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European Council – National briefings Belgium and UK

© European Union, 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service  

European Council: – MEPs statements

© European Union, 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

European Council, arrival and declaration of Theresa MAY, UK Prime Minister

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UNICEF calls on European Council to address plight of refugee and migrant children

Brussels, October 20 2016: “This week’s meeting of the European Council in Brussels is a perfect opportunity for Europe to begin putting in place specific and measurable actions to address the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children. A number of such steps were included in the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants which … Continue reading

#Brexit: in Dutch elections aftermath

The Article 50 timing to evoke a process of negotiations for #Brexit fixed by Prime Minister Teresa May for the end of March 2017 is suspiciously coinciding with a date of Dutch parliamentary elections announced for the ‘Ides of March’ – the 15th. It has been a long time the UK leads as a number one destination of … Continue reading

Book review, ‘L’Assassinat de Kadhafi’

Massive waves of refugees and migrants fleeing ISIS ravaging failed state of Libya cause the EU grave security concern. Dabbed as ‘Afghanistan at European doorstep’ it became a den of an international terrorism and challenge to the European political leadership, once promising a quick fix to an internal conflict with help of the NATO iron … Continue reading

#NeelieKroes’ skeleton in closet

#NeelieKroes engagement with Bahamas offshore is even greater blow to the EU bureaucracy in crisis of confidence than #Barroso’s Goldman Sachs employment. It looks OLAF’s Emily O’Reilly has more work to do with the former European Commission major protagonists, who are fuelling debate about European Institutions as a cupola for international lobby. If in #Barroso’s case there … Continue reading

#Bratislava Summit: Roadmap illusion

Assessing the perspectives of informal #Bratislava Summit #EU27 Roadmap one has a difficulty to see any light in the end of a tunnel. Paradoxically the first Summit of #EU27 without the #UK appeared to be even more tumultuous, marked by disagreements, pessimism, and blame-games between the leaders, who with astonishing frankness have drawn new dividing lines among European nations. … Continue reading

Bratislava Declaration: announcement of up to €108 million in support to Bulgaria for border and migration management

  EU 27 agree way forward in Bratislava Today European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, took part in the informal meeting of the EU 27 Heads of State or Government. The meeting agreed the Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap, which welcomes the State of the Union speech of the President and sets out clear priorities for action … Continue reading

2016 Police & Public Safety 9/11 Medal Honorees Announced

Honorees from around the world gather in San Diego on Oct. 14 for the annual awards ceremony and presentation Honorees representing current and former police, public safety and government organizations from a dozen countries are among the 2016 International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Medal recipients. The honorees will gather in San Diego, Calif. on … Continue reading

New European travel document to ease return of non-EU nationals

An EU Commission proposal for a standard European travel document to speed up the return of non-EU nationals staying irregularly in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards was approved by Parliament on Thursday. A key aim for MEPs has been to strengthen the form’s security features and technical safeguards, so as to … Continue reading

#SOTEU: Plaudite!

The State of the Union speech (#SOTEU) of president Jean-Claude Juncker resembled himself – pale, drained out of energy, contrasting with  confronting him triumphant Euro skeptics Nighel Farage and Syed Kamall.  Behalf of the entirely new context there was hardly anything new to the usual mantra of ‘more-more-more EU’ as if it can be a … Continue reading

The State of the Union 2016

Towards a Better Europe – A Europe that Protects, Empowers and Defends European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2016 State of the Union address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Key messages European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2016 State of the Union address, before the Members of … Continue reading

#Verhofstadt: #Brexit sherpa

Unlike  the UKIP and Conservatives in the European Parliament (EP) suggest, Liberal group leader and former Belgium PM Guy Verhofstadt is not such a terrible choice as pictured in outburst of emotions over his appointment as the EP #Brexit negotiator. The passion for European federalism, often described as fanaticism by his political opponents will not … Continue reading


The Italian yachting market is growing, and shipyards are coming back to Genoa, starting from the English but not only them, showing that Italy and the Ligurian capital are still the world stage for high-level yachting. Market data, two weeks before the biggest Boat Show in the Mediterranean, speak of 17.1% growth in turnover in … Continue reading


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