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17.12.2014

Ministers 'unanimous' against ditching of Circular Economy

EU environmental ministers were unanimous in their opposition to the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the pending Circular Economy package, as part of the executive's drive for “better regulation”. Commission First...more »


17.12.2014

EU court removes Hamas from terrorist blacklist

The European Court of Justice ordered on Wednesday (17 December) that Hamas be removed from the EU list of terrorist organisations, giving member states three months to provide evidence to review the ruling. The Court said the...more »


17.12.2014

A silver bullet for restarting growth in Europe

The Investment Fund by the European Commission cannot be expected to foster jobs and growth up to the end of 2016. An alternative- or a way to bridge the gap- would be to allow member countries to invest into pre-specified...more »


17.12.2014

Canada tar sands will not be labelled ‘dirty’ after all

The European Parliament today (17 December) passed by just 12 votes controversial fuel quality rules that do not penalise imports of polluting tar sands oil from Canada. The plenary vote on the Fuel Quality Directive saw 337 MEPs...more »


17.12.2014

CIA torture exposes UK’s failure to protect its citizens

The CIA rendition scandal laid bare the British government’s failure to live up to its international obligations and protect the basic rights of its citizens, writes Sajjad Karim.more »


17.12.2014

EU Summit Live: Ukraine and investment on the table in Brussels

EU leaders gather in Brussels for their last summit meeting of the year (18-19 December). On the agenda: the situation in Ukraine and the Juncker Commission's Investment Plan. Follow our live coverage, below.more »


17.12.2014

MEP vote for EU accord with Georgia will unleash mutual benefits

The benefits for Georgia of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement are beyond doubt. But the Union has also a lot to gain from this step, writes Tamar Beruchashvili. Tamar Beruchashvili is Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. As...more »


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