Month: March 2014

NEW: Appointment of Secretary General designate

This afternoon, the North Atlantic Council decided to appoint Mr. Jens Stoltenberg as Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in succession to Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Mr. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as Secretary General as from 1 October 2014, when Mr. Fogh Rasmussen’s term expires after 5 years and 2 months at the helm of the Alliance.



As #EP2014 candidate @alexstubb, become #childrightschampion signing Child Right Manifesto. More info here

Child Rights Manifesto

Children make up half the population in developing countries.

Around 100 million children live in the European Union.

The lives of children the world over are affected daily by EU policies, legislation and actions.

All EU Member States are parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and have clear legal obligations to promote, protect and fulfill the rights of every child in their jurisdictions.

The Lisbon Treaty makes the promotion of children’s rights an explicit objective of EU internal and external affairs and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights requires that the best interests of the child is a primary consideration in all EU action.

It is time to translate these commitments into concrete results for children!


EU Socialists split over Russia sanctions via @New_Europe #Ukraine #EP2014 @EPP @PES_PSE

Article by Andy Carling (New Europe)

UK Left wants stronger sanctions, Bulgarian partners fewer

The European Socialists and Democrats Group appeared to be split, moments after the European Council announced the first sanctions against Russia after Crimea voted to re-join Russia in a controversial referendum.

The European Parliamentary Labour Party and veteran MEP, Richard Howitt has disagreed with the Bulgarian President of the Party of European Socialists over the effectiveness of sanctions and the basis of their approach to dealing with the Kremlin.

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#Ukip tells its MEPs: You’ll have to donate £50,000

Cash-strapped party foresees being left with debts after EU elections

Every Ukip MEP will have to donate at least £50,000 to the cash-strapped party under a charter being drawn up ahead of May’s European elections, the Observer can reveal.