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To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 1 It was a fine Spring evening in Brussels, the sun lingering on the pavements – quite the best time of the year in the city. Steve the Bar had put a couple of barrels and stools outside, […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:15EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

EU Dieselgate Inquiry finally starts work

Brussels, 02/03/2016. The European Parliament’s car-pollution inquiry committee (better known as Dieselgate), set up to investigate last year’s scandal on particulate pollution from cars, has just met for the first time. The committee is set to deliberate for 12 months. Its brief is to investigate the regulatory breakdown in the […]

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02/03/2016 at 11:40Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Mailbox-company operations distorting EU tax systems, says SOMO

Mailbox-company operations distorting EU tax systems, says SOMO

Which EU country lays claim to being the “largest outgoing investor in the world”? The Netherlands, according to Amsterdam-based NGO SOMO (the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations). Are the Dutch proud of this? Apparently not. The problem is, says SOMO, that the source of Holland’s world-beating level of outgoing […]

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15/12/2015 at 12:57EU EU_Business

European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

European Parliament calls for Edward Snowden to be protected from extradition

Brussels, 29/10/2015. European Parliament MEPs today called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.” The call, carried by a narrow margin (285 to 281), is stated as “in recognition of his status as […]

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30/10/2015 at 00:36EU Life&Liberty nsa NUJ Snowden

Safe Harbour must be suspended and replaced – European Parliament civil liberties committee

Safe Harbour must be suspended and replaced – European Parliament civil liberties committee

Brussels, 06/10/2016. Europe must immediately suspend the ‘Safe Harbour’ data agreement with the US and initiate a new, more ‘solid’ data-protection framework, says the Chair of the European Parliament’s LIBE civil liberties Committee Claude Moraes. His statement follows the latest ruling from the European Court of Justice in the case […]

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06/10/2015 at 12:52EU EU_Business Life&Liberty nsa Snowden

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Diesel-car emissions the result of government failures of judgement

Brussels, 26/9/2015. Updates: 23/02/2016  C4 Dispatches: Dirty Secrets: What’s Really in Our Air? 23/02/2016  New Scientist: Carbon emission cuts could save 300,000 US lives by 2030. I do so loathe diesel cars. As a motorcycle rider, I have wondered for years why certain cars were unpleasant to follow in traffic. […]

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26/09/2015 at 02:39Auto Climate EU EU_Business EU_Energy

Jeremy Corbyn may well have been the right candidate all along

Jeremy Corbyn may well have been the right candidate all along

UK Labour party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn may well turn out to have been the best candidate all along.

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16/08/2015 at 10:16EU Life&Liberty UK

Cyber security tips for journalists (The List)

Cyber security tips for journalists (The List)

Updated 25/05/2017. This page is an attempt to compile some of the online resources available to help journalists improve their online security. Need to take online security seriously That journalists need to think about such matters is not in doubt – there have been more than enough revelations from Edward […]

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EU Digital Single Market strategy trying to do too much?

EU Digital Single Market strategy trying to do too much?

Brussels, 30/04/2015. The European Commission’s planned Digital Single Market strategy seems to be proving somewhat difficult to fine-tune. The strategy is set for release on 6th May 2015, however its content is so wide-ranging, from copyright piracy via VAT to UK-style default “porn filters”, that an implementation date seems somewhat […]

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01/05/2015 at 10:46EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

TTIP must comply with EU data-protection and human-rights laws, says EP

Brussels, 01/04/2015. Any future TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) agreement needs to be clear that it “fully exempts the existing and future EU legal framework on the protection of personal data from the agreement”, said the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee yesterday. The committee’s statement, which aimed to address […]

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02/04/2015 at 11:20EU EU_Business Life&Liberty nsa Snowden