Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

Britain’s dream of an EU exit is slowly turning into a nightmarish reality

April 7, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Alex Stevenson  

"The British wish to leave the European Union for good has never been clearer after Wednesday's televised debate, the second between pro-European Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and arch-euroskeptic Nigel Farage. Such a breakaway might seem like a good idea for libertarian Brits -- but whether it would really be such a smart move is far from clear." (04/05/14)

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Greece: Regime bans protests at EU ministers’ meetings

March 31, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Greek authorities have banned demonstrations in much of central Athens to forestall planned anti-austerity protests at this week’s meetings of European Union finance ministers. Labor unions and leftwing groups have called for three separate rallies Tuesday outside the prohibited area, but it was unclear whether demonstrators would challenge police cordons and try to reach Parliament, the customary focal point for protests." (03/31/14)

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Ukraine and the all-or-nothing EU

February 28, 2014
posted by

Eamonn Butler Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Eamonn Butler  

"Ukraine would undoubtedly gain from closer trading links with the EU, but the all-or-nothing nature of the deal would mean that the country's links to Russia and other non-EU countries would suffer, just as the UK's Commonwealth links did. And that, of course, is seen as a threat by Ukraine's large Russian-speaking population. And -- never mind the political and defence implications, given the EU's close links with NATO -- Russia does not want to see its trade with Ukraine cut back, any more than New Zealand did ours. So they see the future direction of Ukraine as a high-stakes game. As a logical matter, that does not have to be." (02/27/14)

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What consequences for the Swiss referendum?

February 14, 2014
posted by

Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Switzerland is a small country with a comparatively high percentage of immigrants (27% of population vs 13% in the United Kingdom, for example). But people react there as they typically do to the immigration issue: they tend to consider wealth as a pie, and fear it might be sliced in smaller pieces. In a way, I think Switzerland in Europe today is in a unique position to attract highly skilled human capital from distressed economies. In this respect, quotas won't help. However, I suspect the most interesting consequences of the Swiss referendum will be the unintended ones." (02/13/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/02/what_consequenc.html  

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EU urges new government, elections in Ukraine

February 11, 2014
posted by

Baton Rouge Advocate    

"In a sharp rebuke to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the European Union on Monday called for the formation of a new, inclusive government and constitutional reforms that would pave the way to 'free and fair presidential elections.' The bloc's 28 foreign ministers said in a joint statement they were 'alarmed by the human rights situation, including violence, cases of missing persons, torture and intimidation' as part of the authorities' crackdown against the ongoing protests, reflecting an 'atmosphere of impunity.'" (02/10/14)

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Google, EU “settle” extortion threat, “agree” to rival links

February 5, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The European Union and Google have agreed on how to settle complaints the tech giant is squeezing competitors in Europe's search market, avoiding legal action and billions in [bribes and extortion payments]. 'I believe that the new proposal obtained from Google after long and difficult talks can now [satisfy the politically connected competitors we represent],' EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. The European Commission, which has been investigating Google since 2010, said the company 'has now accepted to guarantee' that when it displays its own specialised search services, it will also display those of three rivals in the same way to users." (02/05/14)

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EU antitrustocrats hector Google for bribe

May 21, 2012
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International Business Times    

"The European Union's antitrust chief on Monday ratcheted up the pressure on Google, giving it a matter of weeks to settle an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behavior and avoid formal charges and a possible fine. ... EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said regulators were as keen as Google to avoid lengthy proceedings due to rapid developments in the technology industry and that if [a sufficiently large bribe was] offered by Google within the coming weeks, the antitrust investigation could be brought to a close." (05/21/12)

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EU anti-piracy force strikes Somali targets

May 15, 2012
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Telegraph [UK]    

"European anti-piracy troops carried out their first ever air attack against Somali pirates’ equipment on land, strafing a series of skiffs with small arms fire during an early morning helicopter raid. ... The attack involved troops from several of the European navies currently patrolling off Somalia, from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Portugal. " (05/15/12)

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Ukraine postpones summit after 13 EU countries pull out

May 8, 2012
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Guardian [UK]    

"Ukraine has postponed a summit of regional leaders due to take place on Friday following European protests against the treatment of the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Ukraine's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it was postponing the meeting at Yalta after Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and 10 other EU countries pulled out." (05/08/12)

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EU boycotts Ukraine over Tymoshenko treatment

May 3, 2012
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"A threatened EU boycott of Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine has been denounced by Kiev as a 'destructive' attempt to politicise sport that will hurt mutual understanding and ties. The statement came after the European Union (EU) confirmed all its commissioners would skip next month's football events in the country to protest the treatment of its jailed ex-premier, Yulia Tymoshenko." (05/03/12)

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EU chief Barroso to snub Euro 2012 in Ukraine

April 30, 2012
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Atlantic City Press    

"The chief of the European Union's head office says he will not go to Ukraine during the European soccer championships in June unless there is a swift improvement in the human rights situation there. Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other European leaders piled the pressure Monday on the leadership in Kiev in support of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko." (04/30/12)

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EU set to suspend most Myanmar sanctions

April 19, 2012
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Wall Street Journal    

"European Union foreign ministers are set to suspend most sanctions on Myanmar for a year when they meet next Monday and to support restoring the country's access to a trade arrangement that lowers tariffs on developing countries' exports, senior European diplomats said Thursday. The decisions, which will come at an EU meeting in Luxembourg, draw a line under a debate within the 27-nation bloc over how quickly to move to ease the restrictions following the acceleration of political reforms in the Asian nation." (04/19/12)

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US, EU, Japan challenge China over minerals trade

March 13, 2012
posted by

Casper Star-Tribune    

"The United States, the European Union and Japan filed complaints Tuesday with the World Trade Organization charging that China is limiting its export of rare earths, minerals that are vital to the production of technology components. China has a stranglehold on the global supply of 17 rare earth minerals that are essential for making high-tech goods including hybrid cars, weapons, flat-screen TVs, mobile phones, mercury-vapor lights, and camera lenses." (03/13/12)

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France: Sarkozy defies Europe with protectionist push

March 11, 2012
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Reuters    

"President Nicolas Sarkozy, recasting himself as France's saviour from low-cost competition and high immigration, threatened to disregard European limitations on protectionism as he sought to give his re-election campaign a second wind on Sunday. Going out on a limb that risks angering France's European partners, Sarkozy said it was time to support local companies and stop the uncontrolled influx of immigrants and cheap imports that demonstrate Europe's lack of protectionist controls." (03/12/12)

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFBRE82A06T20120312  

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Ireland’s European dilemma

March 1, 2012
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Matthew Feeney  

"Enda Kenny, the prime minister of Ireland, has announced that Ireland will hold a referendum on Europe’s new fiscal treaty. Ireland was one of twenty-five countries to agree to a treaty that calls for more fiscal discipline. Mr. Kenny himself believes that the treaty is worth ratifying, but the Irish Attorney General has said that a referendum in necessary. Ireland has a far from perfect relationship to pan-European referenda." (02/29/12)

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India defies sanctions, won’t cut Iran oil imports

January 30, 2012
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"India has joined China in saying it will not cut back on oil imports from Iran, despite stiff new U.S. and European sanctions designed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program. 'It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically because, after all, the countries which can provide the requirement of the emerging economy, Iran is an important country amongst them,' India's finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters Sunday in Chicago." (01/30/12)

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EU summit: UK, Czech Republic refuse to join fiscal agreement

January 30, 2012
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BBC News [UK]    

"Twenty-five of the EU's 27 member states have agreed to join a fiscal treaty to enforce budget discipline. The Czech Republic and the UK refused to sign up. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said his government would act if the treaty threatened UK interests. ... The Czechs cited 'constitutional reasons' for their refusal, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy said." (01/30/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16803157  

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Germany resists calls to give more to $657 billion eurozone bailout

January 30, 2012
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USA Today    

"As European leaders meet today in Brussels to forge a closer fiscal union as a way to ease the European debt crisis, doubts are growing over the measure pushed by Europe's largest economy, Germany, along with France, to save the eurozone. Many EU nations say they want Germany to do more to bolster an emergency fund to back bailouts of heavy debtor nations such as Greece, Italy and Spain." (01/29/12)

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Croatia: Voters back EU membership

January 22, 2012
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BBC News [UK]    

"Near complete results from Croatia's referendum on European Union membership suggest that a large majority of people want to join the EU in 2013. With nearly 99% of the votes counted, 66% of voters backed the membership. About 33% were against. But officials expressed disappointment at the low turnout of about 44%." (01/22/12)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16670298  

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EU threatens legal action against Hungary

January 11, 2012
posted by

San Angelo Standard-Times    

"The European Union stepped up the pressure Wednesday against Hungary, saying its fiscal policies were unsustainable and threatening legal action over a new constitution that some fear could push the country back into authoritarianism. The warnings escalated the standoff between Hungary's government and the EU and underlined the difficulty Budapest will face in negotiating a desperately needed international rescue package from the EU and the International Monetary Fund." (01/11/12)

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EU moves closer to Iran oil ban

January 4, 2012
posted by

Bloomberg News    

"European Union governments moved closer to halting oil purchases from Iran, stepping up the confrontation over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. EU foreign ministers are aiming to announce harsher sanctions on Iran’s energy and banking industries at their next meeting on Jan. 30 after Greece lifted its objections to an oil embargo." (01/04/12)

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Why Sweden should stay out of the EU budget pact

December 19, 2011
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Johan Norberg  

"The Euro-project's biggest mistake is the idea that banks never had to be careful with their lending, because if households borrowed so much that they became insolvent states would save the banks. And if states borrowed so much that they became insolvent, Germany would rescue them. It was never said bluntly, on the contrary, they said it would never happen, but the behaviour of the central bank and politicians reveals that was always the idea." (12/13/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13932  

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UK: Cameron to face MPs over EU veto

December 11, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"David Cameron will face MPs later to explain his decision to veto EU treaty changes, the day after his deputy PM said the move was 'bad for Britain.' Many of his own MPs in the Commons will welcome his decision, but Labour and some Lib Dem MPs are set to criticise Mr Cameron for isolating the UK." (12/11/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-16134496  

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EU mulls new sanctions against defiant Iran

November 10, 2011
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Reuters    

"The European Union may approve fresh sanctions against Iran within weeks, after a U.N. agency said Tehran had worked to design nuclear bombs, EU diplomats said on Thursday." (11/10/11)

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Italy quarrels with EU partners over Libyan migrants

April 11, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Italy quarreled with other European Union governments on Monday over how to handle thousands of migrants fleeing violence in north Africa, while the EU executive urged the bloc to do more for the refugees. Divisions have deepened among the 27 EU governments on how to tackle the refugee crisis in the region, with some capitals worried that offering shelter to too many migrants will encourage more to attempt illegal entry to Europe." (04/11/11)

 

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