#Europe agenda: “UK triggers Article 50: Here’s what happened…

UK triggers Article 50: Here’s what happened  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Formal proceedings to divorce the UK from the EU have begun. Moving determinedly towards the door: the UK’s Article 50 notification letter Ideas on Europe by PoliticsatSurrey Today’s an important one in the Brexit saga. With the submission of formal notification to begin … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “‘Luxleaks’ whistleblowers convicted

‘Luxleaks’ whistleblowers convicted BBC News | Europe | World Edition Two whistleblowers in “Luxleaks” tax scandal get suspended jail terms as journalist on trial is acquitted Brexit’s long shadow falls on French presidential campaign  EurActiv.com by Cécile Barbière The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU has catapulted the question of EU membership to the forefront of … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “post-Brexit vote racist incidents, in one depressing Facebook album…

All the post-Brexit vote racist incidents, in one depressing Facebook album Mashable! by Gianluca Mezzofiore LONDON — A wave of reported racist incidents targeting European migrants across the country has followed the Brexit vote. Brexit has exposed Juncker’s democratic unaccountability EurActiv.com by James Crisp The fallout from Brexit would have claimed the scalp of any other politician, … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Pope greets migrants in Vatican…”Iran rejoins world economy as sanctions are lifted…

Pope greets migrants in Vatican  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Pope Francis greets several thousand migrants in St Peter’s Square and as the Catholic Church marks a day dedicated to refugees. Iran rejoins world economy as sanctions are lifted AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Economic isolation ends after UN certifies Iran’s compliance with 2015 accord, … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: ” Syria talks in Vienna…

MAIN FOCUS: Syria talks in Vienna | 30/10/2015 euro|topics A new round of international talks on a solution to the Syria crisis starts today in Vienna. For the first timeIran – alongside Russia, the most important supporter of the Assad regime – will be at the table. In view of the conflicting interests of the different … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “CIA torture: Europe also implicated…

MAIN FOCUS: CIA torture: Europe also implicated | 11/12/2014  euro|topics The Senator’s report on the CIA’s interrogation tactics could also make waves in Europe. It contains evidence that Poland, Lithuania and Romania allowed the US agency to set up secret prisons on their territory. Some journalists call for rigorous investigations. Others believe these countries cannot be … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: EU summit on climate and energy, Ebola…”Cyprus President replaced by Greek PM at EU summit…

Cyprus President replaced by Greek PM at EU summit  EurActiv.com Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised ahead of the first day of the EU summit yesterday (23 October), and was replaced at the summit by Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. This is the first time that a leader from another country replaces a colleague at the EU … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Nationalists win Bosnia’s joint presidency… “Election gains for Hungary far right

Nationalists win Bosnia’s joint presidency: results Nationalist candidates from Bosnia’s Croat, Muslim and Serb communities won the country’s three-man presidency, election results showed Election gains for Hungary far right  BBC News | Europe | World Edition The far-right Jobbik party in Hungary makes gains in local elections dominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling nationalist Fidesz. Sarkozy strikes … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: He is back (!) “Sarkozy announces return to politics

Sarkozy announces return to politics French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics, announcing on his Facebook page that he will seek the leadership of main centre-right party. Sweden: Immigrants dismayed by far-right gain  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party – with roots in the neo-Nazi movement – recently won 12.9 percent of the vote. … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Scotland says No.

Scotland votes ‘No’ to independence  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full, as Scotland votes to stay in the UK. Scottish referendum explained for non-Brits – video theguardian.com – Alex Purcell … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Voting begins in Scottish referendum

I hope Scotland leaves, and I hope England follows them open Democracy News Analysis – by Oliver Huitson Britain is a dying project. A Yes would not only be good for Scotland but good for England; a major blow for popular sovereignty against unresponsive, undemocratic and incompetent rule.   Vote Yes for the NHS – independence is … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: Referendum in Scotland, Change of government in Sweden, Germany anti-euro party makes strides…

‘No’ Votes Gain Ground in Scotland’s Referendum: Latest Poll  Mashable! by Brian Ries A new poll on Scotland’s referendum shows “No” voters — that is, Scottish voters againstindependence — have retaken the lead with less than one week to go. Thousands on streets for campaigns  BBC News | Europe | MAIN FOCUS: Change of government in Sweden | … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “New EU sanctions against Russia… “Scottish Referendum…

New EU sanctions against Russia come into effect  EurActiv.com The European Union put into effect on Friday (12 September) a new round of sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies and asset freezes on leading Russian politicians.   What impact could this round of Russian retaliatory sanctions have … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “EU delays sanctions against Russia…Scottish referendum …”EU rejects Google’s antitrust deal again

  Parties back more Scotland powers  BBC News | Europe | The Scottish leaders of the three main pro-Union parties back more powers for Scotland on the day another poll suggests little between the two sides. Scottish referendum – A humble opinion from France Ideas on Europe In February 2005, three months before the French referendum on … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: “Sarkozy in custody…

  MAIN FOCUS: Sarkozy in custody | 02/07/2014 euro|topics France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody and interrogated on Tuesday on suspicion of corruption and influencing judicial proceedings. This is the end of his political career, some commentators write. Others believe the French will forgive their former head of state’s misconduct.   The Scottish Independence Referendum … Read more