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The change splits England into three and lumps those parts together with chunks of other countries to create “transnational regions”.
It is claimed these zones - which have been allocated their own budgets - are intended to boost trade between EU nations.
But the Tories yesterday accused the Government of trying “to create a European superstate via the back door”.
Under the programme, known as INTER-REG, counties along England’s south coast form the “Manche Region” along with northern France.
The “Atlantic Region” takes in western England, along with Ireland, Wales and parts of Portugal, Spain, France and Scotland.
Meanwhile eastern England is part of the “North Sea Region”, which covers areas of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands.
The UK Government is fully behind the project, even though the words “England” and “Britain” are left off official maps of each area and the Manche Region renames the English Channel “The Channel Sea”.
Each region, which will be given taxpayers’ money to promote trade links, cultural ties, transport policies and tourism, is to be run by a “managing authority” of unelected officials overseen by a director.
None will be based in the UK, with Manche ruled by the French, Atlantic by the Portuguese and North Sea by the Danes.
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Egypt has been mediating between Israel and Hamas to broker a ceasefire deal. Hamas has reportedly accepted that the ceasefire takes place only in Gaza. ...
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DAMASCUS, Syria: Hamas would accept a Palestinian state on only part of the land it claims and would grant Israel a 10-year "hudna," or truce, as an implicit proof of recognition if Israel withdraws from those areas, the Palestinian militant group's leader said Monday.
Khaled Mashaal's comments were one of the clearest outlines Hamas has given for what it would do if Israel withdrew from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, which it seized in 1967. He suggested Hamas would accept Israel's existence alongside a Palestinian state on the rest of the lands Israel has held since 1948.
However, Mashaal told reporters in Damascus that Hamas would not formally recognize Israel.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
BRUSSELS, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The Hague-based Europol, a police coordination office, will formally become a European Union (EU) agency on Jan. 1, 2010, the European Commission said Friday.
"Europol will become a full EU body, with the tools to support law enforcement agencies in the member states even more effectively. As a result, European police forces will cooperate more closely," said European Commission Vice President Jacques Barrot.
The new statue of the agency will allow tighter cooperation between the police forces of the member states, EU Commissioner Jaques Barrot said,
The decision to confer EU agency status on Europol was made after 15 months of intense discussions among EU member states.
With this decision, Europol will be funded by the EU budget. The new status will allow EU to adapt Europol's legal framework more rapidly, avoiding the lengthy ratification process of protocols to the Europol Convention.
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World economy 'worsening' /
The G-7 participants shared the view that the current turmoil in the world economy, triggered by a subprime mortgage crisis in the United States, has been growing steadily worse, rather than coming to a halt.Is US Economy in Recession?
Speculations are that US is in recession now for this quarter and might meet the technical definition of recession soon. However most of the Americans have already started facing the heat of the recession and according a survey about 48% Americans believe that the US economy is already in recession.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union's top economy official said Friday that Europe deserved a greater say in the global economy as the euro continues gaining ground as the world's second major currency. The euro now makes up 26 percent of foreign exchange reserves and is the second most actively traded currency after the U.S. dollar on global foreign exchange markets.
Euro-dollar trades are the most popular foreign exchange deals, accounting for more than a quarter of global turnover.
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William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, said: "This shows how deeply undemocratic this whole process is.
"Crucial questions about the EU are being decided and Parliament, let alone the British people, is being kept in the dark.
Open Europe, the Eurosceptic think-tank, said that the launch of informal negotiations about the role of the new president highlighted "contempt for the public".
"EU politicians claim that the Lisbon Treaty will make the EU more transparent and accessible to voters, but this latest example of secretive horse-trading shows that if it ever does come into force it will be business as usual in Brussels," said Paul Stephenson, its spokesman.
Belgium's House is first of six legislatures to ratify European ..., Belgium (AP) - The Belgian House of Representatives has approved the new European Union treaty.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
World prospects have deteriorated sharply, with the US economy tipping into recession and a one-in-four chance of global recession, as the toll mounts from the “largest financial shock since the Great Depression”, the IMF said yesterday.
In a bleak assessment, the International Monetary Fund said the world was in the grip of a major financial crisis, fuelled by a US housing slump that continues full blast. It drastically cut its forecasts for the United States and other leading economies over this year and next in its latest World Economic Outlook.
G-7 finance chiefs will hold talks with private-sector bankers
They will meet in Washington on Friday to discuss a common response to the financial crisis. TOKYO: Group of 7 finance chiefs will hold discussions with a group of about 10 private-sector bankers at a meeting this week to help shape a response to the global credit crisis, a Japanese Finance Ministry official said Wednesday.
Can the Group of 7 fix the system itself? Dollar falls below 7 yuan
Reuters SHANGHAI: The yuan traded stronger than 7.00 against the U.S. dollar on Thursday for the first time in over a decade, underlining China's growing economic strength and its increasing use of the currency as a policy tool.
The milestone underlined China's growing economic strength and its increasing use of the currency as a policy tool.
Sir John said: "The security implications should also not be underestimated as food riots are already being reported across the globe.
As well as the riots in Egypt, rising food costs have been blamed for violent unrest in Haiti, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mauritania, Mozambique and Senegal. Protests have also occurred in Uzbekistan, Yemen, Bolivia and Indonesia.Read also:Brown urges action on food prices The British prime minister said the problem of hunger was growing for the first time in decade.
This week has seen warnings that soaring global food prices are not a temporary phenomenon, and that there are likely to be more food riots that could cause political instability.
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Europe and Israel should work together to close the gap in Europe's missile defence coverage, according to Members of the European Parliament (MEP) and an Israeli missile defence specialist.
"Missile defence is an area of security for Europe and for Israel that cannot be separated," Karl von Wogau, a German MEP and chairman of the European parliament's Sub-committee on Security and Defence, said at a meeting in Brussels on 1 April 2008.
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In January 2009, EU will have been ratified and its president chosen. A step closer to the merge of the two beasts, could this be?.
Published: April 4, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI has added two brief meetings to his trip to the United States — both with Jewish leaders.');
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David Ben-Ariel - Sorcerer-Pope to Bewitch Europe and Mislead the Masses Watch for the pagan sorcerer-pope to start performing many supernatural deeds, counterfeit miracles, to mislead the masses and get them eating out of his hand to support the Vatican's elect to "defend" Europe and "Western Christian Civilization" and murder any who oppose them.
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Published: April 3, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a Mass marking the third anniversary of the death of John Paul II, evoking the possibility of his predecessor’s sainthood by praising his “many human and supernatural qualities.” While the Vatican normally waits five years after a person’s death, two years ago Benedict placed John Paul on an accelerated schedule for beatification, the first step toward sainthood.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
His time as pope, both overall and in many specific moments, seems to be a sign and proof of the Resurrection of Christ.
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March 31 (Bloomberg) --
China voiced ``strong dissatisfaction'' with the European Union after the bloc's foreign ministers called on the government in Beijing to hold talks with the Dalai Lama after three weeks of unrest in Tibet.
``The Tibet issue is completely China's internal affairs,'' Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said yesterday,
EU foreign ministers call on Zimbabwe to swiftly release election ...
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EU troops raid home of Serbian, Karadzic
By Daniel Graeber Peacekeeping forces from the European Union raided the homes of family members of Radovan Karadzic, wanted for war crimes for his involvement in the 1995 massacre are Srebrenica. The whereabouts of Karadzic and Gen. ...
EU says it has 'very serious concerns' over alleged Sri Lanka ...
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NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called on Saturday for wide-ranging military cooperation between the transatlantic alliance and the European Union to make better use of costly defense resources. ...Afghanistan Security News - http://www.hsrgroup.org
Kosovo constitution approved by EU
March 31, 2008 - The report is finished and there are just a few technical tweaks to make, but today the Vatican announced that the report on the possible beatification and canonization of Pope John-Paul II is finished... The completion of this preliminary investigation brings John-Paul a step to being raised to the dignity of the altars in the Roman Catholic Church. At the time of the Pope’s death, there were popular sentiments that hoped for his immediate declaration of sainthood. Banners that proclaimed, “Sancto subito!” or “Sainthood Now!” dominated the crowds during his funeral liturgy. Pope John Paul II: Sancto Subito!
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The EU has abolished the last routine passport controls at borders within the 24 European states, simplifying plane travel within the Schengen zone. ...