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New U.S. Ambassador to EU Anthony Gardner Lays out Priorities (6/26)

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By Lauren Gieseke, Editorial Assistant

U.S.  Ambassador to the European Union, Anthony Luzzatto Gardner gave a major speech (full text) last week in Brussels, outlining his four top priorities in furthering relations between the United States and the European Union.  The first two require immediate focus, he said, while the latter two have a longer term perspective.

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Google Prepares to Comply with ECJ’s “Right to be Forgotten” (6/25)

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By Kelsey Fraser and Lauren Gieseke, Editorial Assistants

Within 24 hours of the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the so-called “right to be forgotten,” Google received over 12,000 individual requests for the exclusion of links to personal data from search results. EU citizens can now request the removal of such information via an online form (found here).

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Luhansk Appeals for “Recognition” (6/20)

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By Lauren Gieseke, Editorial Assistant

The self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) has taken a bold and defiant move in its drive for independence from Ukraine by issuing letters to 15 states and entities seeking acknowledgment of LPR “as a sovereign independent state.” This follows a similar request sent to the UN in mid-May which was summarily denied.
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Unusual Voting Rules for Scottish Independence Referendum (6/12)

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By Kelsey Fraser, Editorial Assistant

The upcoming referendum on Scottish independence comes with some unusual rules on voter eligibility.

Under the Referendum Franchise Bill which governs voter eligibility in September’s vote, the voting age for the referendum, and only for the referendum, has been lowered from 18 to 16. [1] The pro-“yes for independence” leaders support the younger age eligibility and say that young people, younger than the usual voting age, have the most at stake in determining the future of Scotland.

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Schedule of Events After the Election of a New European Parliament (6/11)

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By Véran Bérard-Quélin, Editorial Assistant

Last month’s European Parliamentary elections (May 22nd-25th) have triggered changes at the top of the European Union’s governing institutions, including the Presidency of the European Commission, the Presidency of the European Council, as well as the Presidency of the European Parliament.
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‘Super Mario’s’ New ‘Big Bazooka’: ‘Negative’ Rates and Credit Easing (6/5)

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By James D. Spellman, Principal, Strategic Communications, LLC

Telegraphing for months the likelihood of an unprecedented “pre-emptive” strike against deflation, the European Central Bank president today (June 5) finally announced one unorthodox step: widely anticipated “negative” interest rates to weaken the Euro. He also introduced targeted measures to boost cheap credit for small and medium-sized businesses, the EU’s locomotives for growth, pledging interest rates will remain low "possibly for longer than previously seen."

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