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EU meets as some countries seek tougher sanctions

1 hour agoNews : The Newsroom

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers are meeting to consider further sanctions against Russia because of the downing of the Malaysian jetliner, with Britain and some other countries demanding much tougher measures.

Is There a Russian Conscience? A European?

When I was a graduate student at Columbia University’s Russian Institute, there was a great debate: Was the communist Soviet Union an organic Russian development or was it largely a cancer imposed on it? Those who held the organic view argued that the change from czar to commissar was only one of degree. Show More Summary

Brexit Stage Right

If Britain makes good on its threats to leave the European Union, the impact will be profound.

Flight MH17: Europe Unlikely to Enforce Tougher Sanctions on Russia

Analysts say the European Union is unlikely to go beyond sanctioning individuals

Russia Faces Stricter Sanctions Over Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash; Fear Grips Russian Businesses

Russian markets are plunging and its economic growth prospects are looking grim in the face of new sanctions by the United States and the European Union over the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 allegedly by Russia assisted separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Google Dropping The Word 'Free' From Games With In-App Purchases

The word “free” might as well be retired from app store pricing, given it almost never means what you think it means (to paraphrase Inigo Montoya). The European Union was also somewhat confused about the label and its use with mobile games that, if you plan to actually play them, money must be exchanged (cough Dungeon Keeper cough). Show More Summary

British PM Cameron Enabling Wall Street’s Takeover of National Health Service

2 days agoNews : Truthdig

The U.K.‘s cherished public health service is in danger of being sold off to private corporations via a trade deal that would create a single market between the European Union and the United States and open future British governments...Show More Summary

MH17 Tragedy is 'An Opportunity' Says Crass Eurocrat

In a display of insensitivity extraordinary even for a Brussels bureaucrat, a European Union official has told journalists that the downing of the Malaysian flight over Eastern Ukraine "provides an opportunity" for the EU to have "direct contact for the first time" with pro-Russian separatists. Show More Summary

U.S. Joins Canada and Oil Industry's Lobbying Offensive To Keep Europe Open to Oilsands Imports

For five long years the federal government and the oil industry have lobbied against the European Union labeling oilsands (also called tar sands) bitumen as ‘dirty oil’ in its Fuel Quality Directive ( FQD ). A new report released yesterday reveals the recent involvement of the U.S. Show More Summary

Croatia Passes Civil Unions — Without Adoption Rights

The newest member country of the European Union has taken a step to reverse some of the damage done by a constitutional ban on marriage equality. read more

France Wants EU Empire to Expand into Arctic Circle

France is urging the European Union to seize influence on the Arctic Council, the organisation that brings together the eight nations with sovereign territory in the resource-rich Arctic region. However, Russia, which along with theShow More Summary

European Commission chides Apple for not improving game in-app purchase policies

The legislative arm of the European Union has set its sights on Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of not doing enough to protect and inform consumers regarding in-app purchases, particularly in "free-to-play" mobile games.

Obesity Is a 'Disablity', Claims EU Legal Advisor

One of the European Union's top legal advisors has warned employers that they may not discriminate against grossly fat workers because "morbid obesity may come within the definition of disability" for the purposes of the EU's Equal Treatment in Employment Directive. Show More Summary

EU Leaders Fail to Agree Top Jobs in Brussels

Leaders of the 28 member states of the European Union failed in the early hours of this morning to agree how to share out the remaining three top jobs in Brussels, after tensions over the appointment of a new EU foreign policy chief made agreement impossible. Show More Summary

Hedge Funds Wary As AIFMD Deadline Looms

With the July 22 authorization deadline for the European Union’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) on tap for next Tuesday, hedge fund managers’ fears are at their highest levels—but not where you might think. According to new research from Preqin, 59% of 150 hedge fund managers surveyed see AIFMD as having a negative effect [...]

Bing Complies With EU "Right to Be Forgotten" Ruling

Microsoft's Bing search engine will begin erasing embarrassing digital footprints. Microsoft is following Google in allowing users in the European Union to exercise their "right to be forgotten." In May, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that people may request that specific search results about themselves be deleted. Show More Summary

668 – Europe, Equipopulous

4 days agoOdd : Strange Maps

New word of the day: equipopulous. Country A is equipopulous to country B if it has the same number of inhabitants. This map shows what a European Union with 28 equipopulous member states could look like. But why? The European Union, like any other federation of states, performs a tricky... Read More

Microsoft lets the EU exercise its 'right to be forgotten' on Bing

Microsoft is clearly taking a cautious stance on the European Union's "right to be forgotten;" several weeks after Google started accepting requests to scrub yourself out of search results, you can finally ask for the same treatment on Bing. The...

Thursday Watch

Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: U.S., EU Escalate Russia Sanctions as Putin Holds Firm. The Obama administration, acting in concert with the European Union, imposed sanctions on Russian banks, energy companies and defense firms in the latest attempt to punish the country over Ukraine. Show More Summary

US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences."

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