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UKIP launches 'win a pint with Nigel' fundraiser

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 15:10

The UK Independence Party is offering supporters the chance to win a pint with Nigel Farage in exchange for a donation, as it ramps up its general election campaign.

UKIP is looking to build on it success in May’s European elections, where it won more seats than any other British party. The 2015 national poll could have significant repercussions on the UK’s relationship to the EU.

Farage yesterday set out his election strategy, which includes tax cuts, stricter controls on benefits and on immigration. 

Calling for a different approach to tobacco and nicotine regulation

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 14:55

Something is wrong with the punitive nature with which most of the world approaches tobacco and nicotine regulation. In contrast, the harm reduction approach taking shape in the US, if properly implemented, could put a huge dent in tobacco related disease, argues Jeff Stier.

German government criticised for energy transition

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 14:50

In a recent report, Germany's Federal Court of Auditors issued sharp criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's "Energiewende', a project aimed at transitioning to renewable energy. The government says the auditors are wrong to only consider financial aspects. EurActiv Germany reports.

Serbia assures EU it will not exploit Russian food ban

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 14:07

Under pressure from the EU to come clean following controversial statements from a member of his government, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić stated Friday (22 August) that his country had no intention of profiting from the Russian embargo on imported Western food. EurActiv Sebia reports.

Speaking to the press in Belgrade, Vučić said his government had no intention to encourage exports to Russia, after Brussels urged the EU hopeful not to exploit the Kremlin's ban on Western food imports.

Russia-Ukraine conflict divides Germany's Eurosceptics

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 12:59

Germany's Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) is polarised over the Ukraine conflict, with Russian criticism coming from the party's leader Bernd Lucke and Brandenburg's top AfD candidate Alexander Gauland threatening to withdraw from the upcoming regional elections. EurActiv Germany reports.

Bowles blasted over move to City

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 12:41

The MEP who led calls to cap fund managers’ bonuses has slammed Sharon Bowles, the ex-chairman of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, for taking a job with the London Stock Exchange.

Sven Giegold, a German Green, took to Twitter today (22 August) to brand Bowles’ move to the financial sector directly from the influential ECON Committee a “swapping of sides” that “shamed democracy”.

He said that Bowles led important negotiations over EU rules governing the London Stock Exchange and added, “citizens distrust such revolving doors!”.

Marijuana should stay illegal, young Europeans say

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 11:40
A narrow majority of Europe’s youth would ban cannabis, according to new research published by Eurobarometer.

EU tobacco directive faces lawsuit

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 09:29

The UK’s leading electronic cigarette manufacturer, Totally Wicked, has launched a legal challenge to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on the grounds that Article 20 of the Directive breaches EU law.

Article 20 within the TPD defines the regulations for e-cigarettes, which will come into force in 2016.

[Ticker] Putin's aid convoy crosses into Ukraine

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:28
The first of some 270 trucks in a Russian aid convoy have cleared customs at a rebel-held border point in east Ukraine in order to deliver what Moscow says are humanitarian supplies to civilians. Ukraine fears the convoy could be used to supply military equipment to the rebels.

[Ticker] Ireland testing deceased man for Ebola

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:28
Ireland is testing a deceased man who recently returned from Sierra Leone for the Ebola virus, the Health Service Executive (HSE) of Ireland said on Thursday. The Irish Times reports the man, aged 43, was visiting his family in Co Donegal when he was taken ill and later died.

[Ticker] Consultancies scoop big contracts on EU bank supervision

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:28
The European Central Bank and eight national regulators will spend up to €487.7mn on fees to consultancy firms and auditors for screening of the 128 biggest lenders as a “necessary first step” for establishing the pan-European banking union, reports the Financial Times. The Union applies to countries in the euro-area.

[Ticker] Italy to delay budget update

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:27
Italy will release its regular autumn budget in October rather than September, the Italian Treasury has announced, Reuters reports. The delay will allow for the European Union's most up-to-date accounting methods to be used, which could add between 1 and 2 percent to Italy's gross domestic product.

[Ticker] EU bans powerful vacuum cleaners to save energy

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:26
From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts. The ban is part of new European rules to save energy and help tackle climate change. From 1 September 2017, all vacuum cleaners will have to be less than 900w.

[Ticker] Belgium looking for power after nuclear shutdowns

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:26
Belgium's parliament is holding a special session on Friday to discuss emergency plans for possible power shortages this winter after the sudden closure of three major nuclear power plants. Two plants were closed in May after cracks appeared in the reactor and another large plant was closed on 5 August.

Report: EU countries set out new vision for Gaza

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:24
France, Germany, and the UK have circulated a draft UN resolution on Gaza designed to end Hamas rule in return for Israel lifting its seven-year blockade.

[Analysis] Can Europe afford a Russia trade war?

EU Observer - 22 August, 2014 - 08:23
One trade expert has described the EU-Russia sanctions war as economic “mutually assured destruction”, but strategic considerations continue to trump financial problems for both sides.

What kind of gift will Merkel give Poroshenko on Ukrainian Independence Day?

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 08:14

What is Ukraine expecting from the visit of the German Chancellor? The answer is simple – a lot. However, if Merkel confines herself only to calls for the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, this will be the dead-end of European diplomacy on Ukraine, writes Bohdan Sumenko.


Bohdan Sumenko is  co-founder of the Information and Analytical Center Content and Consulting in Ukraine.


Bring women into the College!

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 07:58

The newly elected European Parliament has more female MEPs than ever in its history and the days when there was just one female member of the European Council are long history. Ten female out of 28 Commissioners is just the bottom line for the new Juncker Commission as there is no way the European Parliament will accept a College packed with testosterone, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.

India’s Homemade Food Crisis

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 07:54

India will not have enough arable land, irrigation, or energy to provide enough nutritious food to India’s future 1.7 billion people if 35-40% of food output is left to rot. The new Modi government should therefore consider alternative ways to solve India’s food crisis argue Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.

Renzi rules out rising taxes, cutting pensions

EU Active - 22 August, 2014 - 07:52

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi denied yesterday (21 August) that his government planned to raise taxes, cut pensions or adopt corrective measures to rein in the budget deficit this year.

There have been repeated media reports this summer that the government will need to pass a mini-budget to hold the deficit inside European Union limits after the economy unexpectedly slipped back into recession.

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