Business

 

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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Energoatom and Holtec to Develop Next Stage of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Holtec, Energoatom and SSTC have entered into a Trilateral Consortium Partnership to advance the SMR-160 nuclear reactor for deployment across Ukraine. Mitsubishi Electric has also committed to stage two of the SMR-160 Alliance with Holtec with a large resource commitment. Earlier this week in New Jersey Ukraine’s national nuclear operator Energoatom, the Ukrainian State Scientific…

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Green Call for EU Tax Justice

The Greens/EFA group have launched a 10-point plan for tax justice in the European Union, which will form part of its core demands for the coming legislative period in the European Parliament.  The Greens/EFA Group has already been at the forefront of driving demands to combat excessive tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering in…

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Defence

 

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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Noble Jump 19

A NATO force of 2,500 German, Dutch and Norwegian troops and 1,000 vehicles is currently taking part in exercise Noble Jump 19 at the Zagan training range in Western Poland.  Noble Jump is the main training opportunity for NATO’s Spearhead Force, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and tests how well its different units…

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Foreign Affairs

 

Libyan Shipwreck Tragedy

A statement has been issued by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Dimitris Avramopoulos on the shipwreck off the coast of Libya.  The tragic incident has been described the worst involving migrant deaths so far this year. The statement reads, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of a shipwreck off the coast…

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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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Canada to wait for terms of UK withdrawal agreement

The Canadian Government has decided to wait for the terms of the UK’s withdrawal before ‘rolling over’ its free trade agreement with the EU to a bilateral agreement with the UK after Brexit. A Canadian Government official is quoted as saying, “In case of a No Deal Brexit, Canada and the UK had been discussing a…

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Politics

 

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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Ekrem Imamoglu elected Mayor of Istanbul: Democracy alive and well in Turkey!

The candidate for the main opposition party, Ekrem Imamoglu, has won 54% of the vote in the re-run of the Istanbul mayoral elections. Reacting to the win, the co-chair of Green Left Party Eylem Tuncaelli told this website, “The people have given a clear verdict on the AKP-MHP alliance’s refusal to step down in Istanbul despite their…

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Why Belgium’s Politicians Must Tackle Climate Change

Climate campaigners in Belgium have 267,617 reasons why the country’s politicians should intensify efforts to tackle global warming. That is the number of people who signed a petition demanding more effort in addressing the issue. The recent unusually high temperatures in Belgium and elsewhere have, for many, highlighted the pressing emergency posed by climate change….

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