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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:26:49 GMT European Union showing signs of strain - BBC News

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European Union showing signs of strain
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In 1998 Austria held the rotating presidency of the European Union for the first time since becoming a member of the club and I was a fresh-faced reporter for Austrian radio's English-language service. "Our aim is to bring Europe closer to its people," ...

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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:17:03 GMT France violates treaty on smacking - Council of Europe - BBC News

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France violates treaty on smacking - Council of Europe
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In its decision published on Wednesday, the Council's European Committee of Social Rights said: "There is now a wide consensus at both the European and international level among human rights bodies that the corporal punishment of children should be ...
French among Europe's most disgruntled with EUThe Local.fr
France must act to ban smacking, Council of Europe to ruleTelegraph.co.uk
Rights Body Scolds France, Saying Spanking Kids Is a No-NoNew York Times

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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:54:30 GMT An EU explainer for the easily bored: what has Europe ever done for me? - New Statesman

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An EU explainer for the easily bored: what has Europe ever done for me?
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That's cheaper because of the EU as well. Since 2007, the cost of calls, text and data when travelling abroad has been forced down by Europe-wide price caps. Commissioner Viviane Reding – known for her magnificent selection of chandelier earrings ...

 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:08:41 GMT EU Leadership Regains Approval Across Europe - Gallup.com

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EU Leadership Regains Approval Across Europe
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BERLIN -- European Union leadership has recouped the job approval ratings it lost when the eurozone slipped into double-dip recession in 2012. In 2014, an average of 49% of EU residents said they approved of the job performance of the leadership of the ...

 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:57:31 GMT Net neutrality is not for Europe - Fortune

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Net neutrality is not for Europe
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European Commissioner Guenter Oettinger said at MWC that he hopes the E.U. will be able to finalize a new law on the subject by the summer. The Commission, as enforcer of the E.U.'s single market, is keen to avoid a situation whereby all 28 states have ...
Europe Could See Beginning Of Two-Tier InternetEagle Radio

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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:12:53 GMT Proposals on European net neutrality open 'two-speed' internet - Financial Times

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Proposals on European net neutrality open 'two-speed' internet
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European internet providers would be allowed to profit from “two-speed” data services under proposals being considered in Brussels, opening a transatlantic divide on telecoms regulation after the US banned similar tactics last week. In documents seen ...
EU Considers Lenient Rules on Net NeutralityWall Street Journal

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 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:38:29 GMT Nine things The Great European Disaster Movie got wrong - Telegraph.co.uk

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Nine things The Great European Disaster Movie got wrong
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Last night, the BBC broadcast The Great European Disaster Movie, a “documentary” set in the future about the calamitous consequences of Britain's exit from the European Union. According to the makers of the film, this would create a domino effect, ...
Ukip rails against BBC's Great European Disaster MovieThe Guardian
BBC's apocalyptic drama about EU break-up is condemned as 'scaremongering ...Daily Mail

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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:47:39 GMT Environment report shows benefits of EU action - EU News

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Environment report shows benefits of EU action
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A new report published today shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years. Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, send less waste to landfill and recycle more; while ...
Air pollution will kill thousands in Europe, EEA warnsThe Guardian
Even Europe isn't doing enough to meet its climate goalsGrist
Huge Numbers of Europeans Will Die From Air Pollution in the Next 20 YearsTIME
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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:57:00 GMT UK wins in European Central Bank court challenge - BBC News

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UK wins in European Central Bank court challenge
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The UK has won a court ruling against the European Central Bank which could have forced firms handling large euro transactions to move to the eurozone. The surprise victory ends a three-year dispute which could have banned the clearing and settlement ...
Home / FIA Europe backs EU court ruling against ECBFOW magazine
EU high court hands Britain win over European Central BankMid Columbia Tri City Herald

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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:01:29 GMT European Union Seeks to Reboot Its Policy Toward Neighboring Countries - Wall Street Journal

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European Union Seeks to Reboot Its Policy Toward Neighboring Countries
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BRUSSELS—The European Union, buffeted by political setbacks in Ukraine and other parts of Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East and North Africa, is overhauling its policies toward its neighbors. Admitting that their approach has been too sweeping ...

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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:58:06 GMT Moscow court rejects Ukraine ex-pilot Nadiya Savchenko's appeal
A Moscow court has rejected an appeal for the temporary release of Ukrainian former military pilot Nadiya Savchenko. The officer, who has been on…




 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:58:02 GMT EU will hit Russia with tougher sanctions if Ukraine truce fails, Merkel says
The EU is ready to Russia with tougher sanctions if a ceasefire deal brokered last month is seriously violated, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said…




 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:49:02 GMT Iraq intensifies assault on ISIL stronghold, Tikrit
The Iraqi army and Shi'ite militiamen have intensified their assault on fallen dictator Saddam Hussein's former hometown, Tikrit. Their strategy,…




 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:41:01 GMT Italy: Coastguard rescues almost 1,000 migrants in 24 hours
Dramatic footage from Italy's coastguard has captured migrants' desperate attempts to reach the safety of a rescue vessel after their own boat…




 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:07:12 GMT Boston bombings: Relatives of victims attend start of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial
Relative of the victims of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have arrived in court for the start of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial. An…




 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:20:12 GMT Dozens trapped after Zasyadko coal mine blast in Donetsk, Ukraine
A blast at a coal mine in the rebel-controlled Donesk in eastern Ukraine has killed at least 32 people, according to a local official. Dozens of…





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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MET EU mobilises efforts to end Ebola and alleviate its impact

The ���Ebola: from emergency to recovery��� conference is taking place in Brussels under the patronage of the European Union. While international efforts have reduced the number of Ebola infections, it is critical to prevent an increase in new cases.

 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:00 MET EEA reports on cleaner EU environment and challenges ahead

A new report published today by the European Environment Agency shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past 5 years.


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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:45:00 GMT Article - Browse, read, explore: 100 books on Europe
General : Thought you knew everything about Europe? Think again! The Parliament has selected 100 books, studies and academic works that offer insight in the philosophy behind the European project. The aim of the list featuring authors from all over Europe is to present the ideas and people behind European integration, which may also help to find solutions to the challenges Europe is facing now. The list is available on a dedicated website which can be searched in various ways.

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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:10:00 GMT Article - Ready, set, click: take part in our guest photographer contest
General : Take part in our new guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Every month until September we will be announcing a different topic linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to make a photo reportage.

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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0100 Volume of retail trade up by 1.1% in euro area
In January 2015 compared with December 2014, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade rose by 1.1% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.8% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December retail trade rose by 0.4% in both zones.
 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0100 Industrial producer prices down by 0.9% in euro area
In January 2015, compared with December 2014, industrial producer prices fell by 0.9% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2014 prices decreased by 1.0% in the euro area and by 1.1% in the EU28.
 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0100 Euro area unemployment rate at 11.2%
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.2% in January 2015, down from 11.3% in December 2014, and from 11.8% in January 2014. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since April 2012. The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.8% in January 2015, down from 9.9% in December 2014 and from 10.6% in January 2014. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0100 How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?
The Europe 2020 strategy, adopted by the European Council in June 2010, aims at establishing a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy with high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion. The key objectives of the strategy are expressed in the form of five ambitious targets in the areas of employment, research & development (R&D), climate change & energy, education and poverty reduction, to be reached by 2020. These have been translated into national targets in order to reflect the situation and possibilities of each Member State to contribute to the common goal. A set of nine headline indicators and four sub-indicators, compiled by Eurostat, give an overview of how far or close the EU is from reaching its overall targets.

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 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:47:00 UT Announcement of Opportunity for Interdisciplinary Scientists in the JUICE mission
Through this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) ESA solicits the participation of the scientific community in the role of Interdisciplinary Scientists (IDSs) in the JUICE mission. Proposals are due by 15 April 2015 at 12:00 CEST (noon) and shall be preceded by a mandatory Letter of Intent due by 20 March 2015.
 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:22:00 UT Widespread wind from black hole can shape star formation
Astronomers have discovered that the winds from supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are blasted out in all directions. This new finding was made possible by observations with ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescopes and it supports the picture of black holes having a significant impact on star formation of their host galaxy.
 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:41:00 UT Mystery Mars plume baffles scientists
Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.
 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:56:00 UT March of the moons - Hubble captures rare triple moon transit of Jupiter [heic1504]
These new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images capture a rare occurrence as three of Jupiter's largest moons parade across the giant gas planet's banded face. Hubble took a string of images of the event which show the three satellites – Europa, Callisto and Io – in action.

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 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:00:00 GMT2015-03-03T23:00:00Z The Commission renews its commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities
The first high-level meeting of the EU's monitoring Framework for the UN Disability Convention will be held today and will see the Commission renew its commitment to promoting, protecting and monitoring the rights of persons with disabilities.
 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:00:00 GMT2015-03-02T23:00:00Z Forced labour: Commission welcomes Council political agreement to implement new ILO Protocol
The EU has taken a further step towards better preventing forced labour to happen and protecting its victims.

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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:20:23 GMT Third Coordinated Call Brazil-EU in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
The Computing Policies Secretariat of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa (RNP) (National Education and Research Network) publicised the Third Coordinated Call BR-EU in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Interested parties have until April 21 to submit proposals for technological development and innovation projects in the form and conditions laid down in the document.
 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:48:50 GMT Digital Agenda for Europe – Engagement for Growth and Jobs, SMART 2012/0106 Lot 5 – ICT and Jobs and Skills
The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is a multi-stakeholder partnership launched in 2013 that endeavours to facilitate collaboration among business and education providers, public and private actors to take action attracting young people into ICT education, and to retrain unemployed people. This report provides an analysis of the potential contributions of the Grand Coalition's Pledges to solve the mismatch between demand and supply of digital skills in Europe, their challenges and problems encountered so far, and their key success factors.

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 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Shoring up Europe's flood defences
From Pakistan to the Balkans and from Mozambique to Western Europe - images of the misery caused by flooding are a regular feature in the media. While eliminating all risk is impossible, understanding it and adapting buildings, infrastructure and flood defences can save lives and money. EU-funded researchers have developed the tools needed to do just that, and have passed them on to Europe's policymakers.
 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Tsunami alert
The ocean can be ruthless and unpredictable. Tsunamis strike without warning, taking thousands of lives. How can we spot an approaching wave in time to save people? Outside Setubal, Portugal, scientists from a European research project are testing a device that automatically detects a rising wave to alert people on the nearby beach.
 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Paints for places where a spark spells trouble
With the help of EU research funding, three small businesses have been able to take a concept for more efficient, cheaper types of paints for hazardous, explosive work areas, develop innovative products, and successfully bring them to market. The new paints also eliminate the need for the metal particles and solvents normally used in such products - removing a potential health hazard.
 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Going the extra mile with batteries that breathe
A major challenge facing full electric vehicles is the limited range between charges. An EU-backed project has designed a new-generation battery that can potentially power a car for up to 500 km, instead of the current 150 km, before needing to be recharged. This breakthrough could encourage more people to buy electric vehicles - good for the environment and Europe's competitiveness.

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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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