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23.01.2015

Melinda Gates suggests Vatican should approve modern contraceptives

Challenged to comment on Pope Francis' recent comment that Catholics shouldn’t “breed like rabbits”, Melinda Gates told a Brussels audience that women in developing countries should be educated, and use modern methods of...more »


22.01.2015

ECB rolls dice on quantitative easing

The European Central Bank (ECB) took the ultimate policy leap today (22 January), launching a government bond-buying programme which will pump hundreds of billions of new money into a sagging eurozone economy. The ECB said it...more »


22.01.2015

MEPs fail to agree on carbon market reform start date

On Thursday (22 January) a European Parliament committee, rejected a previous vote to begin carbon market reforms in 2021, clearing the way for another Parliament body next month to back action to prop up the EU Emissions Trading...more »


22.01.2015

EFSI: A key to renewed Eurosympathy?

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”, Winston Churchill once said. It must be one of the most often reproduced quotes in recent years, the EU being in its worst economic and financial crisis since its inception, writes Tom...more »


22.01.2015

France hikes anti-terror budget despite austerity commitment

Manuel Valls has announced a 735 million euro plan to bolster France's defences against terrorism over the next three years. The French government says this unplanned expenditure will not threaten their agreement with Brussels to...more »


22.01.2015

Poll: Britain's EU exit hinges on low-income women

The UK's future in the European Union may hinge on the votes of low-income women concerned about the family budget and their children's future, business leaders at the Davos World Economic Forum were told on Wednesday (21...more »


22.01.2015

MEPs call for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods

Meat used as an ingredient in processed foods, such as lasagne, should have a country of origin label which is already the case for bovine fresh meat, said the Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)...more »


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