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Is Scotland Big Enough To Go it Alone?

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 12 September, 2014 - 06:00
Some opponents of Scottish secession (and most other secession movements) claim that places like Scotland and Quebec are "too small" to be independent countries. A look at small countries vs. large countries, however, suggests that small countries often perform better economically.

How to Make Goods More Expensive: Target Truckers

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 12 September, 2014 - 06:00
Government management of the trucking industry has brought raising prices for both consumers and producers who depend on trucking.

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Open Europe - 12 September, 2014 - 01:00
What impact could this round of Russian relatiatory sanctions have on Russia?

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Open Europe - 12 September, 2014 - 01:00
Russia readies retaliatory measures as EU pushes ahead with new sanctions

[Ticker] EU offers €11.9bn to improve transport networks

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 19:13
The European Commission on Thursday called on governments to bid for €11.9 billion of EU funding to improve European transport connections, the largest sum allocated to EU transport infrastructure. Governments have until 26 February 2015 to propose projects in nine "transport corridors" concentrated mainly in central and northern Europe.

Mastercard loses EU battle over card fees

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 18:01
Mastercard has lost a legal battle with the European Commission over payment fees following a ruling by the EU court.

Russia reduces gas supplies, as EU imposes sanctions

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 17:55
Poland and Slovakia have said gas supplies from Russia are down, as the EU prepares to impose new sanctions.

[Ticker] EU rejects citizens initiatve against US trade deal

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 17:54
The European Commission has rejected a so-called citizens' initiative calling for a halt in EU-US free trade negotiations (TTIP) because it did not meet the legal criteria, Spiegel Online reports. The "Stop TTIP" coalition may now go to the European Court of Justice, it said.

[Ticker] Germany the only EU country to create manufacturing jobs

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 17:54
Germany is the only EU country to have created manufacturing jobs since 2007, according to European Commission research. The commission's 2014 competitiveness report published Thursday revealed that productivity increased between 2008-2013 in most EU countries. Industry commissioner Nelli Feroci said that governments needed to improve access to finance and investment.

Athens pleased with migration portfolio, 'hot potato' says the opposition

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 16:22

Greece's coalition government seems to be pleased with the appointment of Dimitris Avramopoulos. As a commissioner of migration, it is considered a sign of trust toward Athens. The opposition though, thinks that Greece just received a “hot potato”.

Jean-Claude Juncker announced yesterday (10 September) the appointment of Greece's defence minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, as Commissioner of Migration and Home Affairs.

Prague pledges to do 'everything' to join euro in four years

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 15:53

Since coming to power in February, Bohuslav Sobotka’s government is touting its European credentials, and plans to join the Eurozone soon, despite falling interest by Czech voters at the last European elections. EurActiv France reports.

A bad start for the new Commission

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 15:49

The directorate for public health (DG Sanco) took over the lead role for medicines and medical devices, only some years ago. Mr Juncker's announcement that these units will be moved back to DG Enterprise, is a step backwards, writes Jim Murray.

Moscow limits German and Polish gas flows as 'warning'

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 15:42

Poland said on Wednesday it was receiving 20 percent less gas than normal from Russia and a German gas operator said its supplies of Russian gas were slightly reduced.

Some European officials believe Moscow could use disruptions to the gas deliveries on which Europe depends as its trump card in a confrontation over Ukraine that has already brought ties between Moscow and the West to their lowest since the Cold War.

[Ticker] Cross-dressing Eurovision winner to sing at EU parliament

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 14:54
Transvestite Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst will perform in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels on 8 October, AFP reports. MEPs from five different factions invited Wurst to perform at an hour-long concert which is part of a campaign to fight discrimination.

[Ticker] EU to impose Russia sanctions Friday

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 14:45
EU states' ambassadors have agreed to impose a second wave of economic sanctions on Russia due to its invasion of east Ukraine last week. The measures - targeting banks, oil firms, defence companies, separatist leaders, and Kremlin cronies - will enter into life when published in the Official Journal Friday.

[Ticker] Poland reports lower gas supply from Russia

EU Observer - 11 September, 2014 - 14:43
Poland has told the European Commission that it received lower than expected gas supplies from Russia this week, a commission spokesman confirmed Thursday. Poland and Germany are concerned that energy giant Gazprom is reducing EU supplies in a bid to prevent countries re-exporting gas to Ukraine.

GMO lobby sees new Juncker Commission as bad news

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 14:29

The Juncker Commission has promised to be “more political” than its predecessor, something GMO backers see as a negative development for the approval of genetically modified crops in Europe.

“We believe this will not be positive,” said André Goig, chairman of EuropaBio, the European association of bioindustries, referring to the announcement of the new European Commission.

ECJ ruling exposes MasterCard to national antitrust probes

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 13:50

MasterCard broke EU antitrust law when setting interchange charges for cross-border card payments, the highest court of the European Union today ruled (11 September).

The judgment will influence other national competition law proceedings in the EU, which were paused pending the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision in Luxembourg. The court rules on points of EU law, giving clarification to other courts.

‘Golden political couple’ to be missed in Warsaw

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 13:47

Poles appear content to have their Prime Minister Donald Tusk elected Council President. However, as he is to be accompanied by his deputy Elżbieta Bieńkowska to take a Commissioner job in Brussels, Tusk's government seem to be entering the period of interregnum. EurActiv Poland reports.

On 3 September, Poland confirmed Deputy Prime Minister Elżbieta Bieńkowska as the country's new commissioner nominee, just days after Tusk was elected Council President at the 30-31 August summit.

MEP Willmott: Commission is dragging its feet on alcohol policy

EU Active - 11 September, 2014 - 13:00

The European Commission has not given a satisfactory reason for why the review of the Alcohol Strategy wasn't published last year, as promised, says MEP Glenis Willmott. She would like the next version to look into minimum pricing, include more research and health recommendations. 

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