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 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:28:02 GMT EU membership 'no panacea' for Turkey's closer ties with Europe – Austria's Kern - RT


EU membership 'no panacea' for Turkey's closer ties with Europe – Austria's Kern
“The negotiation process, which is considered a panacea for Turkey getting closer ties with Europe, has not brought exactly anything,” Kern said in an interview with the Oesterreich newspaper on Saturday. The official lashed out at the EU commission ...
Austria Chancellor Criticizes Juncker Over Talks on Turkey's Accession to EUSputnik International

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 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:02:53 GMT Visa-free travel may ground Turkey's refugee deal with EU - The Straits Times


Visa-free travel may ground Turkey's refugee deal with EU
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With Turkey battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Kurdish militants at home and in neighbouring Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists that he will not scale back the anti-terrorism legislation that European leaders say ...
ERDOGAN'S REVENGE? Fears grow Turkey could release millions of migrants into EuropeExpress.co.uk
EU's Refugee Pact With Turkey May Collapse Over Visa DisputeBloomberg

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 Sun, 15 May 2016 06:22:48 GMT Boris Johnson: The EU wants a superstate, just as Hitler did - Telegraph.co.uk


Boris Johnson: The EU wants a superstate, just as Hitler did
The European Union is pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate, Boris Johnson says. In a dramatic interview with the Telegraph, he warns that while bureaucrats in Brussels are using “different methods” from the Nazi ...

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 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:30:57 GMT Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army - The Local.de

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Eastern Europe pushes Germany for joint EU army
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However, the concept of a common army is a thorny issue within the European Union (EU). All five EU countries at Friday's Warsaw talks are also members of the 28-member NATO Western defence alliance. But six of the EU's 27 post-Brexit membership do ...
European leaders push Angela Merkel for joint EU armyThe Independent
Czechs and Hungarians call for EU army amid security worriesBBC News
Czech Republic & Hungary push for joint European armyRT
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 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:00:55 GMT The secret history of the EU, written on an Italian prison island, reveals why the project is doomed - Telegraph.co.uk


The secret history of the EU, written on an Italian prison island, reveals why the project is doomed
The seemingly insoluble problems the European Union has brought upon itself crowd in from all directions: the slow-motion catastrophe of the euro, the unending flood of refugees; the deadly plague of terrorism; the approaching energy crunch. And now ...

 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:21:04 GMT EU summit: Europe 'must work closer on defence' after Brexit - Telegraph.co.uk


EU summit: Europe 'must work closer on defence' after Brexit
The EU must sharply increase cooperation on defence and intelligence to combat Islamic terrorism and other threats, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said, as they insisted that they were not disheartened by Britain's historic decision to leave ...
Show of European unity: Merkel, Hollande, Renzi meet to discuss gameplanReuters
Without Britain, European Leaders Chart a Rocky New CourseNew York Times
European leaders seek to bolster economyFinancial Times
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 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:48:55 GMT Europe's scapegoat - The Economist

Europe's scapegoat
The Economist
The brothers embody the European Union's free-movement rights. They, and millions like them, are filling labour needs abroad and improving their wages by many multiples. Much of that income finds its way to Romania, in the form of remittances to family ...

 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:52:54 GMT US warns Europe over plan to demand millions in unpaid taxes from Apple - The Guardian

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US warns Europe over plan to demand millions in unpaid taxes from Apple
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The US has warned the European commission that it will consider retaliating if Brussels goes ahead with plans to demand billions of dollars in unpaid taxes from Apple and other US multinational companies. The Obama administration warned the EU on ...
US criticises EU tax probes ahead of Apple rulingBBC News
The EU's Tax Attack on US BusinessWall Street Journal
The European Commission's Recent State Aid Investigations of Transfer Pricing Rulings - US Department of the TreasuryUS Department of the Treasury
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 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:22:01 GMT It Was a Union for the Ages, Until Suddenly It Wasn't. Is Europe Lost? - Bloomberg


It Was a Union for the Ages, Until Suddenly It Wasn't. Is Europe Lost?
The U.K.'s vote to quit the European Union is the enterprise's worst setback since it was conceived in the 1950s. Until now, the EU has always grown in scale and ambition. For the first time, Brexit shows that Europe's manifest destiny—ever closer ...
Former Italian General Calls for European Army After Brexit VoteDefenseNews.com
Europe's biggest stock exchange Bats Europe eyes new EU base outside London after BrexitEconomic Times
How to Leave the European UnionSTRATFOR
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 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:22:51 GMT European Commission Seeks Solutions for YouTube Value Gap - Billboard


European Commission Seeks Solutions for YouTube Value Gap
Plans for user-generated platforms like YouTube and DailyMotion to require licenses or sign-up to revenue sharing deals with rights holders are reportedly being considered by the European Commission (EC). European Regulators Greenlight Sony/ATV Deal.

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 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:33:31 +0200 Dredge retains lead in Denmark
Bradley Dredge kept his composure to retain his lead going into the final day of the Made in Denmark tournament.
 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:17:46 +0200 Syria: evacuation of civilians and rebels in Daraya continues
Syrian civilians and opposition fighters have continued to evacuate Daraya for a second day.
 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:11:56 +0200 Grieving relatives attend state funeral for victims of Italian quake
Weeping relatives hugged each other and reached out to touch the varnished coffins of victims of an earthquake at a state funeral held on Saturday (August 27) for some of the 290 people who died in th
 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:00:04 +0200 The Magic of Mushrooms
Fungi specialists discover incredible and groundbreaking innovations across several domains
 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:50:19 +0200 Djokovic looking to bounce back at Flushing Meadows
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic will begin the defence of his US Open crown with a tricky first-round encounter with Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz.
 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:45:41 +0200 UK: M20 bridge collapse causes travel chaos
A pedestrian bridge collapsed onto a UK motorway on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

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 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Focus on rule of law in Poland and fiscal situation of Spain and Portugal

The Commission adopts a recommendation on the rule of law in Poland, proposes new fiscal adjustment paths for Spain and Portugal and recommends cancelling the fine of 0.2% of GDP for failure to correct their excessive deficit.

 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST President Juncker meets Ukrainian Prime Minister

On 19 July in Brussels, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, met the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, to discuss the country's reform efforts and the European Union's ongoing support.

 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Driving Europe's transition to a low-carbon economy

Today the Commission proposed binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets for Member States from 2021-2030. The College also held an orientation debate on China and decided to maintain its proposal for a revision of the posting of workers directive.

 Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Leaders pledge deeper cooperation at ASEM Summit

The 11th ASEM Summit has drawn to a close in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with European and Asian leaders declaring their intention to work more closely on the most urgent challenges facing global security and the world's economy.

 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Joint statement on the situation in Turkey

"We underline the need for a swift return to Turkey's constitutional order with its checks and balances and stress the importance for the rule of law and fundamental freedoms to prevail."

 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST President Juncker attends Asia-Europe Business Forum

Delivering his keynote speech to business leaders gathering in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, President Juncker called for strong public-private partnerships to promote the trade and investment that will deepen ties between Europe and Asia and deliver lasting economic prosperity.

 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Capital Markets Union boosts investment

The Commission has adopted new proposals that will support Europe's venture-capital industry, encourage new investment in social projects, and make it easier to invest in the small and medium-sized companies driving innovation.

 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Completing the reform of the Common European Asylum System

Today the Commission has completed its comprehensive response in the field of migration and asylum, proposed a common EU Resettlement Framework, and assessed the latest developments on visa reciprocity with the U.S. and Canada.

 Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST 18th EU-China Summit in Beijing

On 12-13 July, President Juncker, along with European Council President Tusk, represents the EU at the 18th bilateral Summit between the European Union and China in Beijing.

 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU-U.S. Privacy Shield launched

A new framework is now in place for protecting the fundamental rights of EU citizens whose personal data is transferred to the US and giving legal clarity to business about their obligations when carrying out data transfers.

 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU and NATO deepen cooperation

At today's NATO Summit in Warsaw, President Juncker signed a Joint Declaration on EU-NATO cooperation with the NATO Secretary-General and European Council President. The President also called for transatlantic unity alongside US President, Barack Obama.

 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Stability and Growth Pact: update on the fiscal situation of Spain and Portugal

Commission confirms that Spain and Portugal will not correct their excessive deficit by the recommended deadline and recommends to the Council to take decisions establishing the absence of effective action.

 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST "Turning the EU into a Union of Europeans"

Today European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, addressed the European Parliament on the outcome of last week's European Council summit, and reviewed the achievements of the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU.

 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU-Canada trade deal to be signed by governments; next steps on tax transparency and security

The Commission transmits the EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) to governments for signature. It took further steps to increase tax transparency in the wake of the "Panama papers" revelations and launched a Public-Private Partnership on cybersecurity.

 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Launch of the Slovak Presidency of the Council

During the visit of the College to Bratislava, Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, has offered the Slovak Government the full support of the Commission as the country launches its first-ever Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST European Council endorses Commission's priorities

In a press conference at the European Council, President Juncker expressed his satisfaction that the European Council had once again given its full backing to the political priorities of the Commission, in particular those related to jobs, growth and investment.

 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU-27 agrees to forge ahead with current priorities

Together with the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission, EU leaders met for the first time today without the United Kingdom at the table. They expressed their regret for the referendum result but showed determination to forge ahead with current priorities.

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 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:00:00 GMT Article - The ABC of the European Parliament
General : MEPs act as the voice of more than 500 million Europeans at the EU level, but how do they work and how do they organise themselves in the European Parliament? Check out our updated infographic for some basic facts about the Parliament.

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 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:00:00 GMT Article - Democratic control: Parliament’s powers of investigation
General : Parliament is not just there to amend and approve new laws, but also to scrutinise the EU institutions. One of the tools at its disposal are committees that investigate specific issues. In recent months committees have been set up to look into revelations on car emissions cheating and wealthy individuals stashing money offshore. Read on to find out how Parliament uses its investigative powers to address people’s concerns and put important issues on the political agenda.

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 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0200 15% of unemployed persons in the EU found a job
Out of all persons in the European Union (EU) who were unemployed in the fourth quarter 2015, 65.7% (13.0 million persons) remained unemployed in the first quarter 2016, while 15.4% (3.0 million) moved into employment and 18.9% (3.7 million) towards economic inactivity in Q1 2016.
 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0200 EU28 current account surplus €13.1 bn
The EU28 seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of €13.1 bn in June 2016, compared with surpluses of €12.4 bn in May 2016 and €9.9 bn in June 2015, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Production in construction stable in euro area
In June 2016 compared with May 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector remained stable in the euro area (EA19) and fell by 0.3% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2016, production in construction was stable in the euro area and fell by 0.4% in the EU28.
 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Annual inflation up to 0.2% in the euro area and the EU
Euro area annual inflation was 0.2% in July 2016, up from 0.1% in June. In July 2015 the rate was 0.2%. European Union annual inflation was also 0.2% in July 2016, up from 0.1% in June. A year earlier the rate was 0.2%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:19:00 UT Rosetta captures comet outburst
In unprecedented observations made earlier this year, Rosetta unexpectedly captured a dramatic comet outburst that may have been triggered by a landslide.
 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:48:00 UT XMM-Newton Announcement of Opportunity (AO-16)
Proposals are solicited for observations with XMM-Newton in response to the sixteenth Announcement of Opportunity, AO-16, issued 23 August 2016. This AO covers the period May 2017 to April 2018 and is open to proposers from all over the world.
 Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:08:00 UT Gaia's second anniversary marked by successes and challenges
Operating in the depths of space, far beyond the Moon's orbit, ESA's Gaia spacecraft has now completed two years of a planned five-year survey of the sky. Despite a series of unexpected technical challenges, the mission is on track to complete the most detailed and complex mapping of the heavens ever undertaken.
 Wed, 03 Aug 2016 09:48:00 UT Cosmic explosions: the first ESA–Ars Electronica residency
Aoife van Linden Tol, an artist working primarily with explosive media, is the recipient of the first art&[email protected] residency, organised by Ars Electronica in partnership with ESA.

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 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-08-23T22:00:00Z Towards better social statistics for a social Europe
Today the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to collect and use data from social surveys so as to better support policy making in general and social policy in particular.
 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-08-01T22:00:00Z Recent social policy initiatives in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Serbia and Slovenia
Seven new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) have just become available.

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 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:11:00 GMT Five Days left to vote for Europe's top digital innovators
There are just 5 days left for you to vote for your favourite digital innovators among 40 nominees who have been developing innovations through EU-funded projects!
 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:49:58 GMT Robot Charlie supports children with diabetes
The PAL project and its eHealth and mHealth tools (a social robot, its avatar and an app) provide support to children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) and their parents. The project already received a lot of positive feedback, according to project coordinator Rosemarijn Looije in her blog post.

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 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Promoting fusion-powered innovation
Nuclear fusion could be the perfect solution to the world's energy problems - but first, we have to work out how to produce fusion power cost-effectively. Research is getting closer, and the advances it is delivering could also be useful in other areas. An EU-funded project has highlighted the potential of technology transfers to industry.
 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Doctors use video to save lives
Remote diagnosis systems such as the one developed by the DRIVEN project can enhance responsiveness in emergency and disaster incidents, providing a significant time-advantage within that critical hour following an incident.
 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT European Consortium to Demonstrate EColoRO Concept for Wastewater Reuse in the Textile Industry
New technology slashes both water consumption and costs using environmentally responsible techniques.
 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tracking innovation in intelligent transportation systems
Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are all around us: they let us know when the next bus will reach our bus stop, help monitor and manage road traffic and make air travel safer. But how does innovation work at this complex intersection between the transport and the ICT industries? The T-TRANS project found answers and laid the foundations for a European ITS innovation network.

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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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