Business

 

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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Call to end Export Finance Support for Overseas Fossil Fuel Projects

The UK Government must act on today’s report by parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee about UK Export Finance, which calls for an end to UK taxpayer support for overseas fossil fuel projects by 2021. UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK’s export credit agency, underwrites loans and insurance for export deals as part of efforts to help…

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Defence

 

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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Russia reprimanded by UN for illegal detention of Ukraine naval officers

In a stern rebuke to Russia for breaching international law by detaining vessels belonging to Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, the International Tribunal of the United Nations for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ordered the Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian naval vessels Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yani Kapu, and return them to…

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Russia Wastes No Time in Attacking Ukraine after the Presidential Election

The President of the Russian Federation has issued  a decree  offering a simplified procedure for acquiring citizenship of the Russian Federation by Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This is quite clearly a blatant interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine, and a…

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Foreign Affairs

 

Spain Reprehended for Extraditing Taiwanese to China

Taiwan has criticized Spain for extraditing Taiwanese nationals to China, saying the move puts them at risk of torture or the death penalty. On June 6, Spain took the decision to extradite 94 Taiwan nationals to the PRC but the case dates back to December 2016, when a huge telecom scam targeting Chinese citizens was…

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“Togo could become the new Mali”, warns Nathaniel Olympio

“Terrorism is becoming a big problem in Togo, especially because of jihadists who arrive from Mali and Burkina Faso” warned the President of Parti des Togolais (Togolese Party) Nathaniel Olympio at the Press Club in Brussels on June 14th, writes Eli Hadzhieva.  “Only last month, 2 French citizens were kidnapped in the neighbouring country of…

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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Inaugurated as President of Kazakhstan

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been inaugurated on 12th June as Kazakhstan’s new President, after the final results of Sunday’s elections showed an emphatic victory for him with over 70% of the votes. The nearest contender was former journalist Amirzhan Kossanov with just over 16 %, and the other 5 candidates trailed far behind. The elections received…

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Politics

 

Civil rights campaigner elected Vice-President of European Civic Forum

The founder of New Europeans, the former Labour MP Roger Casale has been elected a Vice-President of European Civic Forum, a network of over 100 associations and NGOs across Europe working to defend civil liberties and access to human rights for all. Speaking following the EESC Civil Society Days in Brussels, Roger Casale said: “The…

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“Togo could become the new Mali”, warns Nathaniel Olympio

“Terrorism is becoming a big problem in Togo, especially because of jihadists who arrive from Mali and Burkina Faso” warned the President of Parti des Togolais (Togolese Party) Nathaniel Olympio at the Press Club in Brussels on June 14th, writes Eli Hadzhieva.  “Only last month, 2 French citizens were kidnapped in the neighbouring country of…

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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Inaugurated as President of Kazakhstan

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been inaugurated on 12th June as Kazakhstan’s new President, after the final results of Sunday’s elections showed an emphatic victory for him with over 70% of the votes. The nearest contender was former journalist Amirzhan Kossanov with just over 16 %, and the other 5 candidates trailed far behind. The elections received…

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