Europe puts caps on key communication costs

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 17:08
The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a telecommunications package that limits the cost of telephone calls within the European Union (EU), makes ultra-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates an early warning system for emergencies.
The Flemish Minister President, Geert Bourgeois, is hoping that the British parliament will approve the Brexit agreement.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, argued passionately before the European parliament, for the creation of a “common European army”, in addition to the link with NATO.
EU funding has helped refugees in Turkey, but Ankara’s refusal to provide a list of beneficiaries has created doubt that the assistance is being used well, the European Court of Auditors noted in a report published on Tuesday.
The European Parliament elections in 2014 showed a low turnout of 42.6%. In six countries it was below 30%. The challenge of stimulating interest in next elections was discussed last week in Brussels at a public-communications conference at the European Committee of the Regions.
Italian Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini (League) threatened Sunday to “block European activities,” following a heated exchange with Malta, whom he accuses of helping migrants arrive in Italy.
The President of the European Council Donald Tusk severely criticised American President Donald Trump on Saturday.
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights published today, on the 80th anniversary of Nazi-Germany’s pogrom against its Jewish population, a report on reporting of anti-Semitism in EU member states.

Brexit - Paris to be “major beneficiary”

Thursday, 08 November 2018 17:09
The city of Paris should be “one of the great beneficiaries of Brexit,” says Jamie Dimon, head of JPMorgan US Bank, in an interview published Thursday in Les Echos.
On 15 September 2018, the China Open House Day was held at the Chinese Mission, with the participation of about 800 people from all walks of life.