Eurosphere agenda: “EU’s Galileo satellite system goes live after 17 years

EU’s Galileo satellite system goes live after 17 years  BBC News | Europe | World Edition   Europe launches its long-delayed Galileo satellite system, aiming to be the world’s most accurate. Romania: a social democratic anomaly in eastern Europe? open Democracy News Analysis – by Cornel Ban   Romania should be the ideal playground for right-populist parties, … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Martin Schulz to run in German election, leaving EU parliament

Martin Schulz to run in German election, leaving EU parliament  BBC News | Europe | World Edition The head of the European Parliament is to return to German national politics next year. The Brief: Schulz gives up European Parliament to return to politics by James Crisp Martin Schulz is giving up the European Parliament to return … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application… “Fancy Bears hackers…

EU accepts Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application by Georgi Gotev The European Union’s 28 member states yesterday (20 September) accepted Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership application and ordered the Commission to prepare an assessment of the Balkan country’s readiness to join the bloc. Fancy Bears hackers: What we have learnt from the leaks  BBC News | Europe … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Tsipras presents reform plan… Russia’s entry ban…

Obesity map of Europe (Update: and America)  Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza If Turkey and Britain are the happiest nations in Europe, maybe this is why! Read the rest MAIN FOCUS: Tsipras presents reform plan | 04/06/2015 euro|topics Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday presented a reform plan that he describes as realistic. According to media reports, … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Greek and German ministers meet and clash… “Youth radicalization in Hungary, Bulgaria, and Greece…

Greek and German ministers meet, to no avail The first meeting between Greece’s iconoclastic new finance minister from the Marxist left and his 72-year-old conservative German nemesis was never going to be easy. It turned out even worse than expected. Greek, German finance ministers clash in first talks The Greek and German finance ministers could … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Syriza-led Greek parliament ‘will never ratify TTIP’

 Syriza-led Greek parliament ‘will never ratify TTIP’ The newly-elected government in Athens has always been suspicious of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and will use its Parliament majority to sink the EU-US trade pact, claims a former Syriza MEP now turned minister. EurActiv Greece reports. Greece holds ‘crucial’ meetings to secure new debt agreement … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Greek elections tomorrow. Syriza is comin’

VIDEO: Greek campaigning ends ahead of vote  BBC News | Europe | World Edition The BBC’s Chris Morris reports from a Syriza rally in Crete as campaigning in Greece’s general election comes to an end. Syriza ‘to end Greece‘s humiliation’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition The leader of Greek anti-austerity party Syriza says an end … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Now another hostage in kosher grocery in Paris while two murderers are holed up…

Armed man takes hostage in kosher grocery in Paris: source Fresh shooting broke out in eastern Paris on Friday, with reports that an armed man had taken a hostage at a kosher grocery store, a source told AFP. Charlie Hebdo massacre survivors start work on new issue Surviving employees of Charlie Hebdo that lost its top staff … Read more

Refugee tragedies in the Mediterranean… A Eurosphere roundup…

MAIN FOCUS: Austerity and hope in Ireland | 16/10/2013 The Irish government presented the budget for 2014 on Tuesday – the seventh austerity budget in a row. Prime Minister Enda Kenny stressed that the top priority was to create jobs and exit the bailout programme. Ireland’s success is proof that the stringent austerity policy is the right … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: Far-right victories in Norway and France… “Europe threatened by power outages this winter

Europe threatened by power outages this winter   Renewable energy is blamed for jeopardising Europe’s energy security this winter, a new study has found. EurActiv France reports.   The French multinational company Cap Gemini warned in their European Observatory of Energy Markets that energy security in Europe was under threat and that the region could soon be exposed to massive … Read more

Eurosphere roundup: “Commission floats ?ideas? to deepen the EU?s social side…”Troubled Greece prepares for spartan EU presidency

Commission floats ?ideas? to deepen the EU?s social side Social policy indicators such as unemployment could soon form part of the European Commission?s regular monitoring of EU countries? economic and budgetary imbalances under plans floated by Brussels today to deepen the social dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Presenting the proposal on Wednesday … Read more

In the mean time, Berlusconi sentenced to seven years in jail on sex charges… Eurosphere roundup…

Italy court sentences former PM Berlusconi to seven years in jail on sex charges A Milan court sentenced former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to seven years in jail after finding him guilty of paying for sex with an underage escort girl. Berlusconi Has 2,500 Problems but Prison Ain’t One The two-year Bunga Bunga Trial has … Read more