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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby chetak » 28 Jan 2020 12:39

EU distances itself from its lawmakers’ anti-CAA move: Not our official position



EU distances itself from its lawmakers’ anti-CAA move: Not our official position

This distancing of the EU and France from the European Parliament, sources said, comes at a time when New Delhi has diplomatically “engaged” Brussels and European parliamentarians.



Shubhajit Roy
New Delhi
January 28, 2020


With five key political groupings in the European Parliament — these range from centre-right to far-left — moving resolutions slamming India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the European Union Monday said the opinions expressed by the European Parliament and its members “do not represent the official position of the European Union”.

French diplomatic sources underlined that France, a founding member of the European Union, considers the new citizenship law an “internal political matter of India” and that European Parliament is an institution “independent of member states” and the European Commission.

This distancing of the EU and France from the European Parliament, sources said, comes at a time when New Delhi has diplomatically “engaged” Brussels and European parliamentarians.



Sources said Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has shot off a “strong protest letter” to the chairperson of the European Parliament, objecting to a potential situation of European Parliament taking up resolutions against the CAA approved by the Indian Parliament.

In an email response to The Indian Express Monday, EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Virginie Battu-Henriksson said: “The European Parliament is currently planning to hold a debate on legislation adopted by the Government of India last December establishing a fast track procedure for irregular migrants belonging to certain religious groups originating from neighbouring countries. The Supreme Court of India is currently assessing the constitutionality of this law. As per its regular procedures, the European Parliament published the draft Resolutions. It is important to recall that these texts are only drafts tabled by various political groups in the European Parliament.”

“Let me also remind you that the opinions expressed by the European Parliament and its Members do not represent the official position of the European Union. The EU will host its 15th Summit with India on the 13th March 2020 in Brussels, with a view to strengthen its Strategic Partnership with India. India is a key partner for the EU to address global challenges and to jointly promote the rules based multilateral order,” she said.

The Indian Express has learnt that Indian Ambassador to Belgium, Gaitri Issar Kumar, who liaises with the EU and the European Parliament, and her team have reached out to European lawmakers.

Sources said Speaker Om Birla’s protest letter to the chairperson of European Parliament has cited the mutual understanding among member states of the Inter-Parliamentary Union that considers the legislatures of respective nation states as sovereign, and does not interfere in their business and processes.

In this context, Birla is said to have stressed that it will be inappropriate for the European Parliament to pass a judgment on a legislation approved by both Houses of Parliament after due deliberations. In fact, the Speaker has cautioned against the precedent that European Parliament may set by allowing resolutions moved against the CAA.

Sources said the Speaker has used his communication to underline the CAA provisions, and that the law does not seek to revoke the citizenship of any citizen to make them stateless. He is learnt to have said that it offers citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from certain neighbouring countries.

Reacting to the resolutions, official sources in Delhi said that the CAA is a matter “entirely internal” to India. “We hope the sponsors and supporters of the draft will engage with us to get a full and accurate assessment of the facts before they proceed further. As fellow democracies, the EU Parliament should not take actions that call into question the rights and authority of democratically elected legislatures in other regions of the world,” the sources said, maintaining that the CAA is an entirely internal matter of India.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby Philip » 28 Jan 2020 23:14

"Fools step in where angels fear to tread" .The Euro-buffoons of Brussels are dangerously attempting to shoot themselves in the groin by attempting to interfere in India's internal affairs. The best route for India ias not to attempt to debate the issue by sending our diplo-ducks of the MEA, but to boycott the crooked conspiracy of a,conference .Let us NOT give the Brussels buffoons the " oxygen of publicity",but treat its " deliberations" with the utter contempt that it deserves.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby UlanBatori » 29 Jan 2020 05:08

EU shows how to manage demonstrations: Polis vs. Firefighters.

RT dot com is having a field day putting up these videos of the Gentle Civilized Non-Brutal French.

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Postby UlanBatori » 29 Jan 2020 05:10

OTOH, Philip, did the EU Parliament actually pass any of those resolutions, or is all this noise about the equivalent of the Dan Burton gang of the 1980s-90s? You KNOW that there had to be a come-back after the GOI stunt of bringing a bunch of EU politicos on conducted tour of JKL. So I hope this turns out to be an equal-equal non-event as well.

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Postby Philip » 29 Jan 2020 10:50

Well put.I was totally against cherry-picking a bunch of mostly EU "minnows" to Kashmir for the all-paid-'for guided tour.Colossal waste of money and time. What's our business is our business.It betrays the MEA's lack of confidence and still afflicted by the disease of kowtowing to white massas.The Chinx don't debase themselves like our mandarins who are better preachers to lesser nations than standing upto to larger ones.

The answer to the Kashmir problrm lies is a sound military strategy to exterminate Paki terror anywhere in the valley,POK,wherever,plus building fortified aesthetic settlements for the return of the Pandits,exiling locals indulging in anti- national violence to camps in the Thar desert, ANC island,etc. Opening up the state to the rest of the nation for investment,etc. on a war gooting.

The EU must be ignored and if it continues to poke its nose where it isn't wanted,we must do likewise.There are enough war crimes committed by EU Nations in the ME ,anti- semitism,Islamophobia in return to put them on the mat!

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Postby rsingh » 29 Jan 2020 14:35

We have to take PFI to EU court. We have good case. PFI is trying to break a democratic country, thus creating Human Right situation. Indian parliament has sovereign right to make laws. WTF PFI has to do with Indian laws.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby IndraD » 29 Jan 2020 18:18

British Pak MEP Mohammad behind Anti CAA resolutions in EU parliament, voting tomorrow.

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Postby UlanBatori » 29 Jan 2020 18:25

How governments can afford to send their baboon flying first class: Reuters
Airbus To Be Fined Nearly $4 Billion In Corruption Case
(1/28, Kar-Gupta, Hepher) reports that per a “preliminary deal with French, British and U.S. authorities,” Airbus is facing a “record $4 billion fine” to settle accusations of corruption and bribery. The deal is “believed to be” the “largest ever in a bribery case” by “anti-corruption experts.” It still requires approval from the courts but would “allow Airbus to avoid criminal charges that risked banning the company from public contracts in the United States and European Union.” When announcing the agreement, Airbus “said it would take a provision of 3.6 billion euros ($3.96 billion) in its 2019 earnings if the deal won approval in court hearings in the United States, Britain and France on Jan 31.”

Bloomberg (1/28) reports that the deal lets CEO Guillaume "Baksheesh" Faury “clear away a major distraction for himself as well as investors.” Jefferies International Research Analyst Sand Morris said that the news means “perhaps Airbus can steal a march on [The Boeing Company] while [it] is preoccupied.” Following the news, Airbus “shares closed up 1%.” Commerzbank Analyst Norbert Kretlow said, “For the stock market, relief of uncertainty is important.”

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby IndraD » 30 Jan 2020 03:52

BIG diplomatic win for India. Pakistani lobbyists in European Union Parliament DEFEATED. No vote on resolutions against India https://twitter.com/AartiTikoo/status/1 ... 79456?s=20

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby UlanBatori » 30 Jan 2020 04:42

Ya All**! Yindoo shopkeeper bibi marches out with a kilo of red chili powder into the street. Bearded "protestors" trying to shut down shops, suddenly vamoose.
ANI @ANI 12h
#WATCH A shopkeeper in Yavatmal uses Red Chilli powder to stop the agitators protesting against CAA, NRC and NPR from shutting her shop today during Bharat Bandh called by multiple organisations. #Maharashtra


MAYBE the aam desi's patience with the oiseules is getting a bit tested?

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Postby UlanBatori » 31 Jan 2020 02:18

RT dot com does what they do best.

They got an exact double, almost. OK, maybe a bit thinner and brighter-eyed. Probably trying hard not to burst out giggling.

Russian prankster duo ‘Vovan and Lexus’ posed as Greta Thunberg and her father in call to ‘Joker’ actor Joaquin Phoenix, lobbying for a cameo in the sequel – and getting praise from Phoenix once he figured out the deception.
Following up their first successful prank acting as Greta Thunberg and her father Svante – targeting Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California) – Vovan and Lexus set their sights on Joaquin Phoenix, fresh from his Oscar nomination for his role in ‘Joker.’
Phoenix brought his fiancée Rooney Mara into the call, who was just as excited to talk to the young environmental activist as he was.
“Greta” introduced a campaign called “Stars Save the Earth,” in which she wanted to enlist celebrities to help spread awareness of climate change. Phoenix and Mara enthusiastically supported this move, offering to help in any way they could.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby Vips » 15 Jul 2020 04:05

India, EU sign civil nuclear cooperation agreement on eve of Summit.

India and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement on the eve of a virtual summit, while Europol and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are negotiating a working arrangement to combat organised crime and terrorism.

The agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community or Euratom and Indian authorities will focus on cooperation between EU’s research programmes on new ways of using nuclear energy and similar activities on the Indian side, EU officials said during a briefing for journalists.

“The agreement is on research and development cooperation for peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which was negotiated for 13 years and finally can be cemented by the summit,” said one of the EU officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The India-EU Summit, to be co-chaired on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, is expected to focus on strengthening multilateralism and global institutions in the face of the rise of an increasingly assertive China.

The leadership of both sides are expected to reiterate their strong commitment to combat terrorism in all forms during the summit, the EU officials said. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation or Europol and CBI are negotiating a working arrangement that will support law enforcement authorities of EU member states and India to prevent and combat organised crime and terror, they said.

Asked specifically about the India-China border standoff, the EU officials described the recent incidents on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as a matter of considerable concern.

“We are pleased to see that since these very deadly clashes took place on the LAC, both sides have committed to show restraint, to engage in military de-escalation and to engage in dialogue,” one of the officials said.

Reports showed there has been a withdrawal of troops by both sides in key areas, and diplomatic and military efforts are having a “de-escalatory effect and we trust that both sides will continue dialogue to find a peaceful solution to their differences”, the official added.

However, the EU officials said two sides are “quite far apart” on the issue of a Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), negotiations for which were suspended in 2017. They were also critical of what they described as “protectionist” measures adopted by India and the termination of bilateral investment treaties with 25 EU member states.

The trade relationship was far below the potential, with India accounting for less than 3% of EU’s total trade, they said. They added EU wants an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement that brings in strong rules, removes barriers to trade in goods and services and investments and opens up human markets.

“India maintains a quite protectionist stance when it comes to negotiations on tariffs and on opening up its services sector, it goes backward in many areas, [such as] reducing access to the Indian procurement market for European companies,” one of the EU officials said. “At the moment, we are quite far apart in agreeing on joint operations we want to see in such an exercise.”

EU is looking forward to the launch of a high-level trade dialogue between the EU trade commissioner and India’s comer minister to address these issues, they said.

Besides the trade dialogue and a cooperation roadmap for the period till 2025, other deliverables expected from the summit are a joint declaration on circular economy and resource efficiency, the renewal of a science and technology cooperation agreement, the launch of a new maritime security dialogue, and the development of security and defence consultations and military contacts, the officials said.

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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby ricky_v » 21 Jul 2020 06:06

Not India related.
https://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summary/the_big_engine_that_might_how_france_and_germany_can_build_a_geopolitical_e

https://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/the_big_engine_that_might_how_france_and_germany.pdf
ECFR sent invitations to complete the questionnaire by email to foreign ministries, government and parliament offices, think-tanks, research institutions, journalists, and other organisations that work on European affairs. The 2020 edition is based on the expert opinions of 845 respondents. For each EU member state, between 15 and 51 respondents answered the questions.

When French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced they would support a €500 billion EU bond to help with Europe’s economic recovery, it was not quite François Mitterrand and Helmut Kohl holding hands in Verdun.

Since the publication of the first edition of the Coalition Explorer, in 2016, the overall picture has largely remained the same: Germany is the EU’s centre of gravity – its most influential country. This time, a whopping 97 per cent of respondents to the survey held this view. Germany is firmly embedded at the centre of a web of connections, relationships, and alliances that stretches across the EU. In 2020 Germany is once again not only the most-contacted country (82 per cent), receiving votes from every EU member state, but is also perceived as the most responsive and the easiest to work with (55 per cent). It ranks in first place on the question of shared interests in EU policy – albeit with only 44 per cent of the vote.

The EU27 survey shows that Germany’s relations with other states are not evenly balanced – everybody contacts Berlin, but Berlin is not equally responsive. Germany reaches out to France more often than any other EU country, followed – albeit at a distance – by the Netherlands and Austria. Spain, Poland, and Italy (in descending order) are also on the list of those contacted regularly by Germany.

This second-place status is a recurring theme of France’s role in Europe. Experts and policymakers around Europe see France as influential and important, but always after Germany. The German juggernaut, it seems, cannot be overtaken – charming presidents notwithstanding. While France sometimes comes close to rivalling Germany, the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU has ensured that there is no competition for second place. The Netherlands’ position in third place on most questions is quite remarkable, given the country’s size. It is an achievement that deserves its own analysis, especially since respondents agree that no one does more to punch above their weight than the Dutch.

France’s position is stronger among southern European respondents, who report that they often contact the country and work well with it. In Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, and Spain, at least 80 per cent of respondents view France as easy to work with. This suggests that France can build bridges between northern and southern Europe: all southern European respondents list France among the countries they contact most; and Italy, Greece, and Cyprus even view France as their most important interlocutor.

Recent compromises on EU bonds suggest that one of the biggest roles that France can play is in influencing Germany. This is also reflected in language – initially, German elites were no fans of the “European sovereignty” line used by their French partners. Now, even the German foreign minister cites this term as a primary goal for the German EU presidency. And, as France builds bridges to the south, Germany can do so to the east.

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Postby srikandan » 13 Apr 2021 06:29



Editorial in the American Express -- repeats John Kerry's gurglings about climate change and "net zero" and wants to impose some sort of "international order" on India. Same Biden shyte in an european package. EU/Germany's trade with China has increased in the past year, and in this context we have this aryan brother preaching the same message that Xiden did a few weeks ago.

the region’s rise has created three Asias. There is the familiar Asia of business — open, dynamic, interconnected. However, there is also an Asia of geopolitics, with ever-starker nationalisms, territorial conflicts, arms races and Sino-American rivalry. Lastly, we have an Asia of global challenges, without which fair globalisation and getting on top of the pandemic or the climate crisis are impossible.



So, "open dynamic, interconnected" == south korea, Japan(?)
"asia of Geopolitics and Nationalism" == China, the main business partner of the aryan nations in EU, and India with its Yindoo notionalists.
"asia of challenges" == India (maye) and everyone else in asia

The message is still about "climate crisis" -- another way of pushing "net zero", which seems to be inspired by Greta Thunberg's grades in school when she took a year off and boldly asked no one in particular: "how dare you?".

If this message from the EU is about the paris accords, they can't say anything that India has not already done above and beyond.

so this seems like another attempt to get the "asia of challenges" to hobble itself for the benefit of neo-imperial powers, US/UK/EU. *Yawn*

What is interesting is "there is also an Asia of geopolitics, with ever-starker nationalisms", which could refer to China or it could refer to the Mudi, who must rejine if you read what the nazi turds in Deutsche welle have to say about Yindoo nationalist these days, and even before these days.


Geopolitical rivalries threaten free trade. The fight against the pandemic is mutating into a systemic competition between democracy and authoritarianism.


What free trade is being threatened? And what is this "systemic competition" that is different from what the colonials have been indulging in for the past few centuries? This whole "democracy and authoritarianism" shyte being repeated by these white christians in EU and USA is laughable when both the americans and Germans are making all their money from the "authoritarians" while they preach about "climate change" and "religious freedom" to the "democracies".

What is this free trade that is being threatened today in Asia, that was not being threatened 10 years ago, when Germans, USA, and the Chinese CCP where feeling each other up on hot sultry nights? Sure China is putting the screws on EU, Australia and the rest of the jerks, which is not a bad thing, really. About time someone did it them tools.

For open economies and free trade; for the fight against pandemics and climate change; and for an inclusive, rules-based order.

Against the same "inclusive rules-based order" shyte where they get to create the rules while they still can, as this guy admits shortly after.

To my mind, this shows that if we Europeans do not become more proactive, others will write the rulebook of the future.


Make them all sign on the dotted line before they get too powerful...same old trick that started with the East India Company, or the dutch did when they bought New York for 60 guilders from some bunch of guys that did not use money for commerce. Now the Dutch and Germans think that they can do it again 400 years later. They can try.

Europeans have been writing the rulebook for a few centuries, so maybe other should write a new rulebook for the future.
Just emphasises that this whole "rules-based order" nonsense must be treated with the contempt it deserves. After all, we are allegedly living in a "rules based order" imposed by post-world war II colonial and imperial powers today.

we will hold close consultations with the new administration under US President Joe Biden with a view to ensuring fair market access and investment conditions.


Biden sends warships to India's EZ yesterday, and today we have this.

We are underscoring Germany’s interest in cooperation, open shipping routes and respect for international law — the sanctions against North Korea are a case in point — by dispatching a German Navy vessel to the region and signing up to the agreement on combating piracy in Asia


Suddenly, every neo-imperial scumbag and his mother-in-law has "Respect for international law" when they have not bothered to follow these rules if it was not convenient to them.

As for EU sanctions against North Korea, it is no secret that they are about as effective as a toot in the wind -- China continues and will continue to fill in the gaps, and keep North Korea's economy going, even with all these EU/US sanctions in place.

The Leaders Summit on Climate that will be hosted by the US next week sets the stage for cooperation. Germany and Europe will stand to benefit from this, as we have been investing in renewable energies, climate protection and biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific for many years.


Same old "net zero" carbon emissions shyte that John Kerry presented from his bag of used diapers.

Europe will continue to stand up for human rights and democracy in the Indo-Pacific. We demonstrated this recently with sanctions against those responsible for human rights violations in Xinjiang — and also against Myanmar’s generals, who are taking their country to the brink of civil war.


Same old "hyooman rites so important" song that these guys sing with easter eggs in hand, waiting for Myanmar to rise again as a friendly christian nation. The song and dance from the EU and the US is so obviously orchestrated that it would be foolish to fall for it.

What a wonderful time to be alive.

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Postby srikandan » 14 Apr 2021 04:28

Unlike the aryan nation (Germany), France has been pragmatic and non-interfering:




A statement by the Ministry of External Affairs said that India welcomes France’s decision to take up the “Maritime Resources” pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI).

The French minister arrived here on Monday evening on a three-day visit to explore ways to further boost cooperation between the two countries, including in the Indo-Pacific region.


IPOI places myanmar's stability at the center of India's regional policy

IPOI Link

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Postby Avtar Singh » 23 Apr 2021 02:40

Filip Dewinter;

Brussels is a real hell hole will be the first city to be lost, 30% of population islamic.

Antwerp has 60 mosques, 52% of primary school children are islamic.
25% residents islamic.

Ghetto strategy

A moroccan survey; 93% of moroccan men would like to move to europe!

Iron curtain protected eastern europe from multi culty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0nIQVQEO-w

Filip is a leading member of Vlaams Belang (VB), a Flemish nationalist party in Belgium and he has been speaking on the dangers of Immigration and Islamisation for 3 decades. At 25 years old, he was elected member of the Belgian Parliament and 2 years later became a city Councillor in Antwerp. VB currently has 18 members in the Belgium Parliament and 23 in the Flemish Parliament. Follow Filip on Twitter @FDW_VB


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As BJP was warning and this forum in the 1990s.. all these countries are now in the same ocean as India.
As they say; its good to share.

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Postby g.sarkar » 25 Apr 2021 19:16

https://www.spiegel.de/international/wo ... e6939cac3e
Paradise Lost- Joe Biden Declares War on Tax Havens – in Europe, Too
U.S. President Joe Biden is calling for a minimum corporate tax rate of 21 percent for companies. But countries like Ireland and Luxembourg have established a lucrative revenue stream through big breaks for multinationals. A number of EU countries could soon feel the pinch.
By David Böcking, Martin Hesse, Christian Reiermann und Michael Sauga, 20.04.2021

If you want to know why a company should have its headquarters in Ireland these days, the best place to ask is IDA Ireland, the government’s foreign direct investment agency based in Dublin. The Emerald Isle, their lobbyists rave, has a "great density of data centers.” It advertises the country’s large pool of young talent with above-average qualifications as well as international and innovative companies, ranging from Microsoft and Facebook to German corporations such as Allianz, Zalando and SAP.
But when asked if perhaps the real attraction for investors is the extremely low corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent, the IDA declines to answer. For that, the agency says, it is best to contact Paschal Donohoe, the Irish finance minister and chair of the Eurogroup.
The man currently finds himself facing a problem that has become a concern for all of Europe. Since U.S. President Joe Biden presented his groundbreaking proposal for a global minimum tax on corporate profits, old rifts have ripped open again on the Continent. Whereas large member states such as Germany approve of the move, it would hit smaller EU members like Ireland, the Netherlands and Slovakia hard.
For years, they have lured international corporations into their countries with the promise that they will be largely spared from the grasp of the domestic tax authorities. If the U.S. gets its way, that could be the end of it.
Numerous EU countries would not only have to reckon with revenue losses in the billions, but also with the loss of corporate headquarters and thousands of jobs. Countries like France or Italy, on the other hand, would feel vindicated. Out of anger with corporations like Amazon that have barely paid any taxes at all in Europe in recent years, they enacted their own digital taxes - and drew the ire of Donald Trump by doing so. The former U.S. president even threatened retaliatory tariffs on German cars, Italian cheese and French handbags. Now, the U.S. has performed a spectacular about-face – and raised difficult questions for the Europeans: How seriously must pledges from Brussels to fight tax evasion be taken? Would it just be the tax havens that have to reckon with losses or would they also be painful for large exporting countries like Germany?
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Postby darshan » 25 Apr 2021 19:32

EU doing china's bidding and want to allow china to take over pharma business?

Angela Merkel laments that they ‘allowed’ India to become pharmacy of the world, fears that they will not get Covid-19 medicine
https://www.opindia.com/2021/04/angela- ... -of-world/

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Postby chetak » 07 May 2021 13:51

never figured the germans to be so stooopide


such plates, including bamboo spoons and forks have been available in India for the longest time.


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German company that sells ‘innovative’ leaf tableware gets schooled by desi tweeple

Leaf Republic, a German firm, came up with a collection of eco-friendly leaf tableware, which have been seen a routine presence at Indian households and social gatherings, especially at religious thoroughfares.

No wonder thus, the noble idea to reduce plastic waste, was met with much disdain and scorn by Twitter users in India. What left the desis more shocked is the pricing – what is available for a few pennies back home, is being sold at £8.50 per plate, close to Rs 700.

From comments on the appallingly exuberant price to imparting a bit of history knowledge on how the British had push-sold fancy bone-china crockery in India, killing the indigenous market, the netizens went on a no-holds-barred rant on social media.

Here’s what some had to say:
Phew. Come to India and visit temples. Ull get this donnai. What have u exactly invented ? We have been using leaf plates for centuries.

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Postby g.sarkar » 13 May 2021 06:53

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/8 ... rade-talks
EU and India agree to resume long-stalled trade talks
The European Union and India agreed to restart talks on a free trade deal that have been frozen since 2013.
8 May 2021

The European Union and India have agreed to resume stalled free trade negotiations and seek closer cooperation to combat climate change at a virtual summit, as concerns about China bring Brussels and New Delhi closer.
Partly overshadowed by the COVID-19 crisis in India, the meeting on Saturday brought together Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all of the bloc’s 27 leaders for the first time in eight years in a sign of the EU’s renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific region.
Past EU-India summits have involved only the Indian prime minister and the EU’s chief executive and chairman.China’s rise from a benign trading partner to a rival power with a growing military presence has alarmed the West and its allies in the Indo-Pacific, where Brussels wants more influence.
“We agreed to resume negotiations for a … trade agreement which would respond to the current challenges,” EU and Indian leaders said in a statement after the talks, adding that for talks to succeed, both sides had to solve market access issues.
In parallel, EU and India will start talks on a separate investment protection deal and an accord on geographical indications – famous brand names often linked to the places they are made, from France’s champagne to India’s Darjeeling tea. “Between the EU and India there is a close relationship but also a lot of untapped potential,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. “The most untapped potential is in trade and investment.” China’s rise from a benign trading partner to a rival power with a growing military presence has alarmed the West and its allies in the Indo-Pacific, where Brussels wants more influence.
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India, EU leadership summit 'turning point' in ties, says EU Envoy Ugo Astuto
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Calling India, EU Leadership Summit of May 8 a "turning point" in ties, the European Union's Envoy to India Ugo Astuto has said, "We want to work together so that we can shape the global agenda". This is the second time this format of one world leader and all 27 EU member states meet happened, the first was with US President in March this year.
Speaking to WION, Envoy Astuto spoke about the connectivity partnership, a key outcome of the summit saying, "connectivity" should be "grounded in principles such as sustainability... transparency." The other key outcome of the summit was both sides decided to resume talks on India, EU Free trade agreement.
On Indo-Pacific, the Envoy said the Bloc's strategy is "close to the Indian vision" and "India is clearly a key player" in the region. In April, the European Council approves conclusions on EU's Indo-Pacific strategy. He also spoke on EU's assistance to India amid the Covid crisis, with flights from Finland, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Slovenia, Portugal, Malta expected to come to India soon.
On the outcome of the India-EU leadership summit, Envoy Astuto said, "It has been an extremely successful meeting. It has been described as a turning point, a historic meeting. The meeting has taken place against the backdrop of this major crisis of COVID, what emerged is a clear message of solidarity from EU and its member states vis a vis India in difficult times. India has been leading by supporting the rest of the world since the outset of the emergency, by exporting medicines and vaccines. We are trying to help India as much as we can that is why we have set up this operation within the civil protection mechanism. We have agreed on a connectivity partnership which I believe is an important platform grounded in our common belief in a rules-based system of international governance, cooperative approach to international relations."
In terms of FTA, the resumption of talks has been since it has been announced. On the timeline, the Envoy said, "These are complex negotiations. But what we have taken is the decision to resume the talks, the formal negotiations, and at the last summit in 2020, we had a high-level dialogue chaired by minister Goyal from the Indian side, on the European side by the executive vice president. This dialogue has proved to be very effective."
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Re: India-EU News & Analysis

Postby rsingh » 13 May 2021 17:52

chetak wrote:never figured the germans to be so stooopide


such plates, including bamboo spoons and forks have been available in India for the longest time.


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German company that sells ‘innovative’ leaf tableware gets schooled by desi tweeple

Leaf Republic, a German firm, came up with a collection of eco-friendly leaf tableware, which have been seen a routine presence at Indian households and social gatherings, especially at religious thoroughfares.

No wonder thus, the noble idea to reduce plastic waste, was met with much disdain and scorn by Twitter users in India. What left the desis more shocked is the pricing – what is available for a few pennies back home, is being sold at £8.50 per plate, close to Rs 700.

From comments on the appallingly exuberant price to imparting a bit of history knowledge on how the British had push-sold fancy bone-china crockery in India, killing the indigenous market, the netizens went on a no-holds-barred rant on social media.

Here’s what some had to say:
Phew. Come to India and visit temples. Ull get this donnai. What have u exactly invented ? We have been using leaf plates for centuries.

I had a project to import this stuff from Onfia. Authorities denied saying that these are not hygienic and are prone to be infected with bacteria, fungus , molds and what not.


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