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Corruption scandal rocks the Bulgarian Chess Federaition

Chess was once again on TV in the European Union, in a central show on Bulgarian television viewed by more than 2 million people. However, this time the news is not positive for the community, as the topic of the report was a scandal...Show More Summary

Renewable Energy Set To Gain From EU’s New €315 Billion Investment Plan

Renewable energy looks set to benefit greatly from the European Union’s new €315 billion (£250 billion) investment plan, according to recent reports. That plan — which was recently unveiled by European Commission President Jean-Claude...Show More Summary

Investigation: How Green Activist Scientists Rigged an EU Pesticide Ban Costing Farmers and Businesses Billions

"'Victory for bees' as European Union bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population" read a front page headline in the Independent last year. It was the culmination of an intense burst of campaigning by left-wing...Show More Summary

Popcorn & Candy: Strindberg and Helium Edition

This week in film: AFI's European Union Showcase continues, Athens Today series, a film for Monkey Day, and more. [ more › ]

Field Guide to Reading Kalashnikov Markings

Conflict Armament Research is a company that works with the European Union to identify and trace weapons used in conflict zones around the world. They use small field teams to identify specific small arms, with the goal of figuring out how the equipment made its way to that particular battlefield. Show More Summary

Watch: How Europe is greener now than 100 years ago

3 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

Within the last 100 years, Europe has experienced two World Wars, the end of communism, the emergence of the European Union and a series of other transformative political and economic developments. A team of scientists has now been able...Show More Summary

European Commission Issues 500 Mln Euros to Support Ukraine: Statement

The payment comes on top of the 860 million euros provided to Ukraine earlier within the frameworks of the European Union's macro-financial support programs. The final tranche of 250 million euros is expected to be disbursed by spring 2015.

Canada – European Union Data Sharing Agreement Sent to EU Court of Justice for Review

Earlier this year, Canada and the European Union announced that they had reached agreement on sharing airline passenger name record data. The data shared includes names, addresses, and credit card numbers of airline passengers. The agreement was signed in June (video of the signing here), but approval from the European Parliament was required. Show More Summary

Lima Climate Talks: US, EU Clash Over Binding Emissions Targets

The climate change conference opened this week in Lima, Peru, with the US and the European Union clashing over legally binding emissions targets. The EU wants legally binding emissions cuts to be applied to all countries, adopted by 2015 and enforce by 2020, the Guardian reports. Meanwhile the US wants countries to determine the scope […]

Euro Zone Retail Sales Return To Growth At Start Of Fourth Quarter

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone retail sales returned to growth in October, data showed on Wednesday, pointing to rising demand from households after a weak third quarter. The European Union's statistics office Eurostat said retail sales...Show More Summary

European Union Rules Asylum Seeker Tests For Homosexuality Unlawful

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled that gay asylum seekers do not need to undergo a test to prove they are homosexual

European Union High Court Bans Sexuality Tests For Gay Asylum Seekers

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via Newsweek: The Court of Justice of the European Union, which interprets EU law to ensure that it is equally applied in all EU countries, today ruled that refugees who claim asylum based on their homosexuality should not have to undergo invasive tests to prove it, including detailed questioning on their sexual habits. Show More Summary

The fight to get Google to pay for news continues in Europe

BERLIN — The European Union’s new commissioner for digital affairs didn’t waste any time. Days before starting the job at the end of October, Günther Oettinger (his official title is commissioner for digital economy and society) announced plans to reform European copyright law in 2015. That could mean introducing a levy on search engines when...

“Much Room For Improvement” For Europe, Says IEA

A new report reviewing the European Union’s energy policies by the International Energy Agency, published Monday, has praised the region’s low-carbon leadership, but notes that there is still more work to be done to better integrate the EU’s energy market. Show More Summary

Tuesday Watch

Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: Russia Scraps EU Gas Link in Favor of Turkish Deliveries. Russia scrapped a proposed natural gas pipeline that the European Union opposed because it would bypass Ukraine, moving forward instead with plans to ship more fuel to Turkey. Show More Summary

Putin says Russia will drop Europe-bound South Stream pipeline

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Moscow will abandon its gas pipeline to Europe and instead build an alternative pipeline to Turkey. The European Union opposed the $20 billion South Stream pipeline, which would have allowed Russia to ship gas to southeastern Europe while bypassing Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reports. Show More Summary

Google to take responsibility for collecting VAT for EU app sales

If you're a developer selling apps in a European Union member country, there will be some changes in the way taxes are handled on your apps and in-app purchases. In response to some changes to Value-Added Tax (VAT) laws in the EU, Google will be responsible for calculating and remitting VAT for EU Google Play customers.

Gazprom CEO Says South Stream Pipeline Project Is 'closed'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The CEO of Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom, Alexei Miller, said on Monday that the project to build the South Stream gas pipeline was dead, after President Vladimir Putin cited obstacles raised by the European Union....Show More Summary

Russian Steve Jobs Memorial Taken Down After Tim Cook Came Out As Gay Will Now Be Auctioned Off

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

In 2013 the Western European Financial Union ZEFS erected a 6’6’’ iPhone-shaped memorial to Steve Jobs in St. Petersberg. The memorial stood for about a year in the courtyard of a local IT university campus before being taken down after...

Shipping Emissions Rules Approved

ner shipShip owners will, for the first time, have to monitor carbon emissions from ships of more than 5,000 gross tons under a European Union law approved last week, the Guardian reports. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018. It doesn’t include shipping in the EU’s Emissions Trading System, but it moves the industry […]

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