Business

 

Product Liability to Agree in EU

Parliament To Agree Goods Package For Product Safety in EU

Rules to ensure better checks and safety of goods sold in the EU have been provisionally agreed by EU lawmakers. The market surveillance proposal, included in the “Goods package”, aims to strengthen checks made by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to EU consumers. These measures should also prevent rogue…

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Russian YAK-130

Counterfeit aero engines threaten international aviation security

The Yak-130 combat training aircraft was designed by Yakovlev Design Bureau along with Italy’s Aermacchi, and production was launched in 2009 by the Irkut Corporation in Russia, writes John Buchan. One of the strengths of the plane was a Ukrainian designed AI-222-25 engine created by Ivchenko-Progress SOE. The engine was subsequently produced by Russia’s Salyut…

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Kazakhstan's Nuclear Industry

The Importance For Europe of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Industry

Kazatomprom (The National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan) is the world’s biggest uranium producer, with 20% of global production. It commands an important strategic position in a world economy striving to reduce carbon emissions post-Katowice, writes James Wilson. The company has released information to the media about flotation of shares on the stock…

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Defence

 

Gorbachev and Reagan

Russia’s Failure to Comply With the INF Treaty

NATO has issued the following statement concerning Russia’ s failure to comply with the International Nuclear Forces (INF Treaty) originally signed between US President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in Washington in 1987. Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed…

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Russian YAK-130

Counterfeit aero engines threaten international aviation security

The Yak-130 combat training aircraft was designed by Yakovlev Design Bureau along with Italy’s Aermacchi, and production was launched in 2009 by the Irkut Corporation in Russia, writes John Buchan. One of the strengths of the plane was a Ukrainian designed AI-222-25 engine created by Ivchenko-Progress SOE. The engine was subsequently produced by Russia’s Salyut…

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Enhanced Security in Europe

Enhanced Security in Europe after Strasbourg Attack

The heinous shooting in the centre of Strasbourg was an act of terrorism. The French authorities have no doubt any more. The investigation of the incident has been taken up by the anti-terrorist unit of the prosecutor’s office in Paris. Four people were killed and at least 12 wounded as a result of the shooting…

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Foreign Affairs

 

Appeal to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Release Political Prisoners

Zimbabwe must release political prisoners and return to the path of democratic change, Conservative Security and Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden told the European Parliament this week. Van Orden contrasted the current crisis with the feelings of optimism and change when Robert Mugabe was ousted in November 2017. However, the clampdown and suppression of free…

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Eurosceptics Set to Paralyse the EU: Forecast to Win 30% of EP Seats in May

A new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations, (ECFR) reveals that anti-European parties are on course to win the third of seats in the European Parliament needed to frustrate activity, undermine the security and defence of Europe, and ultimately sow discord that could destroy the EU over time. Research reveals in forensic detail…

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Europe's Migrant Crisis

ECA Audits EU Migration Management

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit on EU migration management. In particular, the auditors will assess whether support for Greece and Italy has achieved its objectives and whether the asylum and return procedures have been effective and swift. They will examine the projects supported to determine their relevance, evaluate their design and…

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Politics

 

Eurosceptics Set to Paralyse the EU: Forecast to Win 30% of EP Seats in May

A new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations, (ECFR) reveals that anti-European parties are on course to win the third of seats in the European Parliament needed to frustrate activity, undermine the security and defence of Europe, and ultimately sow discord that could destroy the EU over time. Research reveals in forensic detail…

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The World's Riskiest Profession

The World’s Riskiest Profession?

Reporters Sans Frontières has published its 2018 report of abusive treatment and deadly violence against journalists around the world. According to the report  a total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, writes James Wilson. Figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced…

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CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

German CDU Stops Short of Revolt Against Merkel

The German Christian Democrats (CDU) are no longer under the thumb of Angela Merkel. During the party congress in Hamburg on December 7 the CDU elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (or simply AKK) as its chairperson. She was Merkel’s candidate of choice. But her election was a close call, as the first round did not produce any…

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