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 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:42:00 GMT Russia lashes out at EU over new sanctions - Aljazeera.com


Russia lashes out at EU over new sanctions
Russia has reacted angrily to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation on security issues and undermine the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Russia's ...
Europe finally set to get tough with 'erratic' PutinTelegraph.co.uk
Russia lashes out at new EU sanctions over UkraineFRANCE 24
EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on UkraineStars and Stripes
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 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:15:03 GMT EU to toughen Russia sanctions over Ukraine - Aljazeera.com

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EU to toughen Russia sanctions over Ukraine
... effect to the new punitive measures will be taken up on Tuesday, they said. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, "will swiftly table the necessary legislative proposals in all areas identified" by member states earlier this week, a ...
The EU is the world's great no-showWashington Post
Europe Narrows Divide Over Russian SanctionsWall Street Journal
Ukraine Crisis Is Testing EU's ResolveNew York Times
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 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:57:54 GMT Europe's banking union faces legal challenge in Germany - Financial Times


Europe's banking union faces legal challenge in Germany
Financial Times
The constitutional court, which this year rejected a complaint against the European Stability Mechanism, the eurozone bailout fund, has a record of broadly supporting EU and eurozone integration. However, the new case, which could spend months winding ...
Germany: Lawsuit challenges EU's banking unionLuxemburger Wort - English Edition
German court receives suit against EU bank unionWTOP

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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:13:18 GMT Europe Unites Over Russia Sanctions Ahead of Crunch EU Talks - International Business Times UK

International Business Times UK

Europe Unites Over Russia Sanctions Ahead of Crunch EU Talks
International Business Times UK
The City of London must be willing to accept some pain should the EU choose to rollout hard-hitting sanctions against Russia, according to the trade minister Lord Livingston. The EU is believed to be considering banning Russian state-owned banks and ...
British banks will suffer from EU sanctions on Russia, warns Lord LivingstonTelegraph.co.uk
Europe weighs Russia sanctions against economic painWashington Post
Remember me on this computerThe New Republic
The Daily Star -Reuters Africa
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 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:10:46 GMT Europe Must Confront Putin - New York Times

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Europe Must Confront Putin
New York Times
As a result, European and Russian economic interdependence was encouraged. When Russia invaded and annexed Crimea earlier this year, the West was by and large taken by surprise. Russia seized the territory of an independent country in violation of ...
EU expands Russian oligarch sanctions blacklist in wake of MH17 crashThe Guardian
EU Preparing Further Sanctions Against Russia After MH17 CrashTIME
Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe; US, EU prepare Russia sanctionsBangor Daily News
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 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:35:16 GMT Europe is slow, not weak — Putin's going to feel more pressure - Vox

Europe is slow, not weak — Putin's going to feel more pressure
Things are happening. They're just going to happen to slowly. But the bulk of the leverage is on Europe's side — the economic relationship between the EU and Russia is intimate, but Europe is much bigger and richer.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:39:22 GMT EU Tightens Screws on Russia - Wall Street Journal

EU Tightens Screws on Russia
Wall Street Journal
European Union ambassadors will meet to discuss broader sanctions against Russia in light of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Meanwhile, Australia has sent 50 police officers to London to potentially deploy to Ukraine to secure the ...

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:32:54 GMT The European Commission's aggressive 4-point plan for kneecapping the ... - Vox

The European Commission's aggressive 4-point plan for kneecapping the ...
European ambassadors are meeting today in Brussels to consider European Union actions against Russia in light of continued developments in Ukraine. Simultaneously, the European Commission — which serves as both a kind of EU cabinet and an EU ...

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:37:42 GMT Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Communication 2014 - EU News

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Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency Communication 2014
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The Communication assesses the EU's progress towards its 20% energy efficiency goal for 2020 and analyses how energy efficiency can drive competitiveness and strengthen security of supply in the European Union in the future. Overall, it found that with ...
EU sets 'ambitious but realistic' energy savings targetBBC News
EU energy saving plan targets Russian gas linksFinancial Times
EU agrees to improve energy efficiency 30% by 2030The Guardian
Europe Online Magazine -edie.net -Reuters
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 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:00:28 GMT EU Lines Up Sector-Wide Economic Sanctions on Russia - Wall Street Journal

EU Lines Up Sector-Wide Economic Sanctions on Russia
Wall Street Journal
Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, sent a letter to EU leaders saying the ambassadors had found "emerging consensus" on a plan to restrict Russian access to European capital markets, and an embargo on trade in weapons as well as ...

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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:57:02 GMT Pakistan mob murders Ahmadi mother and two of her granddaughters
A mob in Pakistan has killed a mother and two of her grandchildren. The victims were members of the Ahmadi minority community in the town of…

 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:32:12 GMT North Korea celebrates 61st anniversary of end of Korean War with fireworks
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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:57:02 GMT Comic-con fans show off homemade costumes
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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:55:06 GMT Putin Protest in Poland
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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:27:04 GMT Gaza's 'quietest day' in 3-week-long conflict
A single plume of smoke tarnished the skyline of Gaza on Monday. As the conflict reaches day 21, Israel and Hamas have eased off their assaults.…

 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:13:01 GMT Palestinians in Gaza mark the end of Ramadan
Palestinians in Gaza have been marking Eid al-Fitr, the three-day holiday at the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. For the families of the…

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

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 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST Protect small food suppliers from industry giants, says EU

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The EU is calling for action to protect small food companies from unfair practices used by some of the bigger manufacturers and supermarkets in the industry.

 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST MH17: EU aviation crisis cell to ensure full coordination

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Following the crash of the Malaysian Airlines plane in Ukraine, Vice-President Kallas today activated the EU aviation crisis cell to manage the effects on airspace and to guarantee the safety of flights.

 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST A travel essential: the European Health Insurance Card

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When you're in another EU country, the European Health Insurance Card makes seeing a doctor or going to hospital easier. It can save you time and money. 

 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST A new start for Europe - Jean-Claude Juncker's Political Guidelines

Jean-Claude Juncker has been elected President of the European Commission by a strong majority of 422 votes in the European Parliament plenary session.

 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU aims for zero-waste economy with higher recycling targets

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The EU has proposed higher recycling targets in a bid to transform Europe's economy into one where nothing is wasted, supporting sustainable growth.

 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST Italy takes over presidency of the EU

Growth and employment, strengthening citizens’ rights and a stronger role for Europe in the world will be Italy’s priorities during its 6-month presidency of the EU.

 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00:00 MEST We must make the most of “green” job opportunities, says EU

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The EU has outlined a plan to maximise job opportunities in environment-friendly sectors and support workers as the economy becomes “greener”.

 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST European Council, 26-27 June

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EU leaders met in Brussels, where they signed Association Agreements with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine and designated Jean-Claude Juncker as next Commission President.

 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST How can the EU improve your supply of drinking water?

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The EU wants to hear your views: how can the supply of drinking water in Europe be improved, to guarantee everyone affordable access to clean, safe water?

 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST Commission making EU law lighter, simpler and less costly

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The Commission assesses progress towards cutting red tape and announces new plans for simplifying EU rules to boost growth and jobs.

 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST Food safety – protecting people and animals

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The EU's food safety early warning network cemented its vital role in keeping dangerous food products off the shelves in 2013, and aims to lead the fight against fraud. 

 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU aims to improve health and safety for workers

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The EU has announced plans to guarantee better working conditions and reduce work accidents in Europe.

 Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU looks to strengthen energy security

The EU has proposed measures to ensure the security of its energy supply in the light of recent world events.

 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:00:00 MEST Building growth: Country-specific recommendations 2014

The European Commission has today adopted a series of economic policy recommendations to individual Member States to strengthen the recovery that began a year ago.

 Mon, 26 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST Government subsidies for industry - new EU rules to boost R&D

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The EU is to make it easier for governments to help companies as part of an overhaul of rules designed to boost growth and encourage research and innovation.

 Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST Global immunisation programmes – EU to provide €25m a year

With the aim of improving the health of millions in developing countries, the EU is more than doubling its funding for vaccines and immunisation worldwide.

 Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU proposes driftnet fishing ban to help protected animals

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The EU has said it plans to impose a full ban on driftnet fishing in European waters over concerns about the threat posed to protected species.

 Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST Visit the EU as it opens its doors to the public – 17 May 2014

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To celebrate Europe Day, the EU institutions will be opening their doors to the public in May. Join the celebrations with guided tours, debates and concerts, or take part online.

 Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST Boosting private sector growth in developing countries

Plans to encourage more private sector involvement in the EU’s development work in the world’s poorest countries were published this week by the European Commission.

 Mon, 12 May 2014 12:00:00 MEST EU eyes ocean resources for sustainable growth

The EU has presented an action plan to help make better, responsible use of Europe's ocean resources.

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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:00 GMT Article - 28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict
General : Exactly 100 years ago Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering a conflict that would soon spread throughout Europe and the world and become known as the Great War. “Remembering this lesson is the best way to honour those who fought and died”, EP president Martin Schulz said ahead of the sad anniversary.

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 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:56:00 GMT Article - Record-breaking number of students take part in Erasmus programme
General : Erasmus keeps getting bigger and better! In 2012-2013 a record-breaking 270,000 students took part in one of the popular EU programmes for studying or training abroad. And the numbers are expected to rise even further in the future as the European Parliament backed the new and improved Erasmus+ programme that kicks off this September. What are the most popular destinations and which students are the most active in the programme? Read on.

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 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Seasonally adjusted government deficit almost stable at 2.7% of GDP in the euro area
In the first quarter of 2014, the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio stood at 2.7% in the euro area (EA18), nearly stable compared with the fourth quarter of 2013 (2.6%). In the EU28, the deficit to GDP ratio decreased from 3.1% of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2013 to 1.9% of GDP in the first quarter of 2014, largely due to one-off effects described in the Statistics Explained article.
 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Government debt increased to 93.9% of GDP in euro area and to 88.0% in EU28
At the end of the first quarter of 2014, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA18) stood at 93.9%, compared with 92.7% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. This increase comes after two consecutive quarters of decrease. In the EU28, the ratio increased from 87.2% to 88.0%. Compared with the first quarter of 2013, the government debt to GDP ratio rose in both the euro area (from 92.5% to 93.9%) and the EU28 (from 86.2% to 88.0%).
 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0100  EU28 current account surplus €25.4 bn
The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €25.4 billion (0.8% of GDP) in the first quarter of 2014, down from a surplus of €32.7 bn (1.0% of GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2013 and from a surplus of €32.9 bn (1.0% of GDP) in the first quarter of 2013, according to a second estimate released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0100  Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.5%
Euro area annual inflation was 0.5% in June 2014, stable compared with May. A year earlier the rate was 1.6%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in June 2014.

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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:36:00 UT Rosetta:Hints of features
In this week's images, taken on 20 July from a distance of 5500 km, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's largest features are beginning to stand out in the OSIRIS narrow angle camera view.
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:36:00 UT Hubble:New mass map of a distant galaxy cluster is the most precise yet [heic1416]
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble's Frontier Fields observing programme, the map shows the amount and distribution of mass within MCS J0416.1-2403, a massive galaxy cluster found to be 160 trillion times the mass of the Sun. The detail in this mass map was made possible thanks to the unprecedented depth of data provided by new Hubble observations, and the cosmic phenomenon known as strong gravitational lensing.
 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:44:00 UT Hubble:Hubble traces the halo of a galaxy more accurately than ever before [heic1415]
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy's halo of stars has been found to extend much further from the galaxy's centre than expected and the stars within this halo seem to be surprisingly rich in heavy elements. This is the most remote portion of an elliptical galaxy ever to have been explored.
 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:56:00 UT Rosetta:The dual personality of comet 67P/C-G
This week's images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveal an extraordinarily irregular shape. We had hints of that in last week's images and in the unscheduled previews that were seen a few days ago, and in that short time it has become clear that this is no ordinary comet. Like its name, it seems that comet 67P/C-G is in two parts.

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 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:00:00 GMT2014-12-31T23:00:00Z Peer Review in Belgium: Children First – pilot local consultation platforms on child poverty
In May 2014, the Belgian government embarked on funding a year-long pilot project of local ‘consultation platforms’, intended to raise awareness of child poverty, provide parents with information about existing aid channels, and lend support to teachers, care providers and families alike. A study has been commissioned to determine the effectiveness of the pilot platforms. This Peer Review will enable the study’s interim findings to be shared with other Member States.
 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 23:00:00 GMT2014-12-03T23:00:00Z Peer Review in Austria: The political adequacy of quantitative impact assessment in the social field by means of micro-simulation models
Since July 2013, the SORESI micro-simulation model has been helping Austria’s policy-makers assess the likely impact of proposed policy reforms on the country’s most vulnerable social groups. This Peer Review will look at the benefits SORESI has brought so far, and its findings are also expected to contribute to a possible further refinement of the model, including its use of unemployment or economic growth figures and data on changes in the behaviour of the population.

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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:42:24 GMT Call for proposals - Fiber to the Home - FTTH 2014
Pilot project – Connected for Health: Well-Being and Healthcare Solutions in Open Access FTTH Networks

Details: deadline for submitting applications 30/09/2014 as evidenced by postmark

FAQs and Guide to evaluation to be uploaded in due time.

Ethics issues self-assessment to be uploaded shortly.

 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:16:57 GMT 2008 National Reports on digitalisation and digital preservation
Member States regularly reported on the progress they were making by implementing the 2006 Recommendation on digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation.

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 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Using nanotechnology to prevent heart attacks and strokes
By using nanotechnology to diagnose and deliver drugs early and effectively to patients at risk of cardiovascular disease, the EU-funded NanoAthero project promises to save lives.
 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Research to help reduce the risk of aircraft accidents
Automation is supposed to relieve an aircraft pilot's workload and reduce errors. The reality can unfortunately be very different sometimes. When the pilot and the aircraft do not interact as foreseen, automation technology can be the cause of disturbing instability, which has resulted in catastrophic failures. Tools and techniques developed by the EU-funded ARISTOTEL project are already being used by industry, and should reduce the risk of such accidents.
 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Establishing a systems medicine approach
Imagine you are ill and see the doctor. After a brief examination and blood analysis, you receive an efficient, personalised treatment that is adjusted to both your personal physiological makeup and your lifestyle. What sounds like science fiction today could soon come closer to reality with the help of the FP7 project CASyM, funded by the European Union.
 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Defining biomarkers to spot bladder cancer
The European FP7 project DeCanbio brought together a consortium of clinicians and researchers in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to identify and validate biomarkers that hint at a recurring bladder cancer. The Centre de Recherche de la Santé (CRP-Santé) joined forces with researchers and clinicians from France, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, and Germany to develop a simple test to spot this.

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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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