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Michel Barnier: “We set up the banking union in record time”

EU Active - 11 April, 2014 - 15:44
The French Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Michel Barnier, published a book titled Se reposer ou être libre (to rest or to be free) on 17 April. He spoke with EurActiv about reforming the European banking system.

Study reveals German-US scepticism over TTIP

EU Active - 11 April, 2014 - 14:00
Most Germans and Americans support the planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a recent study shows. But the devil is in the details, as both sides remain sceptical of each other’s standards, and Germans lack trust in EU negotiators. EurActiv Germany reports.

Cyprus president says gas can help reunification

EU Active - 11 April, 2014 - 14:00
President Nicos Anastasiades said discovery of natural gas around Cyprus us could galvanize international efforts to resolve the long-standing division of the island, and smooth development of an alternative energy supply source to Russia.

[Ticker] Obama phones Merkel about 'Russian sabotage'

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:39
US President Obama and Chancellor Merkel in a phonecall about Ukraine Thursday said they wanted Russia to withdraw its troops from the border. The discussed the "orchestrated campaign of incitement and sabotage to undermine and destabilise the Ukrainian state," the White House said. Obama "underscored" that further sanctions may come.


[Ticker] EP group leaders plan post-election strategy

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:29
Leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament agreed Thursday to meet on 27 May for an evaluation of the 22-25 May EU elections. A majority of the parties want the parliament to be consulted before member states propose a new commission president, who the parliament must then approve.


[Opinion] Building a true partnership between Africa and Europe

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:29
Both sides – Africa and Europe – want to work together but seemingly struggle at times to understand the concerns and actions of the other.


Controversy over citizens' initiative on abortion funding ban

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:27
A citizens' initiative demanding a change in EU law courted controversy on Thursday over its proposals to ban funding for abortion and reproductive health services in developing countries.


Merkel in Athens after bond sale success

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:26
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is visiting Athens on Friday in a show of support for the Greek government after its successful return to the bond markets.


[Ticker] Cameron launches EU election campaign Ukip attack

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:20
UK premier David Cameron launched his party's EU elections campaign on Thursday with a rare direct attack on the anti-EU Ukip party. Cameron urged voters to reject the "extremist" party. Ukip is tipped to come first or second in the May vote, pushing the Tories into third place.


[Ticker] Italy's Renzi and Grillo rising in popularity

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:19
Italian premier Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party and Bepe Grillo's anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S) both saw their popularity rise in this week's polling by the Tecne institute ahead of the EU elections. Renzi polled at 30.9% while Grillo's movement polled 23.1%, ahead of ex-premier Berlusconi's Forza Italia at 22.1%.


[Ticker] Council of Europe suspends Russian members' voting rights

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:19
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Thursday suspended the voting rights of its Russian delegation over Russia's annexation of Crimea. They are suspended until the end of the 2014 session. The resolution was adopted by 145 votes in favour, 21 against and 22 abstentions.


[Ticker] Netherlands and Germany top EU transport scoreboard

EU Observer - 11 April, 2014 - 08:18
The European Commission on Thursday revealed its first ever scoreboard on transport in the EU, showing The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, UK and Denmark on top. Transport commissioner Siim Kallas said: "The new scoreboard shows visually where we stand in making our transport systems more efficient, more customer-friendly, safer and cleaner."


A College Degree Does Not Make You a Million Dollars

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 11 April, 2014 - 06:00
The most hard-working and intelligent people tend to go to college, but it’s not the college degree that makes them successful.
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