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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.