrol the seas for boat migrants.
Europe's economic woes resemble Japan’s situation in the 1990s, which led to a 'lost decade' of economic stagnation and deflation from which the country is still working to recover. Michael Heise asks whether Europe will suffer a similar fate.
EXCLUSIVE/ The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will irreversibly put EU consumers and animals at risk, the European Commission will be warned today (28 August).
Civil society organisations will hit back at Commission claims there is ''no contradiction'' between TTIP and high food safety and animal welfare standards, citing a leaked Commission negotiating document.
Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border yesterday (27 August), as hopes quickly faded that the Minsk talks held the previous day between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis. The US and NATO said Russian incursions now take place in an overt and obvious form.
Accusations of direct Russian support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have prompted Western governments to impose sanctions on Moscow, despite its denials, and fanned tensions with NATO to levels not seen since the Cold War.