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The Sad State of the Economics Profession

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

Economists today have sold themselves to the enemy. To succeed they have to toe the line, and they don’t bite the hand that feeds them.

MEPs approve ‘imperfect but improved’ protection for posted workers

EU Active - 17 April, 2014 - 05:41
Following heated debate, MEPs gave the green light Wednesday (April 16) to “improved” legislation on the posting of workers. However, the compromise is still subject to harsh criticism, especially in France, where it remains a controversial topic.

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Open Europe - 17 April, 2014 - 01:00
New OE Flash Analysis: where do EU states stand on further sanctions on Russia?; Ukraine and Russia hold talks as government and pro-Russian forces clash in eastern Ukraine

Parliament agrees new rules to beef up EU parties

EU Active - 16 April, 2014 - 16:17
A reform of the European political parties, adopted by Parliament on Wednesday (16 April), will allow for more flexible funding and ‘enhance their European character’.

Parliament approves basic bank accounts for all

EU Active - 16 April, 2014 - 13:56
A directive guaranteeing all European citizens access to banking services was passed by a large majority in the European Parliament on Tuesday, 15 April. EurActiv France reports.

EU moves to speed up fibre networks

EU Active - 16 April, 2014 - 11:07
The European Parliament adopted new rules aimed at deploying high-speed telecoms networks on Tuesday (15 April), paving the way for wider Internet coverage of rural and poorer areas.

Hole in the heart of Africa

EU Active - 16 April, 2014 - 10:13
"Desperate is an understatement", writes Ban Ki-moon on the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). The recently approved UN peacekeeping mission gives European countries a heavy responsibility: bring security and stability to this nation in ruins.

[Ticker] MEPs back cross-border pension rights

EU Observer - 16 April, 2014 - 09:01
MEPs have voted new rules to help people keep pension rights while moving from one EU country to another. Measures include gaining rights after working in a host country for three years. "It is vital to ensure that those who move across borders are not penalised," EU commissioner Andor said.

[Ticker] Industry wary of new EU rules on lorry design

EU Observer - 16 April, 2014 - 09:01
The European Parliament has voted for lorry cabs to become safer and more aerodynamic. The nose design of future vehicles is to resemble sloping high-speed trains to reduce accident fatalities. But industry estimates say the move will boost the cost of cabs by up to €1,500, Reuters reports.

[Ticker] Ukip leader 'taking legal advice' on expenses allegations

EU Observer - 16 April, 2014 - 09:00
British eurosceptic party, Ukip, leader Nigel Farage has told the BBC that a report in The Times, a British daily, that he fiddled expenses, is a "politically motivated attack from what is the establishment newspaper". He added: "I am taking legal advice, I think this is completely and utterly outrageous."

[Ticker] French MEP recalls trips to see porn films

EU Observer - 16 April, 2014 - 09:00
Joseph Daul, the French leader of the EU parliament's centre-right EPP group, has told Les Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace that one benefit of EU integration is easier access to pornography. He said when he was 18 he went to Germany to see films banned in France but faced border-crossing delays.

[Ticker] Berlusconi sentenced to work in old people's home

EU Observer - 16 April, 2014 - 08:59
A court in Milan has ruled that former Italian PM, 77-year-old Silvio Berlusconi, must work in a care home for elderly people "once a week and for a period of no less than four consecutive hours" as the community service part of his sentence for tax-fraud, The Guardian reports.

New directive on posted workers ignores member states' objections

EU Active - 16 April, 2014 - 08:52
Social dumping issues have pushed France to already denounce a new EU directive on posted workers, arguing it does not go far enough to prevent abuses and to protect workers’ rights, write Florence Dupont-Fargeaud and Camilla Spira.

EU countries to boost defence budgets in light of Ukraine

EU Observer - 16 April, 2014 - 08:29
Military chiefs have said the Ukraine crisis is a “wake-up call” for EU countries’ defence spending, as the US backed Ukraine’s use of force in eastern regions.

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