The EU is becoming increasingly involved in policy areas that many consider the holy grail of national sovereignty. How did this come about? The short answer is: Hungary.
SPECIAL REPORT / When there is less money, the only way to cope is to spend it better and more efficiently. This is the age-old principle behind Brussels‘ approach to the next EU budget, for 2014-2020.
Efficiency has become the Brussels buzzword, even amongst the college of commissioners.
Riot police stormed the former Greek state television headquarters in Athens yesterday (7 November) and evicted dozens of journalists who were fired five months ago, ending a protracted sit-in against the broadcaster’s closure.
The government took ERT off the air in June to meet a target for public sector job cuts set by foreign lenders, triggering a political crisis that prompted one party to quit the ruling coalition.
In a surprise move, the European Central Bank cut the benchmark interest rate to 0.25 percent on Thursday. After the previous cut in May, this marks a further historic low. The move can stimulate Europe’s economy, commentators believe, but fear that the ECB may soon have used up all its ammunition.
The EU and the US today announced they will hold a second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks in Brussels next week (11-15 November), but the Commission insisted that data protection and secrecy will not be on the agenda. The week-long round of negotiations replaces talks originally scheduled for October but postponed following the shutdown of the US government.
European stocks dropped in early trade on Friday, slipping from five-year highs hit in the previous session
The only electoral promise Fidesz has fulfilled has been the ?restoration of order?, through a myriad of laws, decrees and regulations, a particularly harsh new Penal Code and several new organizations.
In November 2013, Croatia and Greece joined the growing list of national football teams that FIFA has fined for racist behavior of their fans or team members. In Maqy of 2013, FIFA began implementing stricter sanctions aganist racismand discrimination. FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated recentky that this global governing organization must introduce harsher punishments to battle these issues, adding that FIFA was now even willing to ?eliminate teams from a competition or deduct points? to that effect. Al Jazeerareports more details regarding the fines issued to the Croatian and Greek national football associations:
Leaders of the European Union should revive Winston Churchill?s post-war call for deeper integration of Europe, urged EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso this weekend.