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The Lisbon Treaty has introduced a major institutional innovation in the field of external relations by creating a common diplomatic service, the “European External Action Service” (EEAS). During the past 20 months this service has progressively been set up. With some 3000 officials and a budget of around € 500 million per year it is… » read more

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During the most recent conference of the Group of Non-Aligned countries in Tehran the Iranian President Ayatollah Khamenei and the -first freely elected- Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have called for a radical renovation of the United Nations. This goes in particular for the Security Council which is no longer representative of the global population and… » read more

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The French government has decided to lower gasoline prices by six cents, about 4 per cent of present pump prices, to deliver on a campaign pledge by President Hollande to preserve the purchasing power of French households. Oil companies and the French Treasury will share the € 600 million revenue loss of what is meant… » read more

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After one year of intensive consultations with auto makers, unions, consumer and environmental groups and energy experts the US government has finalised its 2025 fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars and light trucks. By 2025 the average fuel consumption will be half of today’s values, 4.3 litre/100 km compared to more than 8 litre today.… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein