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Thousands protest outside ECB's new headquarters

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 17:46
Thousands of protestors demonstrated in front of the ECB's new headquarters in Frankfurt today, but the bank's chief said it isn't to blame for eurozone austerity.

[Ticker] German court bans UberPop

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 17:46
A court in Frankfurt ruled Wednesday that Uber's online taxi service UberPop is banned in the whole of Germany, German media reported. Every time the American technology company is caught, it will have to pay a fine of €250,000. The ruling follows other bans in several European countries.

West cries foul as Russia strengthens ties with South Ossetia

EU Active - 18 March, 2015 - 16:56

Russia signed a wide-ranging alliance with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on Wednesday (18 March), which will further cement its control over the territory, despite fierce condemnation from the West.

President Vladimir Putin inked a deal in Moscow with South Ossetian leader Leonid Tibilov, which makes Russia responsible for defending the republic, where the Kremlin has stationed thousands of troops since a war with Georgia in 2008.

Diplomat: EU is losing the propaganda battle

EU Active - 18 March, 2015 - 16:04

Two EU diplomats told EurActiv today (18 March) that they believe that the European Union should take measures to react to Russia’s propaganda targeting member states, but that they find it stupid that the bloc is going to make its plans public with a text in the conclusions of the two-day EU summit that begins tomorrow.

Russian government-funded TV stations, like RT, broadcasting in English, Spanish, Arabic, German and French have been steadily expanding their operations, reaching a wide audience in EU countries.

EU congratulates Netanyahu, hopes to relaunch peace process

EU Active - 18 March, 2015 - 15:27

The European Union congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his election victory Wednesday (18 March), but added it was committed to relaunching the Middle East peace process, which he appeared to repudiate during the campaign.

"The EU is committed to working with the incoming Israeli government on a mutually beneficial relationship as well as on the re-launch of the peace process," EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

[Ticker] French PM warns against 'not serious' demands for reform

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 15:13
"France is on the move and nothing will stop the effort that has been undertaken", French prime minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday after meeting the European commission in Brussels. "But any new effort that would weaken growth would not be serious", he added in face of calls for more reforms.

[Ticker] Juncker not happy with progress on Greece

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 15:12
Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission is "still worried about Greece". "I am not satisfied with progress and I am asking the ones and the others to pull themselves together", he said Wednesday at a press conference with French prime minister Manuel Valls in Brussels.

Brussels mulls clampdown on tax avoidance after Luxleaks

EU Active - 18 March, 2015 - 13:24

The European Commission intensified efforts to fight rampant tax avoidance by multinationals on Wednesday (18 March), in its first major effort to counter the LuxLeaks scandal that embarrassed President Jean-Claude Juncker just days after he took office.

The EU executive said its ambitious plan would force the EU's 28 countries to share details of any tax deals agreed with some of the world's biggest multinationals, ending the secrecy that allowed member states to often compete against each other to attract business and investment.

EU businesses in Russia: American sanctions are clearer

EU Active - 18 March, 2015 - 13:13

The EU will lose ground in Russia, because they discourage business, even in cases when there are no restrictions, Frank Schauff, CEO of the Association of European Businesses in Russia, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

The Association of European Businesses represents and promotes the interests of European companies conducting business in and with the Russian Federation.

Dr. Frank Schauff spoke to EurActiv’s Senior Editor, Georgi Gotev.

Lord Mayor of London: 'The single market is what it is all about'

EU Active - 18 March, 2015 - 12:02

Europe needs to focus on the single market and increasing its global competitiveness, according to Alan Yarrow, the Lord Mayor of London. He sat down with EurActiv UK’s, Mark Briggs to discuss the City’s relationship with the EU, and what he would say to Angela Merkel.

Alan Yarrow is the 678th Lord Mayor of London. Serving a single year term, he acts as an Ambassador for the City of London Corporation, both at home and abroad.

You previously said you aren’t in favour of the UK holding a referendum on EU membership. Why?

More than trade, TTIP leads to confident Atlanticism

EU Active - 18 March, 2015 - 11:16

Getting an EU-US trade and investment deal (TTIP) will be tough. Yet if we grasp the moment, America's first ‘Pacific President’ and his EU partners may well become best known for having re-founded the Atlantic Partnership, write Daniel Hamilton and Joseph Quinlan.

Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan are Director and Senior Fellow, respectively, at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Transatlantic Relations, and co-authors of The Transatlantic Economy 2015 (Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2007)

[Ticker] EU relations in doubt as Netanyahu wins elections

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 10:12
Netanyahu has won a likely fourth term as PM in Israeli elections, with his right-wing Likud party scoring 30 seats, and the centre-left Zionist Union 24. He said Monday he rejects a two-state solution on Palestine, putting EU relations in doubt. He now has three weeks to build a coalition.

Juncker puts pressure on MEPs over investment plan

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:50
Juncker's investment plan is facing a battle in the European Parliament, while being flagged as a potential risk for EU taxpayers' money.

[Ticker] Police and protesters clash as ECB opens new building

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:30
Tear gas was deployed and cars put on fire as Blockupy protesters clashed with police in Frankfurt on Wednesday morning just hours before the new European Central Bank headquarters open in the city. The inauguration ceremony for the new 45-storey glass skyscraber next to the River Main starts at 11:00.

[Ticker] EU commission to adopt tax transparency measures

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:30
In the wake of the LuxLeaks revelations is the European Commission due to adopt a first set of tax transparency measures on Wednesday (18 March), including automatic exchange of information between member states on their tax rulings. The aim is to enable member states to police each other's tax affairs.

[Ticker] Brussels tells Athens to halt anti-poverty law

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:29
The European Commission has vetoed a new anti-poverty law set to pass the Greek parliament on Wednesday, reports Channel 4 News, citing an apparent message from Declan Costello, a representative on the European Commission team monitoring Greece. The law would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households.

[Ticker] Moscovici: We won't keep Greece in eurozone at any price

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:29
"We won't keep Greece in the euro zone at any price," EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici has told German daily Die Welt in an interview published Wednesday. He warned that an exit from the euro zone would cause great political damage. "All would wonder which member state is next."

Dijsselbloem: Greece might need capital controls

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:28
Greece could be forced to resort to Cypriot-style capital controls in a bid to prevent depositors taking their money out of the country, the chairman of the Eurogroup has warned.

Two options on Russia sanctions at EU summit

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:28
Economic sanctions on Russia are likely to be extended shortly after Thursday’s summit or in June despite some member states’ objections, diplomats say.

EU police agency steps up crackdown on migrant smuggling

EU Observer - 18 March, 2015 - 09:28
Europol has launched a new intelligence gathering team to crack down on gangs who smuggle thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

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