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What next for the UK’s student movement?, Guy Aitchison

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Guy Aitchison

The volcanic eruption of student anger and militancy in Britain over the last few months has blown the political space wide open, making a broad-based movement against austerity thinkable where previously there was only rumbling discontent. It has certainly been an exhilarating experience to be part of, but whether future historians look back on the heady period leading up to the parliamentary vote on tuition fees as the beginning of the fightback against the neoliberal juggernaut or the last desperate gasp of social democracy, will depend on the next steps the movement takes.

France and Germany vs. Bulgaria and Romania

from Brussels Blog by Peter Spiegel

In today?s paper, fellow Brussels Blogger Stanley Pignal has a nice scoop about a letter France and Germany sent to European Union officials announcing their formal objections to including Bulgaria and Romania in the Schengen area, the visa-free travel zone that most EU members are part of.

Traian Basescu, the Romanian president, has already responded this morning by calling the letter a ?discriminatory act against Romania,? and vowing to fight the move.

Snow paralyzes western Europe

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
More snow is continuing to paralyse transport in parts of western Europe, with flights disrupted across Germany, Belgium and northern France.

Snow hits European festive travel

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Hundreds of people spend the night in airports in France and Belgium as continued snow and ice disrupt travel across northern Europe.

Pavements, snow and the Big Society

from Jon Worth by Jon

Snowy pavements are not the same as pavements with broken paving stones ? both of them can cause you to trip and fall, but the former happens all at once when it snows heavily, while the latter happens gradually over the years. That?s why countries like Belgium* and Germany have different approaches to these two issues.

Principality of Liechtenstein views the European Union

by Grahnlaw

Recently the General Affairs Council (GAC) of the European Union adopted conclusions about the relations between the EU and the four EFTA countries: the three members of the European Economic Area (EEA) Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, as well as fourth EFTA member Switzerland, which remains outside the EEA:

MAIN FOCUS: Romania fights to join Schengen Area | 23/12/2010

from euro|topics

Romanian President Traian B?sescu considers it “discriminating” that Germany and France want the Schengen accession of Romania and Bulgaria to be postponed. The press says the countries have not yet earned the right to join, but laments that the big EU states are using the issue to win points at home.

[Comment] Human rights have to be central focus of EEAS

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

China prepared to support eurozone countries hit by financial crisis

from Wikinews

Thursday, December 23, 2010

China has said it is prepared to support eurozone countries during the financial crisis that has hit the sixteen member states. The country’s foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said: “We are ready to support the eurozone to overcome the financial crisis and realise economic recovery.”

EU communication on EEA and EFTA member Liechtenstein

by Grahnlaw

Our first look at Liechtenstein was the blog post ‘EU relations with Liechtenstein (general conclusions)’ (22 December 2010), presenting the general remarks including Liechtenstein, but addressed at the EEA or EFTA states as a whole. Then we changed to a Liechtensteinian perspective in ‘Principality of Liechtenstein views the European Union’ (23 December 2010).

What does the EU want from Liechtenstein?

by Grahnlaw

Our latest blog entry on EU-Lichtenstein relations looked at what the web pages of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the EU delegation to Switzerland and Liechtenstein offer interested citizens: ‘EU communication on EEA and EFTA member Liechtenstein’ (24 December 2010), with links to earlier blog posts.

Digital agenda: Connecting the EU

from EurActiv.com
High-speed Internet for all, including on mobile phones, and lower consumer prices are the main highlights of the Commission’s digital agenda, a five-year plan to ensure higher connectivity for EU citizens and business.

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