An interview with Jennifer Hamerman, Director of the European Campaign for Animal RightsWe met with Jennifer Hamerman in Brussels to learn more about the European Campaign for Animals and their 2016 campaign to ban fur farms in Europe.
Speaking today at a meeting of the European Parliament's inter-group for the welfare and conservation of animals, Mark Glover of "Respect for Animals" presented a new report on "The case against fur factory farming", which shows why fur farming should be banned.
It is time for us to end fur farming in Europe. There are 7200 fur farms in Europe and the EU accounts for 66 percent of global mink production and 70 percent of fox production. Animals on fur farms live in cramped and dirty wire cages. They are killed using the cheapest and most cruel methods, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison. This practice is inhumane and has no place anywhere. Let us end it in our own backyard and send a signal to the rest of the world that fur farming is cruel.
While political leaders are notorious for being economical with the truth, it is rare that they are accused outright of lying by their bilateral partners. But this is the embarrassing political situation now facing Zoran Zaev the leader of the opposition in Macedonia. The scandal has not only damaged his own credibility but it threatens to put at risk the international reputation of Macedonia.
The International Foundation for Better Governance welcomes the international attention being paid to the plight of the independent Georgian television station, Rustavi 2. Concern has been mounting that the television station is under pressure from the Georgian government. Rustavi 2 has long been recognised as a beacon of free speech and pioneering broadcasting in Georgia, with dynamic journalists and innovative formats, such as the political talk show.
For years the independent television Station Rustavi 2 in Georgia has been the beacon for free speech in Georgia. But in alarming new developments it has come under unprecedented attack. The ruling coalition “Georgian Dream” which is manipulated and led from the shadows by the billionaire former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is trying to crush Rustavi 2 by a two-pronged stealth campaign. There are fears now that the Government may force a change of editorial policy, or even close down the station altogether.
Moscow – July 3, 2014
Are sanctions the right instrument for dealing with the current East-West Crisis? Sanctions have been imposed by the EU on Ukrainian and Russian officials for their part in violence against demonstrators in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. This seminar is organised by the International Foundation for Better Governance.
Open Letter to Polish and Ukrainian Diplomats
My name is Zoia Skoropadenko. I am a UNESCO recognised artist. I was born in Ukraine, have traveled all around world and lived for the last 15 years (almost half of my life) in the Principality of Monaco. The government of Monaco has granted me the status of a professional artist of Monaco. While being a long time resident of Principality of Monaco, I am still a proud Ukrainian citizen and passport holder.
By a special correspondent of The European Financial Review
This article first appeared in the European Financial Review April-May edition
Polish tax police operate in a way unknown in other EU member states.
Below, a Special Correspondent argues that the behavior of the tax police does serious damage to Poland by discouraging foreign investors or Polish citizens living elsewhere in Europe or North America who are not confident they will receive fair and proper treatment.
“Treasure your vote – it is a privilege!”Conference, Monday 3rd MarchIt is your civic duty to vote in the European Parliament elections! 15% of the Latvian population does not have the right to do so.BackgroundWith the upcoming European elections in May 2014, the Latvian Non-Citizens Congress (LNCC), with the support of the International Foundation for Better Governance, a Brussels based NGO, is launching a pan-European support campaign aimed to encourage European voters to exercise their fundamental right to vote. The LNCC is a Latvian NGO defending the interests of the 300 000 non-citizens denied an electoral voice in their country and in the European Union.
At the Third meeting of the Latvian Non-Citizens Congress, Jelena Bacinska was elected as Social Ombudsman. Martin Banks writing exclusively for European Business Review reported on the meeting.
James Wilson attended the 3rd Congress of the Latvian Non-Citizens and was interviewed by Baltica.ru on his impressions.