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 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 21:08:58 GMT Italian, Spanish and German banks SAVAGED in key test of Europe's financial institutions - Express.co.uk

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Italian, Spanish and German banks SAVAGED in key test of Europe's financial institutions
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The major financial pillars of the EU all delivered dire results in a European Union stress test assessing how banks on the continent would deal with a global downturn. The Bank of England moved swiftly tonight to reassure global markets that UK ...
World's oldest bank fares worst in EU stress testCNBC
5 things to watch in European banks' stress test resultsPOLITICO.eu
Most European Banks Survive Stress TestWall Street Journal
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 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:58:53 GMT EU exports are a mere 12% of British economy - Daily Mail

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EU exports are a mere 12% of British economy
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Exports to the European Union now account for just 12 per cent of Britain's economy and companies are looking elsewhere for trade. The Office for National Statistics' Pink Book – which details the economy's reliance on imports and exports – shows our ...
Theresa May takes Brexit's immigration message to eastern EuropeThe Guardian
May tours EU in search of allies in Brexit talksNew Europe
Theresa May reassures 800000 Poles living in UK over Brexit and condemns 'shameful' post-referendum attacksTelegraph.co.uk

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 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:54:11 GMT Brexit: France's Michel Barnier made European negotiator with UK - BBC News

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Brexit: France's Michel Barnier made European negotiator with UK
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Former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has been appointed by the European Commission to negotiate with Britain over Brexit. Announcing the appointment, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he "wanted an experienced ...
European Commission appoints chief Brexit negotiator but says he won't speak to UK until Article 50 triggeredThe Independent
Michel Barnier Appointed by European Commission as Chief Brexit NegotiatorWall Street Journal

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 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:43:25 GMT European banks prepare for possible shockwaves from stress test results - The Guardian

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European banks prepare for possible shockwaves from stress test results
The Guardian
Of the 51 banks being tested by the EU-wide European Banking Authority, only MPS failed two years ago. “We think it is a missed opportunity that the EBA 2016 stress tests will not be used to do a fuller and deeper health check of the banking system in ...
Stress tests add pressure on European banksFinancial Times

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 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:19:18 GMT Trump's EU jab ignores US role in Europe - POLITICO.eu

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Trump's EU jab ignores US role in Europe
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It's also a delicate time for the European Union: Just a month ago, the United Kingdom voted to the leave the EU, raising concerns about a domino effect that could politically destabilize Europe amid a series of terrorist attacks, a migration crisis ...

 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:45:37 GMT Turkey won't get visa-free travel this year: EU - Hurriyet Daily News

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Turkey won't get visa-free travel this year: EU
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“The draft law [on ending visa requirements for Turks] is being debated in the European Parliament right now,” Oettinger, commissioner for digital economy and society, told several regional German newspapers in an interview published on July 18.

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 Tue, 05 Jul 2016 09:48:52 GMT U.K.'s FTSE 100 Has Lagged Non-EU Europe Gauges Since '93: Chart - Bloomberg

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U.K.'s FTSE 100 Has Lagged Non-EU Europe Gauges Since '93: Chart
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Since the Maastricht treaty came into force in November 1993 and gave birth to the European Union, Britain's FTSE 100 Index has trailed the regional Euro Stoxx 50 Index and the benchmark gauges of non-EU members Switzerland and Norway. In dollar ...

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 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:28:22 GMT International Business|Price-Fixing Truck Makers Get Record EU Fine: $3.2 Billion - New York Times

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International Business|Price-Fixing Truck Makers Get Record EU Fine: $3.2 Billion
New York Times
The fine was for price-fixing and operating a secretive system aimed at delaying the installation of pollution-curbing exhaust pipes and engines. Less than a week ago, the European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, announced a new round of ...
Antitrust: Commission fines truck producers € 2.93 billion for participating in a cartelEU News

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 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:31:55 GMT Germany split on EU's future as some call for a European government - The Guardian

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Germany split on EU's future as some call for a European government
The Guardian
His SPD colleague and the European parliament president, Martin Schulz, meanwhile, used an op-ed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung to suggest that the time had come to turn the European commission, the EU's executive body, into “a genuine ...

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 Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:29:51 GMT Germany's Merkel Calls for Better Ties Between Russia, EU - Haaretz

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Germany's Merkel Calls for Better Ties Between Russia, EU
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Thursday for an end to tensions with Russia and for boosting ties between the European Union and the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union after years of conflict between the EU and Moscow over Ukraine.

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 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:58:34 +0200 Australia: Rallies demand national inquiry into juvenile 'torture'
Hundreds rallied in Australian cities on Saturday to demand a government-ordered probe into allegations of abuse against indigenous children at a juvenile detention centre be extended into a full, nat
 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:20:40 +0200 'Girl power' for Hillary Clinton
Female senators from Maryland, Missouri and Massachusetts are supporting Hillary Clinton after she accepted the Democrat presidential nomination.
 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:42:36 +0200 Belgium: two brothers detained on suspicion of plotting attacks
An anti-terror operation in Belgium results in the arrests of two brothers suspected of plotting attacks in the country.
 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:30:58 +0200 Pope Francis encourages acceptance at penultimate day of World Youth events
On the penultimate day (July 30) of the World Youth celebrations in Poland, Pope Francis addressed worshippers at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in the south of…
 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 09:39:18 +0200 Indonesian police detain seven following temple fires
Seven people have been detained in Indonesia in connection with fires at a number of Buddhist temples in the north of Sumatra island.
 Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:53:57 +0200 Dozens wounded in further night of clashes at besieged Yerevan police station
At least 60 people have been wounded and dozens arrested in another night of clashes between riot police and demonstrators in Yerevan, the health ministry…

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 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST Focus on rule of law in Poland and fiscal situation of Spain and Portugal

The Commission adopts a recommendation on the rule of law in Poland, proposes new fiscal adjustment paths for Spain and Portugal and recommends cancelling the fine of 0.2% of GDP for failure to correct their excessive deficit.

 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:00:00 CEST President Juncker meets Ukrainian Prime Minister

On 19 July in Brussels, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, met the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, to discuss the country's reform efforts and the European Union's ongoing support.


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 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:00:00 GMT Article - Tax fraud: 75% of Europeans want EU to do more to fight it
General : Only death and taxes are certain in life - as the cliché goes - but that doesn't mean you have to like either. In the case of taxes, it's made worse by not everyone paying their fair share. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament, 75% of all Europeans believe the EU should do more to fight tax fraud. Read on to find what the Parliament is currently working on to address the issue.

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 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:00:00 GMT Article - Facebook: this year's most popular posts so far
General : Parliament's Facebook page is one of the most popular platforms for people to follow what MEPs are working on. More than two million people use it to discover the latest news and discuss the latest issues. But what are they interested in the most? Read on as we reveal the five most popular Facebook post of the first six months of 2016.

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 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0200 GDP up by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28
Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.4% in the EU28 during the second quarter of 2016, compared with the previous quarter, according to a preliminary flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2016, GDP grew by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28.
 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Euro area unemployment at 10.1%
The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.1% in June 2016, stable compared to May 2016 and down from 11.0% in June 2015. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since July 2011. The EU28 unemployment rate was 8.6% in June 2016, stable compared to May 2016 and down from 9.5% in June 2015. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since March 2009. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Euro area annual inflation up to 0.2%
Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.2% in July 2016, up from 0.1% in June 2016, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0200 Household real income per capita up in the euro area and in the EU28
In the euro area, in real terms, household income per capita increased by 0.9% in the first quarter of 2016, after an increase of 0.3% in the previous quarter. Household real consumption per capita increased by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2016, after an increase of 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:49:00 UT How comets are born
Detailed analysis of data collected by Rosetta show that comets are the ancient leftovers of early Solar System formation, and not younger fragments resulting from subsequent collisions between other, larger bodies.
 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:00:00 UT White dwarf lashes red dwarf with mystery ray [heic1616]
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, along with other telescopes on the ground and in space, have discovered a new type of exotic binary star: in the system AR Scorpii a rapidly spinning white dwarf star is powering electrons up to almost the speed of light. These high energy particles release blasts of radiation that lash the companion red dwarf star, and cause the entire system to pulse dramatically every 1.97 minutes with radiation ranging from the ultraviolet to radio.
 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:43:00 UT What lies beneath: Venus' surface revealed through the clouds
Using observations from ESA's Venus Express satellite, scientists have shown for the first time how weather patterns seen in Venus' thick cloud layers are directly linked to the topography of the surface below. Rather than acting as a barrier to our observations, Venus' clouds may offer insight into what lies beneath.
 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:43:00 UT Gravitational vortex provides new way to study matter close to a black hole
ESA's orbiting X-ray observatory, XMM-Newton, has proved the existence of a 'gravitational vortex' around a black hole. The discovery, aided by NASA's NuSTAR mission, solves a mystery that has eluded astronomers for more than 30 years and will allow them to map the behaviour of matter very close to black holes. It could also open the door to future investigations of Albert Einstein's general relativity.

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 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-07-28T22:00:00Z Commission proposes €5.3 million from Globalisation Fund for former Microsoft workers in Finland
The European Commission has proposed to provide Finland with €5.3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 1,441 former Microsoft workers to find new jobs.
 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:00:00 GMT2016-07-21T22:00:00Z Summer holidays – but not for everyone!
Schools are closed, summer holidays are here, and also this blog is having its well-deserved summer break. Like many of you, authors of Evidence in Focus are leaving their desks to travel in Europe and beyond.

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 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:27:00 GMT European Commission opens in-depth investigation into regulatory forbearance proposed by Portuguese regulator on broadband markets
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the Portuguese telecoms regulator's (ANACOM's) plans to refrain from granting regulated local or central access to the fibre lines of MEO (Portugal's incumbent telecoms operator), in parts of the country where there is little prospect of alternative infrastructure deployment. In particular, the Commission has concerns that, if implemented, ANACOM's proposal could impede sustainable competition in the broadband markets.
 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:00:00 GMT Synopsis report of the public consultation on roaming fair use and sustainability mechanism
Commission publishes the synopsis report for public consultation on Roaming fair-use policy and the sustainability mechanism.

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 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Virtual reality app recreates horror of Nazi concentration camp
How can virtual reality help to preserve historical heritage? A new tablet application, uses geo-localisation - as well as virtual and augmented reality - to recreate the Bergen-Belsen camp at various points in history.
 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Updates on the ageing brain
At the supermarket, do you always know where you parked your car? Can you remember what you came to buy, if you haven't written it down? And can you do so without having to rack your brain? If so, you're lucky. Most of us occasionally struggle, and will struggle even more as we get older. EU-funded research has analysed how age affects our memory.
 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT A user-centred approach to balancing renewable energy supply and demand
As European countries grow their renewable energy capacity, grid operators need to find ways to balance supply and demand due to the variability of sun and wind. The recent trial of a smart distribution system on the Danish island of Bornholm, where more than 50 %of electricity comes from wind farms, has demonstrated an efficient and effective solution.
 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Virtual tests for aircraft innovation safety
New materials can make aircraft greener and quieter. But how would these planes behave in an emergency water landing? An EU-funded project's experiments and computer simulation tools are contributing to better understanding of the complicated phenomena involved in developing even safer and more cost-effective designs.

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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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