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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:54:39 GMT Not Even the Threat of War in Europe Can Unite the EU - TIME

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Not Even the Threat of War in Europe Can Unite the EU
When it comes to assigning blame for the volatile situation in eastern Ukraine, European politicians are united: it is all Russia's fault. That's about where the unity ends, as became clear after a meeting of foreign ministers from European Union ...
Ukraine crisis: EU considers further economic sanctions against RussiaThe Independent
EU to Expand Targeted Sanctions on Russian Officials Amid Ukraine UnrestWall Street Journal
Fragile Europe Weakens U.S. Push for Russia SanctionsBloomberg
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 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:22:07 GMT Stability in Europe in Russian, EU interests — European commissioner World ... - ITAR-TASS

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Stability in Europe in Russian, EU interests — European commissioner World ...
STRASBOURG, April 16. /ITAR-TASS/. The crisis in Ukraine, which may escalate into large-scale bloodshed, promotes neither Russian nor the European Union's interests, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, Stefan Fule, told ...
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Speech: EU Commissioner FĂĽle addresses Ukraine issuePrague Post

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:48:54 GMT EU blacklist to stop spread of alien species - BBC News

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EU blacklist to stop spread of alien species
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The European Parliament has approved new legislation to stem the spread of invasive species such as "killer" shrimp or Japanese knotweed. There will be a ban on the possession, transport, selling or growing of species deemed as of "Union Concern".
EU finally legislates against alien speciesBird Watch
European Parliamentarians back measures against 'invasive aliens'Reuters
EU must take urgent action on invasive speciesEurekAlert (press release)
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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:26:01 GMT EU's first Sentinel satellite images Earth - BBC News

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EU's first Sentinel satellite images Earth
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The European Union's new Sentinel-1a radar satellite has returned its first images of Earth. Launched on 3 April, the spacecraft is part of a fleet of orbiting sensors that will go up over the next few years to monitor the state of the planet. Its ...

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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:32:40 GMT MEPs approve rules for safer lorry designs in EU - BBC News

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MEPs approve rules for safer lorry designs in EU
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A large majority in the European Parliament has approved new rules to make big lorries safer for other road users and more fuel-efficient. If national governments back the changes, lorries will have to have bigger windows and rounder fronts - rather ...
Super Tuesday for EU bank regulationFinancial Times
The EU Is Enacting A Massive Overhaul Of Europe's Financial SystemBusiness Insider
Key EU banking reform laws approvedCNBC.com
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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:16:33 GMT Berlin Fears A High Court Ruling Could Threaten The European Union - Forbes

Berlin Fears A High Court Ruling Could Threaten The European Union
The global financial media trumpeted this somewhat unexpected achievement as a sign that things were finally turning around in the European Union's most blighted country. Media reports to the contrary, Greece's return to the market does nothing to ...

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:39:56 GMT 'Migrant Files:' The EU's refugee victims - Deutsche Welle

'Migrant Files:' The EU's refugee victims
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The same contradiction is also evident in the official mission of the European Union border agency Frontex: on the one hand the agency is supposed to protect Europe's coast against migrants, while also helping to save refugees in distress at sea. "In ...

 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:12:37 GMT UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote - Reuters UK

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UK's anti-EU party hits new high in poll ahead of Europe vote
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The rising popularity of UKIP, which calls for an immediate withdrawal from the EU and tighter immigration laws, threatens to split the vote for Prime Minister David Cameron at European parliament elections in May and a national election in 2015.
EU election: Tory, Labour, UKIP and Lib Dem on EuropeBBC News

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:26:55 GMT EU privacy reforms are too little too late - EuropeanCEO

EU privacy reforms are too little too late
After months of heated discussion and a vast amount of lobbying late last year, the LIBE Committee voted to allocate data protection law amendments to the EU Parliament, the EU Council of Ministers, and the European Commission, marking a small step ...

 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:43 GMT Europe moves softly softly on Ukraine - BBC News

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Europe moves softly softly on Ukraine
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It is just possible that if the meeting in Geneva on Thursday - involving the US, Russia, the EU and Ukraine - is unsuccessful then the EU will hold an emergency summit next week to discuss moving to Phase Three and economic sanctions, but there are ...
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: EU's Fuele hints at economic sanctions ...Kyiv Post
The EU hesitates to act over UkraineGlobalPost
Russia calls EU nations fearful of Russian attack 'victims of own hysteria'euronews
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 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:16:18 GMT Poor conditions hamper search for missing South Korea ferry passengers
Rescuers have been hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korean ferry, looking for a response from nearly 300 mostly high school…

 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:59:43 GMT Google shares drop despite a hike in profits
Even a first-quarter profit rise of 3% has not impressed the markets with Google shares dropping 5%. Investors are concerned with Google's inability…

 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:59:41 GMT Starbucks to move European HQ to UK
Starbucks the coffee chain is to move its European headquarters to London from the Netherlands this year and pay more tax in the UK. It will also…

 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:57:18 GMT Mediator drug scandal boss Jacques Servier dies aged 93
Jacques Servier , founder and president of Servier Pharmaceuticals has died at the age of 93. Although responsible for developing the company into…

 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:41:02 GMT Ford Mustang takes a ride to the top of New York
How does a car go to the top of the Empire State Building? It takes the elevator of course! And that's just what a 2015 Ford Mustang convertible…

 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:55:01 GMT Algerian police break up a rally on the eve of presidential poll
Police in Algeria broke up a rare anti-government protest on the eve of today's presidential election. Demonstrators from the group "Barakat" -…

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:16:40 GMT Parliament approves new rules for operations at EU sea borders
MEPs want more focus on rescuing sea-borne migrants in distress.
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:03:12 GMT MEPs call for binding target to reduce plastic bags
Plastics and waste industries oppose MEPs promotion of biodegradable bags.
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:44:21 GMT MEPs censure Schulz over appointments and campaigning
Plenary session approves amendments criticising appointment of Schulz aides to posts in the Parliament’s administration.
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:16:51 GMT Renzi appoints women to head state-owned companies
Italian prime minister announced industry shake-up.

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 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:00 MEST Equality between the sexes: slow but sure progress

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Gaps in gender equality in Europe are shrinking, but the rate of progress is slow, according to an annual EU report published today.

 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:00:00 MEST Exploring benefits of mobile applications for health

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The EU is launching a consultation to gather ideas about how mobile technology could be used to improve health services in Europe, leading to potential savings of €99bn.

 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:00:00 MEST Hats off to EU's best young translators 2013

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The 28 winners of the EU's annual translation contest received their awards today.

 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 MEST Efforts at Roma integration start to pay off, says EU

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Three years of efforts to improve the lives of Roma people in Europe are starting to have visible results, says an EU report published today – but more remains to be done.

 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:00:00 MEST European Parliament elections – making your voice heard

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Nominations by political parties and EU-wide debates seek to increase participation and give citizens more say in the future direction of the European Union. 

 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET Mixed picture emerges of reforms by EU's neighbours

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The EU’s annual review of its efforts to encourage reform in neighbouring countries to the east and south shows mixed results for 2013.

 Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET Clothing and toys top list of dangerous consumer items in EU

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A record number of safety alerts were issued by the EU’s early warning system for dangerous products (RAPEX) in 2013, which also saw a marked rise in the proportion of unsafe items from China.

 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET Join the debate on Europe's future on 27 March

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On 27 March, over 150 EU citizens will be in Brussels to debate the future of Europe, at the EU's invitation. To get involved in the debate, post your questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter - #EUdeb8.

 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET European Council: President Barroso welcomes agreements on Ukraine, climate and energy policy and tax

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President Barroso has welcomed the ambitious common positions reached at the March European Council on Ukraine, climate and energy, and savings tax, all of which he said reinforced the EU's global ambitions.

 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET EU backs right to clean water and sanitation

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The Commission will step up efforts to improve water quality, infrastructure and sanitation, following success of first European Citizens’ Initiative.

 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET Helping European companies stay afloat

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EU sets out new approach to help companies in financial trouble and give budding entrepreneurs a second chance.

 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET EU outlines priorities for justice and home affairs to 2020

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The EU wants to focus in the next few years on progress towards the European area of freedom, justice and security.

 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET EU takes action to protect rule of law

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The EU is taking action to ensure that EU countries comply with the rule of law by introducing a “warning tool” to help resolve problems early on.

 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:00:00 MET EU innovation is on the way up, but gaps persist, says report

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Europe is catching up with the US and Japan in terms of innovation, but big gaps between countries need tackling, according to an EU report.

 Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:00:00 MET Equal Pay Day highlights need to tackle gender inequality

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For the second year in a row European Equal Pay Day falls on the last day of February, marking the fact that women effectively work the first 2 months of each year for nothing, given the stark difference between women and men’s pay.

 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00:00 MET EU economic forecast – recovery gaining ground

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The European economy continues to recover in most EU countries, though at a different rate and strength. However, the legacy of debt and fiscal consolidation from the financial crisis mean the recovery will remain fragile.

 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:00:00 MET Unlocking the potential of EU coastal and island tourism

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New strategy aims to address challenges facing Europe’s growing tourism industry to help it develop and become more competitive.

 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:00:00 MET European app sector set to boom

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Nearly 5 million jobs and €63bn could be added to the EU’s economy by 2018, says EU study.

 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:00:00 MET Clamping down on cross-border VAT fraud

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As part of an intensifying battle against tax fraud, the EU plans to strengthen cooperation with neighbouring countries on VAT.

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 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT Article - "Legal highs": the ins and outs of tackling uppers and downers
Plenary sessions : New psychoactive substances, also known as "legal highs", can prove damaging or even lethal. On 17 April MEPs vote on new rules to enable these harmful substances to be quickly withdraw from the EU market. In a separate vote, they decide on more severe punishments for criminals who breach the ban on severe risk substances, including prison sentences of up to ten years. Read on for the lowdown on "legal highs".

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:36:00 GMT Press release - New Fisheries Fund, signed and sealed, concludes EU fisheries policy reform
Plenary sessions : Operating rules for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) aid to help fishermen to comply with new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) requirements were endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. EMFF aid will help fishermen to observe the discard ban, e.g. by buying more selective fishing gear, but will also be used to improve safety and working conditions, data collection and port infrastructure. All this will help to make EU fisheries more sustainable.

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Euro area annual inflation down to 0.5%
Euro area annual inflation was 0.5% in March 2014, down from 0.7% in February. A year earlier the rate was 1.7%. Monthly inflation was 0.9% in March 2014.
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0100  EU28 current account surplus 39.4 bn euro
The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of 39.4 billion euro (1.2% of GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from a surplus of 34.4 bn (1.1% of GDP) in the third quarter of 2013 and from a surplus of 24.1 bn (0.7% of GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a second estimate released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Regional unemployment rates ranged from 2.6% in Oberbayern to 36.3% in AndalucĂ­a
Regional unemployment rates varied widely across the 272 NUTS 2 regions of the EU28 in 2013, with the lowest rates recorded in the regions of Oberbayern in Germany (2.6%), Freiburg in Germany and Salzburg in Austria (both 2.9%), TĂĽbingen in Germany and Tirol in Austria (both 3.0%), while the highest rates were registered in five Spanish regions: AndalucĂ­a (36.3%), Ceuta (35.6%), Melilla (34.4%), Canarias (34.1%) and Extremadura (33.7%).
 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Euro area international trade in goods surplus 13.6 bn euro
The first estimate for the euro area (EA18) trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in February 2014 gave a 13.6 billion euro surplus, compared with +9.8 bn in February 2013. The January 2014 balance was +0.8 bn, compared with -4.8 bn in January 2013. In February 2014 compared with January 2014, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 1.2% and imports by 0.6%.

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:21:00 UT Rosetta:Instrument commissioning continues
We're now in week four of six dedicated to commissioning Rosetta's science instruments after the long hibernation period, with the majority now having completed at least a first initial switch on.
 Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:56:00 UT Venus Express:No. 266 - Continuation of quadrature operations, temporary star tracker outage, start of the sixteenth occultation season, and entire thirteenth Atmospheric Drag Experiment Campaign
Report for the period 13 October to 9 November 2013This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes the continuation of quadrature operations, a temporary star tracker outage, start of the sixteenth occultation season, continuation of the first sulphur dioxide campaign, and the entire thirteenth Atmospheric Drag Experiment Campaign.
 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:37:00 UT Venus Express:No. 265 - End of the twenty-fifth eclipse season, continuation of the first sulphur dioxide campaign, start of quadrature operations
Report for the period 15 September to 12 October 2013.This reporting period covers four weeks of Venus Express operations. It includes the end of the twenty-fifth eclipse season, continuation of the first sulphur dioxide campaign, and the start of quadrature operations.
 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:00:00 UT Cassini-Huygens:Icy moon Enceladus has underground sea
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has an underground sea of liquid water, according to the international Cassini spacecraft.

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 Mon, 19 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT2014-05-19T22:00:00Z Peer Review in Belgium: Health System Performance Assessment
Belgium piloted its first Health System Performance Assessment (HSPA) framework in 2008. The framework provides the basis to improve decision-making in health systems. Taking the Belgian experience with HSPA as a starting point, this Peer Review will also focus on methods and tools for (further) developing HSPA in national as well as comparative contexts.
 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:00:00 GMT2014-04-14T22:00:00Z Commission welcomes final adoption of Directive on supplementary pension rights
The European Commission welcomes the final adoption by the European Parliament of the Directive improving the protection of supplementary pension rights for mobile workers.

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:57:20 GMT Augmented Reality: Bringing History and the Future to Life
Have you ever wished you had a virtual time machine that could show you how your street looked last century? Or have you wanted to see how your new furniture might look, before you’ve even bought it? Thanks to VENTURI, an EU research project, you can now do just that
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:54:00 GMT A joint research agenda on demographic change adopted by 15 countries
14 European countries and Canada have adopted a Strategic Research Agenda as a first milestone of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) “More Years, Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change”. While ageing is the principal focus of the work of the JPI, the research agenda also addresses the wider picture of demographic change: factors like fertility rates, rural depopulation, and migration are all significant issues. Furthermore, some of the problems, especially in health and social care, which arise in later life, could be prevented by interventions earlier in the lifecourse. The Agenda has a particular focus on the kinds of research that can inform policy. JPIs enable member countries to coordinate their research on specific societal challenges more closely. The JPI "More Years, Better Lives" is now preparing the implementation of the Strategic Research Agenda. The success of the initiative requires active participation of national governments and funding agencies with joint activities such as joint calls as well as alignment of their respective research policies and programmes.

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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Digitising the past
Although millions of books are scanned and put online every year, making old documents and texts available on the web is a difficult and painstaking process.
 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT International horizons in crop breeding
Today, we are faced with the challenge of providing safe, nutritious and affordable food for the world's ever increasing population.
 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Probing the brain without surgery
A breakthrough European research project has developed a safe and simple approach that avoids surgery and its associated risks in order to help patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The BrainSafe project uses an innovative technology for non-invasive monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP), the pressure inside the skull and thus the brain tissue and the surrounding fluid.
 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT International exchange fosters better local action on deforestation
Many efforts are being made at a governmental and global level to reduce deforestation and other major contributors to climate change. The REDD-ALERT project focused on how such international and national policy initiatives - for example, the discussions taking place under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - could be translated into ideas for action on the ground.

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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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