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Madrid is a world-class cosmopolitan capital. No wonder important international organizations and clubs make it a point to be quartered here. See what they’re up to! Some of these organizations have addresses elsewhere in Spain. We cover them just as eagerly, knowing you’d love to be informed.

The President of the European Parliament  on the Results of the European Parliament Elections 2024

The President of the European Parliament on the Results of the European Parliament Elections 2024 »

21 Jun, 2024
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The election of the world's largest democratic parliament, the European Parliament, was held 6 - 9 June 2024. With the provisional results now in, the next agenda of the European Parliament is the election of the new President of the European Commission. In all likelihood incumbernt president Ursula von der Leyen will be RE-elected since her consrvative party, the European People's Party, won the largest number of parliamentary seats.

THE NEW CHINESE IN THE YEAR OF THE AWESOME DRAGON

THE NEW CHINESE IN THE YEAR OF THE AWESOME DRAGON »

2 Mar, 2024
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The Dragon symbolizes nobility, honor, and success so 2024, being the Year of the Dragon, augurs extraordinarily well. It will bring on opportunities, changes, and challenges. But the Chinese, while trusting in their zodiac, didn't have to wait for the Year for a change-over into a smiling, cordial part of the Spanish scene, At least that's how it looked at the Year of the Dragon celebrations. It's been in the making, gradually, for some time.

EU SERIES: WOMEN IN THE EU LIVE LONGER BUT WON’T BEAR MORE CHILDREN TO RESCUE THE POPULATION

EU SERIES: WOMEN IN THE EU LIVE LONGER BUT WON’T BEAR MORE CHILDREN TO RESCUE THE POPULATION »

12 Jan, 2024
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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

EU SERIES: CAN EUROPE MAINTAIN THE SIZE OF ITS POPULATION WITHOUT OUTSIDE HELP? EUROSTAT NUMBERS SAY NOPE »

5 Jan, 2024
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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.

VOICE OF AMERICA: Reporters Covering Israel-Hamas Conflict Must Wade Through Disinformation

VOICE OF AMERICA: Reporters Covering Israel-Hamas Conflict Must Wade Through Disinformation »

16 Oct, 2023
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A must-view and listen-to!

THE EUROPEAN UNION IS WITH ISRAEL BUT WILL NOT DESERT THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

THE EUROPEAN UNION IS WITH ISRAEL BUT WILL NOT DESERT THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE »

15 Oct, 2023
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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 EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE: THE WHY, WHICH AND HOW OF IT

THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE: THE WHY, WHICH AND HOW OF IT »

19 Sep, 2023
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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.

THOSE MARVELOUS MILESTONES REACHED BY SPAIN’S COUNCIL OF THE EU PRESIDENCIES »

11 Jul, 2023
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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. . .

UKRAINE, EVER FIRMER FOOTHOLD IN THE EUROPEAN UNION!

UKRAINE, EVER FIRMER FOOTHOLD IN THE EUROPEAN UNION! »

12 Jun, 2023
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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.

SHANGRI-LA SECURITY CONFERENCE: THE U.S. URGES DIALOGUE WITH CHINA

SHANGRI-LA SECURITY CONFERENCE: THE U.S. URGES DIALOGUE WITH CHINA »

3 Jun, 2023
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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."