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 Mon, 23 May 2016 16:39:47 GMT Turkey threatens to suspend agreements with EU - Stars and Stripes

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Turkey threatens to suspend agreements with EU
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ANKARA, Turkey — German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Turkey's president on Monday that Ankara must fulfill all the European Union's conditions to secure visa-free travel for its citizens, but Turkey responded that it would suspend agreements with the ...
Turkey threatens to block EU migration deal without visa-free travelThe Guardian
Can Erdogan afford to scuttle the refugee deal with EU?Al-Monitor

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 Tue, 24 May 2016 16:00:24 GMT Mergers: Commission approves AB InBev's acquisition of SABMiller, subject to conditions - EU News

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Mergers: Commission approves AB InBev's acquisition of SABMiller, subject to conditions
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The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of SABMiller, the world's second largest brewer, by AB InBev, the world's largest brewer. The clearance is conditional on AB InBev selling practically the ...
European Regulators Approve Anheuser-Busch InBev-SABMiller MergerNew York Times
CompaniesEU regulators approve AB InBev-SABMiller dealFinancial Times
SABMiller buyout deal gets conditional European consentBDlive
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 Mon, 23 May 2016 15:26:04 GMT Five reasons Europe would miss the UK - CNN

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Five reasons Europe would miss the UK
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In other words, Britain's economy is closely integrated with the rest of Europe. Right now, that trade benefits from the free trade zone that's central to the EU. If the UK left, that would all be subject to re-negotiation. Brexit is already hurting ...
Europe 2.0? The EU after the British referendumPolicy Network
EU Referendum: Brexit could add £230 to the cost of a European holiday, David Cameron warnsThe Independent
Brexit: What would happen to expats if Britain leaves the EU?Express.co.uk
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 Sun, 22 May 2016 19:07:05 GMT EUROPE >Britain says Turkey 'decades' from joining the EU - Hurriyet Daily News

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EUROPE >Britain says Turkey 'decades' from joining the EU
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Writing in the Sunday Express newspaper, Nigel Farage, leader of the anti-EU, anti-mass immigration UK Independence Party, said that to stay in the EU "would mean not just net migration at the current record high levels, but at rates even higher" in ...

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 Tue, 24 May 2016 14:41:32 GMT Investment Plan for Europe: GBP 525m European backing for Beatrice windfarm off Scottish coast in the UK - EU News

Investment Plan for Europe: GBP 525m European backing for Beatrice windfarm off Scottish coast in the UK
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"Thanks to the Investment Plan and the European Investment Bank, we are getting closer to reaching our COP21 goals. Already the European Fund for Strategic Investments has helped to finance sustainable, green investments across the EU worth billions of ...

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 Tue, 24 May 2016 11:54:03 GMT EU referendum: Family holidays to Europe will rise by £230 after Brexit claims David Cameron - International Business Times UK

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EU referendum: Family holidays to Europe will rise by £230 after Brexit claims David Cameron
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Families in the UK will see their holiday bill to Europe rise by £230 ($335) if Britain splits from the EU, David Cameron has warned. The prime minister, speaking at Luton Airport on 24 May, also said a leave vote would affect the cost of vacations to ...
Tory men dominate EU referendum coverage, study findsThe Guardian

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 Mon, 23 May 2016 14:32:37 GMT Turkey and the EU: Pros and cons of membership - The Week UK

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Turkey and the EU: Pros and cons of membership
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Few European governments are in favour, arguing that the cultural, geopolitical and economic differences are too significant. There are also serious concerns over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's growing authoritarianism and crackdown on human rights.

 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:14:00 GMT Europe's leaders need to be part of the solution: Italy FinMin - CNBC

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Europe's leaders need to be part of the solution: Italy FinMin
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European Union leaders need to upgrade and update their ways to tackle the region's economic and political problems or face first further risks to the 28-country bloc's unity, Italy's Finance Minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, told CNBC. Europe faces a ...

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 Mon, 23 May 2016 14:37:48 GMT European Youth Event: 7500 opinions on Europe's future - European Parliament (press release)

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European Youth Event: 7500 opinions on Europe's future
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Want to know Europe's future? Ask the people who will shape it! Last weekend more than 7,500 young Europeans attended the European Youth Event (EYE) at the Parliament in Strasbourg to discuss the continent's most pressing issues with MEPs and ...

 Mon, 23 May 2016 07:34:13 GMT Rule of law under threat: Poland in the EU pillory - Deutsche Welle

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Rule of law under threat: Poland in the EU pillory
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They say that changes in the composition of Poland's constitutional court and the circumvention of its modus operandi restrict the independence of the judiciary in a manner that contravenes European principles of the rule of law. These basic principles ...
European Commissioner Flies to Poland Over 'Democratic Standards'Breitbart News

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 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:30:12 GMT Iraq PM warns political crisis could harm fight against ISIL
Iraq's Prime Minister has warned that a political crisis gripping the country could harm the war against ISIL militants. Grappling to retain…






 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:38:51 GMT G5 unites to tackle tax evasion
The UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy are to unite to tackle tax evasion in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations. Europe's top five…






 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:52:27 GMT Belgium's transport minister quits amid accusations over Brussels Airport security
Belgium's Transport Minister has resigned amid a row over airport security. Jacqueline Galant quit over claims she neglected EU reports that…






 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:34:34 GMT The aftermath of Japan's deadly earthquake
Flattened houses and rubble were scattered in southern Japan on Friday, a day after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit, killing at least nine…






 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:30:31 GMT FYROM: early election to be held on June 5
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has announced an early parliamentary election is to be held on June 5. The decision follows months of…






 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:28:50 GMT FYROM: early election to be held on June 5
The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has announced an early parliamentary election is to be held on June 5. The decision follows months of…







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 Mon, 23 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST World Humanitarian Summit: European Union commits to action

The EU announces support for all World Humanitarian Summit core commitments and pledges 100 EU-specific action commitments as its contribution to help reshape international aid.

 Wed, 18 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Commission issues Country-Specific Recommendations and takes fiscal decisions

The European Commission issued country-specific economic policy guidance to Member States and took decisions linked to deficit targets. The Commission also published its latest progress report on relocation and resettlement of refugees and examined a draft Rule of Law Opinion for Poland.

 Fri, 13 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Better workers' protection against cancer-causing chemicals

The Commission proposes changes to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive to limit exposure to 13 cancer-causing chemicals at the workplace. Commissioner Thyssen: "With this proposal we will save 100,000 lives in the next 50 years".

 Tue, 10 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Preparing the next steps under the European Semester

The College of Commissioners met in Strasbourg to discuss countries' progress in the European Semester of economic policy coordination.

 Tue, 10 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Investing in Greece

The EU is backing €150 million of investment in Greek small and medium-sized companies and signed the first financing agreement for a project backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments in Greece: Creta Farms. 

 Fri, 06 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Charlemagne Prize for Pope Francis

Presidents Juncker, Schulz and Tusk delivered a joint eulogy in the Vatican on the occasion of the award of the prestigious Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis. 

 Wed, 04 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Towards a sustainable and fair Common European Asylum System

The Commission makes legislative proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System. It also opens the way for a decision on visa-free travel for citizens of Turkey by June and takes next steps towards lifting temporary internal border controls.

 Tue, 03 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST World Press Freedom Day 2016

The Commission marks the World Press Freedom Day with the announcement of a colloquium on media pluralism and democracy, by issuing a statement by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and an article by Commissioner Oettinger.

 Tue, 03 May 2016 12:00:00 CEST Spring Economic Forecast: staying the course amid high risks

The Commission expects economic growth in Europe to remain moderate. According to its spring forecast, euro area growth is expected to be 1.6% and EU growth 1.8% in 2016.

 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST A new integrated EU policy for the Arctic

The High Representative and the Commission set out a response to the challenges of the Arctic region focusing on climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development and international cooperation. The Commission also discussed the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement.

 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST Commission paves the way towards a Security Union and reports on EU-Turkey Agreement

The College proposes to achieve an operational and effective EU Security Union and assesses progress on the implementation of the EU-Turkey Agreement. It also proposes visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine.

 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST Commission invests in digital future of European industry

The Commission today launched a package of measures that will help European industry, SMEs, researchers and public authorities to take full advantage of new digital technologies.

 Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST EU visit to Iran: cooperation envisaged in various sectors

An EU high-level delegation led by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini visited Iran and agreed with the Iranian counterparts to promote cooperation in different sectors.

 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST Major campaign launched to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing

Τhe Commission and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in cooperation with the Dutch EU Presidency launched a major Europe-wide campaign: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. It promotes sustainable work and workplace safety and health in the context of the ageing workforce.

 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST President Juncker: ‘Europe needs a genuine security union’

On 12 and 13 April Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, delivered two speeches before the European Parliament, the first relating to the attacks in Brussels and the second on the conclusions of the March European Council.

 Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST Commission proposes public tax transparency rules for multinationals

The College proposes to introduce public reporting requirements for the largest companies operating in the EU and in tax havens. It also assesses progress by Greece to address deficiencies at external borders and discusses way forward on visa reciprocity.

 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST European Commission and African Union Commission conclude 8th College-to-College Meeting

The European Commission and the African Union Commission concluded the 8th College-to-College meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 7 April 2016. They agreed a Joint Communiqué setting out key areas of cooperation and common challenges.

 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:00:00 CEST Modernising Value-Added Tax (VAT) in the EU

The European Commission has presented an Action Plan setting out ways to reboot the current EU VAT system in order to tackle fraud, support business and help the digital economy and e-commerce. The aim is to make the system simpler, support the Single Market and facilitate cross-border trade.


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 Tue, 24 May 2016 15:41:00 GMT Article - Defending human rights in the digital age
General : The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought embodies Parliament's support for human rights. Throughout the year the Sakharov Prize network of former laureates meets to highlight issues. On 23 and 24 May nine former Sakharov laureates met in Brussels to discuss, among others, how to adapt to the challenges facing human rights defenders in the digital era.

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 Tue, 24 May 2016 15:08:00 GMT Article - From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age
General : Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market in 2015. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. On 25 May MEPs debate new Commission proposals to further boost e-commerce in plenary. Read our digital glossary to get up to date with the terminology ahead of the debate.

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 Tue, 24 May 2016 11:00:00 +0200 One death out of three in the EU could have been avoided in the light of current medical knowledge and technology
In the European Union (EU), 1.7 million persons aged less than 75 died in 2013. Among them, around 577 500 deaths (or 33.7% of total deaths) could be considered as premature, as they could have been avoided in the light of medical knowledge and technology. Heart attacks (184 800 deaths) and strokes (almost 94 000 deaths) accounted together for almost half (48%) of these total avoidable causes of death of people aged less than 75.
 Fri, 20 May 2016 11:00:00 +0200 EU28 current account surplus €17.6 bn
The EU28 seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of €17.6 billion in March 2016, compared with surpluses of €10.7 bn in February 2016 and €7.7 bn in March 2015, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Thu, 19 May 2016 11:00:00 +0200 10 million part-time workers in the EU would have preferred to work more
Among the population aged 15 to 74 in the European Union (EU), 220 million were employed, 23 million were unemployed and 136 million were economically inactive in 2015. Around 8 in every 10 persons employed in the EU were working full time and 2 in 10 part-time. Among these 44.7 million persons in the EU working part-time in 2015, 10.0 million were under-employed, meaning they wished to work more hours and were available to do so.
 Thu, 19 May 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Production in construction down by 0.9% in euro area
Euro area annual inflation was -0.2% in April 2016, down from 0.0% in March. In April 2015 the rate was 0.0%. European Union annual inflation was also -0.2% in April 2016, down from 0.0% in March. A year earlier the rate was 0.0%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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 Tue, 24 May 2016 16:42:00 UT Hubble finds clues to the birth of supermassive black holes [heic1610]
Astrophysicists have taken a major step forward in understanding how supermassive black holes formed. Using data from Hubble and two other space telescopes, Italian researchers have found the best evidence yet for the seeds that ultimately grow into these cosmic giants.
 Mon, 23 May 2016 10:14:00 UT Are mystery Mars plumes caused by space weather?
Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather, say Mars Express scientists.
 Thu, 19 May 2016 17:00:00 UT Close-up of the Red Planet [heic1609]
During May 2016 the Earth and Mars get closer to each other than at any time in the last ten years. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has exploited this special configuration to catch a new image of our red neighbour, showing some of its famous surface features. This image supplements previous Hubble observations of Mars and allows astronomers to study large-scale changes on its surface.
 Tue, 17 May 2016 14:20:00 UT Students taste life as a space scientist in Cassini competition
Over the past 12 years, the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission has made numerous exciting discoveries and returned many stunning images of the Saturnian system. Saturn, its moons, and rings provide the inspiration behind the 'Cassini scientist for a day' competition that is designed to give school students a taste of life as a space scientist. More than 900 students from across Europe participated in the 2015–2016 competition and the winners have now been selected.

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 Sun, 22 May 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-05-22T22:00:00Z Peer Review in Germany: Active Ageing Index at the local level
The Active Ageing Index (AAI) measures to what extent the potential of older people is used to contribute to the economy and society through paid and unpaid activities and through living independent, healthy and safe lives. Developed within a joint management project of the European Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the AAI was first applied to EU Member States at the national level in 2012. This Peer Review discussed the possible application of the AAI at local level and was held in Germany which has been piloting a feasibility study on calculating an AAI at the local level.
 Tue, 17 May 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-05-17T22:00:00Z Household incomes in a decade of economic turbulence
In Europe’s highly developed welfare states, disposable household income depends not only on households’ revenues from gainful activities and capital – and hence economic activity – but also on tax and benefit systems which play a major role.

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 Wed, 25 May 2016 08:45:00 GMT Full report on the results of the public consultation on the Regulatory environment for Platforms, Online Intermediaries and the Collaborative Economy
A consensus emerged from the consultation on the growing importance of online platforms for European social and economic wellbeing. While there is no consensus on a possible legal definition of online platforms, most respondents agreed that there are significant benefits stemming from online platforms: they are driving innovation, facilitating social interactions, and are powerful engines of growth.
 Wed, 25 May 2016 08:30:00 GMT Analysis of part of the public consultation on geo-blocking
92% of individual consumers and 80% of consumer associations strongly agree that consumers and businesses should be able to purchase and access services everywhere in the EU. Almost 90% of individual consumer respondents experienced geo-blocking or other geographically-based restrictions when shopping in another EU country.

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 Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Reading glasses relegated to the museum case?
As people age, the more likely they are to be reaching for their reading glasses due to failing near sight or presbyopia. But thanks to EU research, contact lenses providing correct vision at all distances could be on the horizon.
 Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hovercraft innovation: multi-tasking on a cushion of air
Some 50 years after its first appearance, the hovercraft has a role as a versatile and adaptable vehicle, particularly in emergency situations. Riding on a cushion of air and driven by a propeller, it moves on water and on land, getting to places where boats or cars cannot.
 Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bathroom material beats solid wood and wood-based panels
A long-lasting and cheap alternative to wood for use in bathroom furniture could be on sale soon, thanks to an EU-funded project that has developed an economic rival to imported materials.
 Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Three habitable Earth-like planets observed by ERC grantee
A team of researchers, led by ERC grantee Michael Gillon, has discovered three potentially habitable planets that orbit an ultra-cool dwarf star, no further away than 40 light years from Earth.

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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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