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Commission work programme has yet to pass the test in court

EU Active - 18 December, 2014 - 11:00

The new European Commission’s fresh start could be under threat before it’s even managed to get off the ground thanks to an imminent legal opinion from the European Court of Justice (ECJ), writes Allie Renison.

Allie Renison is Head of Europe and Trade Policy at the Institute of Directors

Who wants to spark an air transport trade war against the USA?

EU Active - 18 December, 2014 - 10:50

A trade war between USA and Europe over the Open Skies agreement must not be triggered because all European and US airlines will be penalized for the benefit of airlines from third countries, writes Emmanuel Jahan. But that is what may happen if no action is taken to guarantee fair competition, particularly at the social and fiscal levels in Europe and the USA.

EU hails 'historic turning point' in Cuba

EU Active - 18 December, 2014 - 10:34

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall reunited Europe, the European Union hailed a "historic turning point" in the Caribbean with the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.

"Today another Wall has started to fall," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement. "These moves represent a victory of dialogue over confrontation."

Obesity now considered a disability in EU law

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 10:33
Top EU judges in Luxembourg on Thursday ruled obesity can be considered a disability whenever it impacts on work performance.

Google News' exit from Spain a wake-up call for journalism’s future

EU Active - 18 December, 2014 - 10:12

The current impasse between news publishers and Google is in some ways inevitable. But what we need to remember is that news is a special product that deserves special consideration. Without it, the voting publics of our democracies could not stay informed, writes William F. Baker, Ph.D.

[Ticker] Wilders to be prosecuted for 'fewer Moroccans' chant

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:54
The public prosecutor in The Hague has announced it will prosecute Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders for eliciting the chant "fewer Moroccans" from a crowd of supporters in March. He is suspected of insulting a group on the basis of race and inciting discrimination and hatred.

Spain pushes for taxation debate at EU summit

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:29
It was supposed to be all about investments and Russia, but the issue of tax avoidance is likely to creep onto the EU summit agenda, as a letter from the Spanish Prime Minister shows.

[Opinion] Israel and Palestine: Recognising the need for difficult compromises

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:28
The EU parliament vote on Palestine recognition should stimulate new debate in national parliaments who have not yet voted on the issue.

[Ticker] Uber asks EU to overturn French ban

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:16
US company Uber has asked the EU to block a French law which bans its service UberPop, an app allowing its users to book rides with drivers without taxi permits, Bloomberg reported. In the Netherlands, Uber is offering new UberPop drivers a €100 bonus.

[Ticker] Dimas fails in first vote to become Greek president

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:15
The Greek parliament failed on Tuesday to elect the government's candidate, former EU commissioner, Stavros Dimas, as new president. Dimas got 160 votes, 40 less than needed. If no president is elected during three rounds of voting parliamentary elections must be called, which could bring the left-wing opposition to power.

EU welcomes thaw in US-Cuba relations

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:14
The European Union has welcomed the agreement between US and Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, a move which matches with its own approach to Cuba.

[Ticker] Unclear if Dutch PM will be at Brussels summit

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:14
It is unclear if Dutch PM Mark Rutte will attend the EU leaders summit in Brussels today because of unrest within his coalition government. Rutte has been holding talks since Tuesday evening on saving the coalition with the Labour party. The EU summit starts Thursday afternoon.

[Ticker] ECB considering new moves to boost euro economy

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:10
The ECB is moving towards large-scale asset purchases to raise inflation and boost the economy, executive board member Benoit Coeure has indicated in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. The ECB's Governing Council will hold a monetary policy meeting on 22 January, where the decision may be taken.

[Ticker] EU summit to call for conclusion of TTIP talks in 2015

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 09:00
The EU wants to speed up talks with the US on the transatlantic trade pact, TTIP, and strike a deal already by the end of 2015, according to the draft conclusions for Thursday's EU summit in Brussels. If delayed, preparations for the 2016 US presidential elections risk complicating the negotiations.

[Ticker] Turkish leader continues to attack EU

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 08:52
Turkish president Erdogan Wednesday continued to rebuke the EU for its criticism of his arrests of opposition journalists. He said EU officials cannot "wag their finger", or make Turkey into their "doorman". He also said the EU should learn democracy from Turkey due to rising "racism and Islamophobia" in Europe.

[Ticker] Israeli PM in anti-EU tirade

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 08:49
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has said Europe "learned nothing" from the Holocaust, is guilty of "appeasement" of "[Muslim] forces that threaten Europe itself" and "hypocrisy" in reaction to an EU court ruling to delist Palestinian group Hamas on Wednesday. The same day MEPs and MPs in Luxembourg endorsed Palestine recognition.

[Ticker] EU strikes deal to cap credit card fees

EU Observer - 18 December, 2014 - 08:47
Bank fees on credit card transactions will be capped to 0.3% of the transaction value under new EU rules agreed in a meeting Wednesday night between negotiators from the EU member states and the European Parliament. The draft deal needs formal approval by EU member states and the European Parliament.

Nickel boss: 'Economic benefits of CETA outweigh the criticism'

EU Active - 18 December, 2014 - 07:58

The free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA) will provide European companies with long-term access to essential raw materials, Nickel Institute President Tim Aiken says, hoping to create more pro-business EU laws with CETA. EurActiv Germany reports.

Juncker admits the EU has limited capacity to help Ukraine

EU Active - 18 December, 2014 - 07:57

The International Monetary Fund estimates Ukraine needs another $15 billion (€12 billion) in financing to withstand an economic crisis, but the European Union has only limited capacity to help, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (17 December).

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk appealed to the EU in Brussels this week for urgent financial aid. He says Ukraine, facing a pro-Russian rebellion in eastern territories that has killed over 4,700 people and disrupted the economy, risks defaulting unless Western donors come up with more funds.

Developing countries lose $2 for every $1 they earn

EU Active - 18 December, 2014 - 07:53

For every dollar that developing countries have earned since 2008, they have lost $2, which proves that the global financial system is failing poorer nations, writes Jesse Griffiths.

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