Turkey’s policy in Libya threatens EU

The Turkish intervention into the Libyan conflict caused the negative effect for the region: the balance of power changed and the GNA liberated Tripoli from the LNA forces and recently started a big-scale offensive on Sirte city.    On 6th of June after negotiations with the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and the Speaker of the Libyan House of...

Latest retreat by Swiss prosecutors in high profile money laundering case raises key administration of justice questions: are they up to the job?

Swiss legal authorities have been forced into a climbdown over one of the country’s highest-profile money laundering cases, an investigation focused on the alleged theft of $176 million from Russia’s Otkritie bank, writes James Wilson. It has been reported that the three defendants have been offered four and five month suspended sentences by prosecutors and a SFr3000 fine, in...

Will #Brexit spell an end to Premier League’s competitiveness?

The British business world suffered another setback last week, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated he would be prepared to walk away from Brexit talks this summer if sufficient progress had not yet been made. A failure to strike a working deal with the EU would surely damage confidence in British markets even further, with many executives already feeling a keen sense of doom regarding...

#WTO – EU, US and Japan agree on new ways to strengthen global rules on #IndustrialSubsidies

In a Joint Statement issued today (14 January), representatives of the European Union, the United States and Japan announced their agreement to strengthen existing rules on industrial subsidies and condemned forced technology transfers practices. In a meeting held in Washington, DC, the EU, US and Japan agreed that the current list of subsidies prohibited under the World Trade Organization’s...

In 2020, we need to think of a #UN for the 21st Century

In recent years, it has become commonplace to criticise the United Nations for failing to do enough to safeguard human rights or secure global peace – writes Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan The UN has not been effective in resolving major intractable issues whether Israel-Palestine, or more recent conflicts, like Syria, or the treatment of the Rohingya and Uighur peoples. The failure of the most...

#Conservative win marks bad day for people of Britain, says #GUE/NGL

A statement by GUE/NGL Co-President Martin Schirdewan on the Conservative Party’s victory in the British general election: “Today is a sad day for people living in Britain. “It is bitterly disappointing that the message of hope has not carried in the face of a dirty and dishonest campaign by the Conservatives. “Voters who had voted for change, for an end to austerity, for social and tax...

Getting #Brexit done? – EU Reporter : EU Reporter

On Thursday (12 December) this week, the UK will hold what is widely considered to be its most momentous general election since 1979. An apparently stark choice faces the country: with the Conservatives, exit from the EU on 31 January 2020, and the prospect of the low-tax low spend ‘Singapore-on-Sea’ free market nirvana long desired by the most ardent Brexiteers; with Labour, the opposite:...

#COP25 – #EUOceanDay highlights the role of oceans in tackling climate change globally

The European Commission organized an EU Ocean Day during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25), which is currently taking place in Madrid (Spain) until 13 December. Healthy oceans are a priority in the fight against climate change. The EU Ocean Day highlighted the role of science in policy-making and the opportunities provided by oceans in tackling the climate challenge globally. Environment,...

‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan Speaking at his first event in Ireland as the European Commissioner for Trade (6 December), Phil Hogan addressed what he described as the ‘seemingly endless’ question of Brexit, as well as other pressing trade issues.   Hogan is hoping that next week’s UK general election will provide clarity and unblock paralysis. He told Irish business leaders...

#EAPM – Need to speed ‘awesome’ developments in personalised medicine, Congress told

The opening day of the Third Annual Congress organized by the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) saw a multitude of stakeholders working hard to bring innovation into modern-day health care, writes European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) Executive Director Denis Horgan. Tuesday’s (3 December) gathering coincided with yesterday’s meeting of EU health attachés on...