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Workshop The long road towards an EU-India Free Trade Agreement

Workshop The long road towards an EU-India Free Trade Agreement:

An interesting document highlighten the difficulties of a FTA, in this case between the EU and India, and why negotiations have stopped in 2008.

4.2 Challenges to Liberalization of Trade in Services 

4.2.1 Non-harmonised EU market 

India wants broad-based commitments from the EU in services, especially with respect to temporary
movement of people
or Mode 4. However, unlike goods, the EU does not have a single market for
services and most of the issues related to the movement of people such as work permits and visas are at
the Member State level. Regulations and conditions differ across the Member States. Member States
have residency and nationality requirements and economic needs tests for foreign investments as well
as professional movement. Lack of harmonisation of qualifications and professional standards have
made it difficult for Indian professionals to service the EU markets. In an attempt to harmonise the EU
labour market, the Blue Card Directive was introduced in 2009. However, this Directive has limitations as
each Member State will continue to maintain the right to determine the number of immigrant workers
that can be admitted into the domestic labour market through the Blue Card scheme. In addition, while
few Member States such as Austria, Cyprus and Greece have not yet transposed the provisions of the EU
Blue Card into their respective national legislations, others such as the UK and Netherlands are not in
favour of the policy
.

Die Lügenbarone von Westminster

Die Lügenbarone von Westminster

Majority of Scots now in favour of independence, shock poll reveals

Majority of Scots now in favour of independence, shock poll reveals:

So, Brexiteers kept telling themselves over and over again that the EU is a failed project at the brink of collapse.

3 years later, the EU is stronger than ever, and the UK is fighting for its very existence with Irish unification on one side and Scottish independence at the other. 

Have you heard that net migration into the UK and US is out of…

Have you heard that net migration into the UK and US is out of control and rising?

It has been falling in the US since 1997 and in the UK since 2007. 

Source: here.

Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and lessons from the 1930s | Financial Times

Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and lessons from the 1930s | Financial Times:

A very good article that highlights how Sebastian Haffner’s “Defying Hitler: A Memoir” (or ”Geschichte eines Deutschen: Die Erinnerungen 1914-1933” in the German original) is probably the best book to read to make sense of the political landscape in 2019.

Queen Elizabeth said ‘future of Britain lies in EU’, declassified German diplomatic records show

Queen Elizabeth said ‘future of Britain lies in EU’, declassified German diplomatic records show

Scottish people would vote to leave the United Kingdom if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister

Scottish people would vote to leave the United Kingdom if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister

Brexit: Endgame – The Hidden Money, with Stephen Fry

Brexit: Endgame – The Hidden Money, with Stephen Fry

Brexit: Is The British Government Recklessly Spending Again?

Brexit: Is The British Government Recklessly Spending Again?:

Reports at the close of 2018 showed that the U.K. had lost £350 million per week since the referendum of EU membership, which amounts to around 2% of GDP. But that number is forecast to expand to 3.4% of GDP ($45.83 billion) by the end of this year.

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