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Argentina to appeal WTO ruling on import restrictions

25 Août, 2014 - 11:07

Argentina will appeal a World Trade Organisation ruling against its use of import restrictions, according to a senior Argentine official.

On Friday (August 22), a WTO dispute panel found against Argentina in a 2012 case brought by the United States, the European Union and Japan relating to the South American country's licensing rules used to restrict imports.

The panel said the rules violated WTO agreements, and urged the government of President Cristina Fernandez to bring them in line with international trade regulations.

Centre-left parties set to win Swedish elections

25 Août, 2014 - 08:39

With three weeks left before general elections in Sweden, conservative Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, and the alliance of centre-right parties are heading towards a heavy defeat, according to the latest polls.  

Belgium considering Thyssen, Reynders for EU commissioner

25 Août, 2014 - 08:28

As negotiations to form a new federal government following the 25 May elections are expected to come to fruition soon, the Belgian press reports that two politicians have emerged as possible Belgian commissioners: current caretaker foreign minister Didier Reynders, and MEP Marianne Thyssen.

Belgium, Denmark and Cyprus are the countries that haven’t announced their candidate for Commissioner, ahead of an extraordinary summit on 30 August, expected to decide on the filling of top positions in EU institutions.

Ebola outbreak: First Briton with disease arrives in UK

25 Août, 2014 - 08:16

A plane carrying a British healthcare worker who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has landed in the UK, the country's Ministry of Defence said Sunday. He was evacuated from the west Africa country on a Royal Air Force jet.

The man, who is not "seriously unwell", according to the Department of Health, was flown to RAF Northolt in west London and landed at 9pm. He will be transported to the UK's only high level isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London.

This turbulent August reminds us of lessons we learnt long ago

25 Août, 2014 - 07:49

August has seen the customary lull in day-to-day EU news. We had no such luck on the foreign news front, however. It has been plentiful and ghastly. As we seek to navigate the tensions and turbulence of the fast globalising 21st century world, and before the mundane bickering which accompanies every day EU affairs resumes in earnest, it may be worth reflecting once again on the importance of strength in numbers, argues Sir Colin Budd.

Antisemitism strikes at the heart of the European Union

25 Août, 2014 - 07:48

New members of the European Parliament need to break the cycle of antisemitism in the European Union, writes Robin Sclafani.

Spain to wait for stress tests before more Bankia stake sales

25 Août, 2014 - 07:44

Spain will hold off on selling more of its controlling stake in lender Bankia until the results of Europe-wide bank stress tests in October, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said in an interview published on Sunday.

The FROB, a government unit which manages Spain's bank holdings, sold a 7.5% chunk of Bankia in February, kicking off the privatisation process and turning the bank into a symbol of the country's economic recovery.

The government owns 61.5% of Bankia.

Montebourg urges alternative to German austerity

25 Août, 2014 - 07:32

The time has come for France to resist Germany's "obsession" with austerity and promote alternative policies across the eurozone that support household consumption, firebrand French Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg said on Sunday.

Deficit-reduction measures carried out since the 2008 financial crisis have crippled Europe's economies and governments need to change course swiftly or they will lose their voters to populist and extremist parties, Montebourg told a socialists' meeting in eastern France.

Rebels provoke Ukraine with National Day counter-parade

25 Août, 2014 - 07:06

Ukraine marked its independence day yesterday (24 August) with a military march-past in Kyiv intended to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels countered by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold.

The rival events highlighted the divide that will have to be bridged if a compromise on Ukraine is to be reached on Tuesday when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko for the first time in months.

EU ready to support dairy sector hit by Russia food ban

22 Août, 2014 - 16:40

The European Union is ready to support exporters of dairy products hit by Russia's ban on Western food imports, adding to emergency measures already taken for fruit and vegetables, the EU's executive arm said on Friday (22 August).

Moscow this month imposed a one-year embargo on meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the EU, Canada, Australia and Norway in retaliation for Western economic sanctions over Moscow's involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

UKIP launches 'win a pint with Nigel' fundraiser

22 Août, 2014 - 15:10

The UK Independence Party is offering supporters the chance to win a pint with Nigel Farage in exchange for a donation, as it ramps up its general election campaign.

UKIP is looking to build on it success in May’s European elections, where it won more seats than any other British party. The 2015 national poll could have significant repercussions on the UK’s relationship to the EU.

Farage yesterday set out his election strategy, which includes tax cuts, stricter controls on benefits and on immigration. 

Calling for a different approach to tobacco and nicotine regulation

22 Août, 2014 - 14:55

Something is wrong with the punitive nature with which most of the world approaches tobacco and nicotine regulation. In contrast, the harm reduction approach taking shape in the US, if properly implemented, could put a huge dent in tobacco related disease, argues Jeff Stier.

German government criticised for energy transition

22 Août, 2014 - 14:50

In a recent report, Germany's Federal Court of Auditors issued sharp criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's "Energiewende', a project aimed at transitioning to renewable energy. The government says the auditors are wrong to only consider financial aspects. EurActiv Germany reports.

Serbia assures EU it will not exploit Russian food ban

22 Août, 2014 - 14:07

Under pressure from the EU to come clean following controversial statements from a member of his government, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić stated Friday (22 August) that his country had no intention of profiting from the Russian embargo on imported Western food. EurActiv Sebia reports.

Speaking to the press in Belgrade, Vučić said his government had no intention to encourage exports to Russia, after Brussels urged the EU hopeful not to exploit the Kremlin's ban on Western food imports.

Russia-Ukraine conflict divides Germany's Eurosceptics

22 Août, 2014 - 12:59

Germany's Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) is polarised over the Ukraine conflict, with Russian criticism coming from the party's leader Bernd Lucke and Brandenburg's top AfD candidate Alexander Gauland threatening to withdraw from the upcoming regional elections. EurActiv Germany reports.

Bowles blasted over move to City

22 Août, 2014 - 12:41

The MEP who led calls to cap fund managers’ bonuses has slammed Sharon Bowles, the ex-chairman of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, for taking a job with the London Stock Exchange.

Sven Giegold, a German Green, took to Twitter today (22 August) to brand Bowles’ move to the financial sector directly from the influential ECON Committee a “swapping of sides” that “shamed democracy”.

He said that Bowles led important negotiations over EU rules governing the London Stock Exchange and added, “citizens distrust such revolving doors!”.

EU tobacco directive faces lawsuit

22 Août, 2014 - 09:29

The UK’s leading electronic cigarette manufacturer, Totally Wicked, has launched a legal challenge to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on the grounds that Article 20 of the Directive breaches EU law.

Article 20 within the TPD defines the regulations for e-cigarettes, which will come into force in 2016.

What kind of gift will Merkel give Poroshenko on Ukrainian Independence Day?

22 Août, 2014 - 08:14

What is Ukraine expecting from the visit of the German Chancellor? The answer is simple – a lot. However, if Merkel confines herself only to calls for the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, this will be the dead-end of European diplomacy on Ukraine, writes Bohdan Sumenko.

 

Bohdan Sumenko is  co-founder of the Information and Analytical Center Content and Consulting in Ukraine.

 

Bring women into the College!

22 Août, 2014 - 07:58

The newly elected European Parliament has more female MEPs than ever in its history and the days when there was just one female member of the European Council are long history. Ten female out of 28 Commissioners is just the bottom line for the new Juncker Commission as there is no way the European Parliament will accept a College packed with testosterone, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.

India’s Homemade Food Crisis

22 Août, 2014 - 07:54

India will not have enough arable land, irrigation, or energy to provide enough nutritious food to India’s future 1.7 billion people if 35-40% of food output is left to rot. The new Modi government should therefore consider alternative ways to solve India’s food crisis argue Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.