Europe

Senate president urges lawmakers to reflect deeply on global issues

Senate President Dr Augustin Iyamuremye on Tuesday told delegates at the ongoing 38th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Kigali that they must seize the opportunity, to reflect deeply on regional and global issues. The assembly is one of the joint institutions provided for...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:39pm

Europe’s critical election

MADRID – Discussions about Europe-wide elections are invariably infused with expectations of dramatic change that rarely, if ever, are met. But the upcoming European Parliament election in May 2019 may break the mold, as it could determine the outcome of an ongoing struggle between two...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:57pm

Europe’s refugee scandal

LONDON – It has long been known that the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is plagued by overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and rampant violence, including riots that have left many injured. But when aid workers reported in April that children as young as ten were attempting...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:34pm

Sauti Sol take Melanin tour to Europe

Kenyan popular band, Sauti Sol embarked on the #Melanin tour this year with a mission to reach as many of their fans as they could. With various stops in different countries, a wedding in Burundi, a missed show in Rwanda, name it, its finally time for Europe to catch the #MelaninTour. They made...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:49pm

Rwanda looks to expand its air transport services to Europe

Rwanda and Italy yesterday entered an agreement that will see the two countries open their skies to each other’s commercial airlines. This is part of the country’s plan to widen the national carrier’s presence in Europe. The Minister for Infrastructure, Amb. Claver Gatete, and...

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:11am

Europe’s google fines cross the line

PARIS – The European Union’s regulatory bodies seem to be particularly hostile to Google. In June 2017, the European Commission fined the company €2.42 billion ($2.75 billion) for breaching EU antitrust rules, after concluding that, “Google has abused its market dominance as...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:57am

Twilight of the Euro?

MUNICH – In May 1998, irrevocable conversion rates for the currencies that would be merged into the euro were implemented. In a sense, this makes the single currency just over 20 years old. The first decade of its life had the feeling of a party, particularly in Southern Europe; but the...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 12:48am

Rwandan neo-fascism enters European politics

It is late 1995 and former US president Jimmy Carter is meeting his Rwandan counterpart, then Pasteur Bizimungu. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is in attendance as well. Carter says to Bizimungu: ‘congratulations for stopping the genocide. But are you willing to involve some Hutu in your government...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 3:22pm

More than 1,500 people died trying to reach Europe in 2018 – UN

More than 1,500 people have died so far in 2018 trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean, the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said, adding that this is the fifth consecutive year that the grim benchmark has been reached. The vast majority of the 1,504 deaths were...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 12:33am

Time to untie the ECB’s hands

ZURICH – The European Central Bank’s recent announcement that it will try to end asset purchases by this December means that it has confidence in its ability to achieve price stability. But those who decided that price stability should be the ECB’s single, overriding policy goal...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:04pm

Italy’s turn against Europe

BOLOGNA – It has been less than two months since the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and the right-wing League party formed a new Italian government, so it is too early to tell how the coalition will translate its campaign rhetoric into concrete policies. In fact, the coalition’s...

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 12:54am

France: We won't allow Trump to destabilize Europe

Last April the French Government stated, that it was against engaging in negotiations on customs duties with Washington after the US announced that previously introduced aluminum and steel tariffs would be temporarily suspended for the EU countries. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 12:01pm

Africa has a historic opportunity to change its relationship with Europe

The absolute hero of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde and a leading historical Pan-African figure, Amílcar Cabral, was named by his father after the Carthaginian General Hamilcar Barca, the one that in 241 B.C. conquered Sicily before occupying most of Iberia. He was born in what is a today’s...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 11:32am

How to resolve Europe’s political crisis over migration

BRUSSELS – Since the European Union’s migration crisis peaked in 2015, the number of illegal migrants arriving in the EU has fallen by 95 per cent. Migration challenges remain, and reform of the EU’s methods for managing immigration is desperately needed, as the recent scandalous...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 12:37am

Europe’s Left turns right on immigration

BERLIN – Europe’s established left is facing the threat of extinction. In less than two years, the continent’s social-democratic parties have suffered historic losses in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. On a continent long defined by democratic competition between...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 12:36am

US hits EU, Mexico and Canada with steel, aluminium tariffs

The United States has said it was moving ahead with tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, ending a two-month exemption and potentially setting the stage for a trade war with some of the country's top allies. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 9:34am

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