Incumbent Tokayev wins snap elections in Kazakhstan to become the country’s second president

Incumbent Tokayev wins snap elections in Kazakhstan to become the country’s second president

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev won the country’s presidential election last week – the first in the modern history of the oil-rich Central Asian country, in which the country’s First President Nursultan Nazarbayev was not participating as a candidate. The EU is Kazakhstan`s first trade partner representing over one third of its external trade. The European Union is also the largest foreign investor in Kazakhstan, representing over 50% of Foreign Direct Investment in the country. Election officials in Kazakhstan announced last Monday that Mr. Tokayev, 66, had taken 70.76 percent of the vote….

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From ‘liberalise and patronise’ to a genuine sustainable trade strategy for the EU

From ‘liberalise and patronise’ to a genuine sustainable trade strategy for the EU

The next European Commission must revamp its trade policy for the next five years to focus on sustainability, writes Jude Kirton-Darling. Jude Kirton-Darling is a Socialist and Democrat MEP and a member of the European Parliament’s International Trade committee. We still have four months to go before the new European Commission is appointed, but officials at DG Trade – the institutions’ arm responsible for conducting the EU’s international trade policy – would do well to reflect on the European election results. The European Parliament’s champions of free trade – a…

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Body found in Molenbeek, criminal inquiry launched

Body found in Molenbeek, criminal inquiry launched

Police have launched a criminal investigation after a body was discovered in the Brussels municipality of Molenbeek at the weekend, the public prosecutor’s office confirmed Monday. Several police patrols of the Brussels-West police zone were called to Molenbeek on Saturday to recover the body of an unidentified person, according to Belgian media. The body was found in Avenue Jean Dubrucq, between the municipality’s Parc Elisabeth and the Tour & Taxis site. A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said that a federal forensics team was called to examine the scene, and…

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Over 400,000 foreign drivers caught speeding in Belgium last year

Over 400,000 foreign drivers caught speeding in Belgium last year

More than 427,000 foreign drivers were caught speeding last yearin Belgium, which is a substantial increase over previous years, De Tijd reported on Saturday. In 2018, 3.74 million speeding tickets were issued in the country, of which 427,859 to foreign drivers, according to figures provided by Transport Minister François Bellot (MR) to liberal Federal Deputy Emmanuel Burton (MR). In 2017, only 264,887 foreign drivers were flashed. The increase is due in particular to the effective collaboration between various European states which allows to identify and send the fine to the…

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Global warming increases risk of armed conflict, says UA study

Global warming increases risk of armed conflict, says UA study

Global warming will have the effect of increasing the chance of armed conflict, according to a group of researchers including a team from the University of Antwerp. Global warming, the study admits, has less of an effect on the situation that, for example, socio-economic circumstances and the effectiveness of the state. Nevertheless, in some circumstances, global warming could double the risk of armed conflict within a state. Over the past 20 years, according to the study – which is published in the latest edition of the journal Nature – climate…

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France demands a million euros from tax evading mayor and spouse

France demands a million euros from tax evading mayor and spouse

France on Thursday slapped a fine of one million euros for tax evasion and money laundering on a married couple who are mayor and deputy mayor of Levallois-Perret, one of the richest suburbs of Paris. Patrick and Isabelle Balkany, together with their son and two other persons, had been on trial in Paris for concealing millions of euros from French tax authorities for several years. Between 2007 and 2013, the pair of elected officials are thought to have concealed up to €13 million in different offshore bank accounts, front companies…

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Watered-down Tobin tax could enter into force in 2021

Watered-down Tobin tax could enter into force in 2021

EU finance ministers will discuss on Friday (14 June) a new draft proposal for a financial transaction tax (FTT), which will significantly lower expected revenues once participating member states adopt it, according to details of the text seen by EURACTIV. The draft directive is based on a Franco-German proposal made last December and should be adopted no later than January 2021. This will be the first time that all 28 governments will discuss the so-called ‘Tobin tax’, after years of closed-door negotiations and a “messy process”, as one European official…

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EU fossil gas investments undermine bloc’s climate goals, campaigners say

EU fossil gas investments undermine bloc’s climate goals, campaigners say

The European Union’s investment arm risks torpedoing the bloc’s commitment to abide by the Paris climate goals by financing billions of euros worth of new natural gas infrastructure projects, new analysis said Thursday (13 June). The European Investment Bank, the world’s largest multilateral lender, provided €2.5 billion for fossil fuel projects in 2018, the bulk of which went towards gas pipelines. Even as scientists warn that reliance on fossil fuels must be slashed in order to drag greenhouse gas emissions down, the EIB spent €14.23 billion on fossil gas projects…

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Caster Semenya calls on IAAF to focus on doping after return victory

Caster Semenya calls on IAAF to focus on doping after return victory

The double Olympic 800m champion has appealed the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling which approved the IAAF’s plans for a new testosterone limit. It is for female athletes who want to compete internationally between 400m and a mile. Semenya can temporarily run after the ruling was suspended by the Swiss Federal Tribunal with the appeal pending. She is battling to defend her 800m title at the World Championships in Doha later this year and has been included in South Africa’s provisional squad. “I’m not an idiot. Why will I…

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Carbon emissions from energy industry rise at fastest rate since 2011

Carbon emissions from energy industry rise at fastest rate since 2011

Carbon emissions from the global energy industry last year rose at the fastest rate in almost a decade after extreme weather and surprise swings in global temperatures stoked extra demand for fossil fuels. BP’s annual global energy report, an influential review of the market, revealed for the first time that temperature fluctuations are increasing the world’s use of fossil fuels, in spite of efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The recorded temperature swings – days which are much hotter or colder than normal – helped drive the world’s biggest jump…

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