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 EUROPEAN UNION CONDEMNS IRANIAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL; SPAIN IS “GREATLY CONCERNED”

THE EUROPEAN UNION CONDEMNS IRANIAN ATTACK ON ISRAEL; SPAIN IS “GREATLY CONCERNED” »

16 Apr, 2024
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EC statement: "We the Leaders of the G7 condemn the massive Iranian attack against Israel, using drones and missiles, in the strongest terms. We express our solidarity and support to the people of Israel and reaffirm our unshakable commitment towards its security. Iran's actions risk provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided. We will continue to work to stabilize the situation." Spain is following with "great concern" post-attack developments.

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (2)

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (2) »

24 Jan, 2024
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A primer on the European Union (EU): membership in the EU; the Schengen Area; the Euro; the EU flag, anthem, and its languages; EU institutions and values. . .

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (1)

EU SERIES: THE EUROPEAN UNION, STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (1) »

21 Jan, 2024
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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.

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.

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. . .

SPECIAL TWO-PART SERIES ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: (2) EUROPEAN UNION’s  PROPOSAL FOR AI  REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

SPECIAL TWO-PART SERIES ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: (2) EUROPEAN UNION’s PROPOSAL FOR AI REGULATORY FRAMEWORK »

26 Jun, 2023
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"The European Commission has proposed the first-ever legal framework on AI, which addresses the risks of AI and positions Europe to play a leading role globally. The regulatory proposal aims to provide AI developers, deployers and users with clear requirements and obligations regarding specific uses of AI. At the same time, the proposal seeks to reduce administrative and financial burdens for business, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises."

Can’t Stop Binge Shopping? Take a Soul-Searching Look at the Impact of Wasteful Textile Production on the Environment!

Can’t Stop Binge Shopping? Take a Soul-Searching Look at the Impact of Wasteful Textile Production on the Environment! »

29 May, 2023
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The global textile and clothing industry used 79 billion cubic metres of water in 2015, while the needs of the EU's whole economy amounted to 266 billion cubic metres. Textile production is estimated to be responsible for about 20% of global clean water pollution. And the fashion industry, 10% of global carbon emissions – more than international flights and maritime shipping combined.