New EU Law Against Illegal Immigrants is Finally Passed Despite Some Criticism

The European Parliament approved new EU-wide regulations with tougher measures against illegal immigrants – a population thought to number eight million (compared to an estimated 12 million in the US).

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EU’s New Chemical Regulations – REACH – Affecting American Manufacturers, Too

The European Chemicals Agency, which started operations in June in its Helsinki headquarters, marks the latest chapter in the European Union’s efforts to address consumer needs and concerns though market and business regulations.

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Do Europeans Secretly Aspire to be "Safe," Even at the Price of Being "Irrelevant"?

The Irish “no” to the European Union’s modernization blueprint has fueled a new round of skeptical American commentary about Europeans’ real ambitions. “In Europe, a Slide Toward Irrelevance” was the title of an opinion piece in the Washington Post by Robert Kagan, a foreign-policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate John McCain. “The danger of this latest blow to European confidence is that our allies, including Britain, could gradually sink into global irrelevance,” Kagan wrote.

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Biofuels, Once Seen as a Climate Panacea, Now Causing Food Headaches – and Transatlantic Second Thoughts

The debate over biofuels has heated up on both sides of the Atlantic in recent weeks, with the current prime biofuel - ethanol made from corn - now being blamed as a contributing factor to the dramatic rise in the price of food around the world.

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Polish MEP Says Future Parliament Could Influence More Issues, e.g. Farming, Israel

Parliament’s Marek Siwiec does Q&A with European Affairs

Marek Siwiec, 53, is a Polish politician who is a vice-president of the European Parliament, where he belongs to the European Socialists faction.

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Lessons from Estonia: Homeland Security Chief Says Cyber Threat “on par with 9/11?

Michael Chertoff, the U.S. homeland security head, warned recently that the potential harm of a cyber-warfare attack was “on a par” with what the United States sustained in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

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Germans Get Government Incentives to Take Offers of Jobs Abroad

More news about Germany’s “new emigration”

The German government has started subsidizing moves by unemployed Germans to help them get to jobs they find abroad. Known as “mobility incentives,” these payments cover moving costs for workers and their families anywhere in the world.

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Outflow of German Emigrants to EU Neighbors and US - A New Trend

Germans are emigrating at a record pace despite their country’s strengthening economy. In 2006, roughly 155,000 Germans left the country, apparently drawn by economic hopes.

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Following Pentagon Contract, Airbus Gets Huge UK Order for Refueling Tankers

Airbus has followed up its whopping U.S. deal of in-flight refueling tankers with a second, slightly smaller sale of similar aircraft to Britain.

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U.S. Hopes New Agreements on Sovereign Wealth Funds Will Set Global Precedent

Yesterday’s announcement that the U.S. has reached an agreement with Abu Dhabi and Singapore on a set of principles for investment by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) is being hailed as an important first by Treasury officials in Washington.

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Pentagon Contract a “Massive Breakthrough” for European Companies

The surprise selection of a European corporation for a major U.S. military contract - to build $35 billion worth of in-flight refueling tankers - has sent shock waves through the world of defense contractors.

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Kosovo's Independence Boosts Copycat Seperatists in Georgia

Separatist ambitions in the Caucasus region have received their first tangible boost from the example of Kosovo’s independence. The breakaway Abkhazia region in Georgia appealed to international bodies for recognition of its independence in messages sent March 7, the day after Russia announced that it was lifting its trade restrictions on the territory.

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Faraway Afghanistan Brings Home Up-Close NATO Tensions

A growing sense of crisis about NATO’s mission in Afghanistan crystallized in Washington early this year with the release of near-simultaneous reports on the outlook there – all sounding similar warnings to the effect that the campaign to restore government authority against insurgent Taliban forces and pacify the country has been neglected, under-resourced and damaged by conflicting views about the mission’s purpose.

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Europe Needs to Diversify Natural Gas Supplies

From the Guardian (UK) (Feb 23, 2008):

The Bush administration yesterday urged the EU to stop dithering over the building of a $6bn (£3bn) gas pipeline from the Caspian basin to central Europe and reduce its growing dependence on Russia’s Gazprom.

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Kosovo: A Real Geopolitical Precedent

At the time of the NATO intervention in Kosovo in 1999, the premise of Western governments was that confronting ethnic cleansing was more important than respecting the international borders.

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In Afghanistan, NATO Caveats Can Be Made to Work Better for the Alleigance

A growing sense of crisis about NATO’s mission in Afghanistan crystallized in Washington early this year with the release of near-simultaneous reports on the outlook there – all sounding similar warnings to the effect that the campaign to restore government authority against insurgent Taliban forces and pacify the country has been neglected, under-resourced and damaged by conflicting views about the mission’s purpose.

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U.S. and EU Join Forces in Cutting Car Emissions

Despite continuing basic differences about how to combat climate change, Europe and the United States are now taking the same road on one important initiative: imposing cuts on CO2 emissions from passenger cars.

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