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Days after the UK wrapped up the “Stoptober” campaign to end tobacco consumption, France – still known in some quarters as “Europe’s chimney” – launched Mois Sans Tabac to encourage citizens to quit smoking and bring down national smoking rates from current levels. Tobacco use in the country is still unacceptably high, hovering around 30%… » read more

Posted by Meredith Smith

The US might be a world leader in innovation, but its regulators have been slow to adapt to rapid changes in the digital economy – leaving the EU to draft effective privacy rules in their stead. The Equifax data breach is only the most recent example of why American authorities need to catch up, and… » read more

Posted by Meredith Smith

The Nations In Between

Ex-USSR states are still getting caught between Brussels and the Kremlin. Twenty years on from the breaking up of the Soviet Union, political and economic pressures are forcing ex-bloc members to decide: return to their old superpower master Russia, or turn to the west and democratise for a future in the EU. It’s a process… » read more

Posted by Meredith Smith

Conservative politicians are bringing the UK into disrepute with an attitude towards the EU’s human rights law which could spell a “political disaster.” This was the opinion expressed by the EU’s most senior judge, Dean Spielmann, who has spoken out against Tory threats to leave the European convention. Certain senior Conservative MPs, including home secretary… » read more

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Britain is greedy for some industry, while Germany is afraid of losing its competitive advantage; Europe is on the verge of plunging blindly into hydraulic fracturing, the shining solution which could let us down completely. European Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, has recently told German press that the EU energy department will be looking into shale… » read more

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Business Secretary Vince Cable is right to keep Osborne in check on the sale of bailed-out RBS. Osborne’s apparent desire to sell off the company quickly is rash; the nation will benefit from our politicians employing more wisdom than that. Reports that Osborne was hoping to quickly sell off RBS fully warranted the reaction from… » read more

Posted by Meredith Smith