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 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:22:11 GMT As the European Union turns 60, it starts to feel its age - USA TODAY

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As the European Union turns 60, it starts to feel its age
USA TODAY
European leaders gather in Rome on Saturday to mark the 60th birthday of the European Union at a time when the 28-nation bloc faces threats to its long-term survival. Just six of the EU's current 28 members signed the 1957 Treaty of Rome, which ...
Cracks on show at EU 'unity' summit in RomeTelegraph.co.uk
Pope urges EU leaders to 'blaze the path of a new European humanism'Catholic Herald Online
EU leaders sign off on concept of multi-speed EuropeIrish Times
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 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:43:51 GMT What does a multi-speed EU mean for central and eastern Europe? - Deutsche Welle

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What does a multi-speed EU mean for central and eastern Europe?
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Top of the bill is the proposal for a so-called "multi-speed" Europe, which is likely to form the basis of any declaration coming out of the Rome summit. Under this new, looser framework, EU member states will be able to cooperate on various ...

 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:31:24 GMT European Union Leaders Mark Past but Assess Uncertain Future - Voice of America

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European Union Leaders Mark Past but Assess Uncertain Future
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Hurt by Britain's planned exit, European Union leaders are making a pilgrimage to Rome this weekend with the hope that a visit to the cradle of their project of unity can somehow rekindle the vigor of youth. Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the ...

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 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:16:00 GMT The EU is 60 – and it helped my generation fall in love with Europe - The Guardian

The EU is 60 – and it helped my generation fall in love with Europe
The Guardian
Still, there's a good reason that lots of people in my generation think the EU is all right. We're about as old as British membership. Our upbringing was tinged with an opening up to all things European. Not just Abba and Jeux Sans Frontières and Johan ...

 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:34:54 GMT EU's 60th birthday bash crowd were asked what they think of bloc..they responded like THIS - Express.co.uk

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EU's 60th birthday bash crowd were asked what they think of bloc..they responded like THIS
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Ordinary voters who had gathered to listen to two top European figures speak in Rome gave a less than confidence-inspiring verdict when unexpectedly quizzed on their own opinions. The toe-curling moment was captured on camera at a presentation by ...

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 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:17:00 GMT EU transport chief calls for European car toll system - Fox News

EU transport chief calls for European car toll system
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BERLIN – The European Union's transport commissioner is calling for a continentwide car toll system that would enable motorists to use all European roads without having to stop at borders. Many countries in the 28-nation EU have highway toll systems ...

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 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:41:39 GMT In defense of a multispeed Europe - POLITICO.eu

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In defense of a multispeed Europe
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BUDAPEST — In Eastern Europe, opinionmakers are raising the alarm against a recent proposal, supported by France, Germany, Italy and Spain, to create a multispeed European Union. They should instead be cheering the idea on. For the bloc's most recent ...

 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:09:25 GMT EU 'not in hostile mood' as Brexit talks beckon, says Juncker - BBC News

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EU 'not in hostile mood' as Brexit talks beckon, says Juncker
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Because as the leaders of the EU's 27 countries clink champagne glasses in plush, security-tight surroundings on Saturday - all is not well in the Europe outside their gates: youth unemployment persists (especially in the south), terror attacks ...
The future of the European UnionThe Economist
Brexit protest: thousands march in London to 'unite for Europe' - liveThe Guardian
As attacks continue, Brexit could hamper European counterterrorism effortsWashington Post
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 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:36:54 GMT Canada, Europe 'not building walls', says EU trade chief - CBC.ca

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Canada, Europe 'not building walls', says EU trade chief
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Canada and the European Union are powerful partners in the fight to combat the protectionist, anti-trade rhetoric that has gained momentum in the United States and United Kingdom, says the EU's Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. "We're not closing ...

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 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:25:15 GMT Isolated Poland threatens to spoil party at EU summit over two-speed Europe - The Guardian

Isolated Poland threatens to spoil party at EU summit over two-speed Europe
The Guardian
The role of leader of Europe's awkward squad, played with aplomb by the UK for the past 45 years, will be handed to Poland and Hungary at the weekend when European Union leaders meet in Rome to celebrate 60 years of the EU's existence and map out a ...

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 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:33:29 +0100 Clocks go forward one hour tonight
We will "Spring forward" into British Summertime with more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings.
 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:09:19 +0100 Two remain in custody over Westminster attack
Seven people arrested in raids related to Wednesday's attack have been released without charge. Two have been released on bail.
 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:17:33 +0100 UK-US carry-on electronic device bans come into force
A ban on large electronic devices in aeroplane cabins has come into effect on several airlines flying into the UK and US.
 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:13:30 +0100 [Full text] Read the Rome Declaration signed by the 27 EU leaders
European Union leaders have signed the ‘Rome Declaration’ emphasising their commitment to renew European Unity.
 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:44:37 +0100 EU leaders sign new declaration marking 60 years since the Treaty of Rome
The Union's 27 national leaders have gathered in the Campidoglio palace in the Italian capital where the six founding states signed the Treaty of Rome on March 25, 1957.
 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 11:08:54 +0100 Watch: Harrison Ford: "I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway"
Harrison Ford tells an air traffic controller "I'm the schmuck who landed on the taxiway," after a controversial landing

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 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:21:00 GMT Article - The EU turns 60: anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
General : Sixty years ago the leaders of the six founding member states gathered in Rome to put their signatures under the agreements that would create a European common market, but also pave the way for a union of peace and prosperity that has come to encompass most of our continent. Leading MEPs will join the anniversary celebrations in Rome this weekend, while heads of state and government will use the opportunity to deliberate on the next steps for the EU.

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 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:31:00 GMT Press release - 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
General : Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, political group leaders and other leading MEPs will meet with Italy’s highest public officials, starting with President Sergio Mattarella on Friday, and take part in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome on Saturday.

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 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Annual growth in labour costs at 1.6% in euro area
Hourly labour costs rose by 1.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.7% in the EU28 in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In the third quarter of 2016, hourly labour costs increased by 1.4% and 1.8% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Euro area job vacancy rate at 1.7%
The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 1.7% in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from 1.6% recorded in both the previous quarter and the fourth 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 fourth quarter of 2016, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 1.7% in the fourth quarter of 2015.
 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Production in construction down by 2.3% in euro area
In January 2017 compared with December 2016, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 2.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.5% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2016, production in construction fell by 0.6% in the euro area, while it grew by 0.2% in the EU28.
 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Euro area international trade in goods deficit of €0.6 bn
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in January 2017 was €163.9 billion, an increase of 13% compared with January 2016 (€144.9 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €164.5 bn, a rise of 17% compared with January 2016 (€140.1 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €0.6 bn deficit in trade in goods with the rest of the world in January 2017, compared with a surplus of €4.8 bn in January 2016. Intra-euro area trade rose to €145.7 bn in January 2017, up by 10% compared with January 2016.

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 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:38:00 UT Stellar start for Aoife van Linden Tol’s residency
 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:00:00 UT Hubble detects supermassive black hole kicked out of galactic core - Astronomers suspect gravitational waves [heic1706]
An international team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered a supermassive black hole that has been propelled out of the centre of the distant galaxy 3C 186. The black hole was most likely ejected by the power of gravitational waves. This is the first time that astronomers found a supermassive black hole at such a large distance from its host galaxy centre.
 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:10:00 UT Before and after: unique changes spotted on Rosetta's comet
Growing fractures, collapsing cliffs, rolling boulders and moving material burying some features on the comet's surface while exhuming others are among the remarkable changes documented during Rosetta's mission.
 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:35:00 UT Collapsing cliff reveals comet's interior
Rosetta scientists have made the first compelling link between an outburst of dust and gas and the collapse of a prominent cliff, which also exposed the pristine, icy interior of the comet.

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 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:00:00 GMT2017-03-22T23:00:00Z The European Social Fund celebrates its 60th anniversary: 6 decades of investment in people
The year 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the European Social Fund (ESF), Europe's oldest and main instrument to invest in people.
 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:00:00 GMT2017-03-14T23:00:00Z Recent social policy initiatives in France, Italy, Poland and the UK
Five new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) have just become available and provide information on recent policy developments in France, Italy, Poland and the UK.

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 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:48:00 GMT The Treaties of Rome at 60: Commission recalls Europe's achievements and leads discussion on the future at 27
On 25 March, EU leaders come together in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which were signed on this day in 1957.
 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:33:56 GMT Digital Day: EU countries commit in Rome to go deeper and further on digital
Tomorrow we are going to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, a milestone in the history of European integration. It strengthened Europe's foundations on which more than six decades of peace and prosperity were built.

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 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Taking state-of-the-art avionics to the next level
By making the most of Distributed Modular Electronics in next-generation avionics, researchers with the EU-funded ASHLEY project are establishing Europe's position as a global leader in aviation innovation.
 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Clearing the fog: an end to clouded climate predictions
Limited understanding of the role of aerosols in our climate system means a lack of policies addressing them. The EU-funded BACCHUS project aims to expand understanding of how clouds are affected, providing the knowledge for improved climate models and projections, and - eventually - more effective policies for sustainability and climate change mitigation.
 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Search for other Earths reveals new planets
Four exoplanets with an Earth-like composition have been found by an EU-funded project working to understand more about planets outside our solar system. These particular exoplanets are too hot for life, but the observation method that identified them will now help determine how common inhabitable planets are in our galaxy.
 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sharing information for better cyber security
The EU-funded SISSDEN project will create, deploy and operate a network of sensors to detect, collect and share information about potential threats to cyber security and how to tighten computer defences accordingly.

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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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