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Kiev loses more ground in restive regions near Russia  

Nato plans to boost its forces in eastern Europe “within days” as Ukraine struggles to counter armed pro-Moscow groups ahead of international talks on its ongoing crisis. Masked gunmen seized six armoured personnel carriers from Ukrainian troops in the city of Kramatorsk yesterday and people in the nearby town of Pchyolkino blockaded a larger group of paratroopers’ vehicles ...

Irish Times Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Tech All Stars competition looking for the best in Europe  

Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission presents the 2013 top prize to Pat Phelan of Trustev The European Commission (EC) says its Tech All Stars competition for 2014 is now open for entries. Last year’s winning start-up, Irish firm Trustev, received a huge profile boost following its win of the competition. Trustev enjoyed 10,000 Twitter mentions, over 200 incoming emails with regards to investment and partnerships, 200,000 visitors to trustev ...

Digital Times Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Danger of euro zone break up recedes but entrenched challenges remain  

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for the final plenary session of the current term of the European Parliament before hurrying back to their constituencies ahead of next month’s European elections ...

Irish Times Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Putin I hope not to use troops  

Russian President Vladimir Putin Published 17 April 2014 01:23 PM Russia's President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev. He also rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest there but recognised for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had taken control of Ukraine's Crimea before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers ...

Irish Independent Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Impossible for Europe to stop buying Russian gas says Putin  

Russian president said today it would not be possible for , which is trying to cut its reliance on Russian energy, to completely stop buying Russian gas. Mr Putin also said that the transit via is the most dangerous element in Europe’s gas supply system, and that he was hopeful a deal could be reached with Ukraine on gas supplies. meets around 30 per cent of Europe’s natural gas needs ...

Irish Times Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Scottish referendum could lead to'instability'in the North says report  

A Government assessment of risks facing the State has warned that the looming referendum on Scotland’s membership of the United Kingdom could lead to an “element of instability” in Northern Ireland. Although there is no detailed examination of the matter in a draft National Risk Assessment report, the reference to the September referendum stands as a rare public acknowledgement by the Government that the poll could have adverse implications for Ireland ...

Irish Times Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Food shortage predictions a major concern  

By Eamonn Pitts The latest UN report on climate change makes for uncomfortable reading. A FEW years ago, scientists thought climate change wouldn’t cause much harm to global food production until temperatures in a region rose by three to four degrees Celsius, compared to current levels. But in the latest United Nations re port on climate change, scientists have revised those estimates, pointing to significant losses with a temperature rise of just two degrees ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 17 Apr 2014
We can" t let politics get in the way of tackling climate change  

By Victoria White WE should be cautious of agreeing with UK Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron on anything. When it comes to energy policy, we should steer well clear of him. It’s the sign of a fine newspaper that you can disagree with the editorials and stay hired. This is a fine newspaper and I disagree with the conclusion of Monday’s editorial that all windfarms should be off-shore “just as David Cameron’s government has decreed” ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 17 Apr 2014
Fines of euro 15m for quota breach  

By Stephen Cadogan The Department of Agriculture has announced that Ireland went 0.94% over quota for 2013-14, based on milk delivery estimates submitted by milk purchasers for the year to March 31. Superlevy fines totalling about €15m, of 28.68c per litre, will be paid by dairy farmers in co-ops and dairies which finished the EU production year over quota ...

The Irish Examiner Thu, 17 Apr 2014
You cant have war and talk warns top Russian diplomat  

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Damien McElroy – Published 17 April 2014 02:30 AM Russia warned Ukraine yesterday that it could not sustain an armoured offensive in its eastern region and hope to make progress on defusing the stand-off at talks due to open today in Geneva ...

Irish Independent Thu, 17 Apr 2014
EU overhaul will protect taxpayers  

THE EU has completed the biggest overhaul of the bloc's financial system since the introduction of the euro which aims to protect taxpayers from ever having to carry the cost if a bank fails. Gun victim's brother was shot dead too Wedding joy for locked-in David Prisoners get access to their children Politicians signed off on the creation of a European authority with the power to unwind or restructure failing banks ...

Evening Herald Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Europes top ICT Hubs Munich London Paris in lead Dublin with rank of 16  

Munich, London and Paris are Europe's top ICT (Information and communications technology) hubs, with smaller cities such as Darmstadt identified as a leader in a new EU Atlas of ICT hotspots (can take a while to load), that has been produced by the European Commission . This atlas shows where digital technologies thrive and examines the factors contributing to this success. Dublin has a rank of 16. Most of Europe's ICT activity takes place in 34 regions across 12 countries ...

Finfacts.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Ukraine clashes could spark civil war warns Russia  

has warned Ukraine that a crackdown on pro-Kremlin activists in eastern regions could trigger civil war, as an angry split over the country’s crisis continued to grow between Russia and the West. Ukrainian forces clashed with an armed group at Kramatorsk airfield last night, and military trucks, armoured vehicles and helicopters were seen heading in the direction of nearby Slovyansk. Troops also established checkpoints on some major roads in the industrial Donetsk province ...

Irish Times Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Children "hostages" in parental disputes as abductions on rise  

By Ann Cahill European Correspondent Every year up to 250,000 children go missing in Europe — many of them abducted by one of their parents. The legal situation on custody following a couple separating or divorcing can be difficult when parents are from or are living in different countries. The number of cross-border marriages in the EU is increasing and so too are the divorces, with about 140,000 last year ...

The Irish Examiner Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Analysis Mifid II aims to tighten rules on derivatives to curb speculation and protect investors  

Almost three years since the European Commission published its plan for revisions to the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid) following public consultation, the European Parliament yesterday signed off to the new rules. Mifid II, as it’s known, aims to tighten rules on the derivatives markets to curb speculative investment and protect investors’ interests ...

Irish Times Wed, 16 Apr 2014
New EU plan to avoid financial crisis approved  

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg Colm Kelpie – Published 16 April 2014 02:30 AM THE European Parliament has signed off on new common EU banking rules designed to try to avoid a repeat of the banking and financial crisis. It is hoped the reforms will mean failing banks can be shut down before they become a major threat to the financial system, and without the need for public money ...

Irish Independent Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Climate change How many warnings do we need.  

We have "at most two decades to save the world". Former president Mary Robinson Mary Robinson’s stark and unambiguous warning came just as the possibility of hundreds of millions in European Commission pollution fines came into public view ...

The Irish Examiner Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Four out of five Irish holiday websites fail in consumer probe  

Dermot Jewell of the Consumer Association of Ireland Mark O'Regan – Published 15 April 2014 02:30 AM SOME Irish websites offering holiday packages should be more up front as to the real cost to the consumer, according to an EU probe. Out of a total of 26 travel websites investigated as part of a new EU survey, only five were found to be in line with international guidelines. A number of sites offering deals on air travel and accommodation have "irregularities", the survey found ...

Irish Independent Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Government seeks leeway on EU emissions targets  

The Government is intensifying efforts to persuade the to give it leeway on the way it calculates the Republic’s greenhouse emissions targets, amid serious concern that the State will be unable to meet EU climate change targets by 2020. The Republic is virtually certain to miss its target of a 20 per cent reduction in emissions from sectors not covered by the EU emissions trading system by 2020, which could leave the exchequer liable for hundreds of millions of euro in fines ...

Irish Times Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Editorial EU and US must face down bully boy Putin  

Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP Published 15 April 2014 02:30 AM Whether appearing bare-chested with a rifle over his shoulder, or performing judo in the dojo, one thing is for sure, President Vladimir Putin cultivates the image of the strongman. In a Russia that has seen its empire crumble and its economic might wane, such posturing plays well. Thus his adventure in Crimea yielded huge dividends in popularity. It made President Barack Obama look weak, and the West indecisive ...

Irish Independent Tue, 15 Apr 2014




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