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European Parliament report criticises Iranian school curriculum

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The Iranian school system came under a scathing attack January 30 in a report “The Attitudes to ‘The Other’ and to Peace in Iranian School Books and Teacher’s Guides,” presentation at the European Parliament.Dr....

Inspiration for INSPIRE,help coming for the environment

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It felt like a real challenge when I was appointed as the rapporteur for the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the Community) directive in September 2004. It was my first report in the...

The Greens go after the food or fuels debate

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 The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament last week launched the second phase of its “Food Culture” campaign, with one of the main focuses being to highlight what it said were the dangers posed...

EU Socialists welcome links with Indian Congress

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The leader of the Socialist Group (PES) in the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, on February 1 welcomed moves to improve cooperation between the Socialist International and the Indian Congress Party. The day before, Schulz...

Fight looms over banning seal fur trade

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The European Commission has turned down an appeal by the European Parliament to ban seal products in the European Union, spurring a possible battle with lawmakers. A parliament declaration in September, 2006, adopted by...

Iran’s Textbook: Curriculum for War & Martyrdom

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It is a little known fact that as Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community, its school system is implanting another powerful weapon against the West through the...

Completing the reunification of Europe

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The next round of enlargement has increased again the number of countries in the European Union from the original founding six to 27, with the accession of Bulgaria and Romania on January 1. Such...

Parliament uncovers CIA flights

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European Parliament, the only elected body of the European Union last week lambasted Secretary General of European Council comprising of representatives of national governments for not co-operating fully with the year long investigation into...

New promise for parliament

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It was a foregone conclusion, but the election of German conservative Hans Gert Poettering as the new president of the European Parliament on January 16 still drew praise from lawmakers who said they hoped...

Possibility to realise wind energy potential

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Greece is particularly interested in sources of renewable energy and especially wind energy, Greece’s Member of Parliament Manolis Mavrommatis said on January 16 in Strasbourg.EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said, responding to a question...

New promise for parliament

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It was a foregone conclusion, but the election of German conservative Hans Gert Poettering as the new president of the European Parliament on January 16 still drew praise from lawmakers who said they hoped...

EU lawmakers push Merkel, EU presidency, on constitution

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking for her country’s role as the current EU president, on January 17 outlined for the European Parliament an ambitious agenda for Germany’s presidency of the 27- nation European Union,...

Libya warned to release Bulgarian nurses or else

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European Union lawmakers on January 18 urged member states to cool the bloc’s ties with Libya unless Tripoli annuls the death sentence handed to Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor. Increasing European pressure on...

EU railway passengers get some more rights

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The parliament last week adopted a report on railway passenger’s rights which recommended more information and more accessibility for rail travellers. This would include assistance to people with reduced mobility and removing any obstacles...

Socialists want new far-right group blocked

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Parliament’s Socialist Group leader Martin Schulz of Germany on January 15 called for MEPs to prevent a new far-Right extremist group from securing senior positions in the assembly. Immediately after the announcement of the...

Germany’s Poettering takes over the helm

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German conservative Hans Gert Pottering on January 16 took over as the new president of the European Union Parliament after winning an absolute majority of 450 votes out of 689 votes cast. Poettering, 61,...

Conservatives hope EU will ask Russia to pay compensation

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Vytautas Landsbergis, a Lithuanian member of the European parliament and former parliament speaker, is determined to lead an effort to have EU institutions demand that Russia pay compensation for what he calls damage caused...

Lawmakers call for common energy policy

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Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament said they support the aim of the European Commission’s strategic energy review and comprehensive action plan to address the multiple and linked challenges for energy supply, environmental...

Pay gap costs European Women thousands of Euro

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During Turkey’s membership negotiations there has been a lot of discussion about the country’s problems in the gender equality. For a change let’s have a look at Europe’s own situation. Actually, we are not...

New far-right group outlines tough immigration plans

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The European Parliament’s first-ever group of right-wing deputies on January 10 outlined a tough programme on immigration and future enlargement of the European Union, saying that their common basis was to be a “union...

Lawmaker says mistake to close Bulgarian reactors

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The decision by the European Parliament to force Bulgaria to shut down two reactors at the nuclear power plant at Kozloduy on the Danube was “a mistake,” the rapporteur on Bulgaria for the parliament...

Developing European Social Model challenge for the German Presidency

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The expectations are high for Germany’s role as the European Union presidency and the presidency’s success will not only be measured by the progress being made in European legislation, but the question is in...

Fifty years, a Constitution, a new president…

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As the European Union celebrates its 50th birthday this year, hard questions about its future will be voiced in the debate over the Constitution. How to proceed will be a key part of 2007....

Greek MEP casts bid for vice-presidency

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Member of the European Parliament Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou has thrown her hat into the ring for the vice-presidency of the 27-country body, which now incorporates Bulgaria and Romania as well, and has 785 lawmakers representing...

The EU and India meet on trade, investments

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In 2004, India became a Strategic partner of the EU. The following year, the two leaders adopted a Joint Action Plan to clarify their objectives and the EU-India Summit in Helsinki this October assessed...

“Where there is no argument there is no participation”

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Moving from 15 to 27 EU members, overcoming “a certain distrust” with national Parliaments, a visit to China and a “breakthrough” in Parliament’s communication with the people: Josep Borrell considers these some of the...

FBI details Guantanamo abuse seen by its agents

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Twenty-six agents with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) witnessed abuses at the detention facilities for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the agency said, illustrating fears that the European Parliament has long...

Compromise chemical law passed, environmentalists unhappy

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European Union lawmakers on December 13 gave their final green light to a controversial law on toxic chemicals, while activists slammed the bill as a failure to protect citizens and a sell-out to the...

Regulating visas for third-country nationals

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A review of the Regulation listing third-country nationals who must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders of Member States and the list of those who are exempted, based on...

EU: Beyond the reflection period

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  The EU is now operating as if all sense of time has been lost as far as the Constitution is concerned. It is operating on the basis of the consensus formulated in the Treaty...

Is this the “Americanisation” of European TV?

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By a single vote, the European Parliament gave initial approval on December 13 to a sweeping new set of regulations aimed at opening the region’s television market, and leading toward more frequent advertisements, but...

Smaller groups fight power leaders, want fair contests

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Members of some of the European Parliament’s smallest political parties have challenged the preordination of the body’s president and the way power is concentrated in the two biggest parties, who virtually control the 732-member...

Milinkevich wins award but says EU timid on Russia

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Belarus opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich on December 12 said he would give his 50,000 Euro Sakharov Prize winnings from the European Parliament to the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, a human rights group, then chided the...

Officials test drive “World’s Greenest Car”

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Over 80 Members of the European Parliament and Commission officials recently seized the opportunity to experience test driving the very latest in hybrid vehicle technology in Brussels. As part of a two-week event in...

Commission recommendation does not go far enough

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By failing to take a rigorous line on accession negotiations with Turkey, the European Commission has shirked its moral and legal responsibilities. Enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn recently suggested that eight legislative chapters should not...

Greens rail against big groups precooked deals for parliament president

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Lawmakers from the European Parliament’s influential green party on December 7 slammed the socialist and conservative groups of turning the assembly into a lame duck body through a controversial power-share deal. Criticising precooked arrangements...

Constitutional crisis won’t go away

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Speaking last week during the closing remarks at an inter-parliamentary conference on the future of Europe, held over two days in the European Parliament in Brussels, MEP Graham Watson of the UK, Leader of...