If EPP members are mobilised, and a small number of S&D MEPs break the group line (or simply don’t vote), then a narrow majority may push through a softened ISDS, writes Doru Frantescu.
Doru Frantescu is director and co-founder of VoteWatch Europe. This article was first published on Votewatch on 16 April.
Almost 900 amendments have been drafted to the European Parliament’s position on the ongoing negotiations conducted by the Commission for a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States (TTIP).
Greece’s state electricity supplier should negotiate its tariffs and not impose them unilaterally, according to a European Commission decision that paves the way for a “new deal” on energy pricing in heavy industry.
The liberalisation of the Greek electricity market started in 2001, but has had no results to date.
The Greek state controls 51% of the country’s electricity company Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC), which enjoys the status of monopoly on the Greek electricity market.
Top European officials and Greece's finance minister were forced to play down fears on Thursday (16 April) that the country was poised to exit the eurozone, after the IMF rejected suggestions that Athens would postpone loan repayments.
But the perilous state of Greece's government finances was laid bare when the prime minister confirmed he had been reduced to seeking funding support from the wealthy Greek Orthodox Church.
Finns are expected to oust Prime Minister Alexander Stubb's left-right coalition in Sunday's legislative elections, amid hopes that a new government will pull Finland out of its three-year economic slump.
The Centre Party, a liberal-agrarian party that has fostered 11 prime ministers and three presidents, but has been relegated to the opposition since 2011, is expected to be the big winner on Sunday (19 April).
Next week, German President Joachim Gauck could call the genocide in Armenia by name. This would be disgraceful for the German government, which instead wants to avoid the word "genocide". But criticism is constantly growing louder – even among its own ranks.
British media baron Richard Desmond gifted the anti-European Union UK Independence Party £1.5 million (€1.4 million) weeks from one of the tightest elections in decades, his newspaper announced Friday.
The donation was revealed on the front page of The Daily Express, a tabloid with a circulation of around half a million daily, owned by Desmond's publishing company, Northern and Shell Media Group.
The European Union's competition chief challenged Russian gas giant Gazprom on Thursday, when she pledged to act decisively against energy companies that break competition law.
The European Commission has been investigating Gazprom for more than two years for allegedly over-charging customers in eastern Europe, thwarting rival suppliers and blocking the free flow of gas across the region.
Serbia warned yesterday (16 April) it would arrest the foreign minister of its former province of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi for alleged terrorism if he turns up in Belgrade next week to attend a conference, which ironically is dedicated to the reconciliation following the Yugoslav wars.
Thaçi, who led a guerrilla insurgency against Serbia in the late 1990s, has been invited to the conference on reconciliation in the Serbian capital on April 24 and is "ready to go", an adviser said earlier.
Set to meet in New York next week (20-24 April) for the ninth round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), negotiators are determined to make progress on all strands of the deal, but particularly on regulatory cooperation.
“We will discuss most of the issues we are negotiating within TTIP. But we will try to advance as much as possible on the regulatory component of TTIP—the most economically relevant complex and labour intensive,” said chief EU TTIP negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero, in an interview with EurActiv.