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TTIP yes or not? That’s the question experts, NGO, and civil society are trying to answer. While the number of people who are trying to take a position in the debate, protests, manifestations and debates are intensifying. On one side the worry is of finding on the table a chicken washed in bleach (in USA chickens are washed in the bleach) or a piece of meat from a cloned animal. So there is fear that EU cede on some rules in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between EU and USA. On the other side the economic advantages from the agreement would not be few, and some products, also Italian ones, like apples from Trentino would benefit from the exchanges between the two continents.
The posters about the "Marriage Equality" are still in place here in the streets of Dublin, several days after the referendum of 22 May and the official announcement, during the following afternoon, that 62.07 percent of voters had chosen a change in the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland, in order to allow the "Same-sex marriage", the first case in the world of a country called to vote to allow such a change. The turnout was very high, 60 and a half percent, comparable to that in the historic referendum on the 1937 constitution (which recorded a 76 per cent of voters) and that of 1972 on the European Union (where the turnout reached 71 percent and whose vote led, a year later, the aggregation of the republic to the six founding countries of the EU).
Poverty, the 2015 is a year that could shape the course of history. This is what the Ngo One affirms in its recent report “Putting the poorest first”. At the moment 43% of people in the least developed countries live in extreme poverty, while 13% in other countries. In September the new Global Goals for the sustainable development will be presented and in the upcoming months international meetings in the agenda will be quite numerous, for example the G7 Summit and the African Union Summit.
Ireland will be the first country to legalise same-sex marriage by a national popular vote. With a turnout of more than 60%, and 62% ‘yes’ votes against 38% ‘no’ votes, the referendum held on Friday marks a historic moment in a country that has long been under the influence of the Catholic Church. Many Irish people living abroad have travelled home in order to take part is what has been termed a “social revolution”. The outcome of the referendum means that an amendment to the Constitution will be introduced and gay couples will now be granted the same forms of protection as heterosexual couples. The first gay marriages are likely to take place in early autumn.
The general elections in the United Kingdom (UK) have brought many surprises. Few predicted a Conservative government, most foresaw the need to create a coalition, many claimed that forming a stable government would have been impossible and predicted a second election round. In Scotland, the elections saw the rise of the nationalists. After the negative result of last year’s referendum on Scottish independence many believed the Scottish National Party (SNP) would loose support. Instead, Nicola Sturgeon’s party went on to win 56 seats out of the 59 present in Scotland, an extraordinary improvement from the 6 won in 2010. The SNP is now the third-largest party in the House of Commons, behind the Conservatives and Labour, and it will be chairing two commissions, one of which will be the Scottish affairs committee.
“There is a link between mineral extraction and the funding of armed groups in Congo, we have to break it” Gianni Pittella President of the Socialists and Democrats at the European Parliament said during a debate in the plenary session on a system of transparency and certification on the imports of minerals and metals like tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. It will be voted in the upcoming hours at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The youth unemployment is reaching worrying numbers in Italy and the Youth Guarantee addressing the NEET, young people who are not studying or working, is still facing many structural problems and its start is being delayed concretely. Unemployment rate in Italy is more than 43% according to Istat data, in countertrend comparing with Eurostat data.
Election day in the UK is coming soon and Europe is waiting for the results with bated breath. In Brussels, the capital city of the EU, many people are planning to be directly involved in the elections, debates will also follow in the next days, the atmosphere is tense for the possible referendum following the elections to vote on the exit of UK from EU. In the meantime, it is estimated that the major economic damage would be for England with over 300 billion euro of losses.
Advantages or disadvantages for UK after a Brexit? At the moment only losses are estimated: an exit of the UK from the EU would be particularly expensive for the British economy, around 300 billion of losses according to a study of the German think tank Bertelsmann Stiftung.