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EU officials meet Chinese leaders

Euro Observer Top EU officials Van Rompuy and Barroso will meet Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing at a regular summit on Tuesday. The EU is keen for China to invest in its bail-out funds and to stop buying Iranian … Continue reading

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UK aid helps to fund forced sterilisation of India’s poor

Gethin Chamberlain Guardian Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men, the Observer has learned. Many have died as a result of botched operations, while … Continue reading

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Twenty five EU leaders sign German-model fiscal treaty

Honor Mahony EU Observer Germany’s vision of an EU of fiscally prudent states held in check by tight budgetary laws and the threat of legal action came a step closer on Friday (2 March) when 25 leaders signed a new … Continue reading

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OECD: Greeks work more than Germans

EU Observer The Paris-based economic think tank, the OECD in a labour productivity report out on Tuesday said Greeks worked on average 2,017 hours each in 2010 compared to Germans, who worked 1,408 hours. The results go against the German … Continue reading

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Spanish spring protests: ‘Enough is enough’

Méabh Mc Mahon EU Observer Thousands of students gathered in the eastern Spanish town of Valencia this week to protest against education cuts and corrupt politicians. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has already raised taxes and cut spending to reduce the … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s Europe through eurosceptic eyes

Méabh Mc Mahon EU Observer German Professor Dr Dietrich Murswiek and French Professor Anne-Marie Le Pourhiet argue how the new fiscal compact treaty, an intergovernmental pact enshrining budgetary discipline at the national level, is unconstitutional, undemocratic and ineffective. After the … Continue reading

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EU’s Prodi Admits Leaders Knew Euro Would Cause Ruin but Hoped Political Union Would Follow

Daily Bell The Flowers that Launched the Euro … To mark the anniversary of the arrival of the euro in the form of notes and coins, euronews spoke with Romano Prodi, who in 2002 was President of the European Commission … Continue reading

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Auditor: EU agencies mismanaging their budgets

Valentina Pop EU Observer BRUSSELS – A report by the European Court of Auditors has found problems in the way the EU’s 31 agencies manage their budgets. The findings are likely to fuel the debate about the usefulness of the … Continue reading

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EU at risk of teacher shortage

Nikolaj Nielsen EU Observer EU countries are beginning to note shortages of specialised teachers in a problem that looks set to get worse, the European Commission has warned. The commission study – out Friday (10 February) – noted that a … Continue reading

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Greece announces breakthrough in bail-out talks

Valentina Pop EU Observer The new Greek bail-out began to take shape on Thursday (9 February) afternoon, when Prime Minister Lucas Papademos got political backing for his austerity plan and the European Central Bank signalled it might help. “The government’s … Continue reading

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