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[Ticker] Heart disease in decline across Europe, report finds

EU Observer - 20 August, 2014 - 07:31
Deaths from heart disease and strokes are falling across Europe, a report by the British Heart Foundation has found. Lower smoking rates and wider use of preventative statins are credited as key reasons for the decline. However, cardiovascular diseases still kill more than 4 million Europeans each year.

German government pushes for 'Europeanisation' of arms industry

EU Active - 20 August, 2014 - 07:24

On Tuesday (19 August) Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs, announced his intention to accelerate consolidation and Europeanisation of Germany's arms industry. EurActiv Germany reports.

Watchdog rules Peabody ‘clean coal’ ad misleading

EU Active - 20 August, 2014 - 07:11

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that an advertisement for “clean coal” by the world’s largest private sector coal firm, Peabody Energy, was misleading and should not be published again in its current form.

The advert, published in the Financial Times, under the banner headline ‘Lets brighten the many faces of energy poverty’ advocated use of what it called ‘clean coal’ as a way of curbing energy inequalities in the developing world, where the company has targeted its growth strategy.

[Ticker] Scottish government rejects UK plan to re-negotiate EU treaty

EU Observer - 20 August, 2014 - 07:05
The Scottish government has rejected the UK's plan to renegotiate the EU treaties. In an official paper published Wednesday, external affairs minister Fiona Hyslop said Brussels should reduce 'unnecessary red-tape' and 'competence creep' but dismissed claims that the treaties should be re-opened. Scotland holds a referendum on independence next month.

[Ticker] Bulgaria halts South Stream gas pipeline project

EU Observer - 20 August, 2014 - 06:55
Bulgaria on Tuesday halted work on the Russia-backed South Stream pipeline project until it conforms with EU law, the BBC reports. The project would build over 900 km of pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Bulgaria, which is almost entirely reliant on Russia's Gazprom for its gas.

Poland demands WTO challenge over Russia food ban

EU Observer - 20 August, 2014 - 06:45
Poland has made a formal request that the EU take Russia before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to overturn its ban on EU food and vegetables.

Tobacco lobbying warped EU law, British scientists 'prove'

EU Observer - 20 August, 2014 - 06:37
Industry lobbying saw EU institutions water down a new tobacco law between 2009 and 2014, a new study by British scientists has found.

[Ticker] Hundreds apply for Malta's EU passport sell-off

EU Observer - 20 August, 2014 - 06:26
Malta has attracted more than 200 applicants for its controversial scheme to sell EU passports over the past six-or-so months, Henley & Partners, the UK firm handling the scheme has said. If they all get through security screening, they will contribute around €200mn to the Maltese economy, the company added.

[Ticker] NGOs call on EU to scrap science advisor post

EU Observer - 20 August, 2014 - 06:25
Nine NGOs, including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, have, in a letter, urged the European Commission to dissolve the post of Chief Scientific Advisor to the commission president, created in 2011. They said the job "concentrates too much influence in one person", helping "vested interests" to control European policy-making.

Austrian Capital Theory and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 20 August, 2014 - 06:00

Austrian capital theory explains why creating a more technologically-advanced society is easier said than done.

The Failure of Fixed Rates

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 20 August, 2014 - 06:00

The only thing worse than floating fiat currencies is fixed exchange rates based on fiat money.

Blog Summary

Open Europe - 20 August, 2014 - 01:00
The SNP embraces EU reform - but is it trying to have it both ways on treaty change?

Daily Press Summary

Open Europe - 20 August, 2014 - 01:00
Scottish government paper on EU reform calls for ???enhanced role??? for national and sub-national parliaments in EU law making

South Stream ‘Plan B’ opts for route through Greece and Turkey

EU Active - 19 August, 2014 - 15:17

A Russian newspaper has published an article suggesting that the Kremlin-favoured South Stream gas pipeline could drop Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia for its route, and instead reach its final destinations, Italy and Austria, through Turkey and Greece.

On Monday (18 August), Russian business newspaper Vzglyad published an article by journalist Oleg Makarenko, claiming that Gazprom has a “plan B” in case Bulgaria continues to obstruct the construction of the South Stream pipeline.

Turkey calls German spying 'completely unacceptable'

EU Active - 19 August, 2014 - 14:59

The latest leaked spying records reveal that Germany’s BND intelligence agency considers Turkey a target, complicating relations between Ankara and Berlin at a time when the German government is considering arming Iraq’s Kurdish minority. EurActiv Germany reports.

[Ticker] Ashton to represent EU at Putin meeting in Minsk

EU Observer - 19 August, 2014 - 13:51
EU foreign affairs chief Ashton, trade commissioner De Gucht and energy commissioner Oettinger are to represent the EU at a summit on Russia's Customs Union in Minsk on 26 August. EU commission chief Barroso had been invited by Russian leader Putin and Ukrainian President Poroshenko but said No.

UKIP race row erupts where Farage plans to stand in UK elections

EU Active - 19 August, 2014 - 12:58

A UK Independence Party member of European Parliament was yesterday (18 August) embroiled in a race row in Kent, days after Nigel Farage said he would stand for election in the county.

Farage confirmed on Tuesday (19 August) he had thrown his “hat in the ring” to contest the Kent seat of South Thanet, which is currently held by the Conservatives, in the UK’s 2015 general election. He will quit Brussels in favour of Westminster if elected.

Researchers say this year's ecological footprint has already been exceeded

EU Active - 19 August, 2014 - 10:28

Although there's four months left of 2014, humans have already exhausted the ecological space for this year. This means that there has been more consumption of resources than the planet can handle, and over-consumption is only getting worse, according to researchers.

Russia's sanctions threaten both EU farmers and policymakers

EU Active - 19 August, 2014 - 09:25

Russia's food import ban has become a big problem for Europe's farmers, and its central bank policymakers. From Polish apples to French pork and Greek peaches, exporters to Russia may either have to slash prices, or destroy their own produce.

As the European Union's second biggest apple producer, Poland has some 700,000 tonnes of the fruit it usually sells to Russia but can't, because Moscow has a food embargo on many EU and US goods as part of tit-for-tat sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis.

EU justice chief criticises Google on 'right to be forgotten'

EU Observer - 19 August, 2014 - 08:30
The EU’s justice commissioner has accused internet giant Google of leading a campaign to shoot down data protection reforms.

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