On Tuesday (19 August) Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs, announced his intention to accelerate consolidation and Europeanisation of Germany's arms industry. EurActiv Germany reports.
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that an advertisement for “clean coal” by the world’s largest private sector coal firm, Peabody Energy, was misleading and should not be published again in its current form.
The advert, published in the Financial Times, under the banner headline ‘Lets brighten the many faces of energy poverty’ advocated use of what it called ‘clean coal’ as a way of curbing energy inequalities in the developing world, where the company has targeted its growth strategy.
A Russian newspaper has published an article suggesting that the Kremlin-favoured South Stream gas pipeline could drop Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia for its route, and instead reach its final destinations, Italy and Austria, through Turkey and Greece.
On Monday (18 August), Russian business newspaper Vzglyad published an article by journalist Oleg Makarenko, claiming that Gazprom has a “plan B” in case Bulgaria continues to obstruct the construction of the South Stream pipeline.
The latest leaked spying records reveal that Germany’s BND intelligence agency considers Turkey a target, complicating relations between Ankara and Berlin at a time when the German government is considering arming Iraq’s Kurdish minority. EurActiv Germany reports.
A UK Independence Party member of European Parliament was yesterday (18 August) embroiled in a race row in Kent, days after Nigel Farage said he would stand for election in the county.
Farage confirmed on Tuesday (19 August) he had thrown his “hat in the ring” to contest the Kent seat of South Thanet, which is currently held by the Conservatives, in the UK’s 2015 general election. He will quit Brussels in favour of Westminster if elected.
Although there's four months left of 2014, humans have already exhausted the ecological space for this year. This means that there has been more consumption of resources than the planet can handle, and over-consumption is only getting worse, according to researchers.
Russia's food import ban has become a big problem for Europe's farmers, and its central bank policymakers. From Polish apples to French pork and Greek peaches, exporters to Russia may either have to slash prices, or destroy their own produce.
As the European Union's second biggest apple producer, Poland has some 700,000 tonnes of the fruit it usually sells to Russia but can't, because Moscow has a food embargo on many EU and US goods as part of tit-for-tat sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis.