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Germany's deportees cannot be held in prisons, ECJ rules

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 15:04

Third country citizens awaiting deportation must be detained separately from regular prisoners, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday (17 July), rejecting detention practices in several of Germany's Länder. EurActiv Germany reports.

Ukraine investigators race to recover flight recorders

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 15:03
The race to locate the black box, flight deck recorder, and the cockpit recorder is underway as investigators travel to the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine.

EU official: Downing of Malaysian plane ‘provides opportunity’

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 14:47

As cynical as it may sound, an EU official said today (18 July) that the downing over Eastern Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, “provides an opportunity”, for the first time, to have direct contact with pro-Russian separatists, in order to negotiate a ceasefire.

The Boeing was brought down yesterday (17 July) over Eastern Ukraine, close to the Russian border, sending shockwaves throughout the world.

Merkel: Russia partly responsible for Ukraine crash

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 13:59
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Russia must acknowledge its share of responsibility in the Ukraine airplane disaster.

EU and US mull digital economy chapter in TTIP

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 13:40

European Union and US negotiators will discuss whether to devote a chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to the digital economy, as they have done for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Both the EU and US are mulling whether the digital economy is better handled across a number of chapters devoted to the different sectors it has a part in or by a stand-alone section.

Hard truths about Europe’s soft power

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 13:22

Nick Witney is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and was the first chief executive of the European Defense Agency.

EU agrees on trade deal with Ecuador

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 13:21

The European Union completed negotiations on Thursday (17 July) on a trade deal with the Ecuador that will eliminate tariffs for most of its exports to its top trading partner, the Andean nation's trade minister said.

Francisco Rivadeneira stated that the EU will extend a system of preferential tariffs that benefit Ecuador's exports and which had been due to expire in December, until the new trade deal takes effect in the second half of 2016.

Kohl encourages Merkel to pursue EU unity

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 13:19

In a letter congratulating German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her 60th birthday Thursday (17 July), former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl encouraged her to focus on policy that brings Europe closer together, and emphasised the value of partnership with the United States. EurActiv Germany reports.

[Ticker] Merkel against Catalonian independence

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 12:14
German Chancellor Angela Merke on Friday was asked during a press conference what she thinks of the upcoming referendum on Catalonia becoming independent from Spain. "We are for the territorial integrity of all states. I am sharing the view of the Spanish government [who is against it]," she said.

[Ticker] Germany endorses Israel's invasion of Gaza

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 12:08
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday defended Israel's ground invasion of Gaza. "There is a new quality of Hamas arms - Tel Aviv, Jerusalem can be reached with rockets - so countries should be able to defend themselves from such attacks," she said during her summer press conference.

[Ticker] Merkel suggests France should halt Mistral sale

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 11:59
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday suggested France should halt the export of Mistral warships to Russia, even if the current sanctions regime still allows it. "In Germany, we are putting on hold the construction of a shooting centre in Russia, given the situation," she said during a press conference.

[Ticker] 'Too early' to say how Ukraine crash will impact EU foreign policy

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 11:47
An EU diplomat noted Friday it is "too early" to say if the Ukraine air crash, allegedly caused by a Russian-supplied missile, will result in tougher sanctions, e.g. an arms embargo, on Russia. "We are still at the stage of handling the consular aspects of the incident", the source said.

[Ticker] No firm deal on centre-left EU 'foreign minister'

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 11:46
Remarks by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande after Wednesday's summit that the EU foreign post should go to a Socialist candidate do not mean leaders can't change their mind in August, an EU diplomat told this website on Friday. "There is nothing written on paper", the source noted.

Parliament aims to reinvigorate European Youth Initiative

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 11:24

Unemployment rates in Europe have not fallen, despite the European Youth Initiative coming into force in January 2014. MEPs have raised the alarm, and called for greater financial resources. EurActiv France reports.

Although the EU allocated an extra €6 billion to tackle youth unemployment in regions with a youth unemployment rate above 25 %, still not much has changed.

Calling time on TTIP

EU Active - 18 July, 2014 - 11:08

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Needs to reformulate its priorities and base itself on the founding values of the European Union, writes Emma Woodford.

Birthday tributes display Merkel's power

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 08:51
At 60, German chancellor Angela Merkel is the most popular and powerful leader among her EU peers.

[Ticker] Report: Britain opposes Polish PM on EU top job

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 08:29
The FT reports, citing EU diplomats, that British PM Cameron at Wednesday's summit, opposed the elevation of Polish PM Tusk to the EU Council chief post, saying he prefers Danish leader Thorning-Schmidt. British opposition is linked to fears Tusk would criticise Cameron on restrictions on EU migrants to the UK.

[Opinion] Time for EU to put real pressure on Israel

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 08:27
As Israel launches Gaza ground offensive, a former Sakharov laureate calls for EU countries to impose real pressure on Israel to end 47 years of occupation.

[Ticker] Top EU lawyer backs stem cell patenting

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 08:24
A human egg used to produce stem cells but unable to develop into a viable embryo can potentially be patented, advocate general Pedro Cruz Villalon from the European Court of Justice said Thursday in an opinion with business implications for biotech companies. The court must still give a final ruling.

[Ticker] EU court criticises French ban on gay blood donors

EU Observer - 18 July, 2014 - 08:24
An advocate general at the European Court of Justice on Thursday said the French state cannot exclude blood donations from gay, sexually active men. The opinion says the French law is disproportionate because it excludes the entire male gay and bisexual population on the presumption of high-risk sexual behavior.

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