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Listening to the people more attentively

It is all very well to be told that we have to listen to the people more attentively then they wouldn't elect Trump, Hofer and Le Pen and they wouldn't vote for Brexit. But what does this mean? Who is meant by the word "we"? What is listening more attentively? I am in Burgenland at…

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Europe

Roaming price negotiations

Negotiations on the roaming prices for 2017-2022 since 8:00 – and yet another classic example of the complexity of this EU structure (and of the fact that national holidays are irrelevant in these matters). We are negotiating the cap on the wholesale prices which telecommunications companies charge each other for roaming. There are opposing interests,…

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EuropeFeatured

What is being forgotten in the CETA debate

The Walloon/Belgian CETA debate is concentrating on one aspect which is of lesser importance in the German-speaking world. CETA is a new type of agreement and the prototype for as many future agreements of this type as possible with as many countries as possible. It is not merely a trade agreement but it is prefaced…

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EuropeFeatured

CETA/TTIP: the timetable

Brief summary of the progress of the TTIP negotiations and the CETA ratification: With negotiations having long since reached a conclusion, CETA had been on ice for some time. Now negotiations have recently been reopened, including at the request of Austria (Faymann). The protection of investment still remains problematic but more transparency has been brought…

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EuropeFeatured

Pro-TTIP arguments shattered

After three years of intensive work on the TTIP, over 100 presentations and countless discussions with lobbyists and proponents of economic liberalism, there comes a point, does there not, when you are just bored of hearing absolutely platitudinous arguments? Nevertheless, I still have to keep responding to them… here are my favourites: Free trade is…

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EuropeFeatured

Apple ordered to pay tax arrears of 13 billion euro

The Commission ruling against Apple is game-changing and leaves the company facing a bill of EUR 13 billion in payment of back taxes because of illegal competitive advantages. But it is not the group's fault. It is the fault of the Irish government which grants these tax benefits. It is entirely understandable that Apple and…

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Europe

What glyphosate has to do with the Bayer-Monsanto deal

The authorisation for the herbicide glyphosate expires on the first of July. And this deadline is now making the industry and its lobby groups rather nervous because it appears unlikely today that an extension will be granted in the face of opposition in the Member States and public protest. Until now Germany has been the…

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EuropeGreens

Europe is not enough

Group meeting in Brussels all week – we are taking some time out after Easter for in-depth discussions. The terrorist attacks, the refugee policy, #PanamaLeaks, TTIP and CETA, the permanent veto in the Council… we have plenty of reasons to take a retreat. We Greens have a special position in the spectrum of European political…

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