The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled on Thursday that the authorization of genetically modified soy produced by former agrochemical corporation Monsanto was legal. An appeal is not possible. The ruling follows appeals made by three German non-governmental organizations to a decision made by the EU Commission in 2012. The Commission said the genetically modified soybean has the same effect on human and animal health as non-genetically modified soy products. This allowed Monsanto to continue selling products containing genetically modified soybeans. The beans were modified to make them more resistant to insects and pests and also more resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. 'Toxicological risks' The NGOs challenged the Commission's decision saying that not enough research had been carried out into potentially unknown side-effects of the GMO soybeans. The NGOs, TestBioTech, European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility and … [Read more...] about German groups lose GMO soybean battle to Monsanto at top European court
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Now that Boris Johnson has nailed his colours to the mast in favour of severing Britain’s ties with the European Union, a guessing game that has gone on for months over whether he would back Brexit has come to an end. The intervention by Johnson, arguably Britain’s most recognisable Tory politician, is a boost for whichever out campaign (he didn’t seem too sure at his Sunday afternoon press conference outside his house) he decides to join. But after years in which Johnson has at least equivocated over, and often appeared in favour of, European integration, voters could be forgiven for wondering what the London mayor really thinks. Here are five points from Johnson’s article announcing his Brexit pitch that warrant a closer look: David Cameron has failed to reach a good deal David Cameron has done his very best, and he has achieved more than many expected. [...] There is an excellent forthcoming bill that will assert the sovereignty of parliament, the fruit … [Read more...] about What does Boris Johnson really think of European integration?
Video PlayerClose ATHENS, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Greece counts on European solidarity to address the migration and refugee issue, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told visiting EU Commissioners on Thursday in Athens. European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson visited Greece before travelling to Ankara on Friday for talks on the migration and asylum issue. During their meeting, Mitsotakis underlined the need for a reasonable burden sharing among EU countries, according to an e-mailed press announcement issued by his office. "This is an issue with a clear European dimension. It's not a Greek-Turkish issue. It's an issue that affects the European Union as a whole," he said. On his part, Schinas referred to European solidarity and the new asylum pact being prepared by the EU. "Our idea is to discuss three issues; the pact, the solidarity element, then the situation as we face it now. And of course, EU-Turkey agreements that are … [Read more...] about Greek PM calls for European solidarity on migration issue
After warning investors that it would be taking a $1.7 billion (€1.5 billion) charge this quarter due to a fine from the European Commission over anticompetitive advertising practices, today Google parent Alphabet reported its quarterly earnings for Q1. Overall it’s a tough quarter for the company that speaks to struggles with its growth. Alphabet reported revenues of $36.3 billion, with diluted earnings per share of $9.50. Analysts were expecting Alphabet to report GAAP earnings of $10.17 per share, with adjusted EPS expected to be $13.10, on overall revenues of $37.34, according to estimates from Yahoo Finance. The company’s stock is down by 7.35 percent in after-hours trading at the moment. Google’s canned statement in the earnings release struck a positive tone: “We delivered robust growth led by mobile search, YouTube, and Cloud with Alphabet revenues of $36.3 billion, up 17% versus last year, or 19% on a constant currency basis,” said Ruth … [Read more...] about Alphabet misses on Q1 revenues of $36.3B; EPS of $9.50 weighed down by the $1.7B European fine
Two Nobel laureates and other top scientists are accusing Boris Johnson of destroying Britain’s global reputation by behaving “like a clown” and pursuing a no-deal Brexit that would leave UK science “dead” for years. The government has assured anxious academics it still has a clear ambition to join the European commission’s new €100bn (£89bn) research funding programme, Horizon Europe, after Brexit. But Robert-Jan Smits, the commission’s former director-general of research, says the UK has “zero chance” of negotiating associate membership after a no-deal divorce. Top scientists on this side of the Channel warn that billions in funding are at stake, as well as invaluable European research collaborations that cannot be replicated overnight elsewhere. Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel prize-winning geneticist and director of the London-based Crick Institute, the biggest biomedical research facility in Europe, says: “Colleagues … [Read more...] about No-deal Brexit would leave science dead for years, say Nobel prizewinners
If you're reading this article with a cup of coffee, you should think twice before adding sugar to your brew. If it's from Cambodia, it may be tainted – not by chemical pesticides or fertiliser, but by human rights abuses. And if you're reading this in the European Union, here's something else you should know: EU trade policy is encouraging these abuses, and the European commission has yet to do anything about it. Cambodia falls under the Everything But Arms (EBA) tier of the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP), which means that it – like other least-developed countries – can export sugar and a host of other products to the EU duty free. It might seem like a pretty sweet deal in theory, but it has not been so great in practice for many Cambodians. In fact, it's been a disaster. The underlying issue is a fight over land. Cambodia is in the midst of a massive land-grabbing crisis that has seen nearly 2.2m hectares taken from mostly poor farmers and given to … [Read more...] about Think of Cambodia before you add sugar to your coffee