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Time for the EU to take innovative approaches to peacebuilding on board

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 15:34

While the EU as a ‘peace project’ has positively transformed a conflict-prone continent over the past half century, the EU as a global actor has yet to maximise its peacebuilding potential on the international scene. On the International Day of Peace, the newly appointed EU leadership should renew its commitment to peace by adopting innovative approaches to peacebuilding.

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After independence day: The road ahead for an independent Scotland

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 14:36

With less than a week to go before Scotland votes on whether to cut the chord on its 300-year-old relationship with London, opinion polls indicate that the final result is simply too close to call. The ‘Yes’ campaign had narrowed the gap, and last week’s polls have forced London and the British establishment to take evasive action.  Some have called on the Queen, on holiday at her Scottish estate, to make a statement in support of maintaining the Union.

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Western Balkan countries attempt to lower roaming charges

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 14:00

Before the end of this month, Montenegro will host a meeting of communications ministers of several southeastern European countries, who will consider the possibility of reducing roaming charges in the region, following the EU’s example. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Representatives of Serbia’s competent regulatory body Ratel told EurActiv Srbija that the general plan was to reduce mobile communications’ roaming charges in order to bring them down to a level similar to that of the EU within three years.

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Commissioners-designate face parliamentary grilling: the draft agenda

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 13:03

Commissioners-designate will face thorough scrutiny by MEPs before the new European Commission can start its five-year term on 1 November.

The idea behind the hearings is to assess each candidate’s competence on the portfolio they have been assigned. Although MEPs can only vote on the Commission as a whole, Parliament’s concerns about candidate commissioners have in the past led to candidacies being withdrawn or portfolios being reassigned.

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French government loses absolute majority in parliament

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 12:09

France's embattled Prime Minister narrowly survived a confidence vote yesterday, by a margin of twenty-five votes. Addressing legislators, he painted a dramatic picture of the European economy, and demanded that the pace of deficit reduction be brought down.

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Turisti uccisi in Thailandia, fermato un giovane britannico

Corriere della Sera - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 11:46
Il ragazzo fermato aveva cercato di lasciare l’isola subito dopo il delitto. Rilasciati i tre lavoratori birmani arrestati martedì. L’aggressione dopo una festa in spiaggia
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ECB stress tests to challenge Germany's Landesbanken

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 11:38

For the first time since the financial crisis struck in 2008, the European Union is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections, such as Germany's regional banks - the "Landesbanken".

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Will the new EU Commission assure Europe’s leadership on sustainable development?

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 11:30

The re-shuffling of responsibilities among the European Commission’s directorates for the environment, climate change and energy are likely to fundamentally alter the landscape of EU environment policy over the next five years, writes Luc Bas.

Luc Bas is Director of the EU Representative Office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

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Ratification, capitulation, and postponement, all at the same time in Kyiv

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 11:28

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had to accept an armistice with Russia, whose heavy support for the rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk had dramatically turned the tables of the war, writes Michael Emerson.

Michael Emerson is Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). He is also a former EU ambassador to Moscow.

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Family finances – a private matter?

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 11:22

Trusts are said to be used by the wealthy to evade taxes and hide money. This view seems to lie behind the pressure from the EU Parliament to open up trust details to the public. But the reality is very different, writes George Hodgson.

George Hodgson is Deputy CEO of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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The EU needs more anticipatory funding of health and environmental research

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 11:19

In recent months, there have been several attacks on the Precautionary Principle and how the principle has been used in the EU. For example, the scientific advisor to the President of the European Commission, Ann Glover, has accused Commissioners of having “crazy ideas” about the safety of nanotechnologies, genetically modified organisms, shale gas, endocrine disrupters, etc.

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The EU and referenda on independence - a leap in the dark?

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 10:38

The referendum on independence for Scotland puts the EU in an unprecedented situation which is worth assessing on the basis of a series of legal, political and diplomatic considerations, writes Yves Bertoncini.

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New Commission must take the reins from member states on energy policy

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 09:45

Europe is the world's largest trading bloc and yet energy and the free flow of electricity remain the realms of national parliaments. Vested interests and a lack of cooperation on interconnectivity and security of supply are holding Europe back in its fight for true energy security, writes Thomas Becker.

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Ebola, Obama lancia l’allarme: diffusione ormai «fuori controllo»

Corriere della Sera - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 08:42
L’epidemia è una «minaccia potenziale alla sicurezza globale»: gli USa manderanno tremila soldati e stanzieranno altri 500 milioni di dollari, oltre ai 175 già spesi
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Gazprom: Serbia will start building South Stream in October

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 08:00

The construction of the Serbian stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline will start in October, the head of the Gazprom international projects department Alexander Siromyatin is quoted as saying by the Serbian media.

The construction work in Serbia will be begin regardless of the situation in Bulgaria, where the work on South Stream has been suspended until the project is fully harmonized with the EU regulations, said Siromyatin yesterday (16 September).

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ECB invites banks to tap new funds it hopes will help envigorate eurozone

Euractive general - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 07:49

The European Central Bank invited banks on Tuesday (16 September) to bid for a fresh round of long-term loans it hopes will stimulate lending to businesses and reinvigorate the eurozone economy, but which may see only modest take-up.

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Primi raid Usa su Bagdad. Il Pentagono

Corriere della Sera - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 07:46
Primi raid Usa su Bagdad. Il Pentagono fa pressione su Obama per l'impiego di uomini a Bagdad. E intanto due gruppi di Al Qaeda si alleano con Isis
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Scozia: Ed Miliband duramente contestato dai secessionisti

Corriere della Sera - Mer, 17/09/2014 - 00:52
Leader Labour costretto a interrompere un incontro in un centro commerciale. E all’appello per il «no» si unisce anche Bill Clinton, l’ex presidente Usa
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Including people with intellectual disabilities in the workplace

Euractive general - Mar, 16/09/2014 - 17:54

SPECIAL REPORT: About 300 scholars, athletes and policymakers gathered on Monday (15 September) at the Special Olympics scientific symposium to discuss new and better ways to include people with intellectual disabilities in the labour market.

As experts at the event in Antwerp, Belgium, discussed innovative ways to better integrate workers with disabilities, some stressed the need to view them as assets rather than liabilities.

Innovative social inclusion

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French government supports debt securitisation

Euractive general - Mar, 16/09/2014 - 17:42

The French government, preoccupied with the issue of financing business investment, wants to test securitisation transactions for small and medium sized businesses. This system is also making headway at a European level.

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