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Slovenian presidential election

17th December 2012

Borut Pahor, the left-wing former Prime Minister of Slovenia, has won the country’s presidential election. Mr Pahor took more than double the number of votes of his rival, the outgoing independent President, Danilo Türk, in the run-off on Sunday 2 December. The campaign had been marked by demonstrations and increasing public dissatisfaction with the current right-wing government and politics in general.

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The Review of EU Medical Devices Legislation

28th September 2012

Brussels, 27 September 2012

On 26 September 2012 the European Commission published its proposals for the review of the medical devices legislation, consisting of a:
 Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on medical devices, and amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009
 Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on in vitro diagnostic medical devices
The Commission also published its ‘Communication on safe, effective and innovative medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices for the benefit of patients, consumers and healthcare professionals’. The Communication was adopted as a response to the Council Conclusions on innovation in the medical device sector, from 6 June 2011 and to the European Parliament Resolution on defective silicone breast implants from 14 June 2012.
The adoption of the above documents was announced in a press release. The key elements of the revision are summarised in a Citizens’ summary and in a questions and answers document.

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Dutch General Election

17th September 2012

Dutch voters send mixed message: stay the course and change direction.

The right-wing Liberals of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Diederik Samsom’s Labour Party made strong gains in the Dutch general election on 12 September. It now seems likely that these two parties, from opposite ends of the political spectrum, will come together to form a coalition, with negotiations already underway.

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Burson-Marsteller study finds almost two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter – but how connected are they really?

24th August 2012

Burson-Marsteller study finds almost two-thirds of world leaders are on Twitter – but how connected are they really?

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Twiplomacy

26th July 2012

“Twiplomacy” is the first research of its kind, aimed at identifying to what extent world leaders use Twitter

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Egyptian Presidential Election

10th July 2012

A few steps forward, a few steps back?
The popular uprising in Egypt that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak appears to have finally achieved its main objective: the first ever free elections in the country’s history.

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French Parliamentary Election Insight

20th June 2012

The Socialists have won an absolute majority in the French parliamentary elections, giving the new President, François Hollande, a free hand to implement the key measures of his presidential programme.

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A guide to the new era of financial supervision in the EU

16th May 2012

Crisis Creates Opportunities – A new era of European supervision of financial services and markets.

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Ten most influential political voices on twitter in the European Union

17th April 2012

Brussels’ ten most influential Twitter users come from the three key EU institutions, as well as from the worlds of journalism and blogging.

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Food Policy in the EU

28th March 2012

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