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[Ticker] Guardian and Washington Post win Pulitzer for NSA story

EU Observer - 15 april, 2014 - 08:30
The Guardian and the Washington Post have won the Pulitzer prize for public service for their articles on the National Security Agency's surveillance activities based on leaks from Edward Snowden. The whistleblower said the prize "is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government".


[Ticker] German MEP to run in Greek European elections

EU Observer - 15 april, 2014 - 08:30
German Liberal MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, of Greek-German descent, will run for a Greek party in protest over Chancellor Merkel's austerity policies. "I've always felt torn between the two ... the German side of my heart is so ashamed," he told AFP. German Liberals are only counting on 2-3 EP seats.


EU to expand Russia blacklist

EU Observer - 15 april, 2014 - 08:30
EU countries are to expand their Russia and Ukraine blacklists and to send a small team of security experts to Kiev.


[EU Elections] Bulgarians protest controversial MEP listing

EU Observer - 15 april, 2014 - 08:29
The man who brought thousands to streets in protest in Bulgaria last year has just been nominated top of an MEP list – prompting more demonstrations.


[Ticker] Romanian worker campaigns for new British pro-EU party

EU Observer - 15 april, 2014 - 08:29
Victor Spirescu, the only Romanian worker who flew to London on 1 January, instead of the expected 'flood' of Romanians and Bulgarians after labour market restrictions were lifted, is now stumping for a newly founded pro-EU party in Britain, Channel 4 reports. The party's founders are Uk-residing Romanians.


Malta legalises same-sex unions and adoption

EU Observer - 15 april, 2014 - 08:29
Malta on Monday legalised both same-sex unions and joint adoptions by gay couples.


US says arming Ukraine forces is an option

EU Active - 15 april, 2014 - 07:17
Following the EU's decision, Monday (14 April) to expand the list of Russian officials targeted by an asset freeze and travel ban, the United States announced that it is considering supplying arms to Ukraine.

The tar sands mystery and the smoking TTIP gun

EU Active - 15 april, 2014 - 06:42
The EU’s motivation for a proposal to scrap greenhouse gas intensity targets in its flagship Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which regulates emissions from transport fuels, has been shrouded in mystery since it was first mooted three months ago, but EurActiv has uncovered new information.

Cognitive Dissonance on Minimum Wages and Maximum Rents

Ludwig von Mises Institute - 15 april, 2014 - 06:00

The minimum wage forces the price of labor up, and rent control forces the price of rental housing down.

Daily Press Summary

Open Europe - 15 april, 2014 - 01:00
EU foreign ministers call for de-escalation and expand sanctions on individuals but resist tougher measures against Russia; No common position on whether Moscow is behind pro-Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine

[Ticker] EU to expand Russia blacklist, send police experts to Ukraine

EU Observer - 14 april, 2014 - 18:44
EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg Monday agreed to blacklist more Russians over the recent escalation in eastern Ukraine and to begin preparations for an EU police training mission in the country. Foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said "we are putting together such a list now".


Why we should stop talking about ‘European’ development aid

EU Active - 14 april, 2014 - 17:30
The EU commission is keen to mention that the EU "is to be the world’s largest donor" of development aid. But a recent study indicates that it makes little sense to talk about 'European' development financing, its researchers write.

[Ticker] EU may call snap summit for extra Russia sanctions

EU Observer - 14 april, 2014 - 17:23
French FM Laurent Fabius said in Luxembourg Monday the EU may call a snap summit next week if the situation in Ukraine escalates. "Should it be necessary, there can be a meeting next week of Europe's heads of state and government to agree new sanctions [against Russia]," he noted.


Social media favours eurosceptics in EU elections

EU Active - 14 april, 2014 - 17:15
Many European politicians have mapped out social media strategies to win votes in the upcoming European election. But critics argue that politicians should not assume that they will be able reach the average citizen, warning that social media tends to favour populist politicians.

It’s time for European investment in Greece, says German industry

EU Active - 14 april, 2014 - 16:40
After Greece's successful return to the bond market last week, the time has come for European investment in the debt-ridden country, according to the Federation of German Industries. EurActiv Greece reports.

'Copenhagen' cycling can create jobs, save lives

EU Active - 14 april, 2014 - 15:01
According to a new study, over 76,600 people could become employed by green transportation businesses, and 10,000 lives would be saved, if major EU cities adopted Copenhagen's bicycle sharing system.

#Happyvoting campaign sees MEPs dancing to attract young voters

EU Active - 14 april, 2014 - 14:05
A video showing MEPs dancing in the streets of Brussels, to the tune of Pharrell Williams' "Happy", was launched last month, in the hope of attracting young voters for the next European elections, in May.
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