Category Archive for: Politics

Future of the Internet of things: Richness in the fragmentation of standards?

With more than 50 standards organisations attempting to oversee ever faster technological advancements, the issue of improving IoT standards unsurprisingly generated fierce debate when it came up at a conference in Brussels on Thursday.

2013 most dangerous year for humanitarians

According to the Aid worker security database, 155 humanitarian workers were killed, 171 wounded and 134 kidnapped in 2013.

Lack of EU response to crisis in Iraq and Syria ‘unacceptable’

ALDE deputy Marietje Schaake has criticised the ‘lack of clear response’ to the crises in Iraq and Syria while ECR MEP Charles Tannock has condemened the actions of Islamic State (IS) in the region.

Lithuania’s eurozone accession means diminishing influence for small member states

Changes to the European central bank (ECB) voting system following Lithuania’s adoption of the euro could progressively see small countries get even less of a say, explain Sylvia Merler and Kayleigh Rose Lewis.

Member states fail to nominate ’10 or more’ women for EU top jobs

Policymakers have hit out at the EU’s national governments for nominating too few female candidates for European commission posts.

EU sanctions on Hamas and Israel ‘no longer taboo’, says S&D leader

S&D group chair Gianni Pittella has called on EU council president Herman Van Rompuy to hold an extraordinary council meeting in the wake of another missile strike outside a UN school in Gaza.

MEPs call for an end to Gaza conflict

The European parliament’s S&D and Greens/EFA groups have strongly condemned the ongoing crisis in the Gaza strip and have called for an end to military operations in the region.

MEPs urge Russia to be ‘part of the solution’ in Ukraine crisis

MEPs have called for an end to “fighting and bloodshed” and for immediate arms restrictions as the conflict in Ukraine shows little sign of de-escalation.

Downing of flight MH17 marks ‘point of no return’, warns Ukraine foreign minister

The foreign affairs council and parliament’s foreign affairs committee have both met to discuss next steps following the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in which 298 people, most of which were European, died.

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