Europees nieuws

[Opinion] Eastern partners, eastern problems

van EU Observer - 2 uur 25 min geleden
The EU must hold out the olive branch of possible membership in the distant future - but the current domestic problems in the ex-Soviet states, let alone their links to Russia make more than that difficult.
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Germany's Schulz under pressure to enter coalition talks

van EU Observer - 4 uur 35 min geleden
As SPD leader Martin Schulz meets with Germany's president on Thursday, his party is divided over the issue of entering yet another 'Grand Coalition' with Merkel's Christian Democrats.
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LuxLeaks trial re-opens debate on whistleblowers' protection

van EU Observer - 4 uur 36 min geleden
As the third trial of Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet opens in Luxembourg, the EU Commission has promised a 'proposal' on whistleblower protection next spring.
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Wilders says Russia is 'no enemy' ahead of Moscow visit

van EU Observer - 4 uur 40 min geleden
Dutch anti-EU politician says that he is a 'big fan of Nato', but adds Russia 'is on our side'.
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[Opinion] EU must put Sudan under microscope at Africa summit

van EU Observer - 4 uur 52 min geleden
The EU is throwing a lot of money at Sudan to manage migration from the Horn of Africa to Europe - but the upcoming Africa Union-EU summit is a chance to probe Sudan about its own human rights record.
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[Ticker] Iceland prepares for biggest volcano to blow

van EU Observer - 5 uur 10 min geleden
Iceland's department of civil protection published on Wednesday evacuation plans because of increased activity in recent days in the Oeræfajoekull volcano in the south-east of the country. The volcano, Iceland's largest, has erupted only twice since Iceland was settled, in 1362 and 1727. In 2010 another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, caused a complete closure of the European airspace for six days, unprecedented since the second world war.
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[Ticker] Greek parliament postpones debate on Saudi arms deal

van EU Observer - 5 uur 17 min geleden
The Greek parliament has postponed Thursday's debate on a controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia to Monday, in order to make it possible for prime minister Alexis Tsipras - who is in Paris - to be present. Defence minister Panos Kammenos is under heavy pressure from the conservative New Democracy opposition leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, asserting that the deal with Saudi Arabia for missiles and bombs was not conducted transparently.
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[Ticker] Spain sends migrant arrivals to unfinished prison

van EU Observer - 5 uur 19 min geleden
A surge in migration from Algeria to Spain has prompted Spain's interior ministry to summon Algeria's ambassador to explain the phenomenon. Hundreds of migrants began landing on the coasts of Murcia and Almeria last week. On Monday (20 November) 464 immigrants arrived, mayor of Archidona, Mercedes Montero, told El Pais. The migrants were taken to a new prison near Malaga, which has not yet been put into operation.
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[Ticker] Family of murdered Malta journalist to sue police

van EU Observer - 5 uur 23 min geleden
The family of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, killed by a car bomb on 16 October, has taken legal action against the police, alleging the investigation of the murder is neither impartial nor independent. Malta's deputy commissioner Silvio Valletta, whose wife is a senior member of the government, is overseeing the investigation. Caruana Galizia had revealed the involvement of prominent Maltese politicians in the exploitation of offshore tax regimes.
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[Ticker] UK to sell RBS bank stake, boosting government coffers

van EU Observer - 5 uur 26 min geleden
Britain plans to raise £15bn (€16.9bn) by selling off two-thirds of its stake in the bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), according to budget documents released on Wednesday. Finance minister Philip Hammond told MPs he would use this "fiscal headroom" to invest in trying to boost productivity. The British government originally pumped three times that amount, €51.2bn, into RBS in the depths of the financial crisis.
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Mali blames West for chaos in Libya

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 18:43
Mali's foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop told the EU in Brussels that the lack of vision and planning following the Nato-led bombing campaign in Libya helped trigger the current migration and security crisis.
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[Feature] Orban stokes up his voters with anti-Soros 'consultation'

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 17:52
The Hungarian prime minister is mobilising his voters ahead of general elections next spring with an anti-Soros 'national consultation' that officially ends this week.
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[Ticker] December euro summit still on, Tusk confirms

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 17:18
European Council president Donald Tusk dispelled doubts on Wednesday over the euro summit planned in Brussels next month. "Just to be clear: The December Euro Summit is on," he said on Twitter, amid concerns that the political deadlock in Germany could block political discussions and decisions at EU level. "We need to discuss what, how and when to move forward on the EMU and the Banking Union," he said.
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Commission warns Italy over high debt level

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 16:52
The Italian government must demonstrate it is making an effort, or the EU will consider launching a procedure. France and Romania are also under scrutiny.
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[Ticker] EU calls for end to Kenya election crisis

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 15:43
The EU foreign service has urged Kenyan leaders to "overcome divisions" after a Kenyan court, on Monday, validated the results of the presidential election in October. The October election rerun came after irregularities in the previous vote, with both events marred by deadly street clashes. The EU urged political forces to "refrain from inciting violence and to accept the results of the court ruling".
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[Ticker] Report: Israeli PM invited to meet EU ministers

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 15:39
Lithuania has invited Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to speak with EU foreign ministers in Brussels on 11 December in what would be the first event of its kind since 1995, when the late Shimon Peres came to the EU capital, The Jerusalem Post reports. The overture comes amid frosty relations over Israeli settlement expansion which has put EU-Israel ministerial meetings on hold since 2012.
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[Ticker] French banks close Le Pen accounts

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 14:52
French bank Societe Generale has closed down the account of populist anti-EU party the National Front after 30 years. The French branch of British lender HSBC has also closed down the personal account of NF leader Marine Le Pen. The banks did not publicly say why, but Le Pen, who is dogged by allegations of misspending, said she was the victim of a political "fatwa".
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[Ticker] Commission relaxes rules on labelling free range eggs

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 14:49
European poultry farmers who are forced by government order to keep their free range chickens confined due to public health concerns, may continue to sell their eggs as 'free range' for 16 weeks after confinement, the European Commission announced on Wednesday. Previously the maximum was 12 weeks. In 2016, an avian flu outbreak lasted longer than that period, leading to complaints from poultry farmers.
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Mladic found guilty for Bosnia genocide and war crimes

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 13:36
The former Bosnian Serb warlord was sentenced to life in prison for committing genocide and war crimes in Srebrenica and Sarajevo. Mladic is still regarded as a 'hero' among some Bosnian Serbs, in a country undergoing resurgent nationalism.
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[Ticker] Commission issues €34m fine over car equipment cartel

van EU Observer - wo, 11/22/2017 - 12:31
The European Commission has fined five companies a total of €34m for a cartel which helped fix prices for items such as seatbelts and air bags. The five are Tokai Rika, Takata, Autoliv, Toyoda Gosei and Marutaka, which supplied parts to Japanese car manufacturers. "We do not accept cartels that affect the European consumers, even if the cartel is organised outside Europe," competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.
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