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[Analysis] EU sanctions on Russia hurt more than it seems

25 July, 2014 - 17:59
Threats, leaks, innuendoes - the creation of "market uncertainty" on Russia is "a new tool of European and US foreign policy".


EU to hit Russia with economic sanctions next week

25 July, 2014 - 16:14
The EU is set to impose economic sanctions on Russia next week. Meanwhile, southern member states want the European Commission to consider any blowback effect when it assesses national deficits.


Poll: French most pessimistic about economic future

25 July, 2014 - 15:57
Europeans feel a bit more positive about the EU than they did late year, a new survey shows, while the French are among the most pessimistic about their economic future.


[Ticker] Dutch to send unarmed police to monitor crash site

25 July, 2014 - 08:29
The Netherlands is sending 40 unarmed police to the MH17 crash-site, PM Mark Rutte said Thursday. The police will accompany a 23-strong investigator team to secure scene. The Dutch are also said to be drafting a UN Security Council resolution on allowing armed police or troops to secure the crash-site.


[Ticker] Boat migrant death toll around 800

25 July, 2014 - 08:28
Around 800 migrants have died this year in their attempts to cross Mediterranean by boat, prompting the UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday to urge EU governments to increase rescue operations and improve asylum hosting management, reports AFP. "Europeans need to take urgent action," he said.


[Ticker] US says Russia fired artillery into Ukraine

25 July, 2014 - 08:27
The US Thursday said it has evidence, based on "intelligence information", that Russia is firing artillery across the border into Ukraine. US deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Russia intends "to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers" to pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine.


[Ticker] France tops Google "right to be forgotten" requests

25 July, 2014 - 08:27
Google told EU data protection regulators on Thursday that most of the "right to be forgotten" requests come from France, followed by Germany, UK, and Spain. More than 91,000 requests to remove search links have been made since the EU court's ruling in May, reports the BBC.


[Ticker] Ireland named in Obama attack on US firms' tax policies

25 July, 2014 - 08:26
US President Obama Thursday named Ireland, which hosts many major firms due to its low corporate tax rates, in a strong speech attacking US firms for taking advantage of “technically legal” tax arrangements. Referring to companies who are suddenly "magically an Irish company" he said they were "gaming the system".


[Ticker] Ireland in talks on repaying IMF loans early

25 July, 2014 - 08:26
Dublin is seeking to restructure the IMF portion of its €64 billion bailout loan repayments, reports the Irish Times. The move, which needs to be agreed by EU capitals, could save the country billions in interest payments. The IMF interest rate is over twice that on the European loans.


German, Dutch firms ready to take hit from Russia sanctions

25 July, 2014 - 08:25
German and Dutch companies, so far among the most reluctant to back EU's planned Russia sanctions, are ready to take a hit from possible retaliatory measures.


EU blacklists more Russians, prepares economic sanctions

24 July, 2014 - 19:55
EU expands Russia blacklist by 15 names, ambassadors to continue talks on economic sanctions on Friday.


[Ticker] Ukraine PM resigns

24 July, 2014 - 17:22
Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk Thursday announced his resignation after several parties said they were pulling out of the ruling coalition. President Petro Poroshenko welcomed the move saying: "The society wants a full reset of state authorities," reports Reuters, with a new vote possibly purging the parliament of pro-Russia political parties.


Court rules Poland complicit in CIA renditions

24 July, 2014 - 15:28
A European rights court Thursday found that Poland allowed the CIA to operate a secret rendition and interrogation camp at its Stare Kiejkuty military base and did nothing to stop it.


[Ticker] Former Moldova envoy to lead EU civilian mission to Ukraine

24 July, 2014 - 14:38
Kalman Mizsei, a Hungarian national who was EU special envoy to Moldova in 2007-2011 and a professor at the Budapest-based Central European University, has been appointed head of mission for the "EU advisory mission for civilian security sector reform" in Ukraine, the EU council said Thursday.


[Ticker] ECB website hacked

24 July, 2014 - 14:36
The website of the European Central Bank has been hacked, with roughly 20,000 stolen emails, phone numbers and addresses of people who registered for ECB events. The Frankfurt-based bank said it contacted the concerned persons and changed its passwords. German police have launched an investigation.


[Opinion] Anti-Roma prejudice rampant in state child protection services

24 July, 2014 - 13:36
The root causes of Roma exclusion must be addressed including systemic failures in the delivery of mainstream services, like education, housing, infrastructure, health and employment.


[Ticker] EU abstentions clear way for UN enquiry on Gaza

24 July, 2014 - 11:59
The eight EU states which hold seats on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva - Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Romania - Wednesday abstained in a vote on launching an enquiry into Israeli actions in Gaza. The US was the only member voting No.


[Ticker] EU commission delaying GMO decision for 14 years

24 July, 2014 - 11:34
The EU commission has been sitting on several decisions on imports and cultivation of genetically modified organisms for years - in one case for 14 years - said US ambassador in Brussels, Anthony Gardner. Washington wants the EU to stick to its rules even if some member states oppose GMOs.


[Ticker] US willing to give EU citizens same rights on data privacy

24 July, 2014 - 11:33
The US administration is preparing legislation that would grant EU citizens the same rights as American citizens have to sue in US courts when their data privacy was breached by law enforcement authorities, the US ambassador to the EU, Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, told journalists in Brussels on Thursday.


[Ticker] US ambassador expects clarity on EU sanctions

24 July, 2014 - 10:53
US ambassador to the EU Anthony Gardner Thursday said "many countries are watching the EU" as its ambassadors discuss economic sanctions against Russia. Washington welcomed an EU decision to progress to financial, energy and defence sanctions if Moscow continues to arm Ukrainian rebels after the downing of a passenger plane.