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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:16:16 GMT Europe|With or Without the EU, Europe Is Still Connected - New York Times


Europe|With or Without the EU, Europe Is Still Connected
New York Times
Britain has voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote on Friday, the first country to ever leave the bloc. E.U. member states. Non-E.U. countries. Squares are sized according to the population of each country. Iceland. Sweden. Norway. Estonia ...
Europe is fed up, it is simmering with rage. What now for the EU?Telegraph.co.uk
8 things you didn't know about the European UnionPBS NewsHour
EU referendum: Europe's press gripped by Brexit dramaBBC News
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 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:32:57 GMT Europe needs united army, EU parliament committee head urges after Brexit - RT


Europe needs united army, EU parliament committee head urges after Brexit
The new armed forces could be modeled after the Franco-German model, making European foreign policy much more effective, Brok believes. “We need a common (military) headquarters and a coalition (of EU countries) acting in accordance with the ...

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 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:08:48 GMT Germany's Merkel signals sober separation from EU 'partner' Britain - Reuters


Germany's Merkel signals sober separation from EU 'partner' Britain
The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, also piled pressure on Britain, calling for it to trigger the Leave process at a summit of EU leaders next Tuesday. "We expect the British government to deliver now," Schulz told Germany's Bild ...
EU Leaders Push for a Speedy Start to Britain's ExitNew York Times
Brexit: EU spells out procedure for UK to leaveBBC News
Brexit: European Union founding states want divorce to start 'as soon as possible'ABC Online
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 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:25:58 GMT Many Point to Racist Undercurrent Behind UK Vote to Leave EU - Haaretz


Many Point to Racist Undercurrent Behind UK Vote to Leave EU
AP - Some leading British politicians and academics are interpreting Britain's choice to abandon the European Union as a deliberate decision to sacrifice economic stability in exchange for the right to stop the flow of immigrants — a decision, they ...
Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage says appears Britain will stay in EUThe Straits Times
Brexit vote a sign UK 'longing for a time and place that never was'CBC.ca

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:00:35 GMT 'A bad day for Europe': Brexit stuns EU leaders - Financial Times

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'A bad day for Europe': Brexit stuns EU leaders
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“The danger from extremists and populists is immense,” said François Hollande, the French president, as he promised to strive for “deep change” at the EU. All over Europe, the Brexit result unleashed a wave of schadenfreude among EU leaders opposed to ...
EU faces Brexit 'contagion' as populist parties across Europe call for referendumsTelegraph.co.uk
European Officials Suggest Tough Stance on 'Brexit'Wall Street Journal
Nexit, Frexit & Italeave: Brexit Reinvigorates Calls for Others to Leave EUHaaretz
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 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:45:34 GMT Brexit vote divides Europe's leaders as Schulz calls on UK to 'deliver now' - The Guardian

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Brexit vote divides Europe's leaders as Schulz calls on UK to 'deliver now'
The Guardian
With frustrations mounting at Britain's seeming reluctance to begin divorce proceedings, German's chancellor, Angela Merkel, has called for calm, clear-headed and businesslike discussions while other European capitals, EU leaders and her own government ...
Brexit referendum: EU ministers press UK for quick exitBBC News
European leaders order Britain to leave 'as soon as possible' after Brexit resultDaily Mail

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:10:08 GMT Brexit will hurt the UK. But it could save the European Union. - Vox


Brexit will hurt the UK. But it could save the European Union.
If I were a citizen of the United Kingdom, I would have voted to remain part of the European Union. But I came to that view reluctantly. The EU has made possible the free movement of goods and people for a population of half a billion people. That's an ...
What is article 50 and why is it so central to the Brexit debate?The Guardian

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:48:07 GMT EU referendum: What's next for Europe as divorce looms - CNN

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EU referendum: What's next for Europe as divorce looms
Shellshocked by the landmark vote -- the first of its kind by an EU nation -- the remaining 27 countries were Friday trying to thrash out a strategy for dealing with it. Donald Tusk, the EU's president, called an informal meeting of European leaders ...
France's Macron wants EU-wide referendum, far-left slams Hollande "nervousness"Reuters UK
EU referendum: Brexit sparks calls for other EU votesBBC News
More countries could follow UK out of the EU, says German finance ministry, as European leaders warn radical reform ...Telegraph.co.uk
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 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:48:46 GMT EU governments pile pressure on UK to leave as soon as possible - The Guardian

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EU governments pile pressure on UK to leave as soon as possible
The Guardian
Steinmeier told a press conference at the German foreign ministry guesthouse on the outskirts of Berlin that Cameron had a “responsibility beyond the UK” to initiate formal steps for Britain's exit and “give us a chance to engage with the European ...

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 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:46:51 GMT UPDATE 1-France's Macron wants new European project, and an EU-wide referendum - Reuters

UPDATE 1-France's Macron wants new European project, and an EU-wide referendum
Macron's talk of a European-wide referendum goes beyond comments made by President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who both said the EU needed to reinvent itself after Britons voted to leave the bloc but made no reference to a ...

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 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:05:53 +0200 Brexit crisis hits UK Labour opposition as Corbyn faces party revolt
Since the recent show of unity following "the murder of the British MP Jo…
 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:41:07 +0200 Hundreds of West African migrants rescued in Mediterranean taken to Italy
A boatload of 660 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea at the end of last week has transported them to shore in Europe in a joint operation by…
 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:39:36 +0200 Myanmar burns large pile of heroin and marijuana on UN anti-drugs day
Myanmar - otherwise known as Burma - has marked Sunday's "UN international day against drug trafficking and…
 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:13:26 +0200 US National Guard help rescue effort in flood-hit West Virginia
President Obama has signed a disaster declaration making federal funding available for flood victims in three counties of the US state of West…
 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:47:53 +0200 Millions sign referendum re-run petition
Millions of Britons have signed a petition calling for a re-run of the European Union referendum. Update: The Brexit do-over petition now has more…
 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:26:09 +0200 Iceland's new President Gudni Johannesson off to France for the footy
Historian Gudni Johannesson has claimed victory in Iceland's presidential election. Gudni Johannesson claims victory in Iceland’s presidential…

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST Presidents of EU institutions agree statement on UK referendum

President Juncker has hosted a meeting in Brussels bringing together the Presidents of the European Parliament and European Council alongside the Dutch Prime Minister representing the Council Presidency. They published a joint statement on the UK referendum result.

 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST President Juncker in official visit to Athens

On 21 June in Athens, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, met with Greek President, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, and New Democracy leader, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST An ambitious vision for EU-China relations

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission mapped out the EU's relationship with China for the next five years. The College also discussed the current political situation, notably the upcoming referendum in the United Kingdom, and prepared for the European Council. The Commission welcomed the Chancellor of Austria, Mr. Christian Kern.

 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST Commission welcomes agreement on new rules to tackle tax avoidance

The Commission has welcomed the agreement reached by Member States on their general approach for far-reaching new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices.

 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST Progress in managing the refugee crisis and scientific criteria for endocrine disruptors

The Commission reports on progress in implementing the EU-Turkey Statement and in resettling and relocating refugees. It adopts a second recommendation on steps to restore a functioning asylum system in Greece and resume Dublin transfers to the country. Finally, it presents scientific criteria for endocrine disruptors.

 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU tackles radicalisation and extremism

The Commission has today adopted new proposals that will help Member States in their efforts to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism.

 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST 10th anniversary of European Development Days

The European Development Days bring together key players from across the world on 15 and 16 June in Brussels. It is Europe's leading forum on global development and cooperation.

 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST The Commission adopts a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe

The aim of the Skills Agenda is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe.

 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST Putting culture at the heart of EU international relations

The European Commission adopts a Strategy for international cultural relations which will contribute to making the EU a stronger global actor. The Strategy aims at encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries.

 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST Migration: 'Blue Card' reform, integration and new partnership with third countries

The College announces a new Migration Partnership Framework with third countries, reforms the Blue Card for highly-qualified workers and presents an Action Plan on integration. It also discusses its contribution to the Global Strategy and releases the 2016 Convergence report.

 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST A European Agenda for the collaborative economy

The Commission issues guidance to help consumers, businesses and public authorities engage in the growing collaborative economy.

 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:00:00 CEST College focusses on InvestEU, EU standards, Glyphosate and Poland

The College announces the extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments after its successful first year. It also modernises the EU's standardisation policy and takes the next steps on Glyphosate and the rule of law in Poland.

 Tue, 31 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Countering illegal online hate speech

The European Commission reached an agreement with major Information Technology companies to counter illegal online hate speech. They unveiled a Code of Conduct that includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of such content.

 Mon, 30 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST President Juncker attends commemorations of the Battle of Verdun

On Sunday 29 May, President Juncker took part in the commemorations marking 100 years of the Battle of Verdun.

 Fri, 27 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU welcomes outcome of G7 summit in Japan

The EU led efforts for an ambitious G7 declaration that reflects global political will to boost economic resilience, tackle the global migration challenge and fight terrorism among others.

 Wed, 25 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU action leads to further improved quality of bathing water

Forty years of investments have improved Europe’s bathing water. The "Bathing Water Report for 2016" shows that thanks to EU action the quality of bathing water has improved continuously over time leading to 96 % of monitored bathing sites in the EU meeting the high standards for water quality.

 Wed, 25 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Commission makes an important step towards a Digital Single Market

The Commission wants to boost e-commerce by tackling geoblocking and making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable. It also wants to create a fairer environment through updated EU audiovisual rules and tables a new approach to online platforms.

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:57:00 GMT Press release - Joint statement by Schulz, Tusk, Rutte and Juncker on UK referendum outcome
General : EP President Martin Schulz, European Council President Donald Tusk and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte met Friday morning in Brussels at the invitation of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. They discussed the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum and made the following joint statement:

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:48:00 GMT Press release - President Schulz and political leaders' statements on UK referendum outcome
General : European Parliament President Martin Schulz and EP political group leaders made statements to the press on 24 June following an extraordinary meeting of Parliament's Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) on the outcome of the UK's EU membership referendum on 23 June.

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 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Apples and tomatoes were the top fruit and vegetable produced in the EU in 2015
In the European Union (EU), just over 2.3 million hectares were devoted to the production of fruit and berries and a further 2.1 million hectares to the production of vegetables. With 636 000 hectares (or 27.1% of the EU total) devoted to the production of fruit, Spain was the leading EU Member State in terms of production area of fruit in 2015, while it was Italy (420 000 hectares, or 20.2%) for vegetables.
 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Long-term initial maturities largely prevail among EU Member States
With slightly more than a quarter (27%) of total government debt having a term below one year, Sweden registered in 2015 the highest proportion of short-term initial maturities of debt among the Member States for which data are available. Hungary (15%), Italy and Portugal (both 14%) as well as France (11%) also recorded shares of short-term maturity debt above 10%. At the opposite end of the scale, almost all debt was made up of long-term maturities in Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria and Slovakia.
 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Euro area job vacancy rate up to 1.7%
The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 1.7% in the first quarter of 2016, up from 1.6% in both the previous quarter and the first quarter of 2015, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The job vacancy rate in the EU28 was 1.8% in the first quarter of 2016, up from 1.7% in both the previous quarter and the first quarter of 2015.
 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Production in construction down by 0.2% in euro area
In April 2016 compared with March 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector fell by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19) and increased by 0.4% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In March 2016, production in construction fell by 1.0% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU28.

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:59:00 UT LISA Pathfinder completes first operations phase
On Saturday 25 June, the LISA Technology Package (LTP) – a European payload on ESA's LISA Pathfinder – completes its nominal operations phase, passing the baton to the Disturbance Reduction System, an additional experiment provided by NASA. This won't be the last time the European experiment is run – the recently approved mission extension will see the LTP back in action for seven months starting in November this year.
 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:13:00 UT Venus has potential – but not for water
ESA's Venus Express may have helped to explain the puzzling lack of water on Venus. The planet has a surprisingly strong electric field – the first time this has been measured at any planet – that is sufficient to deplete its upper atmosphere of oxygen, one of the components of water.
 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:15:00 UT LISA Pathfinder exceeds expectations
ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission has demonstrated the technology needed to build a space-based gravitational wave observatory.
 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:30:00 UT Hubble finds Universe may be expanding faster than expected [heic1611]
Astronomers have used Hubble to measure the distances to stars in nineteen galaxies more accurately than previously possible. They found that the Universe is currently expanding faster than the rate derived from measurements of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. If confirmed, this apparent inconsistency may be an important clue to understanding three of the Universe's most elusive components: dark matter, dark energy and neutrinos.

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 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-06-21T22:00:00Z Restructuring the Hungarian social protection system: Evaluation of the 2015 decision to deliver benefits locally
Last year, the Hungarian government introduced an extensive reform of the social protection system, notably separating provisions for income and expense compensation.
 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-06-14T22:00:00Z Poverty risks since the crisis: are older people winning at the expense of the young?
One of the legacies of the crisis is an increased number of people at risk of poverty. These are people with household incomes below 60% of the median income in their country. The share of people at risk of poverty (or the ‘at-risk-of-poverty rate’, AROP) increased from 13.5 per cent in 2007 to 15.9 per cent in 2014 among the working-age population (20-64 years old) – a rise of almost 20% (EU average excluding Croatia and Malta).

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:45:00 GMT European Health Forum Gastein
This year's high-level conference will include a forum called "Reality meets Reality": Healthcare providers and professionals, citizens and policy makers recognise the need for changes in healthcare systems and, although slowly, they are consistently becoming part of everyday practice.
 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:31:00 GMT Smart farming receives the backing of the European Parliament
The Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) and especially the AIOTI working group on Smart farming and food security (WG06) welcomes the recent adoption by the European Parliament of two reports of much relevance to the mission of the group. WG06 contributed to the reports on “Enhancing innovation and economic development in future European farm management”. An explicit recognition of AIOTI is included in the European Parliament's report.

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 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Big HIV data opens new avenues to fight the disease
EU-funded project EuroCoord has advanced scientific understanding of HIV by bringing together patient data collected by over 100 institutions. The data are being mined for insight into better prevention and treatment strategies, including for vulnerable groups such as migrants and refugees.
 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Revealing Europe's submarine secrets - in 3D
A chance conversation with a marine archaeologist friend led to Charalambos Poullis joining a dive in Cyprus. The experience revealed the difficulties faced by underwater archaeologists, and set in motion a thought process that would lead him to apply for EU research funding and subsequently develop software enabling archaeologists to reproduce underwater artefacts.
 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT A fishy tale of more taste less waste
Here is a fishy tale for foodies and scientists: 'Smoked salmon is a speciality dish. Still it's hard to believe that certain desirable products can be made from leftovers with the help of a special bacteria!'.
 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Where next for European labour markets?
High unemployment rates, increasingly precarious jobs and industry restructuring are just some of the elements characterising today's labour markets. A network of EU-funded researchers is studying socio-economic and social trends to better understand current developments.

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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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