Emmanuel Feys leaves the tractor running as he comes in from his potato field for a quick chat. He singlehandedly runs his family’s 160-hectare farm just east of Brussels. He doesn't have much time for small talk, but he does have his opinions about Europe's farm subsidies. "European family farms will disappear with the cutting of subsidies," Feys told Deutsche Welle. "You will have the big farms who are able to go against the world market, but farmers such as I won't be able to make it. That's for sure." Yet Feys also stands to gain from proposed changes to the bloc's subsidies regime. Right now his potato field is surrounded by a wide swathe of grass and weeds, which form a ring around the plot, and this appears to be just the kind of farm that EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos would like to promote. Greening the CAP Farm subsidies are supposed to help promote a European rural idyll Of all the measures contained in last week's proposed EU budget for … [Read more...] about EU fails to please with greener farm subsidies
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Following the passage of the groundbreaking Resolution 1325 on Oct. 31, 2000, the United Nations women's fund UNIFEM appointed two women – Elisabeth Rehn, the former Finnish Minister of Defence, and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is now president of Liberia – to conduct an independent, expert assessment on "women, war and peace." Their findings confirmed the central idea at the heart of the resolution: "Without women's representation – without half the population – no country can truly claim to be engaged in democratic development and participatory governance." Resolution 1325 was the first to address war's consequences for women, as well as the female role in preventing conflict and securing and building peace. The Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution a decade ago, marking a turning point in the history of international rights for women. The document called on all UN Member States to develop national action plans to help incorporate women into … [Read more...] about UN resolutions support women, but fail to change winds of war
The announcement at the end of April that Canberra had chosen to spend A$50 billion ($38 billion) on submarines made by French contractor DCNS clearly caught the Japanese government by surprise, understandable given that ministers and the media had expressed absolute certainty that the Japanese bid, based on its Soryu class of vessels, held an "insurmountable lead" over the rival proposals. The depth of that disappointment was voiced by Gen Nakatani, the Japanese defense minister, who told reporters in Tokyo, "I want to seek an explanation of why [the Japanese bid] was not chosen and have the findings reflected [in future export proposals]." Much of the blame for the Japanese bid's failure has been directed toward the apparent change of heart in Canberra, where Malcolm Turnbull went back on the supposed "gentlemen's agreement" that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe believed he had with Tony Abbott - who stepped down as Australian leader in September 2015 - to purchase the … [Read more...] about Can Japan’s defense firms bounce back from failed Australia sub bid?
After anything but promising conditions ahead of the meeting, and low expectations regarding its outcome, the G20 summit in St. Petersburg failed to bring about a solution to what's currently the world's most pressing political conflict: the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The G20 did bring together all important players on the big international stage - but their positions ended up seeming further apart than ever. The main divide in the Group of 20 was over the question: political solution or military action in Syria? German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Friday (06.09.2013) in St. Petersburg that it was important the international community participated in exchange on the topic. There was broad consensus, she said, that a political process needed to somehow be triggered. "And I hope that countries like Russia and China will also contribute their share in trying to make a Geneva II conference happen," the Chancellor said, referring to the Mideast peace process. "But at the … [Read more...] about G20 summit fails to produce Syria solution
Boom! Zam! Ka-Pow! Once again, Hollywood literally had a blast. The speech bubbles from the "Fantastic Four" comics were scripted into dialogue, the cartoon characters were turned into moving images. The 2015 "Fantastic Four," released on August 7 in the US and five days later in Germany, is Twentieth Century Fox's latest production. Following a succession of recent box office megahits including "X-Men," "Hulk", "Spider-Man," "Captain America" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," producers decided to tackle the story of the four young heroes with superpowers, once again.A German first secured the rights It is the fourth film adaptation of the comic book series which first appeared in 1961 in the United States. A German, Bernd Eichinger, then renowned for producing "The Neverending Story," secured the cinematic rights to the comic series in the mid 80s. Yet the project stalled, and his rights were about to expire in the 90s. In 1993, he produced a low-budget version of "The Fantastic Four," … [Read more...] about ‘Fantastic Four’ fails to deliver the Marvel supergoods