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Most Malta boat victims were Gaza refugees

EU Observer - 17 September, 2014 - 08:26
Palestinian people fleeing Israel’s occupation of Gaza were most of the victims in the Malta boat incident last week.


[Focus] US and UK universities top world rankings

EU Observer - 17 September, 2014 - 08:20
American and British universities continue to dominate in the global rankings with the next best faculty in a EU member state trailing a distant 24.


Gazprom: Serbia will start building South Stream in October

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 08:00

The construction of the Serbian stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline will start in October, the head of the Gazprom international projects department Alexander Siromyatin is quoted as saying by the Serbian media.

The construction work in Serbia will be begin regardless of the situation in Bulgaria, where the work on South Stream has been suspended until the project is fully harmonized with the EU regulations, said Siromyatin yesterday (16 September).

ECB invites banks to tap new funds it hopes will help envigorate eurozone

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 07:49

The European Central Bank invited banks on Tuesday (16 September) to bid for a fresh round of long-term loans it hopes will stimulate lending to businesses and reinvigorate the eurozone economy, but which may see only modest take-up.

[Ticker] Belgium may get first female prime minister

EU Observer - 17 September, 2014 - 07:46
Nearly six months after a general election, Belgium is close to forming a new government, lead by Maggie De Block, who would become the first female prime minister of the country. Four parties are in coalition talks, with the budget and unpopular night flights over Brussels on the agenda Tuesday.


[Ticker] French government wins confidence vote

EU Observer - 17 September, 2014 - 07:45
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday narrowly won a confidence vote in the National Assembly, where 269 to 244 deputies voted in favour of the government's policies. The vote followed a recent cabinet revolt over austerity measures.


[Ticker] Spain's commissioner candidate sells oil shares

EU Observer - 17 September, 2014 - 07:45
The EU's incoming energy and climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said on Tuesday he is selling his shares in oil firms Petrolifera Ducar and Petrologis Canarias to avoid any conflict of interest ahead of a grilling by the European Parliament.


[Ticker] EU welcomes migrant tragedy investigation

EU Observer - 17 September, 2014 - 07:44
EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom on Monday welcomed an investigation by the International Organisation for Migration into last week's tragedy when around 500 boat migrants died. "I am shocked by the testimonies of the survivors of the tragic incident outside the Maltese coast," she said.


[Ticker] European Ombudsman to be elected in January

EU Observer - 17 September, 2014 - 07:43
The next European Ombudsman will be elected by secret ballot in January 2015, president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz announced at the opening of the September plenary session on Monday in Strasbourg. The current European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, was elected in July 2013 and is eligible for reappointment.


Obama sends troops to West Africa to contain Ebola

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 07:43

US President Barack Obama yesterday (16 September) called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the US role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.

"The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better," Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

German trade chief on Greece: 'Sustainable stimulus only comes from the private economy'

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 07:35

German investments in Greece have been dwindling, but there is good news for Greco-German economic relations, explained Eric Schweitzer, outlining German investment and Greek growth in an interview with EurActiv Greece.

Lawmakers to vote on EU's €5bn carbon permit giveaway

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 07:27

European lawmakers will vote next week on whether to force the European Commission to rethink giving billions of euros worth of carbon allowances away for free to heavy industries, after a senior Green member lodged an objection.

Bavarian conservatives seek to restore EU internal border checks

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 07:19

Bavaria is concerned about the growing number of refugees flooding its borders, leading the state's ruling right-wing party to propose checks along its border with Austria. Critics are calling the move “unrealistic” and “populist”. EurActiv Germany reports.

Union supporters with slight lead on the eve of Scottish referendum

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 07:02

Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists, with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The United Kingdom's fate remains uncertain as the three surveys - from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation - showed support for Scottish independence at 48% compared to 52% backing union.

The polls found 8 to 14% of Scotland's 4.3 million voters were still undecided before polls open at 0600 GMT tomorrow (18 September).

Poland: Will Ewa Kopacz be an Iron Lady or a Tusk puppet?

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 06:56

While Council President-elect Donald Tusk is “polishing his English”, before he assumes his post on 1 December, Ewa Kopacz, his successor as Prime Minister, is confronted with the daunting task of building not only a new cabinet, but also her own political clout and entourage. EurActiv Poland reports.

Over the last 11 years at the helm of the ruling Civic Platform, Donald Tusk secured the position of the strong and “only” leader, effectively cutting off political rivals and reinforcing faithful backers. Now one of those backers got appointed Prime Minister.

Berlin launches dialogue to boost pharma research

EU Active - 17 September, 2014 - 06:42

The German government initiated plans on Monday (15 September) to strengthen the country’s attractiveness for pharmaceutical research and development, but the Left Party warns it is likely to become an "image campaign" for pharmaceutical giants. EurActiv.de reports.

Andy Duncan Explains The Charade of Independence for UKIP and Scotland

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 17 September, 2014 - 06:00

In this transcript of his Mises Weekends interview with Jeff Deist, Andy Duncan handicaps the upcoming secession vote in Scotland and discusses the state of free-market thinking in the UK.

The Taylor Rule Won’t Save Us

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 17 September, 2014 - 06:00

Taylor's rule also fails to address the fundamental problem of coordinating the actions of many diverse individuals in an economy, so it cannot protect us from malinvestment and bubbles.

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