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EU basics: What the European Union is, its origins, its goals and values, gains and successes. Special mention: the EU as a Nobel Peace laureate. The EU and Brexit.
Eurostat numbers on hand, it is but logical to conclude that while the ability of women in the EU to choose the age at which they would be mothers is GOOD news, it is at once a mixed blessing. Apparently, women have chosen not only to put motherhood on hold but also to have an insufficient number of children when they finally decide to have them. (Spanish women top the list of those who postpone motherhood AND have the least number of children to boot.) In so doing, Europe is unable to keep its population constant unless boosted by immigrants.
EU SERIES: CAN EUROPE MAINTAIN THE SIZE OF ITS POPULATION WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP? EUROSTAT NUMBERS SAY NOPE »
There aren't enough factors to keep the size of the EU population constant. Crude birth rates cannot offset crude death rates. Fertility rates are plunging. When she should be giving birth to 2.1 children in her child-bearing years, the Spanish woman, for one, gives birth to just 1.23, making Spain among the EU Member States with the lowest fertility rates.
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Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: "This kind of horror is terrorism. It is an act of war. Europe fully supports Israel's right to defend itself. Our humanitarian support to the Palestinian people is not in question. Yet it is important that we carefully review our financial assistance for Palestine so that it does not go to Hamas. We will have to work to contain the War's destabilising effects, including on the ongoing rapprochement between Israel and its Arab neighbours. We will also monitor closely Iran's posture, given its long-standing support to Hamas.
The concept of the European Capital of Culture puts culture at the heart of European cities. It highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe and celebrates the cultural features that Europeans share. To date, more than 60 cities across the EU and beyond have been designated European Capital of Culture four of which were Spanish cities.
The historical milestones in European integration occurring during Spain's presidencies: the Economic and Monetary Union; the euro; Schengen; the Cohesion Funds, the Lisbon Treaty that gives the EU full legal personality vis-à-vis the world outside; the Treaty of Amsterdam that takes the EU further into supranationalism; the European Arrest Warrant, a face-off with transantional terrorism. . .
On 23 June 2022, the European Parliament called for immediately granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership. The European Council granted Ukraine the status of a candidate for accession to the EU that same day. Today, with Ukraine’ s entry into the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility programme, the beleaguered country is that much closer to integration into the Single Market.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warns that America "will not flinch in the face of bullying or coercion.” Per a VOA News, "Perhaps the most vexing of the issues involving China is the issue of Taiwan, a self-governing island that China claims as its own and that it wants to bring under its rule. China has become increasingly aggressive with its moves against Taiwan, setting up a situation that could resemble Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."
At the G7 summit, the US President has made his support of Ukraine manifest; confirmed the US will begin training Ukraine pilots on the F-16 jets which could prove a major factor in gaining air supremacy over Russia; has pledged a further $375 million dollars in military aid. He has called on Putin to stop the conflict which has cost some 200,000 casualties on the Russian side alone.