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Brook Riley, Friends of the Earth Europe writes: The European Parliament seems set on categorizing energy efficiency as the unglamorous policy that nobody takes seriously. Tomorrow, the Parliament’s Energy Committee (ITRE) will vote on a report on the Energy Efficiency Action Plan – the communication from the European Commission which first proposed a 20% energy… » read more

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Sir, Two recent articles transported me to lecture hall a decade ago on a brisk Dublin morning. There my fellow MBA classmates and I received a sound dose of advice, delivered with an unmistakable wink of understanding, from a visiting British lecturer: “Banking is fundamentally a confidence game.” Recently one writer to the Financial Times… » read more

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European Commission estimates that nowadays at least 4,5 million illegal economic immigrants live in the EU member-states. Almost 500.000 persons are every year arrested throughout the European Union. They are usually illegal economic immigrants looking for a better life in a democratic territory. Many of them ask for political asylum, but the political asylum grants… » read more

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Vive the gender gap

So it’s that time of year again. The time of lists and league tables not the least amongst them being the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index Report weforum.org.The Global Gender Gap Index introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, provides a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking… » read more

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“Emerging Europe and Central Asia have returned to growth, but there are concerns about unemployment and the sustainability of the economic growth … The recovery was not at the same level in all the states. Croatia, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan and Romania have not yet returned to growth. “- I quoted the World Bank Vice President for… » read more

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Marco Saba: AUDIT the European Central Bank While the euro monetary rent – hundreds of billion euros each year – is being masked in the ECB balance sheet (in the liabilities side instead of the assets side), we ask for a long due independent AUDIT of the European Central Bank. Please, do sign the petition… » read more

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By Eugene Kontorovich In a surprising and dramatic development, a federal judge in Virginia threw the international campaign against Somali piracy into jeopardy this week by dismissed piracy charges against a Somalis accused of an attack on a U.S. warship. The holding turned on a statute dating back to 1819 that punishes “piracy against the… » read more

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There is a crucial third trend threatening the UK games sector (Financial Times, “Underground niche is now mainstream”, June 16th) — a chronic and feudalistic leadership crisis. Business leaders’ lack of vision, plus overwhelming caution bordering on timidity, contributed greatly to the present innovation vacuum. University chief wizards must also share the blame. Obsessed with… » read more

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By Jim Egan, Principle Partner at Ferrumar. How the ‘Masters of the Universe’ view our world (Photo source) What delicious irony to behold the Goldman Sachs cult’s desperate attempts to evade its well-deserved public and political back lashings. Tout au contraire, that Goldman’s “… reputational damage is hard to gauge …” (The Economist, “Sachs and… » read more

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