[Ticker] Turkey reacts to surge in Syria refugees

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 11:34
Turkey has closed most Syria border crossings, the UN says, after 130,000 mostly Kurdish refugees from Iraq arrived at the weekend to flee the Islamic State. Turkey already hosts more than 1 million Syrian refugees. It also has a history of conflict with Kurdish separatists inside Turkey.

Klaipeda’s LNG terminal: a game changer

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 10:31

The Klaipeda LNG terminal will enable Lithuania and its neighbours to access alternatives to Russian gas and will serve as the flagship for Baltic efforts to successfully address their persistent energy vulnerability, writes Agnia Grigas.

Climate change: Act for people, listen to science

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 10:17

Extreme weather events, including floods and storms, have driven growing numbers of Europeans from their homes. EU governments urgently need to take the lead in tackling the global threat of climate change, write Bernadette Ségol and Wendel Trio.

Europe needs new stimulus to ward off crisis, US treasury warns

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 09:13
European governments need to "boost demand" in order to reduce unemployment and avoid deflation, the US Treasury secretary has told the G20 group.

[Ticker] Romanian leaders blame each other for being spies

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 08:56
Romanian outgoing president Traian Basescu has suggested that prime minister Victor Ponta was an undercover spy at a time when he was also a prosecutor, in 1997-1998. Ponta, who is running for the presidency in November, did not deny the accusation but said Basescu himself had been a Communist spy.

[Ticker] Sarkozy to run for UMP leadership

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 08:56
France's ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy made a TV comeback on Sunday where he explained why he will seek the leadership of his conservative UMP party next month. "I don't want my country to be condemned to the perspective of total isolation" if the far-right National Front continues its rise, he said.

[Opinion] ISIS and the rise of Islamism: the bell also tolls for Europe

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 08:54
Migrants of second or third generation residing in many European countries are in search of their identity – torn between the culture their ancestors come from and environment they grew up in.

Cameron in a pickle over Scotland promises

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 08:24
British PM David Cameron is under fire from his own party and from the Labour opposition for having promised more powers to Scotland but being vague on similar devolution plans for England.

Police uncover plot to attack EU commission HQ

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 08:20
An alleged plot to carry out an attack against the European Commission headquarters in Brussels has been uncovered by authorities.

Bee activist: EU ban on neonicotinoids undermined by national derogations

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 08:18

The European Commission's 2013 decision to ban some neonicotinoid insecticides is not working, as some member states have provided derogation for their farmers, says Martin Dermine.

Arne Björnberg: 'Diabetes has become the poor man's disease'

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 08:15

SPECIAL REPORT: While the prevalence of diabetes in Europe is increasing, doctors still call it the "silent disease" because it somehow fails to draw attention, says Arne Björnberg.

Catalonia leader wants referendum “in the next days”

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 08:06

The president of Spain's Catalonia region said yesterday (21 September) he would formally call "in the next days" for a vote on independence from Spain which has been scheduled for 9 November.

The Catalan parliament passed a law on Friday enabling regional head Artur Mas to call such a vote, though the Spanish government has said it would violate the Spanish constitution and has pledged to block it in the courts.

[Ticker] Families of German MH17 victims to sue Ukraine

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 07:58
Relatives of the German victims of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plan to sue Ukraine and its president for criminal negligence for not closing the country's airspace, reports AFP. Elmar Giemulla, representing three German families, said he would bring the case before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

[Ticker] First visit to Berlin puts French PM under pressure to reform

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 07:57
Germany and France will try to reconcile divergent visions on Europe's economy when French PM Manuel Valls makes his first visit to Berlin on Monday and holds talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. German expectations are that France must do more to push reforms.

[Ticker] UK to pay France to stop Calais migrants

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 07:56
The UK has agreed to pay France €15m over three years to better control the growing number of migrants trying to cross the English Channel from Calais. Earlier this month, the UK offered France the security fences used at the Nato summit in Newport to help stop the migrants.

[Ticker] Germany pushes for UN reform

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 07:53
Germany is preparing a new initiative to reform the UN Security Council, reports Der Spiegel. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) is meeting his colleagues from India, Brazil and Japan to discuss the issue in the margins of this week's UN General Assembly in New York.

[Ticker] Khodorkovsky warns about consequences of Russian disintegration

EU Observer - 22 september, 2014 - 07:48
Former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent a decade in jail after challenging the Kremlin, warns in a Der Spiegel interview of serious consequences if Russia disintegrates. "That won't happen as peacefully as with the split of the Czech Republic and Slovakia after the end of the Cold War", he said.

300,000 march against climate change in New York

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 07:37

An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City yesterday (21 September), exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history.

Study: Education and health spending compromised by climate change

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 07:29

Impoverished states have had to divert large chunks of their budget to adapt to climate change and run the risk of crowding out spending on health and education, a new report suggests.

Austrian coalition parties punished in provincial election

EU Active - 22 september, 2014 - 07:21

Austria's two ruling coalition parties took more punishment in a provincial election on Sunday, after clinging on to a majority in last year's nation poll, as voters turned to the greens and the new Neos party.

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