We are facing a situation that results from a buildup of mistrust and an extended powerplay that have gone out of control. One major reason for this is that all sides involved have not been acting in good faith. The Ukraine, where complex and and longstanding jealousies between communities have festered for too long, is
Europe is finally proposing to deal with resettlement issues for irregular migrants; with adequate search-and-rescue arrangements; and with the containment of smuggler gangs. One hopes that European political actors will place solidarity on their political agenda and embrace a fairer allocation system. Other priorities need to be kept in mind. Some migrants are asylum seekers.
Many experts have argued, that trying to model European legislation on MMFs on that in the US, would be a mistake. Still, it needed to be updated. The financial crisis had demonstrated that MMFs were vulnerable to liquidity problems at tough times. The update would set a framework within which MMFs could operate competitively. It
Written statement on the joint debate on the mini-plenary debate ‘Tax policy-Decision adopted on the Tax Transparency policy’ – 25/03/2015
We have witnessed big public relations and political exercises to project the unacceptable activities of “tax havens” in Europe and elsewhere. Beyond obvious excesses in tax adjudication which cannot be justified (no matter who does them and how), these exercises have actually targeted the financial services sectors of a number of EU member states. Most
State aid rules under the EU’s competition policies are being taken to extremes in the case of transport systems available to communities living in peripheral islands. Insisting that such connections should survive on the basis of supply and demand in compliance with state aid rules undermines the welfare of communities. Relevant transport services to such
The informal Council has really two items on its agenda – the situation in the Ukraine and Greece. The latter could be as dangerous as the former, unless it is treated with farsightedness. At the initial stages of negotiations with Greece, if any take place, brinkmanship could fast become the order of the day. If