All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘European Union’

Angela Merkel Regrets Rise of Populism in EU

On Sunday, 21 of the 28 member-states of the European Union held votes for seats in the European Parliament, a vote which occurs every five years. The European Parliament is effectively the legislative body of the European Union and is second largest democratically-elected electorate in the world behind India’s Parliament. As such, these elections are one of the most important …

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Crimea: Ukraine Withdraws Amid Sanctions

Thousands of Ukrainian troops are preparing to withdraw from Crimea, as Western leaders begin sanctions against Russia for attempting to annex the region. “We are working out a plan of action so that we can transfer not just servicemen, but first of all, members of their family who are in Crimea, quickly and effectively to mainland Ukraine,” Secretary of Ukraine’s …

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Europe Parmesan Requesting a Name Change

Europe called and it wants its Parmesan Cheese back. If the European Union has its way, the names of European cheeses like Brie, Feta, Fontina, Muenster, Asiago, Romano, Gorgonzola, and Parmesan will be called something else when they are made outside of their home countries. Why? The Europeans don’t think that American-made cheeses are the real deal, so they shouldn’t …

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Ukraine: European Union To Offer Billions In Aid

Ukraine has been in economic trouble for some time, and it’s only getting worse. Frustration over the country’s money troubles was what lit the fuse ahead of massive protests late last year. Citizens, particularly pro-European Ukrainians, longed for a stronger economic connection to the rest of Europe. They believed being part of the European Union was the right way forward. …

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Angela Merkel Discusses EU Reform with David Cameron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a much-anticipated visit to London on Thursday. The visit included a meeting with British Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader David Cameron at his official residence in Downing Street, a rare address to both houses of Parliament, and tea with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Merkel’s visit comes as the British Prime Minister finds …

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Ukraine: President Declares Truce Finally Reached

If reports are to be believed, a truce has been declared between the Ukrainian government and anti-government protesters. This news comes just after a majorly violent clash, the worst seen in the country since Ukraine first broke away from the Soviet Union. The recent attempt by Ukrainian police forces to clear the main protester stronghold in Kiev resulted in at …

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Google Antitrust Probe Finally Over?

Google has reached a settlement with the European Union to end a three-year antitrust investigation. The EU announced this morning that it has obtained “an improved commitments proposal” from the company. In the proposal, Google guarantees that whenever it promotes its own specialized search services (products, hotels, restaurants, etc.), the services of three rivals “selected through an objective method” will …

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Ukrainian Rally Draws Massive Anti-Government Crowd

Even after violent confrontations with police this past week, Ukrainian anti-government protesters have shown they will not be deterred. Well over 200,000 disgruntled citizens packed into Independence Square in Kiev. They marched through ultra cold temperatures in a bid to make clear their dissatisfaction with the current administration. Protests began on November 21st when current president, Viktor Yanukovych, made the …

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European Commission Approves Microsoft Nokia Deal

The European Commission announced today that it has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile device business. The deal was first announced in September, and gained shareholder approval last month. The Commission said, “The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because there are only modest overlaps between the parties’ activities and the links between …

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Germany Elections: Can Angela Merkel Save Aging, Dying Europe?

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political party won Germany’s national elections on Sunday and was poised to register close to a majority in German parliament. Merkel, therefore, is slated to be only the third German leader since World-War II to win a third straight term. The other two leaders to win three terms in a row were Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl, …

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Pirate Attack Fought Off By EU Navy

The European Union Naval Force this week fended off Somali pirates, saving 14 Indian sailors. According to the EU Navy, an Indian cargo ship sent out a distress call on the morning of June 5. Twelve pirates had attacked the ship and taken control of the vessel. The Royal Swedish Navy warship HSwMS Carlskrona and the Dutch warship HNLMS Van …

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Google’s Competition Proposals Not Good Enough For EU

Last month, the EU finally released a public document discussing Google’s proposal to end a lengthy antitrust investigation. With the document, the Commission began seeking feedback on the commitments Google offered to address concerns. Unsurprisingly, the feedback has included demands from some that Google do more. Here is the list of Google’s proposals, as shared in the EU’s announcement: Google …

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