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‘Wise men’ discuss EU’s 2020 strategy

from EurActiv.com
Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero hosted a meeting with prominent EU ‘wise men’ in Madrid yesterday (5 January) to discuss Europe’s economic and social strategy for the next decade. EurActiv Spain reports.

MAIN FOCUS: Two captains for the EU | 05/01/2010

from euro|topics

Spain’s prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has taken up the six-month post of president of the Council of the European Union, and must now cooperate with Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council. While both politicians look forward to working together, the press sees their differences as a danger for the EU.

Attack on cartoonist spurs Danish soul-searching

from FT.com – World, Europe
The case is sure to cause fresh questions in Denmark over Islamic extremism and freedom of speech in a country where about 250,000 Muslims live among a population of 5.4m

Why was the crazed axe murderer allowed into Denmark?

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

A number of strange a contradictory reports have emerged about the Somali national who attempted to kill controverisal Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with an axe in his home on New Year’s Day, but it’s becoming clear that someone dropped the ball in allowing the man to take up residency in Denmark.

Hearing the new EU Commissioners (next week)

by Julien Frisch

My blog statistics have exploded yesterday and continue to be comparatively hectic today, but I hope things will go back to normal soon since this kind of attention is not what I was or am looking for.

As usual, I tried to report about what I read, see, and think, yet the story turned unnecessary large for this kind of minor issue, especially since to my knowledge Mr Bean never appeared on the front page of the presidency website and never was replacing a picture of of Zapatero as some media report or interpret.

Serbia aims to beat EU entry ‘speed record’

from EurActiv.com
Belgrade submitted its application bid last month with the ambition to “beat all records for fastest EU accession” but diplomats warned there were no shortcuts to the bloc’s membership.

Zapatero embarks on mission to raise nation’s profile

from FT.com – World, Europe
Spain’s European Union presidency comes at a complicated time for the eurozone’s fourth-largest economy. Madrid wants to show it can take the lead on managing EU…

Spain takes advice from EU’s ‘wise men’

from EurActiv.com
Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has invited to his Madrid office tomorrow (5 January) a number of personalities who are considered as Europe’s ‘wise men’, with the view of regularly consulting them, the Spanish press writes.

The Power Gap: an index of everyday power in Britain
Source: Demos

As political leaders compete to ?give power to the people?, The Power Gap interrogates what it means for people to be powerful. Using eight indicators, this report assembled data across Britain to create an index of every consituency in the nation.

Look Beyond the Minarets – by M.N. Hebbar

by A-News

There are an estimated 20 million Muslims among the 500 million people comprising the European Union, with some of them native, mainly in the Balkans. Many of them are already second or even third generation Muslims such as in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, among others, have even accepted more recent arrivals. Islam is now Europe?s second largest religion, a fact that cannot be wished away.

European Digital Agenda continued: EU Council presidency trio 2010 to 2011

by Grahnlaw

Yesterday?s blog post EU Council presidency trio and European Digital Agenda (continued) (3 January 2010) actually found the post-i2010 information society strategy mentioned, as well as relevant building materials for its follower, the European Digital Agenda, under Telecommunication in the [Draft] 18 month programme of the Council (27 November 2009; document 16771/09).

EU Council presidency trio and European Digital Agenda (continued)

by Grahnlaw

Yesterday?s blog post European Digital Agenda: EU Council presidency trio Spain, Belgium and Hungary (2 January 2010) brought us about halfway through the [Draft] 18 month programme of the Council (dated 27 November 2009; document 16771/09; 89 pages).

The IMF Is Ready To Help Greece If Asked – So Why Not Ask Them?

?The EU should create a mechanism to help out countries which found themselves in Greece?s shoes. But one has to believe Greece will solve its problems by itself.? This is the view expressed by Marek Belka Director of the IMF?s European Officein an interview with Reuters last week. Asked whether the IMF would be ready to help bail out Greece, Belka said: ?Yes, we are ready. But it depends on whether the EU or Greece will request it.?

EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive proposal: Structure and essentials

by Grahnlaw

Our latest blog post on European level audiovisual rules was published last year ? such a long time ago – and it tried to use this example to show how we are able to follow all the official stages from an original proposal to the final legislative act, published in the Official Journal of the European Union: History of EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (Following a legislative procedure) (31 December 2009).

MAIN FOCUS: Iceland could strip Europeans of their savings | 06/01/2010

from euro|topics

Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson refused on Tuesday to sign a law controversial among Icelanders that stipulates the repayment of around 3.5 billion euros to foreign depositors who have been unable to access their savings since the Icelandic bank failure. Now the people will decide on repayment in a referendum, a plan which has not gone down well with the foreign press.

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