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    EU prolongs trade benefits for Ukraine
    Oct24

    EU prolongs trade benefits for Ukraine

    The European Union has agreed to grant Ukraine trade privileges until a recently agreed trade deal between the EU and Ukraine is applied, allowing a wide range of Ukrainian products – chiefly agricultural goods – to continue to enter the EU market without tariffs. The EU’s unilateral decision, which was approved by the European Parliament...

    Parliamentary notebook
    Oct23

    Parliamentary notebook

    Out with the old, in with the old MEPs this week said farewell to a familiar face and welcomed another. José Manuel Barroso, the departing president of the European Commission, gave a farewell speech to MEPs on Tuesday (21 October), in which he set out the highlights of his ten years in office. On Wednesday, the next Commission president,...

    No cold winter for EU citizens, Commission says
    Oct23

    No cold winter for EU citizens, Commission says

    The European Union’s energy system is now flexible enough to ensure that European homes would remain heated throughout a loss of supplies of Russian gas if the EU’s member states co-operate fully, the European Commission has concluded. The Commission’s study, which it published on Thursday (16 October), suggests a substantial...

    Poroshenko heading for second victory in Ukraine
    Oct23

    Poroshenko heading for second victory in Ukraine

    Ukrainians will go to the polls on Sunday (26 October) for a second time this year in parliamentary elections that are expected to give the country’s new leaders a stronger hand as they embark on wider-ranging political and economic reforms. Polls leave little doubt that the Party of Petro Poroshenko – formed by and named after the...

    Bernd Lange – driving force
    Oct23

    Bernd Lange – driving force

    Many in the European Parliament have for weeks been impatiently waiting for the hearings of the European commissioners-designate to end and for normal business to resume. One MEP, though, has been rushing around ever since this Parliament was formed in July: Bernd Lange, the German socialist who now heads the Parliament’s trade – INTA –...

    The Stockholm syndrome in politics
    Oct19

    The Stockholm syndrome in politics

    There is an emerging trend to cool rhetoric and to help Russia to eliminate itself as a party to and originator of the conflict with and in Ukraine, to try to help the aggressor to ‘save face’. It is a trend that brings to mind a medical diagnosis – the Stockholm syndrome that develops in some people in a captive or hostage situation....

    Five questions for MEPs to ask Maroš Šefčovič
    Oct17

    Five questions for MEPs to ask Maroš Šefčovič

    Maroš Šefčovič had an easy ride at his first hearing earlier this month, when he was the nominee for transport policy. He showed he had mastered the technical aspects of the portfolio and his gentle, pleasant demeanor put MEPs in a relaxed mood. The stakes are higher now that he has been nominated to be a vice-president for the sensitive subject...

    Oettinger says EU in good shape to cope with Russian gas cuts
    Oct16

    Oettinger says EU in good shape to cope with Russian gas cuts

    The European Union could cope if Russia cut off supplies of gas transported through Ukraine this winter, because of measures taken to improve security of supply, Günther Oettinger, the European commissioner for energy, said today. Speaking about the results of stress tests carried out by the European Commission into the effect of Russia cutting...

    Juncker takes another gamble
    Oct16

    Juncker takes another gamble

    The European Parliament will today (16 October) clear the way for a revised line-up of European commissioners to be approved next week in Strasbourg so that they can take up office on 1 November as initially planned. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president-elect of the European Commission, yesterday submitted a limited re-shuffle of his line-up to the...

    Ebola joins military crises on foreign ministers’ agenda
    Oct16

    Ebola joins military crises on foreign ministers’ agenda

    The global health scare caused by the accelerating spread of Ebola will top the agenda when foreign ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states meet in Luxembourg on Monday (20 October). Warnings from the World Health Organization that 10,000 people could eventually contract the disease each week, coupled with criticism of the...

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