The EC has set out a package of recommendations for budgetary measures and economic reforms to enhance financial stability, boost growth and create employment. It has three distinct but interlinked components:
Results of the presidential elections in Egypt held form 23 to 24 May. Ahmed Shafiq and Mohamed Mursi are the candidates that will face off in the second round scheduled from 16 to 17 June.
DI - 29/5/2012
According to this year’s edition of the State of the World’s Human Rights, 2011 was a watershed year for activism. The report documents human rights issues of concern to Amnesty International during 2011, in 155 countries and territories around the world.
DI - 28/5/2012
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released this safeguards report on Iran’s nuclear programme on 25 May 2012. Iran continues to expand its programme and the IAEA has also found traces of uranium enriched to 27%.
DI - 28/5/2012
The UN Security Council strongly condemns the use of force against civilian population and the killings in El-Houleh (Syria) on 25 May 2012.
DI - 21/5/2012
The official documents of the Camp David G8 Summit of the Heads of State and government held in the U.S. from 18 to 19 May include the Camp David Declaration and statements on energy and climate change, food security, and the transitions in the Middle East and North Africa.
DI - 17/5/2012
The Constitutional Council has issued the official text of the final and definitive results of the election of the members of the Algerian National People’s Congress. The National Liberation Front (FLN) obtained 221 of the 462 seats. (In French)
DI - 16/5/2012
Remarks by Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip H. Gordon at the conference ‘NATO: A Modern, Flexible and Global Security Alliance’, held on 7 May 2012 at the Casa de America in Madrid (Spain) and organised by Embassy of the United States in Spain and the Elcano Royal Institute.
DI - 14/5/2012
This Commission staff working document released by the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission highlights that the European Union economy is currently in a mild recession but a gradual recovery is in sight. ‘GDP is projected to stagnate in the EU and contract by 0.3% in the euro area this year, and to grow by 1.3% in the EU and by 1.0% in the euro area in 2013’. More information on the Spring 2012 forecast.
DI - 11/5/2012
Text of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (also known as House Bill 3523 or H.R 3523) passed in the US House of Representatives in 26 April and referred in Senate. The bill would allow for the sharing of internet traffic information between the U.S. government and certain technology and manufacturing companies.
DI - 10/5/2012
The recent document of the ECLAC analyses the Chinese and Latin American economies as current global growth poles. It argues that ‘China and the Latin American and Caribbean region now enjoy a sufficiently mature relationship and are poised to make a qualitative leap towards a mutually beneficial strategic alliance’.
DI - 9/5/2012
Signed on 1 May, the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) is a legally binding executive agreement that provides a framework for the relationship between the U. S. and Afghanistan beyond 2014, covering security, economics and governance issues.
DI - 7/5/2012
Statement by the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on the outcome of the French presidential elections.
DI - 4/5/2012
Introductory statement to the press conference by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, regarding the Governing Council decision to keep the key ECB interest rates unchanged.
DI - 4/5/2012
At its 3163rd meeting on 2 May, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council examined proposals to amend the EU’s rules on capital requirements for banks and investment firms package (“CRD 4”), with a view to starting negotiations with the European Parliament aimed at adoption of the texts at first reading.