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There is not even an electronic EU complaints box

Lacking in transparency, expert in putting up smokescreens, removed from the lives of real people. There has been virtually no other system in history that has profited so much from external perceptions like these as the European Union: the members of the European Parliament have always taken refuge behind a wall of opacity. Only on occasion do Europe’s MEPs rise up out of their comfortable positions of privilege to adopt a momentary position of outrage, like now, as the scandal of their earnings from lucrative second jobs hits the headlines again. more...

Guest editorial by Mario Ohoven, president of the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW)

“A resounding no” to investment protection for CETA and TTIP

The negotiation of a transatlantic free trade agreement between Canada and the EU (CETA) and between the USA and the EU (TTIP) is being complicated by the controversial question of investment protection. With a resounding no, small business president Mario Ohoven makes his position clear in this guest editorial. more...

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“The best thing to do is quit.”

The e-cigarette is an expression of a healthier lifestyle. Or, maybe not? What now? When even the tobacco industry can’t agree on a common position, then smokers really don’t know where to turn. Why should they keep on trying to smoke more healthily? more...

Open letter from economics expert Prof. Paraskewopoulos to German Chancellor Merkel

10 reasons to pull the plug on Greece

Dear Chancellor Merkel, there is something you should know when you receive the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, in Berlin on 23rd September 2014. He will try to impress you with the ostensible successes that he will claim his government has achieved in the last two years in order to persuade you to extend him billions of euros in additional loans. more...

Company of the Month

cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH

Healthy alternatives for animals

The overdose of antibiotics in food animal production is considered a problem with serious repercussions. The risk of developing resistance rises each time bacteria are exposed to antimicrobials. Resistance opens the door to treatment failure and leads to an increasing number of infections. cd Vet Naturprodukte GmbH situated in Fürstenau, Germany, decided to bank on a completely different approach. The company develops and produces natural pet products based on natural ingredients that help to prevent diseases.


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