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 Sat, 23 May 2015 01:55:35 GMT Russia Casts a Shadow Over European Meeting - New York Times

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Russia Casts a Shadow Over European Meeting
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The gathering in Riga, the capital of Latvia, a former Soviet republic now deeply entrenched in both the European Union and NATO, was originally billed as a chance to give new impetus to the European bloc's so-called Eastern Partnership, a six-year-old ...
EU's Cynical Plan to Use Eastern EuropeBloomberg View
Eastern European Tensions Surface at EU SummitWall Street Journal
The Guardian view on eastern Europe and the EU: get it right in RigaThe Guardian
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 Fri, 22 May 2015 13:58:12 GMT Cameron 'confident' of getting better deal for UK in Europe - BBC News

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Cameron 'confident' of getting better deal for UK in Europe
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David Cameron has said he is confident he can get a better deal for the UK in Europe but admitted it "won't be easy". Speaking at an EU summit in Latvia, he said he had not been greeted "by a wall of love" when he met EU leaders for the first time ...
David Cameron tells EU leaders: I will talk about reform until deal is doneThe Guardian
EU referendum: David Cameron hints at early vote on Britain's European Union ...The Independent
Cameron: Tough times for EU ahead of UK membership voteYahoo News
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 Fri, 22 May 2015 15:03:54 GMT TTIP controversy: EU drops pesticide laws because US says it should - The Independent

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TTIP controversy: EU drops pesticide laws because US says it should
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The European Commission at first resisted, claiming that though they back TTIP "they would not like to be seen as lowering EU standards," but relented later that same day, a letter from the desk of the Commission's secretary-general has shown.
TTIP Controversy: US Officials, Industry Lobbyists Pressured EU Not To ...International Business Times
EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents revealThe Guardian
EU To Allow Carcinogenic Pesticides After TTIP Pressure from USteleSUR English
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 Wed, 20 May 2015 12:30:16 GMT David Cameron will hold EU referendum before 2017, Europe minister David ... - Telegraph.co.uk


David Cameron will hold EU referendum before 2017, Europe minister David ...
He said that he is “optimistic” that Britain will be able to push for tough reforms because “confidence” in the EU is so low throughout Europe. “If you look at opinion polls you will find levels of confidence [in Europe] are actually lower in France ...
Cameron to publish EU referendum bill one day after Queen's speechThe Guardian
Airbus warns of British exit from EUDeutsche Welle
Cameron should not expect Europe to fix his problemFinancial Times
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 Sat, 23 May 2015 03:06:59 GMT British-based banks planning for EU "no" stymied by lack of European office space - ET Realty

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British-based banks planning for EU "no" stymied by lack of European office space
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British-based banks planning for EU "no" stymied by lack of European office space. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU and then hold a vote by the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the bloc or leave.
British banks planning for EU 'no' stymied by lack of European office spaceYahoo! Maktoob News
What is the EU and when was it formed?Telegraph.co.uk

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 Thu, 21 May 2015 00:47:16 GMT EU's Migrant Plan Strikes Many as Another Barrier - New York Times

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EU's Migrant Plan Strikes Many as Another Barrier
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Thousands of miles away, the 28 countries of the European Union are planning military operations to sink the boats that tens of thousands of migrants use to try to cross the Mediterranean Sea, potentially leaving many stranded on the shores of lawless ...
Germany, Italy push Europe to accept refugee quotaDeutsche Welle
Why the European Court of Human Rights is no friend to migrantsThe Conversation UK
'EU quota system only solution to deal with migrant crisis' - former Italian FMRT (blog)

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 Wed, 20 May 2015 17:41:54 GMT Four things America can learn from Europe's trains - Politico


Four things America can learn from Europe's trains
Between 2000 and 2009, there were 0.26 fatalities per billion passenger-kilometers, while the same figure stood at 0.24 for the whole of the EU in 2013, a year when 82 of the 102 fatalities in trains in Europe were in one incident in Spain. Still, the ...

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 Fri, 22 May 2015 14:07:43 GMT Bloomberg: The Putin Channel - Kremlin TV beats EU to Europe's Russian ... - Ukraine Today

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Bloomberg: The Putin Channel - Kremlin TV beats EU to Europe's Russian ...
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Russian is the European Union's seventh-most widely spoken language and the lingua franca of former Soviet countries in the EU's eastern neighborhood. It's a fact Europeans chose to ignore until last year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded ...
EU and Ukraine plan joint anti-corruption teamwww.worldbulletin.net
EU aid to Ukraine aims to pressure bondholdersThe Independent
No further delay in EU-Ukraine trade deal despite Russian concernsEurope Online Magazine

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 Mon, 18 May 2015 22:35:31 GMT EU Agrees to Naval Intervention on Migrant Smugglers - New York Times

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EU Agrees to Naval Intervention on Migrant Smugglers
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BRUSSELS — European foreign and defense ministers agreed on Monday to use naval forces to intercept and disrupt ships used by smugglers of migrants from North Africa, a far more assertive attempt to combat the swelling migration crisis that has led to ...
Europe plans military response to migrant crisisWashington Post
EU backs migrant crisis naval forceBBC News
EU to take military action against human traffickersDeutsche Welle
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 Fri, 22 May 2015 15:02:22 GMT Jean-Claude Juncker invited to Chequers by Prime Minister: as it happened - Telegraph.co.uk

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Jean-Claude Juncker invited to Chequers by Prime Minister: as it happened
“I want to make early progress,” Mr Cameron said at the summit in Riga. “The sooner we can get on with this, the better.” It is thought that officials are looking to complete the bulk of the renegotiation with European leaders before the end of the ...
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: EU Eastern Partnership summit hangs on ...Kyiv Post
'Hello, dictator': Hungarian prime minister faces barbs at EU summitThe Guardian
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Watch as Hungary's Orbán gets an earfulPolitics.hu
Financial Times -RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty -New York Times
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 Sat, 23 May 2015 06:03:07 GMT Ireland waits for results in gay marriage referendum
The votes are in and counting has started in Ireland in the country's referendum on gay marriage. It is the first time a popular vote has been used…

 Sat, 23 May 2015 03:37:13 GMT Valley of Death and The Assassins hope for Cannes glory
Movie fans in Cannes were shown the last two films battling it out to receive the Palm D'or on Sunday night. French film Valley of Death sees Gerard…

 Sat, 23 May 2015 02:45:00 GMT EU Summit: Cameron 'confident' of reforms in Brussels
British Prime Minister David Cameron is "confident" of an agreement with his European counterparts on EU reforms but warns they "wont be easy".…

 Sat, 23 May 2015 00:22:00 GMT Captured Russian soldiers charged with terrorism in Ukraine
Two Russian soldiers have been charged in Ukraine with terrorism offences after being captured by Ukrainian troops earlier in the week. The pair who…

 Fri, 22 May 2015 20:23:01 GMT Angolan generals drop charges against journalist Rafael Marques
Defamation charges have been dropped against a journalist who accused seven Angolan army generals of being complicit in human rights abuses. The…

 Fri, 22 May 2015 20:08:02 GMT US: Hillary Clinton emails published online
Messages from Hillary Clinton's private email account have been released by the US State Department. Many of them relate to the 2012 attack on…

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 Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 MEST EU leaders meet Eastern Partners

On 21-22 May, the Eastern Partnership Summit brought together the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as part of the EU's commitment to pursue stronger but differentiated relations with these countries. 

 Tue, 19 May 2015 12:00:00 MEST Better Regulation Agenda: Enhancing transparency and scrutiny

The Commission adopts the Better Regulation Agenda and launches infringement case on the application of the German Minimum Wage law to the transport sector.

 Mon, 18 May 2015 12:00:00 MEST Emissions trading: 2014 data shows emissions reduction

Emissions of greenhouse gases from installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are estimated to have decreased by about 4.5% last year, according to the information recorded in the Union Registry.

 Wed, 13 May 2015 12:00:00 MEST Commission heralds Migration Agenda and CSRs

The European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration and adopted a set of country-specific economic policy recommendations.

 Fri, 08 May 2015 12:00:00 MEST Europe Day: Celebrating 65 Years of Peaceful Cooperation

On the anniversary of 65 years of peaceful cooperation, President Juncker appeals to Commissioners and citizens to work for a Europe that is a role model to others.

 Wed, 06 May 2015 12:00:00 MEST A Strategy for the Digital Single Market

The internet is changing our world: and a fully functional Digital Single Market could contribute €415 billion. The Commission's digital single market strategy includes 16 initiatives, from copyright to parcel delivery to digital skills.

 Tue, 05 May 2015 12:00:00 MEST 2015 Spring Economic forecast: Tailwinds support the recovery

Economic tailwinds from low oil prices to steady global growth strengthen Europe's economic recovery according to the Spring Economic Forecast.

 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:00:00 MEST New European Agenda on Security

The Commission adopts a new European Agenda on Security 2015-2020 to support better cooperation between Member States in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime.

 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:00:00 MEST EU and Ukraine leaders discuss reform and EU assistance

Presidents Juncker and Tusk are in Kyiv for the 17th EU-Ukraine Summit – the first under the Juncker Commission. They will discuss reform, the EU's assistance to Ukraine, the crisis in eastern Ukraine and more.

 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00:00 MEST EU leaders agree actions to tackle Mediterranean tragedy

EU leaders held a special meeting on the situation in the Mediterranean and committed to step up both resources and financing to stem the dramatic loss of life.

 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:00:00 MEST Commission reviews GMOs, meets African Union, sends Statement of Objections to Gazprom

The Commission plans to give member states more freedom on GMOs. Separately the College also met with the African Union Commission and sent a Statement of Objections to Gazprom.

 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:00 MEST Commission opens Google antitrust proceedings

The Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google on its comparison shopping service and has opened a separate formal investigation into Android. The College also welcomed His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain.

 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MEST EU continues its strong support for the victims of Syria's crisis

The EU significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to €1.1 billion.

 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MET End of dairy quotas: a challenge and opportunity for the EU

31 March 2015 marks the end of the EU's dairy quotas. In the context of a reformed Common Agriculture Policy this provides EU producers with more flexibility to respond to growing demand, especially on the world market and create more jobs.

 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MET Digital Single Market: Commission agrees areas for action

Digital technology is part of everyday life – yet many barriers remain to using it. Today the Commission discussed the Digital Single Market Strategy due for adoption in May and set out the main areas of its work.

 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MET EU and US Joint Statement on Public Services

Following a meeting today in Brussels, during which they took stock of the ongoing negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman issued a joint statement on public services in trade agreements.

 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MET Results of the European Council

EU leaders met in Brussels on 19 and 20 March. They focused on the major strategic challenges facing Europe: endorsing plans for an Energy Union, delivering growth and jobs, and dealing with instability on our borders.

 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MET New Joint Declaration between the EU and Greenland signed

A new Joint Declaration on the relationships between the EU and Greenland was signed by President Jean-Claude Juncker, Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and signals a new cycle in the relations.

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 Fri, 22 May 2015 07:37:00 GMT Article - Things we learnt in plenary: conflict minerals, migration, maternity leave
Plenary sessions : MEPs approved measures to prevent proceeds from conflict minerals being used to fund armed conflicts and called on governments to break the deadlock on plans to harmonise maternity leave across Europe. They also debated measures to tackle irregular migrants coming to the EU during the plenary in Strasbourg on 18-21 May as well as green-lit tougher rules to prevent money laundering. Read on for an overview of the plenary.

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 Thu, 21 May 2015 10:56:00 GMT Press release - Parliament urges EU member states to gear up for new security challenges now
Plenary sessions : Today’s unprecedented level of instability at EU borders demands that the EU and its member states shoulder more responsibility for their security and defence now, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. They urge member states to use Common Security and Defence Policy tools more effectively, improve the fit between external and internal security measures, and pool and share resources, so as to counter terrorism, fight organised crime, strengthen cyber-defence and cope with migration.

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 Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:00 +0200 EU28 current account surplus €15.1 bn
The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €15.1 billion in March 2015, compared with a surplus of €18.0 bn in February 2015 and a surplus of €7.6 bn in March 2014, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Thu, 21 May 2015 11:00:00 +0200 GDP per capita in the EU in 2013: seven capital regions among the ten most prosperous
In 2013, regional GDP per capita, expressed in terms of purchasing power standards, ranged from 27% of the EU28 average in the French overseas department of Mayotte, to 325% of the average in Inner London in the United Kingdom.
 Wed, 20 May 2015 11:00:00 +0200 Facts and figures about the Eastern Partners of the European Union
The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2009, as a joint initiative between the European Union (EU) and six Eastern European and South Caucasus partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. On the occasion of the 4th Eastern Partnership summit, which will take place on 21 and 22 May in Riga, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issues some selected data on demography, economy and trade in goods for the EU, its Member States and the Eastern Partners. A selection of infographics is also available on the Eurostat website
 Wed, 20 May 2015 11:00:00 +0200 Production in construction up by 0.8% in euro area
In March 2015 compared with February 2015, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector rose by 0.8% 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 February 2015, production in construction dropped by 1.6% and 0.8% respectively.

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 Thu, 14 May 2015 15:38:00 UT Retirement in the suburbs - Hubble traces the migration of white dwarfs in cluster 47 Tucanae [heic1510]
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, collected a census of young white dwarf stars beginning their migration from the crowded centre of an ancient star cluster to its less populated outskirts. The new results challenge our ideas about how and when a star loses its mass near the end of its life.
 Thu, 07 May 2015 08:15:00 UT Cassini-Huygens Participating Scientists
Announcement of Opportunity 2015
The scientific community is invited to submit proposals for participation to the Cassini-Huygens mission through the Participating Scientists (PS) programme. This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is issued jointly by ESA, NASA, and ASI. A brief statement of work is due on 1 June 2015; the full proposal is due on 18 August 2015.
 Wed, 06 May 2015 11:13:00 UT Send your drawing into space with CHEOPS
Do you want to send your art into space on the new CHEOPS satellite? ESA and its mission partners are inviting children to submit drawings that will be miniaturised and engraved on two plaques that will be put on the satellite.
 Mon, 04 May 2015 10:18:00 UT AKARI far-infrared all-sky data released
The AKARI space telescope's far-infrared all-sky image data are now available to researchers everywhere. The new all-sky maps have four to five times better spatial resolution than conventional far-infrared all-sky images, and include data at longer wavelengths.

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 Thu, 21 May 2015 22:00:00 GMT2015-05-21T22:00:00Z Payment of 1 billion euro in pre-financing for the Youth Employment Initiative
Today the European Commission has made almost 1 billion euro available for the young unemployed.
 Thu, 21 May 2015 22:00:00 GMT2015-05-21T22:00:00Z Poverty impact of fiscal consolidation measures in Belgium and other social policy debates in Europe
Four more Flash Reports prepared by ESPN independent experts on recent social policy debates in Europe are now available.

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 Fri, 22 May 2015 15:35:29 GMT AIOTI Board decides on next steps and actions
The Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) Board approves the guidelines on the operational functioning of the Alliance and welcomes its new members.
 Fri, 22 May 2015 10:26:18 GMT Meet the best European eHealth SME's of 2015
The best eHealth/mHealth solutions produced by SMEs across Europe have been awarded during eHealth Week 2015.

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 Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT How smart materials could transform shipping in the EU
EU-funded researchers are adapting smart materials to make ships more comfortable, safe and economically and environmentally efficient for shipbuilders, operators and passengers.
 Thu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Better fish for farms
Tweaking breeding methods could allow European fish farming - or aquaculture - to produce more efficiently. An EU-funded project is studying how hi-tech breeding techniques can promote disease resistance and fast, efficient growth in six commonly farmed fish species, improving fish welfare, impacts on wildlife and farm productivity.
 Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT How to revitalise a failing heart
Heart attacks leave scars on the cardiac muscle - and if the scar is large, it can gradually weaken the organ's ability to pump blood. Stem cell therapy can help to regenerate the damaged tissue. An EU-funded project has set out to advance the state of the art.
 Wed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Sustainable farming gets down to earth
Under your feet is something very ordinary but essential to life-soil. It grows the food we eat and regulates the water, carbon and nutrient cycles that shape our environment and climate. To help keep farming sustainable, EU-funded researchers have mapped out the long-term impacts of how farmers use soil, and developed a tool and guidelines to support best practices in farms.

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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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