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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:02:35 GMT The EU's plan for an energy union would call Vladimir Putin's bluff - The Guardian

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The EU's plan for an energy union would call Vladimir Putin's bluff
The Guardian
How many of us, as European citizens, turn on the gas to cook something and reflect that we are part of an enormous geopolitical and environmental picture? But we are. Europe's energy dilemmas go back to the 1970s and 80s, when decisions were made to ...
EU Commission approves proposals for single energy marketBBC News
EU seeks to create single European energy marketeuronews
Brussels Seeks a Bigger Say in EU Members' Energy Talks With RussiaWall Street Journal
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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:24 GMT Ruxit is real: Russia's exit from Europe - European Council on Foreign Relations

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Ruxit is real: Russia's exit from Europe
European Council on Foreign Relations
Dating from the times of the Helsinki process, which led to the founding of the OSCE, a favoured metaphor in Soviet and Russian thinking was the inclusive notion of a “common European house” from Lisbon to Vladivostok. This space of sovereign states ...
EU voices 'indignation' over Nemtsov murderBDlive
Widow of Murdered Spy Blames Russian Govt for New KillingNew York Times
Boris Nemtsov murder: Kremlin accused of whitewash over probe into Moscow ...Telegraph.co.uk
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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:10:20 GMT EU Regulator Takes Pro-Business Line - Wall Street Journal

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EU Regulator Takes Pro-Business Line
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—Europe's new chief for financial regulation said the continent isn't “soft” on big banks and struck a pro-business tone in his first stateside speech, saying the Continent's new leadership will work to ensure financial stability but will ...

 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:44:21 GMT The EU is in thrall to a historical myth of European unity - Telegraph.co.uk

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The EU is in thrall to a historical myth of European unity
Telegraph.co.uk
After all, it was this belief in the inevitability of European Union that justified the imposition of greater constraints on national governments through the Lisbon Treaty and the ridiculously-named euro. We can see the consequences of such dangerous ...
British Historians Unite to Oppose EU IntegrationBreitbart News
EU is being promoted in skewed history lessons, academics warnDaily Mail

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 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:22:22 GMT Why Britain should not leave the EU to be like Norway - by a Norwegian minister - Telegraph.co.uk

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Why Britain should not leave the EU to be like Norway - by a Norwegian minister
Telegraph.co.uk
Today I will be speaking at British Influence, a pro-European Union membership campaign, on why Norway thinks the UK should not leave. I have no intention of entering into the British debate. My views are based on what is best for Norway, and I firmly ...
Norway lobbies Britain to stay in European UnionThe Local.no
Britain is better off in Europe, top banker saysCNNMoney

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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:18:25 GMT Google Puts European Business Under a Single Executive - Wall Street Journal

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Google Puts European Business Under a Single Executive
Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. pulled its European operations under a single executive to better align the business with large customers and develop more unified responses to rising regulatory pressure in the region. Google said it merged two units—one previously ...
Google shakes up European units in face of tougher rulesCNBC
Google shakes up European operations amid regulatory scrutinyCNET
Google is merging its European operationsEngadget
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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:17:18 GMT European Citizen's Prize: acknowledging people's contributions to Europe - European Parliament (press release)

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European Citizen's Prize: acknowledging people's contributions to Europe
European Parliament (press release)
They are the ones who make Europe a better place: 47 people and organisations from all over the EU received the European Citizen's Prize at a ceremony in Brussels on 25 February as an award for their contributions to European cooperation and the ...

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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:25:23 GMT EU official talks up pan-Europe capital market in US trip - MarketWatch

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EU official talks up pan-Europe capital market in US trip
MarketWatch
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The European Commission's head of financial stability on Thursday said his proposal to make it easier for companies to raise capital throughout the Continent is being supported across the Atlantic. Jonathan Hill— who serves ...
Europe Wants a Capital Markets Union. Crowdfunding Can Be A Catalyst.Crowdfund Insider
European Commission consults on Capital Markets UnionMalta Independent Online

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 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:17:47 GMT The EU: from the guarantor of Europe's peace to its greatest threat. - The Edinburgh Journal

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The EU: from the guarantor of Europe's peace to its greatest threat.
The Edinburgh Journal
The EU was born from a desire of unity and peace in the shadow of the death of millions. However, after Greece's election of far-left Syriza, the splintered factions of the European Union have been laid bare. The inability of the EU to act against ...
[Michael J. Boskin] A five-step plan for European prosperityThe Korea Herald
Is Greece right to ask EU for more relief? YESArizona Daily Sun
Despite Greece, euro zone is turning the cornerYahoo News
Foreign Policy Journal
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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:38:46 GMT Europe's gas power play against Russia coming to a head - CNNMoney

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Europe's gas power play against Russia coming to a head
CNNMoney
Within the next few weeks, the European Union will release the findings of its antitrust investigation, according to EU energy chief Maros Sefcovic. Europe has accused Gazprom (GZPFY) of using its dominant position to manipulate prices and hinder the ...


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 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:52:16 GMT Elections could be delayed in Egypt over legal hitch
Authorities in Egypt are looking at a new timetable for long-awaited parliamentary elections due to begin on March the 22nd. This after the…




 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:51:15 GMT Fresh Hong Kong clashes in row over China's influence
New clashes have broken out in Hong Kong in the latest tension over China's influence in the city. About 400 people are reported to have clashed…




 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:50:57 GMT Peace deal on the cards in northern Mali
There are new hopes of a peace deal in Mali. The government says it has agreed to a preliminary accord aimed at ending fighting with separatists in…




 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:49:18 GMT Astronauts go on spacewalk for new work on ISS
New work is being carried out on the outside of the international space station in preparation for the eventual arrival of new commercial space…




 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:16:49 GMT Tens of thousands march in Moscow in memory of Boris Nemtsov
Tens of thousands have turned out for a memorial march in Moscow after the murder of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. The former…




 Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:15:16 GMT Estonia votes in election amid concerns over Russia
Estonians are voting in a parliamentary election with centre-right Prime Minister Taavi Roivas the favourite to form a new pro-Nato coalition and…





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 Wed, 21 May 2014 16:21:17 GMT Almunia seeks to focus state aid scrutiny
As few as 10% of all state aid could be notified to the Commission under new rules. Member states giving aid will have to be more transparent, giving other member states and companies greater capacity to monitor respect for EU state aid rules.
 Wed, 21 May 2014 15:38:30 GMT General Court warns OLAF
The EU anti-fraud agency's seven-year investigation into a former Commission contractor was unduly long and breached his fundamental rights, the court has ruled.
 Wed, 21 May 2014 11:01:03 GMT â‚¬25m in EU health aid for developing countries
EU funding will go to the GAVI Alliance, which works to increase access to immunisation in poor countries.
 Tue, 20 May 2014 17:54:35 GMT Final forecasts predict victory for EPP
Centre-right will become the largest party in the next European Parliament, final opinion polls suggest.

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 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:00:00 MET Energy Union and Economic Governance

Delivering on this top priority set out in President Juncker's political guidelines, the European Commission set out its strategy to achieve a resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy.

 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:00:00 MET More support to Italy on coping with migratory pressure

The European Commission stepped up its assistance to Italy to deal with the current high migratory pressures in Lampedusa.

 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:00:00 MET College debates fairer taxation and launches consultation on Capital Markets Union

The Commission launches a consultation on creating a single Capital Markets Union and looks at key actions needed to combat tax avoidance at its weekly college meeting.

 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:00:00 MET Informal European Council: stepping up the fight against terrorism

The members of the European Council agreed to reinforce the EU's fight against terrorism and discussed Ukraine, Greece and the Economic and Monetary Union.

 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:00:00 MET Informal European Council to focus on Security, Greece and Ukraine

President Juncker informed the College of Commissioners during its weekly meeting about his contribution to the informal European Council which will take place on Thursday 12 February and focus on the EU security agenda, Greece and Ukraine.

 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:00:00 MET New "Global Partnership" for Poverty Eradication

The Commission has today outlined its vision on global efforts needed to eradicate poverty and boost sustainable development. It puts forward proposals on the contribution of all countries to a "Global Partnership" for the post-2015 agenda.

 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:00:00 MET â‚¬1bn for youth employment and kicking off Energy Union

The College of Commissioners proposed to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available and launched its work on the Energy Union.

 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET Commission launches work on establishing a Capital Markets Union

The Commission has kicked off its flagship project to create a Capital Markets Union (CMU) with a first orientation debate at the College of Commissioners. The CMU ties in with the ambition to boost jobs and growth in the EU.

 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET EU priorities on the agenda in Davos

European Commissioners discuss the EU's top priorities with global leaders and other stakeholders at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos (21-24 January), under the motto "the new global context".

 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET A fresh look at European Security

The College of Commissioners discussed possible avenues to tighten security and prevent terrorism as part of the European Agenda on Security for 2015-2020, an initiative that will be adopted in the coming months. 

 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET Report on investment protection in EU-US trade talks now out

The European Commission published today its analysis of the almost 150,000 replies to its online consultation on investment protection and investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET â‚¬315 bn Investment Plan: Fund for Strategic Investments proposed

At its weekly meeting the Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). It also issued guidance on how it will apply the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact to encourage structural reforms, investment and fiscal responsibility.

 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET We are Charlie

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice-President and High Representative Federica Mogherini went to Paris this Sunday 11 January to participate in the march in honour of the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

 Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET Increased public support for development as European Year begins

A new Eurobarometer shows that the number of Europeans in favour of increasing aid to developing countries has gone up to 67%. The European Year of Development was officially launched last week during the visit by the College to Riga.

 Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET Commission plans €1.8 billion in further aid to Ukraine

The Commission proposed new macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine of up to €1.8 billion in medium-term loans during its visit to Riga at the start of the Latvian Presidency.

 Thu, 01 Jan 2015 12:00:00 MET Lithuania becomes the 19th Member State to adopt the euro

Lithuania adopted the euro on 1 January 2015– on the 15th anniversary of the launch of the single currency in 1999. Some 337 million Europeans in 19 Member States now share the same currency.


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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:13:00 GMT Article - Religious minorities at risk in Middle East: "Death has become something banal"
General : Religious minorities in the Middle East are increasingly under threat from jihadist groups such as the so-called Islamic State (IS). To call attention to the situation of Christians and other religious minorities in the region, the human rights subcommittee and the EP's Mashreq delegation held a joint hearing on 26 February. "Death has become something banal," warned guest speaker Nawras Sammour, of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria, saying the upsurge in radicalism was worrying Christians.

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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:38:00 GMT Press release - Changes to planned European Passenger Name Record (PNR) system discussed by MEPs - Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
A new draft text on an EU system for the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, tabled by lead MEP Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK), was discussed in the civil liberties committee on Thursday morning.
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 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0100 Monthly minimum wages in euro varied by 1 to 10 across the EU in January 2015
As of 1st January 2015, 22 out of the 28 Member States of the European Union (EU) had national minimum wages. They ranged from €184 per month in Bulgaria to €1 923 in Luxembourg. However, when adjusted for differences in purchasing power, the disparities between Member States are reduced from a ratio of 1 to 10 in euro to a ratio of 1 to 4 in purchasing power standards (PPS).
 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0100 Annual inflation down to -0.6% in the euro area
Euro area annual inflation was -0.6% in January 2015, down from -0.2% in December. This was the lowest rate recorded since July 2009. In January 2014 the rate was 0.8%. European Union annual inflation was -0.5% in January 2015, down from -0.1% in December. A year earlier the rate was 0.9%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0100 Facts and figures on agriculture in the European Union
How many people work in the agricultural sector in each EU Member State? How have prices changed over recent years? Which Member State is the biggest producer of cereals, tomatoes, apples, meat or milk? How important are the forest resources in the European Union? How many tonnes of fish were caught and how large is aquaculture production?
 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0100 EU28 current account surplus €33.4 bn
The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €33.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with surpluses of €15.1 bn in the third quarter of 2014 and of €29.9 bn in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:22:00 UT Widespread wind from black hole can shape star formation
Astronomers have discovered that the winds from supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are blasted out in all directions. This new finding was made possible by observations with ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescopes and it supports the picture of black holes having a significant impact on star formation of their host galaxy.
 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:41:00 UT Mystery Mars plume baffles scientists
Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.
 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:56:00 UT March of the moons - Hubble captures rare triple moon transit of Jupiter [heic1504]
These new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images capture a rare occurrence as three of Jupiter's largest moons parade across the giant gas planet's banded face. Hubble took a string of images of the event which show the three satellites – Europa, Callisto and Io – in action.
 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:00:00 UT Planck reveals first stars were born late
New maps from ESA's Planck satellite uncover the 'polarised' light from the early Universe across the entire sky, revealing that the first stars formed much later than previously thought.

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 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:00:00 GMT2015-02-25T23:00:00Z Poverty: Commission has committed €3.8 billion to fight poverty and help the most vulnerable in Europe
The European Commission has today finalised the process of adoption of all national Operational Programmes implementing the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) for the period 2014-2020, worth 3.8 billion euro in basic non-financial assistance to those most in need in the Member States.
 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:00:00 GMT2015-02-23T23:00:00Z Tackling long-term unemployment – public consultation
The European Commission recently launched a public consultation on tackling long-term unemployment, one of the most urgent challenges that Europe faces today. It runs until15 May 2015.

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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:36:59 GMT Commission workshop identifies skills gap for big data analytics and explores possible solutions
A workshop organised in December 2014 on "Big Data Skills for Europe” brought together a set of experts to better understand the skills gap for big data analytics and to explore possible ways to bridge that gap.
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:12:40 GMT Introducing STARTIFY7: Summer academy system for young future ICT entrepreneurs
During 2015 and 2016 STARTIFY7, a new H2020 project, will organise 7 thematically-focused summer academies for young future ICT entrepreneurs.

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 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Going the extra mile with batteries that breathe
A major challenge facing full electric vehicles is the limited range between charges. An EU-backed project has designed a new-generation battery that can potentially power a car for up to 500 km, instead of the current 150 km, before needing to be recharged. This breakthrough could encourage more people to buy electric vehicles - good for the environment and Europe's competitiveness.
 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Building houses with bacteria
Houses of the future could be partially built with bacteria. It sounds like science fiction but researchers involved in an EU-backed project in Madrid are working towards making this a concrete reality.
 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Engineering longer lives for bridges
Bridges are an integral part of today's road and rail transport network, but maintaining them puts significant strain on public finances. The EU-funded project Long Life Bridges has found a way to keep them safe at lower cost. It has also built a prototype of a device designed to extend the lifetime of bridge cables.
 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Gold nanoparticles could set immune system in motion
The immune system is the body's defence against infections and other invaders. While the system works unaided and unnoticed for most of us, others cannot take it for granted, due either to disease or treatments such as chemotherapy. EU-funded researchers have investigated combining nanotechnology and biotechnology to 're-educate' failing immune systems and get them back in working order. Initial results are promising, and clinical trials are 5-10 years away.

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 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:30:00 +0200 Nitrogen oxide emissions still a major problem in Europe

Air pollution emitted from sources such as traffic, industry and households is still above internationally agreed limits in many European countries, according to data published today. The accompanying report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms an initial assessment published earlier this year, showing 12 EU Member States exceeded limits under the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive in 2010.

 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:05:00 +0200 Rio+20 agreement - a modest step in the right direction

At last week’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, delegates did not agree to any ambitious treaties or deadlines for dealing with pressing issues such as climate change, food and water scarcity. However, there were many positive signs for the future global environment.

 Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:45:00 +0200 New cars sold in 2011 were 3.3 % more fuel efficient than those sold in 2010

Europeans are buying cars that are more efficient. Average carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre continue to fall in Europe, according to preliminary figures released today. The 2011 data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) also show that car manufacturers are mostly on track to meeting European Union (EU) targets.

 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:00:00 +0200 Rio+20 – time to rethink the way we use natural resources

This week the Rio de Janeiro summit on sustainable development will open. Rio+20 is an opportunity to look back at changes in our environment since the first Earth Summit in 1992, and also a time to look to the future, re-evaluating the way our economies and our societies depend on the environment and natural resources.


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