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Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Daniel Roland

EU to Institute Stricter Euro Zone Rules

Like a well-financed and politically powerful parent, the European Union has agreed to implement tougher rules for euro zone countries that overspend and over-borrow to “deter bad budgetary behavior” that could lead the currency into yet another crisis.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Riccardo De Luca

Iran Joins in for Future Talk About Afghanistan

An Iranian representative is now included in a league of international envoys from the EU, NATO, the U.S. and elsewhere—aka the International Contact Group on Afghanistan—that is engaging in an ongoing conversation about Afghanistan’s future.

Posted on Oct 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Lars Willem Veldkampf

France to Take Roma Fingerprints

The immigration debate in France just got a bit hairier. After the government publicly rounded up and expelled more than 10,000 Roma in this year alone, French authorities have announced they will begin to use a biometric fingerprinting system to discourage those who were expelled from coming back.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE



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Europeans Take to the Streets to Protest Spending Cuts

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people in Spain, Italy, Greece and other European nations registered their disapproval of their governments’ moves to make them bear the brunt of the financial shenanigans that sent the global economy into a downward spiral two years ago.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Daniel Roland

When the Euro Almost Died

In a fascinating tale of international financial intrigue, the Wall Street Journal reveals how a secret task force of European leaders—dubbed “the group that doesn’t exist”—was formed in 2008 to prevent the collapse of the eurozone, which could have triggered another global economic tsunami.

Posted on Sep 25, 2010 READ MORE



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Sarkozy, EU Officials Trade Blows in Roma Row

French President Nicolas Sarkozy fired back Thursday at European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who had previously let fly about France’s controversial move to dismantle Roma camps and deport occupants thereof to other countries.

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


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At Least the German Economy’s Growing

The U.S. economy is still an unholy mess, but someone is doing something right over in Germany, which reported record growth over the three-month period from April through June—the biggest such spike since the once-split nation reunified.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

And Now, Even More Sanctions Against Iran

The Iranian government is apparently of the opinion that sanctions are not “an effective tool,” particularly when those sanctions are imposed against Iran from elsewhere in the world, such as the more stringent ones that the European Union just adopted, for example.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Daniel Roland

U.S. Granted Access to European Bank Info

Here’s another bit of news guaranteed to win us friends around the world: On Thursday, EU officials voted in favor of granting U.S. anti-terror investigators access to Europeans’ bank information.

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Virginia Mayo

EU Moves to Cap Bank Bonuses

Looks like banking executives in EU member nations will have to settle for slightly less ginormous bonuses in the coming year, once the European Parliament puts its official stamp on an agreement to limit banking bonuses and severance packages.

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Belgium Unity ‘Close to the Abyss’

Electoral victories for Dutch-speaking separatists in Belgium have further shaken the fragile unity of the European country. Nationalist movements there continue to gain momentum, and this, analysts say, has pushed Belgium “close to the abyss” of permanent national division.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Spain Bites the Bullet

As the euro continues to tank and European countries scramble to deal with shrinking economic forecasts, Spain has proposed slashing its spending plans by nearly 8 percent next year as it struggles to deal with financial turbulence.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Nikolas Giakoumidis

Greeks Focus Their Rage on the IMF

While the genesis of Greece’s financial crisis may come straight out of economic textbooks, the recent intervention of the EU and now the IMF into Greek affairs has guaranteed popular resistance to the bailout—which many see as foreign subjugation of their country.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Greece Hits the Help Button

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, declaring that the “moment has come,” formally requested the activation of a $60 billion financial aid package from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Petros Giannakouris

Greek Financial Crisis Hits Poor

The origins of Greece’s economic crisis lie with the recklessness of the rich, but the consequences are directly affecting the poor: A new poll shows that three-quarters of the Greek population believe that the current plans to cut the country’s budget deficit are “socially unfair.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


Europe Needs to Believe in Its Own Adequacy

What is this problem about Europe’s standing in the world today that obsesses the Europeans and generates constant self-examination, endless academic seminars and political conferences, all permeated with inarticulate anxiety?

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / World Economic Forum

Blair Bows Out of EU Race

In a surprising last-minute move, Tony Blair has dropped out of the race for the European Council’s presidency, a position for which he was an early favorite.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



ABC News / Giulio Saggin

EU Agrees to Pre-Copenhagen Deal

It looks like the EU is anteing up for December’s Copenhagen conference on global warming, agreeing to a conditional deal that estimates climate change will need almost $150 billion every year until 2020, and that the EU is prepared to pay its “fair share”—though poorer countries say it’s still not enough.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Ireland Votes to Streamline the European Union

Sixteen months after rejecting the same treaty, voters in Ireland have emphatically accepted the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty—an agreement that gives more power to the European Parliament and creates the position of the president of the European Council.

Posted on Oct 3, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Musadeq Sadeq

Over 1M Afghan Election Votes May Be Fraudulent

A European Union election watchdog group has determined that as many as a third of the votes cast in the recent presidential election in Afghanistan might be fraudulent, which translates to as many as 1.1 million bogus votes—making Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s re-election seem suspect just as the tally tilted in his favor.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

EU Suspends Aid to Honduras

More than three weeks after the coup, the European Union has decided to halt aid to Honduras. The EU refused to give coup leaders $90 million in aid after the interim government rejected its demands that power be returned to ousted President Manuel Zelaya. That rejection caused EU-Honduran talks to break down.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Sang Tan

Blair for EU President?

Tony Blair has apparently set his sights across the English Channel, as he is a contender to become the first president of the European Union. While he has yet to officially announce his candidacy, the British government has already declared its support for Blair, and he is seen as a front-runner for the position.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


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guardian.co.uk

Lobbying For Privacy 2.0

If a movie written about Facebook by Aaron Sorkin wasn’t enough, the fast-growing social networking site is in the midst of hiring lobbyists in both Washington and Brussels to push for easing privacy regulations, no matter how well-meaning those restrictions may be, “that would keep people from the beneficial sharing of information.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Dutch Rightists Score in Elections

Exit polls show the notoriously anti-immigrant Dutch politician Geert Wilders gaining 15 percent of the vote and second place in elections for the European Parliament in the Netherlands—even as he faces prosecution on charges of inciting hatred in his speeches.

Posted on Jun 5, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Yves Logghe

Europe on the Downslide

Well, it’s official: The European economy is in gloomier territory than previously believed. EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia announced Monday that member economies will shrink by 4% this year, likely taking a further plunge of 0.1% in 2010.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Putin and Bush
White House photo by Eric Draper

Putin: Russia ‘Not Against Anybody’

At a meeting in Moscow on Thursday with a group of international Russia experts, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gave an extensive explanation of his country’s point of view vis-à-vis the recent clash between Russia and Georgia. He made it clear that he believes the conflict was seriously, and even deliberately, misrepresented by the Western media.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008 READ MORE


Sarkozy
ohiomm.com

Spin Control With Your Host, President Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy strode into office a year ago after talking big about economic growth, but by early 2008 he complained that “the till’s already empty”—as he sported flashy accessories and stepped out with an even flashier new partner, Carla Bruni.  Now, “Sarko” is doing crisis management and offering apologies for his past mistakes.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


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alb-net.com

Serbian PM Dissolves Parliament

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica dissolved his country’s parliament Saturday and said he would request new elections for May 11. The action followed a conflict between Kostunica and pro-Western President Boris Tadic on how Kosovo’s independence affects Serbia’s quest for membership in the European Union.

Posted on Mar 8, 2008 READ MORE


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freedigitalphotos.net

EU Leaders Balk at Bush’s New Flight Plan

The skies won’t seem so friendly to Europeans looking to travel to the U.S. soon if President Bush’s list of new security demands is implemented despite the resistance and outrage it has sparked among EU officials, whose countrymen will encounter additional headaches if their leaders don’t get with Bush’s program.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008 READ MORE


Ukraine Power Struggle Escalates

For months now, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych have been at loggerheads, but their tug-of-war has gotten more intense in the last 48 hours.  On Friday, Yanukovych declared that the “use of force scenario” was underway as Yuschenko threatened to take charge of 40,000 troops, the BBC reports.

Posted on May 25, 2007 READ MORE


Bloc Party in the EU

The party is apparently still going on in Berlin, where this weekend’s meeting of European Union leaders culminated in their acceptance of the “Berlin Declaration.”  The new agreements laid out in the declaration, released on the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, hail the success of the EU thus far and call for reforms.

Posted on Mar 25, 2007 READ MORE


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