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Category Archives: European Union
International Monetary Fund says expected tranche of €88m will not be paid after parliament suspended new foreclosure law
John Crace’s review of the year: from sorry apology to solemn vow, 2014 was not a vintage year of political accomplishment
Politicians rarely find it easy to say sorry but, in April, culture secretary Maria Miller did manage to find a 32-second window in her diary to come to the House of Commons to mutter: “Yeah whatevs I dun nuthin wrong and though I’m sayin soz I don’t mean it cos what’s wrong with claimin to live in wun house and livin in anuva I mean everywunz at it innit?”
One of the shortest parliamentary apologies on record was the preface to one of the longest general election campaigns. The unforeseen consequence of the Fixed Term Parliament Act of 2011, which was introduced to ensure the coalition’s survival for five years, was that parliament had little to do in the government’s final year. Time and again, the then leader of the house, Andrew Lansley, was forced to explain why there wasn’t much government business going on; his nadir came when he had to find a reason, other than inactivity, why the Commons was being prorogued a week earlier than usual at Easter. “I am surprised at the honourable lady’s argument that we are not busy,” he said wearily, before the tumbleweed carried him away. “We are busy. When we return from recess, we have a busy two days.”
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MEPs back compromise motion on Palestine by 498 votes to 88 in latest in a series of diplomatic rebuffs to Israel Continue reading…
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European parliament and EU states agree rules to stop shell companies being used to finance terrorism, launder money from criminal activity or evade taxes
The EU has agreed rules to stamp out tax evasion and stop dirty money from criminal gangs or terrorism finance being channelled through anonymous companies.
EU states and the European parliament struck the agreement on Tuesday to update anti-money laundering rules, a statement from the parliament’s economic affairs committee said on Wednesday.
Move comes as European parliament adopts resolution supporting principle of Palestinian statehood
The European Union’s second highest court has ordered the removal of the Islamist group Hamas from a terrorist blacklist, citing procedural problems with the listing. It added, however, that the group’s assets should remain frozen for three months pending an almost certain appeal.
The decision came as the European parliament adopted a resolution supporting Palestinian statehood in principle in a compromise motion that did not follow some European national legislatures in backing immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.
Former MP expresses concern over EU membership debate, claiming ‘it would be unbelievably stupid’ for Britain to leave
David Miliband has hinted at a return to British politics, saying he does not intend to spend the rest of his life in the US.
Miliband, who is currently head of the International Rescue Committee in New York, added that he was worried by the debate surrounding Britain’s membership of the EU.
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