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New Pre-Bankruptcy Procedures in Greece

As of 16 September 2007, a new Insolvency Code governs insolvency and restructuring in Greece. The Code strives to abandon the inefficiency and archaic obscurity of the old law and to institute an efficient and effective insolvency regime drawing on the most current international economic and legal analysis...

Recent Developments of Swiss Disclosure Rules relating to Significant Shareholdings

This article provides a short overview over Swiss disclosure rules relating to the holding of significant stakes in Swiss companies listed in Switzerland in general with a focus on the most important changes of law and ordinances. Excerpt: As the Swiss market for public takeovers has become more...

Not So Good Migrations: The New UK Points Based System Has Poor Vibrations for Immigration

Leading UK immigration solicitor Laura Devine looks at the UK's new Point Based System for immigration decisions and explores the complexitites and vagaries that exist in a new system that was supposed to be a model of simplicity and transparency. As Ms. Devine discusses the provisions applicable...

The Lure of the Limited and Corporate Law Reforms in Germany

In 2003, the European Court of Justice tore down the walls sealing off the types of corporations available throughout the Member States of the European Union. Rapidly afterwards, Germans seized the opportunity and started to set up English private companies limited by shares (Ltd). More than 50,000 Ltds...

Roadmap for Intellectual Property Protection in Europe -- IP Protection at Trade Fairs in Europe

As part of its work on supporting right holders of intellectual property, the EU-China IPR2 Project publishes a series of condensed guides for European and Chinese companies seeking practical advice on how to protect their IP in China and Europe respectively. These Roadmaps for IP Protection are available...

Online Copyright Liability: Leading European Cases

As part of its work on supporting right holders of intellectual property, the EU-China IPR2 Project publishes a series of condensed guides for European and Chinese companies seeking practical advice on how to protect their IP in China and Europe respectively. Read the Online Copyright Liability...

Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights across Europe

LONDON - (APINTL) An enormous ash cloud from a remote Icelandic volcano caused the biggest flight disruption since the 2001 terrorist attacks as it drifted over northern Europe and stranded travelers on six continents. Officials said it could take days for the skies to become safe again in one of aviation's...

Europe struggles with Muslim dress code

ANTWERP Belgium - (APINTL) Chances of seeing a burqa in Belgium are only a little better than spotting a liquor shop in Saudi Arabia. Yet Belgium soon may be the first European nation to outlaw the burqa and other Islamic garb that completely hides a woman's body and face. Neighboring France and...

Ryanair U-turn, will pay stranded customers' bills

DUBLIN - (AP) Penny-pinching airline Ryanair did a surprise U-turn Thursday and agreed to pay the hotel and food bills of tens of thousands of customers left stranded during Europe's volcano-ash crisis. Chief executive Michael O'Leary had initially vowed Wednesday to limit customers' payments...

Europe trade deal could hit Indian generic drugs

MUMBAI, India - (AP) It took two years of secret suffering and gut-wrenching diarrhea to make Lumkile Sizila face the fact that he had HIV. Fortunately, there was something Sizila, who lives in Cape Town, could do about it. South Africa, home to 5.7 million HIV-positive people more than any other...

Europe debt crisis spreads to Portugal

ATHENS - (APINTL) Greece was pushed to the brink of a financial abyss and started dragging another eurozone country Portugal down with it, fueling fears of a continent-wide debt meltdown. Stocks around the world tanked after ratings agency Standard & Poor's on Tuesday downgraded Greek bonds...

Spain downgraded as Europe debt crisis widens

BERLIN- (APINTL) Europe's debt crisis has spread its contagion to another country as a major agency downgraded Spain's credit rating, even as Germany grudgingly moved closer to bailing out Greece from imminent collapse. Greece and Portugal up to now the focus of alarm are relative economic...

Greek PM says more cuts needed for survival

ATHENS, Greece - (AP) Facing a dire choice of additional pain or bankruptcy, Greece on Friday heralded drastic new cuts and tax increases to win rescue loans from its European partners and the International Monetary Fund and avoid a disastrous default on government debt. Prime Minister George Papandreou...

Iceland's ash may keep choking Europe's air travel

DUBLIN - (APINTL) Iceland's clouds of volcanic ash are menacing European air traffic again, but transport chiefs insist they are learning from last month's crisis and won't let the hard-to-measure emissions ground their continent again. Rising volcanic activity spurred aviation authorities...

EU warns Europe needs major economy reforms

BRUSSELS - (APINTL) Europe's economy will stagnate unless governments make major reforms to boost growth just as they rein in spending to curb soaring debt levels, the European Union's economy chief warned Tuesday. Low growth prospects and rocketing debt in many of the EU's 27 nations...

Debt crisis pushes Europe toward economic reforms

MADRID - (AP) In the ashes of Europe's debt crisis, some see the seeds of long-term hope. That's because the threat of bankruptcy is forcing governments to implement reforms that economists argue are necessary to help Europe prosper in a globalized world but were long viewed as being politically...

Survey: Europeans back veil ban, Americans opposed

PARIS - (APINTL) While most Americans oppose banning face-covering Islamic veils, most western Europeans questioned in a new global poll say the garments should be forbidden especially in France, where a ban may soon be a reality. Several European countries have been considering bans on such veils...

Debt crisis will strengthen Europe, French PM says

TOKYO - (AP) France's prime minister said Friday that Europe is united in tackling the Greek debt crisis and will emerge stronger than ever, as he sought to calm the fears of an important Asian trading partner. Speaking to business leaders in Tokyo, Francois Fillon reassured investors that the...

Lakes across the globe are warming up

Throughout the past quarter-century, inland lakes have been experiencing a small, steadily rising nighttime fever. Globally, the average increase has hovered around 0.045 degrees Celsius per year, but in some regions the increase has been more than twice that - or about 1 °C per decade. In some regions...

TechLaw10: Privacy Spanning The Globe

TechLaw10 hosts Jonathan Armstrong and Eric Sinrod discuss legal issues related to information technology. In this episode, Jonathan and Eric discuss the different approaches to privacy taken by the U.S. and European governments. (Please visit the site to view this audio)

Duane Morris LLP Alerts and Updates: European Commission Issues New Data Protection Proposals

Much as was anticipated, the European Commission (the "Commission") announced its long-awaited proposals on what are likely to be viewed as drastic changes to data protection law in Europe. The proposals seek to make EU privacy laws fit for the 21st Century and seek to both change the system...

Advanced Human Rights Degree Offered By European University

If you are working or teaching in the field of human rights, you may wish to apply for the one-year European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA.) program offered by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). What is the focus of...

Europe mulls banning 'boxes' for abandoned babies

BERLIN (AP) - German pastor Gabriele Stangl says she will never forget the harrowing confession she heard in 1999. A woman said she had been brutally raped, got pregnant and had a baby. Then she killed it and buried it in the woods near Berlin. Stangl wanted to Full version (available to lexis.com...

Ancient hunter-gatherers heated seafood in ceramic pots

As noted in prior posts, the understanding of human social and cultural development has changed radically over the last decade, if not last five years. For example, humans lived in huts (albeit temporarily) even before they were farmers. Thus, as frequently is the case, there is not a sudden change,...

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