MEPs approved rules on Wednesday (7 October) to cut costs imposed on online payment services and to make them safer and more resistant to fraud. Legislators say the new measures will boost the growth of innovative online services in the payments sector.
Focusing development and traditional finance towards low carbon energy efficient infrastructure will fight climate action, help the world meet sustainability targets and boost global economic productivity, the world’s finance ministers have been told.
Thailand’s military junta came under cross-party attack at the European parliament on Thursday (8 October), with MEPs demanding a return to democratic rule, the release of political detainees, and an end to human rights and labour abuses.
In a TV appearance on Wednesday (7 October), Angela Merkel said that she would continue with her current refugee policy, despite being in conflict with the right-wing of her coalition government. EurActiv Germany reports.
NATO said today (8 October) it was prepared to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally after violations of Turkish airspace by Russian jets bombing Syria, and Britain scolded Moscow for escalating a civil war that has already killed 250,000 people.
A fragile majority in the Bulgarian parliament rejected yesterday (7 October) a motion for abandoning the EU sanctions against Russia in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, Dnevnik, the EurActiv partner in Bulgaria reported.
Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted their first coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents yesterday (7 October), while Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at Syria from the Caspian Sea.