Wednesday, 24th of June: Agreement in Greek crisis seems possible, U.S. deploys heavy artillery in EU nations, Austria to file complaint against British nuclear plant


Agreement in Greek crisis seems possible: The new list of reforms presented by the Greek government in Brussels was met with approval. Athens expressed confidence that parliament would approve a deal with lenders, despite a furious reaction from some of its own lawmakers who accused it of caving in to pressure for more austerity. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras defended the billions worth of new budget savings, which include increases to company and consumer taxes as well as pension contributions.,,

U.S. deploys heavy artillery in EU nations: Amid concerns over Russia’s role in Ukraine, the U.S. is to deploy heavy artillery and other equipment to countries across the Baltics to bolster their security and deter Russia from attempting another incursion within the region. The equipment, including tanks, armoured vehicles, and self-propelled howitzers, is headed to temporary storage sites in six nations, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. Germany will also take part in the expanded military effort, but already has the U.S. materiel.,

Commissioner for Industry wants more money for defense research: The EU Commissioner for Industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska, wants to promote armament research at the EU level. Bienkowska has announced that she wants part of the 100 million euros for extraordinary expenditures in the EU financial framework for the funding of military equipment. Bienkowska also demands more effort for joint EU regulations for digital services and business models in commerce.

Brexit endangers financial centre of London: Global banks could quit London if Great Britain votes to leave the EU, the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has warned. Half of all the foreign direct investment into the financial services sector comes from the EU. While London would remain a leading global financial centre, global banks could look elsewhere for their European bases because they would no longer be able to use the city as their passport to trade across the EU, the ratings agency said.

Austria to file complaint against British nuclear plant: Next week, Austria will officially file a legal complaint in Brussels against state subsidies for Britain’s planned new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. Environmentalists see Hinkley Point as an unnecessary support of nuclear energy just when the use of renewables is beginning to take hold. Despite opposition from activists and member states, the EU Commission approved the project in October.,

Corruption in Europe: According to EU statistics, corruption is costing the European economy 120 billion euros a year. Surveys show that the problem has only gotten worse in recent years. In Greece and Spain, 63 percent of those surveyed believe that corruption directly influences public life. In Denmark, it’s only three percent.

EU summit: Foreign ministers prepare June European Council and discuss Macedonia
Refugees: Over 2700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean
European Defence Union: Liberals call for more cooperations in defence policy
Country-specific recommendations: need national owners and social partners


Without dogmatic politicians, both sides would better understand each other. I mean this in general and not referring to a specific person.
Greek Labor Minister Panos Skourletis believes that the Greek debt talks would go faster without ideological hard-liners.

At a time when everything is becoming more mobile, unemployed people should get to new jobs through more mobility.
Austrian EPP member Heinz K. Becker calls for more mobility on the EU job market.


Yanukovych regrets bloodshed in Kiev: Ukraine’s former President Viktor Yanukovych has said he accepts some responsibility for the killings that led to his overthrow in February 2014.He never ordered the security forces to open fire, he said, but admitted he had not done enough to prevent bloodshed. More than 100 protesters died in the clashes on Kiev’s central square, where huge crowds had confronted police for months.

Turkey’s bank doesn’t succumb to pressure: Turkey’s central bank left interest rates unchanged on Tuesday, resisting pressure from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for post-election cuts. The bank left its overnight borrowing rate at 7.25 percent. The overnight lending rate remained at 10.75 percent and the primary dealers‘ overnight borrowing rate at 10.25 percent. Erdogan has previously called for rate cuts, labeling those who defend high rates „traitors“ and raising investor concern about the bank’s independence.

Spain’s birth rate has risen: The National Institute for Statistics reports an increase in births in Spain after five years of a downward trend. The country’s birth rate has risen for the first time since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. Last year, 426,303 babies were born in Spain, up from 425,715 in 2013. Spain’s already low birth rate had collapsed during the crisis.

European Movement protests against Hungarian border fence: The planned fence to keep out refugees at the border with Serbia would be a step in the wrong direction, towards an increasingly xenophobic and isolationist attitude, the European Movement International (EMI) warns. The movement criticizes Hungary’s step as an alarming signal to its EU neighbors.,

Austria houses refugees in tent cities: Although it is one of Europe’s wealthiest countries and has the third-lowest unemployment rate in the EU, the Austrian government has decided to house refugees in tents during one of the coldest and wettest springs in memory. The ruling coalition says this is last resort to deal with the greater influx of refugees, since the country has run out of room, and state and local officials are too slow to open up more space. Opposition parties charge that Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner is playing politics with lives.

German companies should advertise Nazi past in Russia: A proposed bill has been tabled in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, to force German and Italian companies which profited during the Nazi and fascist regimes, to mark their products in order to inform Russian customers of their brand’s history.

Hungary: stops taking back refugees from other EU countries
Armenia: Police arrest 200 at protest over energy prices
France: Refugees block Eurotunnel in Calais with protests

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70 million children will die by 2030 unless the world does more to help the poorest and most vulnerable young people on the planet, Unicef has warned.

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Norway creates Bumblebee Highway: The country is known for its ambitious traffic projects, such as a gigantic underground tunnel for deep-sea vessels under the peninsula of Stadlandet. Now, a transport project in Oslo is building the world’s first bumblebee highway. The little pollinators are threatened with extinction, especially in cities. A corridor of feeding stations for bumblebees is now being built through Norway’s capital.


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