[Ticker] France says Russian troops in Ukraine 'intolerable'

EU Observer - 28 augustus, 2014 - 10:11
French leader Hollande told French ambassadors at a meeting Thursday it is "intolerable and unacceptable" if Russian soldiers are directly involved in Ukraine fighting following reports by Ukraine and by the US of a new, Russian-backed offensive in the south-east of the country. EU leaders will discuss the situation Saturday.

Business leaders urge Scots to vote 'no' in independence referendum

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 09:31

More than 130 business leaders on Wednesday (27 August) spoke out against Scottish independence, saying the economic risks of secession days after the campaign to end the union was boosted by a strong performance in a TV debate.

The heads of the commodities company BHP Billiton, temporary power provider Aggreko and HSBC bank joined forces with the bosses of smaller firms within Scotland's whisky and fishing industries to sign a letter calling for the UK to stay together.

Child protection: from façade engagement to genuine care

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 09:27

For those who have worked to improve the lives of vulnerable children, particularly those locked away in institutions, the challenge is to move from façade engagement to genuine care, writes Georgette Mulheir.

Georgette Mulheir is Chief Executive Officer at Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity.

Commission tells France to urgently speed up reforms

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 09:18

The European Commission on Wednesday (27 August) said France's new government must urgently speed up its reform plan, aimed at helping the economy by cutting business taxes at the same time as trimming public spending to bring the deficit to within EU limits.

The call shows that the EU is keeping up the pressure on President François Hollande after a government crisis earlier this week provoked by three ministers who challenged his increasingly pro-business line and rejected budgetary rigour.

Sources: Romania has other candidates if Cioloș doesn’t get agriculture

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 09:07

The formation of the new European Commission confronts Romania with unprecedented challenges, as the country seeks to retain its agriculture portfolio for a second term. EurActiv Romania reports.

Even though at home, the centre-right Romanian President Traian Băsescu and the Socialist Prime Minister Victor Ponta  are constantly in conflict, they both agree that Dacian Cioloș, the present EU Commissioner for Agriculture, should run for a second term, hopefully with the same portfolio.

EU mission to help Italy save boat migrants

EU Observer - 28 augustus, 2014 - 08:30
The EU is to launch a “Frontex plus” mission in autumn to help Italy on the search and rescue of Mediterranean boat migrants.

[Ticker] French unemployment rate hits new record

EU Observer - 28 augustus, 2014 - 08:22
France’s unemployment rate rose for the ninth consecutive month in July, hitting a record high of 3,424,000 people out of work, according to new statistics released on Wednesday by the country's Labour Ministry. The number of jobless people increased by around 26,000 in July compared to June.

[Ticker] Golden Dawn MEPs not welcome in Australia

EU Observer - 28 augustus, 2014 - 08:20
A planned visit to Australia in by Golden Dawn MEPs and former army generals Eleftherios Synadinos and Georgios Epitideios in October has not been welcomed by leading members of Australia's 300,000-strong Greek community. “Greeks in Australia oppose Golden Dawn,” Bill Papastergiadis, representing the Greek Orthodox Community, told Guardian Australia.

[Ticker] Jobless rate in Iceland down to 3.3 percent

EU Observer - 28 augustus, 2014 - 08:20
The unemployment rate in Iceland fell to 3.3% in July, data published by Statistics Iceland on Wednesday showed. Iceland has recovered fast from the ashes of a major banking collapse in 2008 and has one Europe's lowest unemployment rates together with Switzerland's 3.2% rate and Norway's at 3.6%.

[Ticker] Germany sends six soldiers to Iraq

EU Observer - 28 augustus, 2014 - 08:18
Germany has sent six soldiers to Iraq to help arming the Kurds against the Islamic State, Spiegel online reports. Germany has not taken a formal decision yet on delivering weapons to Iraq, but the government is likely to approve it on Sunday, followed by a parliamentary vote on Monday.

Germany and US voice concern on Russian troops in Ukraine

EU Observer - 28 augustus, 2014 - 08:16
Germany and the US have lent weight to claims that Russian troops are directly involved in opening up a new front in the Ukraine conflict.

Barroso son gets job with Bank of Portugal ‘without competition’

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 07:58

Luís Durão Barroso, son of Commission President is José Manuel Durão Barroso, has landed a top job at the struggling Bank of Portugal without competition, the Portuguese press writes.

Reportedly, the 31-year old formally was taken on without having to suffer the stress of an interview, as no other candidates were sought by Portugal's struggling central bank.

Young Barroso officially will join the staff of the Bank of Portugal in the Department of Prudential Supervision, under a 'contract without competition' as he had 'proven competence'.

Poland wants economic portfolio, will support Georgieva to replace Ashton

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 07:57

Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski is among the official contenders for the post of High Representative. Yet the reality is more complicated. Poland is in fact interested in obtaining an economic portfolio. EurActiv Poland reports.

EU leaders meet in Brussels on 30 August to decide who will replace Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton as President of the EU Council and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, respectively. Poland officially nominated Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski as a candidate to replace Ashton.

Commission to help Italy cope with immigrants

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 07:22

The European Commission said Wednesday (27 August) that it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly requested.

Europe's border control agency Frontex will take over the new operation, dubbed "Frontex Plus", by merging two existing operations. Eventually, the new EU initiative will replace Italy's costly mission to patrol the seas for boat migrants.

A European lost decade?

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 07:17

Europe's economic woes resemble Japan’s situation in the 1990s, which led to a 'lost decade' of economic stagnation and deflation from which the country is still working to recover. Michael Heise asks whether Europe will suffer a similar fate.

TTIP will sacrifice food safety for faster trade, warn NGOs

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 07:13

EXCLUSIVE/ The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will irreversibly put EU consumers and animals at risk, the European Commission will be warned today (28 August).

Civil society organisations will hit back at Commission claims there is ''no contradiction'' between TTIP and high food safety and animal welfare standards, citing a leaked Commission negotiating document.

NATO: Russian incursions into Ukraine take ‘overt and obvious form’

EU Active - 28 augustus, 2014 - 07:09

Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border yesterday (27 August), as hopes quickly faded that the Minsk talks held the previous day between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis. The US and NATO said Russian incursions now take place in an overt and obvious form.

Accusations of direct Russian support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have prompted Western governments to impose sanctions on Moscow, despite its denials, and fanned tensions with NATO to levels not seen since the Cold War.

Introducing The Mises Curriculum

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 28 augustus, 2014 - 06:00

Get full access to all of these courses, including hours of lectures in both video and audio, linked syllabi of online readings, and more.

States, Cartels, and the Anarcho-Capitalist Opposition

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 28 augustus, 2014 - 06:00

If, for good reason, we generally distrust the concentrated power wielded by coercive monopolies, we ought to avoid at all costs placing more power in the state, the ultimate embodiment of monopoly.

How Non-Profits Enhance Freedom and Markets

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 28 augustus, 2014 - 06:00

The nonprofit form of enterprise is indispensable to both recipient individuals and the benefactors who fund them.
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