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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:56:54 GMT European Court Says Torture Used on CIA 'Black Sites' - Wall Street Journal

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European Court Says Torture Used on CIA 'Black Sites'
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A barbed wire fence surrounds a military area in the forest near Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in north eastern Poland in January. Both Messrs. Zubaydah and Nashiri say they were taken to Poland on the same secret rendition plane in Dec ...
CIA ran secret torture jail in Poland, rules European Court of Human RightsEurActiv
Poland 'helped in CIA rendition'BBC News
European court condemns Poland over secret CIA torture prisonsTelegraph.co.uk
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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:10:10 GMT City of London to bear the brunt of EU sanctions on Russia - Telegraph.co.uk


City of London to bear the brunt of EU sanctions on Russia
The proposal to bar Russian banks from listing new bond or equity issues on European exchanges would place the biggest burden of punishing Vladimir Putin on London as the EU's financial centre but is unlikely to be agreed amid continuing European ...
Despite Anger Over Downed Jetliner, Europe Shies Away From Sanctions on ...New York Times
Europe's troubles exposed by MH17 crashBBC News
Rebels in Donetsk: Russia is being punished by the West for allegedly arming ...BBC News
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 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:06:52 GMT Europe Toughens Sanctions on Russia - Wall Street Journal

Europe Toughens Sanctions on Russia
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As European Union leaders met for the first time since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, a greater split emerged between those arguing to completely transform Europe's relationship with Russia and those holding back. WSJ's Stephen ...

 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.
EU imposes new sanctions on Russian officials, stops short of tougher penaltiesWashington Post
UK urges tougher EU sanctions on RussiaFinancial Times
Flight MH17: Europe Unlikely to Enforce Tougher Sanctions on RussiaTIME
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 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:00 GMT John McCain: European sanctions on Russia are 'a joke' - Telegraph.co.uk

John McCain: European sanctions on Russia are 'a joke'
"He's encouraged [by the lack of European action]. Wouldn't any thug be?" Mr McCain said. Mr McCain's frustrations with Europe were echoed by members of both parties. An Obama administration official called the EU measures "feeble", although they said ...

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:27:53 GMT Why We Need A European Solidarity Union - Social Europe Journal

Why We Need A European Solidarity Union
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Yet, from the inside things are not looking so good at present: solidarity in the EU seems damaged, the sense of justice is shaken and social cohesion is too weak. Many citizens are asking themselves: is Europe going to lose its sense of solidarity and ...

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 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:53:25 GMT European Hedge Funds Scramble to Pass First Test Under EU Regulations - Wall Street Journal

European Hedge Funds Scramble to Pass First Test Under EU Regulations
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European hedge funds have scrambled to pass their first test under complex new European Union regulations amid confusion over the timing and introduction of the rules. Tuesday at 5 p.m. marked the official deadline by which managers in the U.K.—where ...

 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:11:50 GMT European Union: Hamas, other Gaza terror groups must disarm - Haaretz


European Union: Hamas, other Gaza terror groups must disarm
The statement, which was issued at the end of the monthly meeting of the Council of the European Union, included a strong condemnation of Hamas for its rocket fire and for using the civilian population as human shields. The statement was issued after a ...
EU strongly condemns indiscriminate Hamas rockets on Israel and use of ...European Jewish Press
EU defends Israel's Gaza incursionEUobserver
Oil stays above $102 a barrel amid push for Israel-Gaza cease-fire, EU ...Nanaimo Daily News

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 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:16:52 GMT MH17: how would EU sanctions on Russia affect Europe? - Telegraph.co.uk


MH17: how would EU sanctions on Russia affect Europe?
In trade terms, it is perhaps an easier call for Mr Cameron to make than his European counterparts. Around 2.5 per cent of Russian imports come from Britain and the country's share of the Russian import market currently remains below that of France, ...
More MH17 bodies return to Netherlands as EU mulls Russia sanctionsTimes of India
EU to Mull Russian Sanctions as Black Box Analysis StartsBloomberg
Plane crash bodies finally removed from war zone; Europe imposes more ...Minneapolis Star Tribune
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 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:35:26 GMT EU Prepares to Step Up Google Investigations - Wall Street Journal

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EU Prepares to Step Up Google Investigations
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The European Commission is likely to revise some terms of a settlement announced in February, aimed at dealing with concerns that the company abuses its dominance of online searches in Europe, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
Pressure Grows on EU Regulator to Rethink Google SettlementNew York Times
regulators step up Google probesThe Southland Times

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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:07:02 GMT New political turmoil in Ukraine as the country's PM resigns
As Ukraine deals with the conflict with separatists in the east of the country, and the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane, it has been thrown…

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:39:02 GMT Air Algerie plane missing with 116 people on board
An Air Algerie plane with 116 people on board is believed to have crashed, according to the French Foreign Minister. A search is underway for the…

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:03:01 GMT Sudanese mother sentenced to death in Sudan meets the Pope in Rome
A Sudanese mother who was handed a death sentence for renouncing Islam has had an audience with the Pope in the Vatican. Meriam Yahia Ibrahim was…

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:49:08 GMT General Motors profit hit by recalls, faulty ignition switch compensation fund
General Motors has reported a much lower second-quarter profit. Net income fell to $190 million from $1.2 billion in the same period last year.…

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:40:46 GMT Urgent calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire as civilian toll grows
Amid increasingly urgent international calls for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, the casualty list grows by the hour. In just one of…

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:27:26 GMT EU mulls tougher Russia sanctions
The EU could target state-owned Russian banks in a bid to toughen up the bloc's sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis. Ambassadors met in Brussels…

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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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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:00 GMT Article - The EU's energy dependence: facts and figures
General : The EU imports more than half of the energy it consumes and that can make it vulnerable to external energy suppliers such as Russia. To improve the situation, the European Commission presented a plan to reduce this dependence, which was discussed by Parliament’s industry committee this week. Read on to find out the key facts and figures about the EU’s energy imports and how it varies from country to country.

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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:00 GMT Article - US free-trade deal: "In the end Parliament decides on the agreements"
General : A free-trade agreement with the US has the potential to boost the European economy with billions, but this should not come at the expense of consumers or workers. Last week the sixth round of negotiation of the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place. We spoke to Bernd Lange, a German member of the S&D group who is the chair of the international trade committee, about the agreement and other upcoming challenges for the committee.

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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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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:35:04 GMT RE.WORK Technology Summit
This new edition of RE.WORK Technology Summit will explore new technological advancements shaping the future of business and society. Industry leaders, technology pioneers, entrepreneurs, researchers and government will explore emerging technologies including robotics, BCI, the internet of things, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:23:47 GMT 7th European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization meeting - 13 February 2014
Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization (MSP) - 7th meeting of 13 February 2014: Agenda, meeting minutes and list of decisions and action points

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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Multi-physics-the great unknown
A large number of engineering applications involve granular material or a particulate phase in combination with a gaseous or liquid phase. Applications for this kind of materials mix can be found in diverse domains such as the pharmaceutical industry, the food and processing industry, energy production or systems biology. Everyday products such as coffee, corn flakes, nuts or fertilizer all depend on this field of knowledge known as multi-physics.
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT How to protect Europe's seas
Increasing pressures on Europe's marine and coastal areas, particularly around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, highlight the need for these areas to become more resilient to human activities and natural change. There is a large scientific research effort already underway to identify some of the environmental baselines, but the challenge now lies in turning that knowledge into effective decision-making.
 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Packing raspberries with healthy antioxidants
EU researchers have developed new techniques to boost antioxidant levels in raspberries. Their work will help farmers grow healthier raspberries, for your table, your picnic basket and for markets worldwide.
 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT A fourth generation laser that is pushing research boundaries
The scientific community has expressed an increased need for radiation sources capable of producing ultrashort pulses, with extreme brightness and coherence. In fact, this according to experts is where the future lies in terms of new materials characterisation, life science applications, drug development and many other applications.

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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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