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Commission rejects citizens' campaign to ban stem cell funding

29.05.14 @ 09:16

The European Commission has dismissed a campaign to scrap funding for stem cell research and reproductive health services. The demand was made by the 'One of Us' campaign, the second citizens' initiative to reach the 1 ...

Controversy over citizens' initiative on abortion funding ban

11.04.14 @ 09:27

A second citizens' initiative demanding a change in EU law courted controversy on Thursday (10 April) over its proposals to ban funding for abortion and reproductive health services in developing countries. The 'One of ...

EU firms' tax dodging costs poor countries billions

16.12.13 @ 09:29

Tax dodging by EU-based multinationals is costing developing countries billions in lost revenue. A report out on Monday (16 December) by the Brussels-based development NGO Eurodad, says developing countries lose out ...

OpinionThe danger of using EU aid to subsidise private finance

07.11.13 @ 09:07

The EU is gearing up to increase the involvement of the private sector in development aid - both as beneficiaries as well as financiers. This would happen through "blending" mechanisms, which link official development ...

EU multinationals scamming Africa out of billions, Tanzanian MP says

31.10.13 @ 09:23

Tax avoidance loopholes for EU-based multinationals introduced by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are said to be costing African countries double the amount they receive in foreign aid. “It is ...

Leaders agree €1.8bn deal for Somalia

17.09.13 @ 09:29

International leaders pledged €1.8 billion to Somalia on Monday as part of a three year plan to rebuild the war-torn country at a special conference in Brussels. The aid is part of a "New Deal Compact' agreed with 50 ...

OpinionEU 'security and aid' mantra: Hollow words?

28.08.13 @ 09:11

Numerous EU documents have said security must be coupled with development as a guiding principle for the Union's external action. The 2003 European Security Strategy and the 2012 Agenda for Change - the EU's security ...

Charities blame 'lack of political will' for EU aid cuts

04.04.13 @ 09:29

The EU's economic crisis took the blame after figures published Wednesday (3 April) revealed that aid to the world's poorest countries fell for the second year in a row. The statistics released by the Organisation for ...

EU: financial tax should be used for development aid and climate

27.02.13 @ 18:46

The European Commission said revenue from a proposed financial transaction tax (FTT) should be set aside to fight poverty and climate change, as an investment against global instability. “I would very much want member ...

InterviewMali miracle: EU states in agreement

04.02.13 @ 12:27

When the UN appointed Romano Prodi as its special envoy to Sahel in October last year, the hot, dusty Republic of Mali in south-west Sahara was rarely in the news. But a severe crisis was already brewing, with thousands ...

InterviewWorld Bank highlights growth outside the EU crisis

24.01.13 @ 09:19

For those suffering from eurozone crisis syndrome, it is easy to forget that an economic world exists beyond the EU's borders. For all the talk of recession and depression it would be a mistake to think that economies ...

Algeria hostages killed, as EU talks of 'evil' in Mali

17.01.13 @ 20:00

Reports say several hostages were killed when the Algerian army stormed a remote gas plant in the south east of the country on Thursday (17 January). The operation came after militants seized the facility - which housed ...

Poverty on the rise in EU

04.12.12 @ 09:21

Europe’s economic crisis is pushing more people to the brink of poverty and social exclusion. According to figures released on Monday (3 December) by the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, over 24 percent of the EU ...

Third world aid could be EU budget victim

29.11.12 @ 08:23

Development aid could be the major casualty from EU budget talks, with the European Commission and Parliament fearing that planned spending cuts of 13 percent would leave the EU unable to fulfil promises on aid and the ...

OpinionTrade deals with a social conscience

02.10.12 @ 12:47

When the EU adopted a revolutionary approach to negotiating trade agreements in 2003, the event passed largely unnoticed. The Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan set out to create legally ...

AgendaBarroso in Palestine next WEEK

06.07.12 @ 20:16

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso goes on his first official visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories next week, in a three-day-long peregrination from Sunday (8 July) to Tuesday. His ...

OpinionMercury treaty: High time for action on health

05.07.12 @ 17:38

Mercury is an ancient metal rich in history, cloaked with mystery and power. It is liquid metal at room temperature, with an almost mystical silver hue, and was known to the ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Hindus. ...

OpinionProsperity for many or misery for all?

18.06.12 @ 12:00

This week, world leaders will gather in Brazil for the Rio +20 Summit to decide what kind of future we want. Twenty years after the original earth summit, the theme is the green economy in the context of sustainable ...

OpinionEU fisheries: little learned 20 years later

11.06.12 @ 09:25

EU ministers will gather in Brussels on Tuesday (12 June) for a crucial vote on the general approach for the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The developments of these last few weeks indicate that the ...

VideoWorld Bank: babies worst hit by high food prices

24.05.12 @ 09:44

Higher global food prices are hindering attempts to reach UN targets for proper nutrition and lower infant and mother mortality rates. Jos Verbeek - the author of a World Bank study on the problem - tells EUobserver how ...

Turkey and China host biggest EU outposts

26.04.12 @ 16:25

Staff numbers at embassies highlight EU interest in Turkey, China, the Western Balkans and in multilateral bodies, as well as member states' ongoing reliance on bilateral diplomacy. The EU's top 10 delegations in terms ...

EU says clean energy is key to ending poverty

12.04.12 @ 18:16

Renewable energy in both developing and industrialised nations is essential to combating global poverty, the European Commission told reporters in Brussels on Thursday (12 April). "Investing in access to clean energy in ...

OpinionLessons learned for the EBRD

10.04.12 @ 10:29

In recent weeks, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been in the news as rarely before, with a few important questions being raised about its accountability. For the first time in its 20-year ...

Europe entering age of 'aid austerity'

04.04.12 @ 15:33

The effects of the financial crisis in the EU has resulted in many of the Union's richest member states sharply cutting back aid to developing countries. Figures released Wednesday (4 April) by the OECD, a Paris-based ...

Court revokes EU sanctions on son of Burmese tycoon

14.03.12 @ 09:24

The EU travel and financial ban against the son of a prominent Burmese businessman with close ties to the military junta should be lifted, according to a ruling by the EU's top court on Tuesday (13 March). The European ...

FocusHealthcare without borders

12.03.12 @ 08:29

The town hospital of Guriceel, in the Galguduud region in central Somalia, is understaffed. The doctors who once worked there have all but fled the fighting that has afflicted the country for decades. Those who remain ...

Ireland down, Poland up in EU wealth count

14.12.11 @ 09:49

Fresh statitsics have highlighted the wealth gap in the EU, with Luxembourg and Bulgaria at either extreme of the divide and Ireland and the Baltic states sliding down the scale. GDP per capita varied by a factor of ...

MEPs worried about EU development spending

30.11.11 @ 08:52

MEPs want the EU to keep a closer eye on the money it spends on joint EU/UN development projects after major shortcomings were identified in control and efficiency. In comments to be attached to the draft discharge of ...

InvestigationEU steps back, as tensions build ahead of Congo elections

25.11.11 @ 15:11

On seizing power from Zaire's long-standing dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997, Laurent-Desire Kabila changed the country's name to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was not until 2006, however, after a ...

InvestigationCongo's conflict minerals divide EU opinion

18.11.11 @ 18:09

Branching off the main Goma-Bukavu road on the shores of Lake Kivu, an earthy track climbs high into the mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley, switchbacking incessantly through the lush green landscape before ...

InvestigationBlack gold in Virunga, curse or saviour?

04.11.11 @ 15:56

A sign in Kinshasa's international airport reads 'Tourism: the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)." It is ironic given the current state of play. For instead of a warm welcome, visitors arriving at the N' ...

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