LONDON: Thousands of cheering supporters gave eurosceptic figurehead Nigel Farage a raucous ovation on Tuesday as his Brexit Party staged its final rally before the fiercely-contested European Parliament elections. Backers packed out a London hall in support of a party that did not exist six weeks ago yet is now way ahead in the opinion polls. Meanwhile across the British capital, the Liberal Democrats, the biggest anti-Brexit party contesting the EU elections on Thursday, held their final pre-vote rally before a much smaller yet still determined crowd. At the Olympia venue, several thousand had paid £2.50 (RM13) to see Farage, who was roared on as he lambasted MPs who have so far failed to deliver on the 2016 Brexit referendum verdict and get Britain out of the European Union. “The establishment: They’re not frightened – they’re absolutely terrified!” Farage said of his party’s rise. “We’ve managed to give millions and millions of … [Read more...] about Brexit Party boisterous at final EU elections rally
SIBIU, Romania: EU leaders meeting in a mountainous city in Romania on Thursday (May 9) will discuss the future of Europe, but the fate of the euro will be mostly ignored.Launching the single currency is probably the EU's most ambitious achievement yet, two decades later, it is little-loved and the 19 countries that use it are split, mostly between richer and poorer members.Against this backdrop, the euro will only be referred to in passing at a Sibiu summit that was originally intended as a renewal of vows by the remaining 27 member states after a now-delayed Brexit."There is a lot of unfinished business, which we haven't addressed and I very much doubt that Sibiu will get us much further forward," said Fabian Zuleeg, head of European Policy Centre in Brussels.The euro is widely acknowledged to be imperfect and in need of reform to unify what are vastly disparate economies, even more so after the eurozone debt crisis.But reform, when it does happen, has so far come only in an … [Read more...] about EU leaders sideline euro divisions at summit on future
BRUSSELS: On posters, hustings and social media, a battle for Europe is being fought, as contenders seek votes for an EU parliamentary election in late May. But the real battle for power will come only once the count is in.More than 400 million voters will deal the hands that leaders, of parties, nations and rival EU institutions, must play; but it will be after the May 23 to 26 ballot that the high-stakes poker will begin that will shape the European Union for years to come.Then comes the real suspense: How pro-Union groups may build a majority coalition to work with the EU executive and member states to make law; how a growing eurosceptic bloc may disrupt it; how lawmakers will clash with national leaders over who runs Brussels; and whether British members might end up staying."The campaign determines the strength of people's bargaining positions," a senior official in the European Parliament said. "But the real game will start after the count."The sheer scale of elections … [Read more...] about Game on for EU vote, but real fight comes after
PHNOM PENH: China will help Cambodia if the European Union (EU) withdraws special market access over its rights record, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday (Apr 29) as he announced a 600 million yuan (US$89 million) Chinese aid package for his military.Hun Sen, who is on a five-day trip to China to attend a Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) forum in Beijing, held bilateral talks with President Xi Jinping and signed several agreements with Cambodia's most important ally.Cambodia benefits from the EU's "Everything But Arms" trade scheme which allows the world's least developed countries to export most goods to the EU free of duties.But Cambodia risks losing the special access to the world's largest trading bloc over its human rights records.During a meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Li pledged to help Cambodia if the EU withdraws the market access, according to a post on Hun Sen's official Facebook page."In this regard ... Prime Minister Li Keqiang also confirmed … [Read more...] about Cambodian PM says China ready to help if EU imposes sanctions
By Tara Deschamps Special to the Star Mon., April 29, 2019 New European rules that will make tech firms liable for copyright violations on their platforms have been both lauded by musicians and artists and lambasted by those who champion intellectual freedom. But one thing that’s not in dispute is that similar rules won’t be coming to Canada any time soon, experts say. The copyright directive, endorsed by 19 European countries in mid-April, will compel companies such as Google and Facebook to ensure copyrighted content — everything from music and films to news and books — isn’t posted on their platforms without a creator’s permission. Some tech firms may have to acquire licences to host such material. The EU’s 28 member states now have two years to adopt the rules and create their own policies. The reforms have been touted as a way to rein in powerful tech firms and restore revenues to creative industries, often paid fractions … [Read more...] about Canada likely won’t copycat EU copyright rules, experts say. So what’s next?