Huge TTIP leak sparks environmental protection fears

TTIP environmental protest London
Greenpeace has obtained a report that suggests the European Union would weaken environmental regulations if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was adopted. The leak cover the 12th and 13th round of trade talks between the EU and US, which were held in New York City last week. The TTIP agreement aims to remove existing trade barriers between the EU and...

Belgium, Netherlands to distribute iodine pills for nuclear safety

Belgium Tihange Nuclear Power Station
Belgian Health Minister Maggie De Block has told local media that every Belgian is to receive iodine pills to safeguard against any potential nuclear incidents. Iodine pills (potassium iodide) are usually distributed only after nuclear emergencies, and sometimes as a general precaution to those close to nuclear plants. The iodine pills help to block radiation absorption from the thyroid, helping to protect against...

Eurozone growth unexpectedly doubles

Eurozone European Central Bank
Figures released by Eurostat show an unexpected increase in Eurozone economic growth in the first quarter of 2016. Compared to the last quarter of 2015, GDP in the Eurozone was up by 0.6%, and by 1.6% over the same time last year. Importantly, it is the first time the economic bloc has reached the same size it was before the global...

Human Rights Watchdog voices concerns over new Polish police powers

Polish parliament
A delegation from the European Commission for Democracy through Law is set to visit Warsaw after the Polish government adopted a law granting greater police oversight of online communications. The law generated some concern both within and outside of country, with thousands of Polish protesters taking to the streets earlier in the year to denounce what they saw as increased government censorship. Draginja...

US sends advanced warplanes to Romania

Romania F22 Raptor
Two of the most advanced warplanes on the planet have arrived in Romania alongside a refuelling plane, as the US seeks to reassure the region that it is committed to providing military protection. In April, a Russian jet "buzzed" a US warship in the Baltic Sea, making a close and threatening pass over the vessel. Commenting on the incident, US Secretary...

Obama pushes TTIP in Germany as French minister says deal is “fading”

TTIP Obama
US President Barack Obama has wrapped up two days in Germany promoting the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) free trade deal amid protests. Obama previously waded into the Brexit debate in the UK, stating that the UK would be "at the back of the queue" for trade deals if it were to leave the European Union. The ability to quickly...

Estonian security report details Russian media threats to Europe

Estonian capital Talinn
The Estonian Internal Security Service has published an annual report highlighting the threat posed by Russia to the country and to Europe as a whole. In the report, Director General Arnold Sinisalu warned “the security threat arising from a weakening of the European Union is many times greater than that arising from the refugees settling in Estonia”, but acknowledged that...

European Union promises €700 million refugee aid for Greece

Greece refugees
The European Commission has announced over €700 million in aid to help Greece deal with over 50,000 migrants. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said that Europe "stood by Greece" and that "the refugee crisis is not a Greek crisis. It is a European issue which requires a European solution." 50,000 migrants are currently in Greece, with roughly...

Commission president Juncker warns people are losing faith in EU

Jean-Claude Juncker addresses Council of Europe
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has said that people have lost faith in the European Union, and that the organisation had overstepped its boundaries in their lives. Speaking to the Council of Europe, Juncker warned that the EU had spent too much time in the past on rules and regulations that were too intrusive. He referred to the EU as...

Unemployment in Europe continues to fall

Europe unemployment
Eurostat have released figures showing unemployment has continued to fall gradually across Europe. Unemployment across the EU 28 members - that is, all EU countries combined - fell .01% in January to February. Germany and the Czech Republic lead with the lowest rates of unemployment at 4.3% and 4.5%, while Greece and Spain lagged behind with 24% and 20.4% respectively. But Spain...