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January 25, 2006 | By Matthew Schofield INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
A European investigator said yesterday that there was evidence the United States set up a system to outsource the interrogations of terrorism suspects to countries where torture was used and that European governments probably knew about it. But Dick Marty, chairman of the European Parliament's committee on legal affairs and human rights, also said in an interim report that he could find no conclusive evidence of secret prisons in Europe....
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June 13, 1994 | By Dick Polman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Voters in Britain, Spain and France have lashed out at their national politicians, using a European Parliament election to register a strong protest against domestic recession and corruption. Yet elsewhere, in Italy and Germany, voters used the same election to express confidence in their leaders, also taking their cues from the domestic climate - despite the fact that this election marked the first time that people were voting as official citizens of the European Union. Four members of the European Union - Britain, Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands - voted Thursday.
NEWS
July 14, 1996 | By Walter F. Naedele, with reports from Inquirer wire services
SMILE. EVERYTHING'S TERRIBLE. Here's news: Some Scandinavians have been trying to convince themselves that they're not suffering from the depression that is said to be so common among them. Smile? Tell that to Garrison Keillor's Norwegian bachelor farmers. In Finland, the town of Pieksamaki has been conducting a "Happy Days" campaign, after last year's designation as the country's gloomiest place. The highpoint of the campaign was last weekend, when the town market stayed open all day, a steam engine took folks on a tour, and one woman gave away free potatoes.
NEWS
February 21, 1994 | Daily News wire services
JERUSALEM DEATH CHANTS AT THIS FUNERAL Hundreds of mourners chanted "Death to Arabs" at the funeral of a pregnant Israeli settler killed by guerrillas, but leaders shied away yesterday from tough action at a time of sensitive talks with the PLO. A minister announced that he had expected the PLO's chairman, Yasser Arafat, to take up residence in May in Jericho, the West Bank city slated to come under Palestinian self-rule. Police detoured cars bearing number plates issued to Arabs in the occupied lands around the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon, where the funeral of the slain settler, Tsippora Sasson, was held.
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June 1, 2013 | By Raf Casert, Associated Press
BRUSSELS - Half a century ago, a cook would chop a cod in half because it was simply too big to fit in the oven. Today, most fit easily in the frying pan. Blame the decimation of the dinner plate on industrial overfishing of Europe's once plentiful waters. On Thursday, though, the European Union agreed to drastically reform its fishing policy, aiming to end decades of overfishing that has depleted many species in its Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. The plan - backed by representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament, and the executive commission - commits the fishing industry to respect scientific advice on overfishing, to reduce the amount of healthy fish thrown back into the sea, and to protect sensitive areas at sea. North Sea stocks of cod, the emblematic fish in the Atlantic EU waters, have declined roughly 75 percent over three decades and special campaigns to revive the species have long struggled.
NEWS
June 24, 1987 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yachts celebrated the Constitution yesterday. Europe celebrated the Constitution yesterday. Five yachts that finished a transatlantic race off Cape May between June 9 and June 13 motored into Penn's Landing to salute Philadelphia's celebration of the Constitution. They came up the Delaware River through flat, dead air that hardly rippled the water's surface, scarcely a sailor's cup of tea. They came under darkening skies, into a brief rainstorm and through it to, of all things, a welcome from a Jefferson City, Mo., high school band.
NEWS
March 22, 2011
3 Europe deputies in bribery scandal VIENNA, Austria - Two members of the European Parliament quit and a third left his party position after a British newspaper alleged they agreed to propose legislation in return for bribes. The Sunday Times, whose reporters posed as lobbyists, reported that Ernst Strasser, a former Austrian interior minister; Zoran Thaler, a former Slovenian foreign minister; and Adrian Severin, a former Romanian deputy prime minister, agreed to put forward amendments in exchange for money.
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July 5, 2011 | Associated Press
BERLIN - Otto von Habsburg saw the crumbling of the empire that his family had ruled for centuries and emerged from its ashes as a champion of a united and democratic Europe. The oldest son of Austria-Hungary's last emperor fought Nazism and Soviet communism during his long decades of exile from his homeland, and was lionized by leaders across the continent as "a great European. " Habsburg died yesterday at age 98 in his villa in Poecking in southern Germany, where he had lived since the 1950s.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2013 | By Don Melvin and Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
DUBLIN - European Union finance ministers agreed Friday to grant Ireland and Portugal seven more years to pay their bailout loans, easing the burden on their economies and paving the way for a quicker return to sustainable growth. In their attempts to stabilize the economy of the 17 nations sharing the euro currency, the ministers also approved a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) loan package to stop Cyprus from sliding into bankruptcy. But the rescue comes at a heavy price for the Mediterranean island country.
NEWS
July 4, 2003 | By Ken Dilanian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As he said it, he was grinning, playing for laughs like the cruise-ship crooner he once was. But members of the European Parliament weren't laughing. They found nothing funny about likening an elected German lawmaker to a concentration-camp Nazi, as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi learned this week when he did just that on his second day as president of the European Union. By yesterday, the story was leading Europe's newscasts as condemnations rang out from all corners of the continent.
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June 29, 2016
Elites are in trouble. High levels of immigration are destabilizing our democracies. Politicians who put their short-term political interests over their countries' needs reap the whirlwind - for themselves but, more importantly, for their nations. Citizens who live in the economically ailing peripheries of wealthy nations are in revolt against well-off and cosmopolitan metropolitan areas. Older voters lock in decisions that young voters reject. Traditional political parties on the left and right are being torn asunder.
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January 20, 2016
SYRIA Russian air strikes tipping the balance Russia's military intervention in Syria is finally generating gains on the ground for Syrian forces, tilting the battlefield in favor of President Bashar al-Assad to such an extent that the Obama administration's quest for a negotiated settlement to the war looks a lot less likely to succeed. The gains are small-scale, hard-won and in terms of territory overall don't add up to much, in keeping with the incremental nature of war. But after 31/2 months of air strikes that have mostly targeted the Western-backed opposition to Assad's rule, they have proved sufficient to push beyond doubt any likelihood that Assad will be removed from power by the nearly five-year-old revolt against his rule.
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May 22, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
KIEV, Ukraine - The crowds are gone from Independence Square, known as the Maidan, where massive demonstrations unseated a Ukrainian president. Yet the signs of struggle remain, sprawling across the Maidan and the surrounding streets: the tents and soup kitchens, the piles of black tires and debris, and the posters of the youthful dead on walls and makeshift shrines that are adorned daily with fresh flowers. Pay attention to this revolution. The Kremlin has tried to crush it by dismembering Ukraine and mounting a fierce propaganda campaign that falsely labels the uprising "fascist.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2013 | By Marjorie Olster, Associated Press
One of the big goals of President Obama's trip to Europe may be in jeopardy, with French objections threatening to hold up the launch of negotiations on a U.S.-European Union free-trade pact. The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has raised expectations of boosting growth and jobs by eliminating tariffs and other barriers. It would create a market with common standards and regulations across countries that account for nearly half the global economy. And it would be a sharp departure from years of squabbling over such matters as agriculture, food safety, climate-change legislation, financial deregulation, and intellectual-property enforcement.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Raf Casert, Associated Press
BRUSSELS - Half a century ago, a cook would chop a cod in half because it was simply too big to fit in the oven. Today, most fit easily in the frying pan. Blame the decimation of the dinner plate on industrial overfishing of Europe's once plentiful waters. On Thursday, though, the European Union agreed to drastically reform its fishing policy, aiming to end decades of overfishing that has depleted many species in its Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. The plan - backed by representatives of EU member states, the European Parliament, and the executive commission - commits the fishing industry to respect scientific advice on overfishing, to reduce the amount of healthy fish thrown back into the sea, and to protect sensitive areas at sea. North Sea stocks of cod, the emblematic fish in the Atlantic EU waters, have declined roughly 75 percent over three decades and special campaigns to revive the species have long struggled.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2013 | By Don Melvin and Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
DUBLIN - European Union finance ministers agreed Friday to grant Ireland and Portugal seven more years to pay their bailout loans, easing the burden on their economies and paving the way for a quicker return to sustainable growth. In their attempts to stabilize the economy of the 17 nations sharing the euro currency, the ministers also approved a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) loan package to stop Cyprus from sliding into bankruptcy. But the rescue comes at a heavy price for the Mediterranean island country.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
BRUSSELS, Belgium - In a world where China is rising, and Islamist movements are thriving, the alliance between America and European democracies takes on new importance. So it was sobering last week to attend the Brussels Forum, an annual high-level meeting of North American and European leaders who discuss the pressing challenges facing both sides of the Atlantic. The Europeans showed a lack of self-confidence - and the Americans a lack of strategic clarity - that was unsettling. And when it came to the future of NATO (whose leaders will be convening in Chicago in May)
NEWS
July 5, 2011 | Associated Press
BERLIN - Otto von Habsburg saw the crumbling of the empire that his family had ruled for centuries and emerged from its ashes as a champion of a united and democratic Europe. The oldest son of Austria-Hungary's last emperor fought Nazism and Soviet communism during his long decades of exile from his homeland, and was lionized by leaders across the continent as "a great European. " Habsburg died yesterday at age 98 in his villa in Poecking in southern Germany, where he had lived since the 1950s.
NEWS
July 5, 2011 | By David Rising, Associated Press
BERLIN - Otto von Habsburg, who saw the crumbling of the empire his family had ruled for centuries and emerged from its ashes as a champion of a united and democratic Europe, died Monday at age 98. The oldest son of Austria-Hungary's last emperor fought Nazism and Soviet communism during his long decades of exile from his homeland, and was lionized by leaders across the continent as a great European. Mr. Habsburg died in his villa in Poecking in southern Germany, where he had lived since the 1950s, with his seven children nearby, his spokeswoman, Eva Demmerle, told the Associated Press.
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