Northern Europe http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25479/all en Belfast riots cast shadow over N.Ireland economy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/belfast-riots-cast-shadow-over-nireland-economy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Protests over British flag threaten tourism</p> <p>* Retailers lose millions as protests scare shoppers</p> <p>* Province needs investment to wean itself off London subsidies</p> <p>By Stephen Mangan</p> <p>BELFAST, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Businesses in Belfast are counting the cost of a wave of riots they fear could undermine a fledgling tourist boom and scare foreign investors away from a city desperate top shake off its reputation for violence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/belfast-riots-cast-shadow-over-nireland-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Geography of Europe Labor Law Northern Europe War Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:16:08 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733319 at http://www.globalpost.com Irish police union pulls of out new public sector talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/irish-police-union-pulls-out-new-public-sector-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>DUBLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - One of the main trade union's representing Ireland's police service on Friday pulled out of talks aimed at extending a key public sector pay agreement after failing to reach a deal to cut its pay bill.</p> <p>Ireland's government started a new round of talks with unions this month to shrink a bloated pay bill by overhauling the so-called Croke Park agreement that has helped Dublin avoid the mass strikes seen in other struggling euro zone countries.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/irish-police-union-pulls-out-new-public-sector-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Geography of Europe Northern Europe Western Europe Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:15:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739542 at http://www.globalpost.com Estonian official inflation drops to 3.4% in January http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/estonian-official-inflation-drops-34-january <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Estonia's 12-month inflation rate fell to 3.4 percent in January from 3.5 percent the previous month, official data showed on Thursday.</p> <p>On a monthly basis consumer prices rose by 0.7 percent, the Estonian statistics office said, mostly due to a 23.6 percent jump in electricity prices.</p> <p>ar/mas/rl</p> Estonia Northern Europe Republics AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:45:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748656 at http://www.globalpost.com British PM Cameron urges Scots not to break up nation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/british-pm-cameron-urges-scots-not-break-nation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday urged Scotland to avoid breaking the nation apart, saying that it had the best of both worlds as things are.</p> <p>In his latest attempt to convince Scots ahead of a referendum on independence next year, Cameron said splitting the more than 300-year-old union of the two nations would leave them "poorer apart."</p> <p>"Put simply: Britain works. Britain works well. Why break it?" he said in comments released ahead of the publication on Monday of a British government analysis of Scotland's role in the United Kingdom.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/british-pm-cameron-urges-scots-not-break-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> David Cameron Europe Island countries Northern Europe AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 02:00:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751463 at http://www.globalpost.com Scotland should keep pound: leader's economic advisors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/scotland-should-keep-pound-leaders-economic-advisors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scotland should keep the pound if it votes to leave the United Kingdom in the 2014 referendum, First Minister Alex Salmond's economic advisors concluded in a report due out Monday.</p> <p>Retaining the British currency "immediately" after a vote for independence could also benefit the remainder of the UK, they concluded.</p> <p>"In our view it would be in Scotland's interests to retain sterling immediately post-independence," the report says, according to extracts released Sunday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/scotland-should-keep-pound-leaders-economic-advisors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Island countries Northern Europe AFP Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:00:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751895 at http://www.globalpost.com Military experts doubt Sweden's ability to defend itself http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/military-experts-doubt-swedens-ability-defend-itself <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Military experts said Sweden was probably unable to defend itself on its own in the event of an invasion, in a report published Thursday, saying the armed forces lacked necessary resources.</p> <p>"Can We Defend Ourselves For a Week?" the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences asked in the title of its report.</p> <p>Sweden is not a member of NATO and has a policy of military non-alliance, though it does participate in the Alliance's Partnership for Peace programme.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/military-experts-doubt-swedens-ability-defend-itself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Northern Europe Sweden War AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:02:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5755522 at http://www.globalpost.com Icelandic economy slows on weaker investment http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/icelandic-economy-slows-weaker-investment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Iceland's economic growth slowed to 1.6 percent in 2012 from 2.9 percent in the previous year owing to a fall in business investment, Statistics Iceland said Friday.</p> <p>Investment grew by only 4.4 percent in 2012, down from 14.3 percent in 2011.</p> <p>Growth in private consumption was steady at 2.7 percent compared with 2.6 percent in 2011, while a 0.2 percent decline in public consumption was unchanged and the country's trade surplus narrowed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/icelandic-economy-slows-weaker-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Iceland Northern Europe AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:30:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5777455 at http://www.globalpost.com Pressure all on England, says Welsh forward Evans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130315/pressure-all-england-says-welsh-forward-evans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - All the pressure will be on England in Saturday's Six Nations championship decider against last year's grand slam champions Wales at the Millennium stadium, Welsh lock forward Ian Evans said on Friday.</p> <p>An England win will guarantee Stuart Lancaster's unbeaten side the grand slam but Wales can still retain the title with victory by at least eight points, or seven so long as England do not outscore them by three tries.</p> <p>"I would say the pressure is on England," Evans told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130315/pressure-all-england-says-welsh-forward-evans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Europe Geography of the United Kingdom Northern Europe Rugby union Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:30:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5784403 at http://www.globalpost.com Ireland eyes St Patrick's Day boost to gloomy economy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130316/ireland-eyes-st-patricks-day-boost-gloomy-economy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As millions of green-clad revellers raise their glasses across the globe to mark St Patrick's Day on Sunday, Ireland has high hopes that the festivities will bring a much-needed boost to the economy at home.</p> <p>"It is probably one of the biggest global days around the world, when the Irish tribe showcases all things Irish," Tourism Ireland chief Niall Gibbons told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130316/ireland-eyes-st-patricks-day-boost-gloomy-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Geography of Europe Northern Europe Politics AFP Sun, 17 Mar 2013 02:45:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5785738 at http://www.globalpost.com Northern Ireland v Russia postponed for second time http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/northern-ireland-v-russia-postponed-second-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying Group F match with Russia was postponed for a second time on Saturday because of snow and ice in Belfast.</p> <p>The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was put back a day before being called off again.</p> <p>"The referee has just called the match off as ice is forming on the pitch. There is no need for fans to come to Windsor Park to help," the Irish FA said on Twitter.</p> <p>There was no word on when the game would be rearranged.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130323/northern-ireland-v-russia-postponed-second-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Europe Northern Europe Northern Ireland Western Europe Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:45:09 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5791805 at http://www.globalpost.com Latvians keep memory of Soviet deportations alive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/latvians-keep-memory-soviet-deportations-alive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Latvians gathered across the Baltic nation Monday to remember the tens of thousands of their countrymen deported to Siberia during half a century of Soviet occupation.</p> <p>With 42,000 Latvians hauled off in cattle trucks on March 25, 1949 alone, the date is now Communist Genocide Memorial Day in Latvia, an EU member of two million people. </p> <p>In the central village of Giksi, residents turned out to honour deportees, hailing a new edition of Latvian bestseller "Velupes Krasta", the diaries of local woman Melanija Vanaga, who spent 1941-1957 in a gulag.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/latvians-keep-memory-soviet-deportations-alive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Human Interest Latvia Northern Europe AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:01:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5793611 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian cash not flooding Latvia amid Cyprus thaw: minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/russian-cash-not-flooding-latvia-amid-cyprus-thaw-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Eurozone hopeful Latvia insisted Thursday the Baltic state was not in danger of becoming a new offshore haven for Russian cash amid the debt and banking crisis racking zone member Cyprus.</p> <p>"There is a very, very minor inflow of Cyprus money," Latvia's Finance Minister Andris Vilks said as Cyprus banks holding hefty Russian deposits reopened after a nearly two-week lockdown.</p> <p>But customers there faced unprecedented curbs to stop them draining the island's coffers after its eurozone bailout.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130328/russian-cash-not-flooding-latvia-amid-cyprus-thaw-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Latvia Northern Europe AFP Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:17:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5796229 at http://www.globalpost.com Over 200 Latvians airlifted from drifting ice floes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/over-200-latvians-airlifted-drifting-ice-floes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Latvian rescue workers and soldiers on Friday airlifted more than 200 people, mostly ice fishermen, from two ice floes adrift in the Gulf of Riga, officials said.</p> <p>"The rescue operation concluded successfully at around 1600 (1400 GMT) with a total of 180 people rescued at Vakarbulli and 43 at Majori," both towns in the Gulf of Riga, rescue services spokeswoman Viktorija Sembele told AFP.</p> <p>Helicopters carried up to 20 people at a time off the ice floes, she said, adding that no injuries were reported.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/over-200-latvians-airlifted-drifting-ice-floes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Latvia Northern Europe AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:00:50 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5797163 at http://www.globalpost.com Over 200 Latvians airlifted from drifting ice floes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/over-200-latvians-airlifted-drifting-ice-floes-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Latvian rescue workers and soldiers on Friday airlifted more than 200 people, mostly ice fishermen, from two ice floes adrift in the Gulf of Riga, officials said.</p> <p>Rescue services spokeswoman Viktorija Sembele told AFP a total of 180 people were rescued at Vakarbulli and 43 at Majori, both towns on the Gulf of Riga, around 4:00 pm (1400 GMT). No injuries were reported.</p> <p>Helicopters carried up to 20 people at a time off the ice floes, she said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130329/over-200-latvians-airlifted-drifting-ice-floes-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Latvia Northern Europe AFP Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:30:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5797245 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: Kidney sacked as Ireland coach - IRFU http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130402/rugbyu-kidney-sacked-ireland-coach-irfu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Declan Kidney was sacked as Ireland coach on Tuesday the Irish Rugby Football Union announced.</p> <p>The 53-year-old -- who guided Ireland to the 2009 Six Nations Grand Slam and won the world coach of the year award as a result -- had been widely expected not to have his contract renewed at the end of June after a disappointing Six Nations.</p> <p>The Irish only avoided the wooden spoon by a better points difference to France.</p> <p>pi/phz</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Geography of Europe Northern Europe Western Europe AFP Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:49:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5799556 at http://www.globalpost.com