The Italian Prime Minister is visiting the tiny Mediterranean island that has become ground-zero for Europe’s new refugee crisis:
If, hypothetically, a member of the European parliament was caught on video offering to amend laws in exchange for cash, who would investigate such a thing?
The answer – rather less hypothetical after Britain’s Sunday Times exposed what appears like serious misconduct from four MEPs – depends on who you speak to.
Written by Tibor Blazko
One of the major ethnic minorities in Central Europe are the Gypsy/Roma/Romani people. It is unclear how many of them live in Slovakia, because often they label themselves as ethnic Slovaks or ethnic Hungarians in the polls.
Some lines have been crossed in today’s news in the UK about European Union politics.
After ‘Commenting on European Council: Economic policy’, we turn to the permanent bailout system adopted by the spring summit 24 and 25 March 2011.
Standard & Poor’s yesterday downgraded both Greek and Portuguese debt by one notch and kept them on negative outlooks. That hints at further downgrades in the near future, although given the extent of the problems in both countries that could be as soon as next week.
Author: Arno Hamar de la Brethonière (Blogger European Student Think Tank)
It seems like a forgotten conflict: the Western Sahara issue. The EU condemns the violation of human rights, and calls upon the parties to come to a mutually acceptable agreement. Yet at the same time, it negotiated the extension of a fishing agreement with Morocco that also include fishing rights off the coast of the Western Sahara. In doing so, it not only undermines international mediation efforts, it also fails to seize a great opportunity to effectively conduct diplomacy.
by Simon Tilford
Many European policy-makers and business leaders believe that a country’s economic growth prospects depend on its ability to capture a growing share of global markets. Indeed, European policy-makers are obsessed with national ‘competitiveness’ and genuinely appear to think that prosperity is synonymous with trade surpluses. Of course, imports have to be financed by exports. But the focus on trade competitiveness risks drawing attention away from Europe’s underlying problem, which is very weak productivity growth.
From 24 to 25 March 2011 was held the spring European Council. Again – as it is already the last day of March today, I feel somehow obliged to make for at least myself some conclusions about that European Council.
Don’t waste a perfectly good crisis – it seems that large European companies is starting to realise the truthfulness of this saying; many large European companies are again experiencing growth while the Governments of Europe are still flat on their back – without any positive and grand visions for a sustainable future in Europe. But the UK has today published a vision for growth. Through the motto ‘lets choose growth’ the Prime Ministers office sent out a press release with four areas of action, of which the completion of the Single market is at the core.
Two weeks after the publishing of the full, unedited version of a diplomatic cable exposing the total invasion of Bulgarian economics and politics by the organized crime, the topic seems to be closed for Bulgarian media.
What impetus, political directions and priorities did the spring European Council provide the EU and the member states with regard to economic policy?
The European Council speaks through its conclusions:
The European Council referred ”further” to the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) from the Commission – in a footnote – when it endorsed ”the” (which?) priorities for fiscal consolidation and structural reform, as we saw in Part One.
Never has Germany been more isolated, wrote Former Foreign Minister Fischer regarding Berlin’s position on Libya. The Merkel-Westerwelle government alienates our Western allies with its dealings with Iran as well. Apparently, Germany’s foreign and economic ministries agreed to let India pay 9 billion euro to Iran via Germany’s central bank.
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