Greek EU Presidency 2014: meekly compliant or boldly results-oriented?

Diverse joys unite distant theater fests

In early summer this year, I went to the famous theater festivals in two European cities — first the Theater der Welt 2014, which ran May 23-June 8 in the war-blitzed and rebuilt southwest German city of Mannheim, then to the Sibiu International Theatre Festival 2014 held June 6-15 in the Romanian city of that name, which still bears traces of its medieval history.Theater der Welt, presented under the auspices of the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute, began in 1981 and is held every three years, with a new programming director and location each time. This year, the director was Matthias Lilienthal, 54, who is known for his innovative projects....Read more

Armenia Wants Broader Partnership with EU, Nalbandian Says

BRUSSELS (RFE/RL)—Armenia wants to develop its partnership with the European Union based on what was achieved during the recent negotiations and considering the “new realities,” Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in Brussels. During Tuesday’s EU and Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers meeting, which was also attended by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, Nalbandian said that Armenia wants this partnership with the EU to be based on the results and progress achieved in recent years...Read more

Republic of Moldova to request sanctions against Russia from WTO

“The Republic of Moldova will ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to adopt sanctions against Russia after the latter banned fruit and vegetables imported from Moldova,” Ion Sula, director of the National Food Safety Agency, stated, as cited by Unimedia...Read more

EU parliamentarians push Iron Curtain as cycling route

It used to be the death strip that kept the enemy at bay. Now the former Iron Curtain could come to serve a more benign purpose. This week a group of European politicians presented plans to promote the old dividing line between east and west as a cycling route....Read more

Broadcaster: Spectrum debate threatens World Cup and Eurovision Song Contest

Mobile phone operators don’t use the spectrum they already have and forcing broadcasters to change the radio frequencies they currently use could hit major spectacles such as the World Cup and Eurovision Song Contest, said Simon Fell of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.Simon Fell is director of technology and information for the EBU, which represents the interests of public broadcasters in Europe. He is also a member of Pascal Lamy’s high level group of operators, broadcasters, stakeholders and associations on the future use of UHF spectrum for TV and wireless broadband. All wireless communications such as TV and mobile internet travel via radio frequency, known as the spectrum, but the resource is finite, leading to debate over its best use by mobile operators and broadcasters. He spoke to EurActiv’s deputy news editor James Crisp. You’re a member of Pascal Lamy’s high level group on the future use of UHF spectrum for TV and wireless broadband....Read more

EU sets 30% energy savings target

EU members states will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030 according to the Commission. After months of difficult negotiations, commissioners agreed to a goal they termed ambitious but realistic. Some member states have been pushing for an even higher target amid concern over the security of gas supplies from Russia. European leaders, meeting in October will decide whether the new goal should be legally binding.Read more

NATO Members Call for Bastion in the East as Putin Plans Serbia Visit

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Strengthening NATO’s eastern flank is vital in the current context of Ukrainian unrest, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said 22 July at a Warsaw meeting of nine EU heads of state from Central and Eastern Europe.

Debate heats up on EU-US trade deal

Sandro Gozi: Flexibility the key to growth