Turkey is again at odds with the European Union. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken exception to alleged meddling by the 28-member union in its internal affairs, and lambasted it attitude towards Ankara. The point that apparently infuriated Erdogan is the lecture of sorts that the policy-makers in Brussels delivered recently...

Austrians resist EU funding for UK's Hinkley Point nuclear project

Austrian premier Werner Faymann will today (18 December) protest at the British inclusion of landmark nuclear energy projects – including Hinckley Point – within its list of infrastructure eligible for funding under the proposed €315bn Juncker investment plan.The UK has listed several nuclear-related projects within the Juncker plan, a list of 2,000 projects drawn from across all member states, which will be considered for funding under the investment plan.

European Parliament urges EU foreign ministers to support Palestinian statehood

A European Parliament resolution to recognize “Palestine” as a state only in principle was approved in Strasbourg on Wednesday to resounding applause, as politicians sent what they hope is a strong message to their foreign ministers to take a real stand on this issue at the UN, particularly in the Security Council.Left-wing European lawmakers had originally wanted the nonbinding resolution to call on the European Union’s 28 member states to immediately recognize “Palestine,” just as national legislatures had done in Great Britain, France, Spain, and Ireland.But at the last minute, left-wing lawmakers agreed to a compromise that links the recognition with the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which broke down in April. The resolution, which passed with 498 votes, states that the European Parliament “supports, in principle, recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced. Only 88 parliamentarians voted against it out of the body’s 751 members. After the vote, a British member of the European Parliament from the Labor Party, Richard Howitt, said he hoped it would help European foreign ministers and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to take steps to recognize “Palestine” as a state. The strength of the vote today will send a signal to EU foreign ministers that they should do everything possible to seek wording in the UN that will enable them to vote yes [for the state of ‘Palestine’],” he said.Read more

Freedom of Speech is a Top Target in Erdogan's War on the ‘Parallel State’

In December 2013, thousands protested corruption and Erdogan's government in Istanbul. A banner with Fethullah Gulen and PM Erdogan's pictures reads “one is no better than the other. image no....Read more

Press release ECB to publish accounts of monetary policy discussions from January

Transmission embargo until 10 a. m. The European Central Bank (ECB) today announced that it will publish regular accounts of Governing Council monetary policy discussions, starting with the meeting on 22 January 2015. The accounts will contain an overview of financial market, economic and monetary developments.Read more

Palestinian statehood: what kind of recognition?

Tight purse strings means the next Irish City of Culture has been cancelled

The 'giant granny' comes to Limerick. THE NEXT IRISH city of culture will not be held as planned in 2018 because of funding issues and the upcoming European event....Read more

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Crucial Summit on European investment boost

Commission’s ‘project fear’ a clear attempt to damage SYRIZA’s chances of election victory in Greece

GUE/NGL MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament Dimitrios Papadimoulis has hit out against the fear campaign being led by the European Commission as a clear attempt to stave off a SYRIZA win at the next Greek general election - which looks increasingly likely to be held within weeks...Read more