Europe

Luxembourg's half-hearted yes 'last twitch of Constitution's corpse'

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That 56,5% of Luxembourg's electorate of 223.000 voted in favour of the European Constitution hardly comes as a surprise. On the other hand, the fact that the majority was so paltry is remarkable.

European Parliament rejection of software patents represents a double victory

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The rejection this week by the European Parliament of the directive providing for patents on software represents a double victory, according to left MEPs who led the long fight to have the proposed me

'Plugging the gap: How employers can help to fill the pension deficit'

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A new paper on the issue of future pensions funding, a major issue for governments in Europe and other parts of the developed world, is now available from UK centre-left think-tank Catalyst.

Sinn Fein wants Irish EU Constitution referendum to go ahead

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Unusually for a group opposed to the EU Constitution, Irish political party Sinn Fein, which sits in the European Parliament as part of the United Left Group (GUE/NGL), is calling for its country's go

EU breakthrough for Irish language

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Gaelic activists are celebrating a landmark decision to make Ireland's first language an official language of the European Union.

The Deportation Machine: Europe, asylum and human rights

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Liz Fekete of the British anti-racist research group the Institute of Race Relations marshals facts, figures and arguments, using over two hundred case studies to blow the cover on the European Union

European Parliament rejects call for retention of all telecom traffic

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On 7 June the plenary session of the European Parliament unanimously adopted the report from the Committee on Civil Liberties calling for the rejection of the proposal from the EU Council of Minister

Left Group in European Parliament votes against long-term budget proposals

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On June 8th, 2005, the United Left Group of 41 Euro-MPs (the GUE/NGL) voted today against the majority's proposed financial framework for 2007-201

Revising EU border control rules: A missed opportunity?

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Professor Steve Peers of the University of Essex has produced an analysis for UK-based NGO Statewatch which seeks to untangle the discussions between the EU Council of Ministers and the European Parli

Council of Europe critical of UK government's Human Rights record

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A damning report from the Council of Europe had drawn attention to the increasingly authoritarian ways of the Blairite government in the UK. Recently re-elected with the 'landslide' support

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