EU elections under way - EUbusiness Week newsletter 661
EUbusiness Week 661 top stories: Dutch buck populist trend as Euro polls begin; EU tackles massive food wasting 'best before' labelling; Sweden to sue EU for delay on hormone disrupting chemicals; EU challenges Russia at WTO over van duties; EU bans import of Israeli settler poultry produce; Pulp friction: Indian mango ban prompts protest in Britain
Voting in the Euro-elections is at last under way, with polls predicting
a swing towards populist right-wing parties. Nearly 400 million
Europeans voters are electing 751 Euro-MPs, whose job will be to examine
and vote on directives, regulations and international agreements
covering issues such as unemployment, debt, foreign policy, trade and
The challenges faced by the EU will no doubt prove a challenge to many of the new MEPs. Voters should consider which candidates are most qualified and capable of doing this work on their behalf. Don't forget to vote.
1. Dutch buck populist trend as Euro polls begin
Dutch anti-EU populist Geert Wilders appeared to suffer a setback as the
European Parliament elections took place in the Netherlands and Britain
on Thursday, despite predictions of continental gains for the
2. EU tackles massive food wasting 'best before' labelling
Several EU countries have pressed to change 'best before' food
labelling, blamed for millions of tons of food being thrown away when
getting a square meal is a daily struggle for many.
3. Sweden to sue EU for delay on hormone disrupting chemicals
Sweden on Thursday said it would sue the Commission over a delay in
identifying harmful chemicals in everyday products, which it blamed on
chemical industry lobbying.
4. EU challenges Russia at WTO over van duties
The European Union has launched a fresh challenge to Russia at the World
Trade Organization, seeking to strike down Moscow's import duties on
vans from Germany and Italy.
5. EU bans import of Israeli settler poultry produce
The EU has banned the import of poultry and eggs from Jewish settlements
in the occupied West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem, Israeli
news website Walla reports.
6. Pulp friction: Indian mango ban prompts protest in Britain
A ban on European imports of India's Alphonso mango -- prized for its
perfumed aroma and buttery flesh -- is drawing anger from British
Indians, who say the move is unfair and deprives them of one of summer's
Benefit tourism: EU citizens travelling to another Member State do not
automatically have a right to social welfare benefits there, a lawyer at
the EU's top court said Tuesday.
Orban slams rights court's rebuke of life-in-prison law
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Merkel: largely untouched by the eurosceptic wave sweeping the
continent, Germany's Angela Merkel looks set to emerge the biggest
winner of Sunday's European elections.
Bulgaria torn between EU and Moscow as Ukraine crisis lingers
Ukraine PM rejects Russia's demand to pre-pay for gas
Muted US opposition to Atlantic trade treaty
Overseas aid: Member States are only slowly increasing overseas aid and
need to nearly double their efforts if they are to hit their 2015
target, a report said on Monday.
EU needs energy union to safeguard industry
EU aims to complete Google antitrust deal this year
EU, Georgia see no Russian move against association accord
Blog: a Dutch blog hopes to scoop the results of Thursday's
Euro-Parliament elections by using a loophole to get around Brussels'
demand that results be kept secret until Sunday.
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