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Mass anti-immigration rally in Rome

Mass anti-immigration rally in Rome

Thousands of supporters of Italy's Northern League have poured into one of Rome's biggest squares for a rally against immigration, the EU and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government. League leader Matteo Salvini accused Renzi of substituting the country's interests to those of the EU. He also criticised the government's record in dealing with Romanian truck...

EU for removing trade barriers

The European Union yesterday called for removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade so that the bloc's businesses and investments in Bangladesh could reach a new height. “There are tariff and non-tariff barriers. In some cases import duties are quite high and they can be a deterrent to European companies to promote their products in Bangladesh,” said Pierre Mayaudon, ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh. On the non-tariff side, he called for a more transparent and legally...

Greece unveils eurozone reforms

Greece unveils eurozone reforms

Greece has unveiled an outline summary of reforms demanded by eurozone leaders in order to secure a bailout extension. The measures include plans to combat tax evasion and tackling fuel and tobacco smuggling. Government officials said they were releasing the summary before formally submitting it to guard against leaks to the press. The list must be...

No talks until violence stops, AL tells EU team

No talks until violence stops, AL tells EU team

The ruling Awami League has told the visiting European Union parliamentary delegation that the party will not sit in a dialogue with BNP until the ongoing violence stops. “If it is necessary to hold discussions with BNP on free, fair and credible elections and on how to strengthen the Election Commission or on other election system, Awami League will do,” said Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi. “But, Awami League will do everything within the constitutional and democratic process,” Rizvi added while briefing journalists on a meeting with the delegates of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights. Besides Rizvi, AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, PM’s advisers HT Imam and...

‘EU team not concerned about HR situation’

‘EU team not concerned about HR situation’

The visiting EU parliamentary delegation did not express any concerns about the human rights situation in Bangladesh, claimed State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam today. Shahriar was speaking to journalists after the European Parliament's sub-committee on human rights met him at the foreign ministry in Dhaka. “We told the delegation that the law enforcers...

EU deplores violence, calls for dialogue

EU deplores violence, calls for dialogue

Deploring violence affecting innocent citizens of Bangladesh, the European Union has reiterated its rejection of any form of violence and called for dialogue to resolve problems. This was stated by EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation Pierre Mayaudon, who paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning at the Prime Minister's Office. The EU envoy also underlined that peace and stability would be critical for economic development. On this note, he deplored violence affecting innocent citizens of Bangladesh. According to a press release of EU, the ambassador engaged with the prime minister on a number of issues related to the EU-Bangladesh relations, including on trade and development where the...

Anti-austerity party wins Greek poll

Anti-austerity party wins Greek poll

Anti-austerity Syriza party has won Greece's general election, putting the country on a possible collision course with the EU over its massive bailout. With nearly 75% of the votes counted, Syriza is projected to win 149 seats, just two short of an absolute majority, though that number could change. Left-wing party leader Alexis Tsipras, who...

Foreign diplomats concerned over violence, arson

Foreign diplomats concerned over violence, arson

Foreign diplomats today expressed concerns over the ongoing violence and arson attacks, particularly loss of lives and properties in Bangladesh. “While discussing the current situation in the country, the diplomats categorically said that destructive activities, setting fire and damaging properties are contrary to the democracy,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told the media after...

BNP briefs diplomats on latest political situation

BNP briefs diplomats on latest political situation

BNP this evening briefed foreign diplomats about the country’s latest political situation including the government’s “oppression” on its leaders and activists. At a meeting at the Gulshan residence of BNP standing committee member Abdul Moeen Khan, a delegation of the party informed this to the envoys stationed in Dhaka. The heads and representatives of different...

EU for talks on future elections

EU for talks on future elections

Major political parties should sit to figure out a mechanism for future elections and structure of the poll-time government in order to give voters a fair choice, says a top politician of the European Union. Jean Lambert, chair of an EU delegation for relations with the South Asian countries, however, yesterday said: "We are...

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