The many adventurous paths that lead to a European Union: involving politics, society, culture, economics, finance, the military.
A co-authored blog to describe the complexity of a new concept.
Last week, the home affairs selected committee has called on the British government to expand the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Act to cover cosmetic procedures that have no medical purpose. The government has replied that the 2003 act already does not contain any exemption for cosmetic surgery and therefore there is no need to amend the act.
University tuition fees have been a touchy topic in the past years, often linked to issues of class and privilege. Universities currently charge up to £9000 per year, after the Conservative/Liberal Democrats coalition government raised the tuition fee cap in 2012.
The answer by which in mid-December the European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi, froze demands to comment - at the Irish Parliament - a letter that his predecessor Jean Claude Trichet sent, on November 19th 2010, to the then Finance Minister Brian Lenihan - encouraging the request for an European bailout occurred at the end of the same month, and from which the country came out only three years later - is not popular in Ireland, while stating impeccably: it is not expected that the ECB responds to member states’ elected assemblies, because it responds already, under the provided rules, to the European Parliament.
“Italy is not alone, Europe stands with Italy”. That is what the Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos constantly repeated in his speech, in Brussels, on the stepping up with the assistance to Italy. The EU Commission, under Italian authorities pressure, has awarded an amount of €13.7 million in emergency funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to Italy.
They have been two stormy weeks for the British multinational banking and financial services company with files being leaked showing that the organisation has broken the law to help some of its wealthy clients all over the world evade tax using secret HSBC accounts in Switzerland. The HSBC now faces an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and, possibly, other bodies.
A scene from an old Irish movie, "The Field", suits the two faces of the new boom in the Republic of Ireland: in a small village, strangers are seeking to buy a field that Richard Harris, “The Bull”, considers his family property and a barman criticizes him for mixing old and new occupants (“The English are gone”). Harris reply, threateningly: “gone, because I drove them out, gone… but not forgotten”. By replacing words as "outsiders" and "English" with "austerity" and "inequality", the bartender and the old Harris would argue just like those that in Ireland celebrate the recovered role of fastest growing EU economy and those that are still enduring its imbalances.
British universities fear the new counter-terror and security bill designed by Home Secretary Theresa May will curtail their freedom of expression. The bill, which will be subjected to parliamentary approval before the end of next month and which passed the House of Commons on Tuesday and received Royal Assent on Thursday, has the purpose of preventing radicalisation and extremism.
The EU Commission is trying to save the late implementation of the Youth Guarantee. EU established additional 1.5 billion euro prefinancing, 30% more than initially, to accelerate the slow start of the EU youth strategy. The achievements until now are few and very far from the goal.