Business

 

Tax Havens: Should the US be blacklisted?

Tax havens: are European finance ministers guilty of applying double standards because they still do not blacklist the US? EU finance ministers have removed several third countries from the EU list of non-cooperative countries in tax matters.  But the US are still not on the EU list of tax havens. Since June 2019, countries that…

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EIB invests in Lithuania

The European Investment Bank is providing €12.5 million to the Lithuanian Public Investment Development Agency, VIPA.  The agreement is backed by the Juncker Plan’s European Fund for Strategic Investments.  VIPA will use the financing to create the first national investment platform dedicated to promote and finance energy efficiency projects across Lithuania.  The investments will focus…

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July 2019 Busiest in history of Brussels Airport

More than 2.7 million passengers passed through Brussels Airport in July. although early summer was marked by disruptions to the baggage handling system . In July, Brussels Airport welcomed more than 2.7 million passengers, representing a 2.7% increase compared to July 2018, and above all making July 2019 the busiest month in Brussels Airport’s history….

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Defence

 

EU Defence Policy

Member States’ current military capabilities and cooperation do not match the new level of ambition of the EU’s defence policy, according to a new review by the European Court of Auditors. Synergies between EU initiatives and other defence and security frameworks are essential, warn the auditors. In particular, a critical point is whether the EU…

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Italy’s Suicide Diplomacy Reducing its Influence When it is Most Needed

Italy has a central role to play in Europe’s response to growing security challenges in the Mediterranean region, but the current government’s “suicide diplomacy” is reducing its influence in the European Union and NATO just when it needs their support, according to a timely new report by Friends of Europe published this week. The study…

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Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH 17 Investigation

I welcome today’s announcement by the Joint Investigation Team that four suspects will be prosecuted for crimes in relation to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in July 2014.  This is an important milestone in the efforts to uncover the full truth and ensure that justice is done for the killing of 298 people…

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Foreign Affairs

 

Launch of the Formosa Club

Last night (16th October) a reception was held at the European Parliament to celebrate the inauguration of the Formosa Club – an international body to co-ordinate and strengthen the many parliamentary friendship organisations that promote relations with Taiwan. The name of the Club comes from the name given by Portuguese traders to the island of…

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Kashmir: “situation is grave, and urgent action is needed”, says Masood Iqbal Mir

The rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir was spelt out at a press briefing by a prominent human rights activist born and raised in the heart of the conflict zone. Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, Masood Iqbal Mir said, “This situation is grave and urgent action is needed.” Mir told reporters at the Brussels press club, “My family, including…

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Taiwan cannot be absent from the global fight against transnational crime

Taiwan serves as key geopolitical hub in East and Southeast Asia, and Taiwan can help make a safer World, writes Huang Ming-chao. The World Drug Report 2018 published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) pointed out that North America, East Asia and Southeast Asia are key regions in the production and…

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Politics

 

Launch of the Formosa Club

Last night (16th October) a reception was held at the European Parliament to celebrate the inauguration of the Formosa Club – an international body to co-ordinate and strengthen the many parliamentary friendship organisations that promote relations with Taiwan. The name of the Club comes from the name given by Portuguese traders to the island of…

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Building an Inclusive United Nations with Taiwan on Board

This July, President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) transited through New York, an icon of diversity and freedom and home to the United Nations, as a preload to her state visit to Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the Caribbean, writes Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu. While meeting with the Permanent Representatives to the UN…

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Iran: Does the EU need a new strategy?

Tensions between Iran and the US, which can ignite the entire region, are rising with the alleged sabotage of oil tankers, the US drone shot down by the Revolutionary Guards and heated rhetoric on both sides, writes Majid Golpour. This has fuelled the US to impose new sanctions directly on the Supreme Leader, Mr Khamenei, and his…

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