Poland’s Former Prime Minister, Jerzy Buzek, Elected to President of the European Parliament

Another wall across Europe falls, this one psychological, as former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek is elected president of the European Parliament with an overwhelming majority.

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Nabucco Project Gains Momentum as Four EU States Sign Agreement with Turkey

The long-awaited and much-debated — mostly between Turkey and the EU — Nabucco pipeline project turned a small corner this Monday (July 13) as four EU member state representatives signed a transport agreement with Turkey.

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U.S. Accord on Climate Change at G-8 Marks Progress, But Offers Little To Induce Developing Nations To Join the Effort

The G-8, the world’s leading industrial nations, took a collective step to fight climate change at their annual summit: at their meeting in Italy, they pledged to prevent the average temperature of the planet from rising more than two degrees Celsius above the level in 1990.

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Is European Distrust Towards Animal Cloning For Food Finally Lessening?

European reluctance to allow cloned animals to be sold as food is well known – and indeed the practice is outlawed. But there are signs of cautious changes in these attitudes.

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Waxman-Markey Bill 2009 Viewed as Progress in Climate Change, However, the U.S. Still Lags Behind the EU’s Aggressive Emissions Targets Set for 2020

The Waxman-Markey Bill—known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) and the first ever climate bill passed by either house of Congress—was passed by the US House of Representatives on 26 June, as reported by Europolitics.

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Philip Gordon Expresses Hope for a “Useful” U.S.-Russia Summit Meeting in Moscow, Especially on Arms Reductions

Striking a pragmatic tone ahead of the upcoming U.S.-Russia summit, a top U.S. policy-maker said that the meeting is intended to “do some useful things” including renewed momentum on arms control.

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“Clean Coal” — Still an Unattainable Goal for Germany (and for the United States)?

Germany, the EU’s “Mr. Coal,” has stumbled in its first high-tech attempt to make this fossil fuel environment-friendly.

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Nuclear Energy Gains Global Popularity, with Stronger Support in Eastern Europe than in Western Europe

Worldwide support is growing for civil nuclear energy; however, polls show Europe trails in the overall trend, with Western Europe offering the strongest resistance. Even within Western Europe, however, nuclear energy is becoming more attractive as a means toward greater energy independence from Russian natural gas and as a way to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sell-Off of GM Europe Creates New Political Investment for Russia in Germany

With both Chrysler and now GM acquiring buyers for their European operations, a score card is emerging about the winners and losers in Europe in the biggest-ever upheaval in the global car-making industry.

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Slow Progress Getting European Countries to Resettle Guantanamo Inmates-Even with Blessing from EU Transfer Program

When President Barack Obama announced plans to close the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Europeans reacted positively to the U.S. policy change, which EU nations had long sought. In practice, however, most EU member states are proving reluctant to take in Guantánamo prisoners; there are dozens of them whom Washington feels cannot be simply deported to their own nations because of fears that they would be tortured there.

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As Wheels Come Off Car-Makers in Europe and U.S., Japan and South Korea are Primed to Expand Globally

The impact on Europe of the “Big 3” U.S. automakers remains unclear. But it seems likely the numbers of car manufacturers will shrink and be consolidated into a smaller market – in Europe and in the rest of the world. Though, there may be light at the end of the bankruptcy tunnel for one-time U.S. giants GM and Chrysler. Both companies expect to emerge as leaner and meaner companies after shedding unprofitable brands and other assets – including many in Europe. In any event, the worldwide map of car making will be drastically changed, notably by the shrinkage and consolidation of this manufacturing sector in Europe as well as the U.S. It is a watershed moment for the global industry.

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Heroin Addiction Threatens Russian Future – Traffic Driven by U.S-led. War on Taliban

Vodka may be being replaced as the “opium of the people” in Russia – by real opium coursing through the veins of a growing number of Russians.

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Disagreement Over U.S. Beef Exports to the EU Solved - Temporarily

What seemed like a deadlock on the level of principles, regarding U.S. beef imports to the EU, turned out to be soluble in a commercial trade-off. A festering dispute about a European ban against hormone-fed beef from the United States was solved this week when the EU agreed to a big expansion of its import quota for non-hormone fed U.S. beef.

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Fiat’s Marchionne Probably to Head Chrysler, U.S. Hopes Pinned on European Technology

The man tipped to head a restructured, post-bankruptcy Chrysler car-maker is Sergio Marchionne, current CEO of Italy’s Fiat. It would be the first time that one of Detroit’s “Big 3? will be managed by a foreigner.

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Europe’s Smallest Border Dispute Could Jeopardize Croatia’s Upcoming EU Bid

Europe’s smallest border dispute didn’t derail Croatia’s NATO membership last month, but it could jeopardize its EU bid, coming up on April 24th.

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Hold the Rhetoric and Stimulate the Transatlantic Aerospace Industry

Whether or not the world’s financial crisis is successfully managed will depend on the ability of America and Europe to work together effectively.

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The Critical Business of Car Manufacturing Shows Gap between EU and U.S. Approaches to Reviving Industry

The auto industry provides an instructive case study of how differently Europeans and Americans are generally approaching the challenge of the economic downturn.

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Financial Crisis Especially Harsh on Illegal Immigrant Populations in the U.S. and EU

Illegal immigrants are prime victims of the economic collapse on both sides of the Atlantic. They are among the hardest-hit categories amid layoffs and rising unemployment.
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