BEIJING, May 20: Cases of European firms forced to transfer technology in China are increasing despite Beijing saying the problem does not exist, a European business lobby said, adding that its outlook on the country’s regulatory environment is “bleak”.

Democratic lessons from the EU

May 19, 2019 00:25 am

WARSAW – Criticizing European Union institutions, and demanding that they be reformed, is a popular pastime. But as the EU’s unified front in the never-ending Brexit negotiations has made clear, European institutions are remarkably effective in managing political diversity. Perverse as it may sound to some, nation-states can learn from Europe in addressing their own democratic deficits.

LONDON, May 18: The British government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill needs to include another public vote when it is presented to MPs again next month, the Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Saturday.

BRUSSELS, Mayq 13: The European Union fully supports the international nuclear accord with Iran and wants rival powers to avoid any further escalation over the issue, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.

LONDON, May 12: Prime Minister Theresa May does not need to spell out a timetable for her departure, prisons minister Robert Buckland said on Sunday, adding the leader had already announced she would leave office after the first phase of Brexit.

Agenda for Europe

May 6, 2019 00:25 am

AMSTERDAM – The European Union has spent much of the past decade managing crises, and has even faced a possible threat to its continued existence. Popular attitudes toward the EU have soured, too. Whereas citizens were generally positive about the first two waves of European integration in the 1950s and 1980s, they have been increasingly critical of the EU since at least 2008-2009, if not earlier. The key question in Europe nowadays is this: are we better off with or without each other?

BRUSSELS, April 11: As if Brexit hadn’t spooked Britain and the European Union enough over the past three years, the two sides agreed early Thursday to extend the deadline to Halloween.

LONDON, April 8: British voters want a strong leader who is willing to break the rules and force through wide scale reform after three years of Brexit crisis pushed confidence in the political system to a 15-year low.

LONDON/BRUSSELS, April 5: British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote to Brussels on Friday asking for a delay of Brexit until up to June 30, while saying she aims to get Britain out of the EU earlier to avoid it participating in European elections.

Europe must unite on China

March 31, 2019 01:25 am

BRUSSELS – When seeking investment capital and seemingly lucrative commercial deals, EU member-state governments do not always consider shared European interests. This has especially been the case with respect to China. Yet member states that pursue a relationship with China unilaterally endanger both themselves and the rest of Europe.

On March 27, MPs were given the chance to vote on eight alternatives to May's negotiated deal with the EU and 'take back control' of the Brexit process. Underlining the deep divisions and current disarray in the House of Commons, they failed completely to grab any of the initiative which had been dangled in front of them by Speaker John Bercow in allowing the votes to take place.

BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO, March 29: Facebook Inc toughened its rules on political advertising in Europe on Friday under pressure from EU regulators to do more to guard against foreign meddling in the bloc’s upcoming legislative election.

LONDON, March 10: With tensions escalating, Britain’s House of Commons leader said Saturday that European Union officials need to take seriously British proposals for ending the Brexit impasse before a crucial vote in Parliament.

Brexit’s lost world

February 25, 2019 00:30 am

When Britain leaves the EU, it will be forced to negotiate with the Chinese on its own, without the leverage of Germany, which has far stronger bilateral trade ties with China

BRUSSELS, Jan 31:  The European Parliament recognized Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state on Thursday, heightening international pressure on the OPEC member’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

LONDON, Jan 17: Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote in the British parliament on Wednesday and then appealed to MPs from across the political divide to come together to try to break the impasse on a Brexit divorce agreement.

LONDON, Jan 16: British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.

LONDON, Jan 13: British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned lawmakers that failure to back her plan to leave the European Union would be catastrophic for Britain, in a plea for support two days ahead of a vote in parliament that she is expected to lose.

Hard Brexit truths

January 7, 2019 00:30 am

An honest Brexiteer should admit that leaving the EU on their terms may well lead to the dissolution of the UK

BEIJING, Dec 24: China accused Britain and the European Union of hypocrisy on Monday for expressing concern about China’s detention of two Canadian citizens, saying they had double standards for not mentioning a senior Chinese executive arrested in Canada.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari has said the European Union-imposed ban on Nepali aircrafts in Europe sky will be lifted very soon.

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Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

LONDON, Nov 15: Two British Cabinet ministers, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, resigned Thursday in opposition to the divorce deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May with the EU — a major blow to her authority and her ability to get the deal through Parliament.

BRUSSELS, Nov 15: European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Wednesday the EU had prepared a list of potential retaliation targets in case the US President Donald Trump decides to impose auto tariffs on EU member states.

Drain the EU swamp

October 10, 2018 00:30 am

Instead of protecting populist governments that are looting EU funds, EU should ensure that all member-state governments are held to account

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Former Finance Minister Surendra Pandey has criticized the government for not regulating development partners who have siphoned off grants money, meant to be spent through the Government of Nepal, to NGOs, INGOs and UN agencies.

BRUSSELS, Sept 20: Facebook (FB.O) may face sanctions because it has yet to comply with EU consumer rules while Airbnb has made the necessary changes in response to regulatory demands, EU sources said on Wednesday.

SWITZERLAND, Sept 2: When the European Union’s council of ministers meets in November, Brexit might not be the only trade treaty on the agenda. An accord with Switzerland could find space too. But just like Brexit, the Swiss deal is shrouded in uncertainty.

LONDON, Aug 21: Britain on Tuesday will call for the European Union to increase sanctions against Russia, saying the bloc had to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with the United States, which hit Moscow with new economic curbs this month.

ANKARA, July 31: By floating the idea of Turkey joining BRICS, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to diversify Ankara's foreign policy, with its EU membership bid long stalled and relations with the US on the rocks, analysts told RT.

LONDON, July 26: The statement comes amid stalled Brexit talks, which provoked cabinet havoc in the UK and a disagreement between Brexiteers and Brussels on the Irish border issue some eight months before Britain's scheduled departure from the bloc.A

WASHINGTON, July 25: US President Donald Trump has proposed a mutual cancellation of "all tariffs, barriers and subsidies" in trade with the European Union in order to provide for a "fair trade." Trump will hold trade talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.

BEIJING, July 24: China’s Commerce Ministry launched an anti-dumping investigation on Monday into stainless steel imports from four countries. Domestic producers have complained that a flood of cheaper products has damaged the local industry.

BRUSSELS, July 18: The European Union’s antitrust chief has fined Google a record $5 billion for abusing the market dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system.

Marking European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, a delegation of the European Union to Nepal is gearing for the seventh edition of the EU Film Festival at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Hall, Bhrikutimandup. According to the press statement released by the delegation of the European Union to Nepal, the film festival has been scheduled to start from Friday, and continue till Monday.

The European Union’s proposed reform of copyright law has reached a critical stage as the one of its key legislative measures approaches its European Parliament vote of approval.

US trade with EU, Canada and Mexico

BRUSSELS, June 20: The European Union will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against US exports on Friday, a top official has said.

BERLIN, June 11: Europe will implement counter-measures against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw support for a G7 communique.

EU companies face secondary sanctions from the White House over trade deals with Iran. Secondary sanctions cut off foreign businesses from the U.S. financial system, making  them unattractive business partners.

KATHMANDU, May 10: Ambassador of European Union to Bangladesh Rensje Terrink has recalled 'Blockade' imposed by India after the Mega earthquake and constitution of Nepal issued on 2015.

KATHMANDU, March 28: Lawmakers in the National Assembly meeting on Tuesday demanded action against the European Union Election Observation Mission for making comments against the constitution of the country in breach of their brief .

What EU wants

March 28, 2018 01:00 am

Nepal is a home to more than 100 ethnic communities, multiple castes and languages. Why should EU always target Khas Arya?

KATHMANDU, March 7: Leaders of the ruling CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Center) parties have drawn the attention of  parliament to the   comments on a constitutional provision of the country made in the European Union's election observation report.

KATHMANDU, March 27: A total of US $ 70 million has been disbursed by the European Union (EU) for various ongoing projects but there are hardly any infrastructure projects that can help in capital formation.

KATHMANDU, March 27: The ruling CPN-UML and main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) have expressed their objections to the European Union Election Observation Report on the elections for the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies.

KATHMANDU, Mar 23: In a clear indication of souring relations between the government and the European Union (EU) mission in Nepal, government officials including those from the Election Commission (EC) have boycotted a stakeholders' consultation meeting organized by the EU Poll Observation Mission in Kathmandu, Friday.

KATHMANDU, Mar 23: EU EOM released a statement saying that the “assessment and recommendations in the EU EOM’s final report are based on international and regional commitments for democratic elections to which Nepal is a signatory.”

KATHMANDU, Mar 23: In a clear manifestation of souring relations between the government and the European Union (EU) in Nepal, government officials including those from the Election Commission (EC) have boycotted a stakeholders meeting organized by the EU Poll Observation mission in Kathmandu on Friday.

KATHMANDU, March 23: While criticizing the statements made by top leaders of major political parties, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) has argued that the report of the EU Election Observation Mission correctly reflects the reality of Nepal.