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In Valencia - Sun, beach, paella y mucha fiesta! The Next Europe. When the heads of the EU’s three major institutions -- the European Commission, the European Council, and the European Parliament -- collected the Nobel Peace Prize together in Oslo last December, they spotlighted the vague mandate and lack of institutional clarity that are at the core of the organization’s current problems. Unless these institutions can garner legitimacy among European citizens and transform the EU into a real federal union, with common fiscal and economic policies to complement its single currency, Europe will be worried by its future as much as its past and continue to find its social model battered by the gales of an ever more competitive global economy.

The first step forward has to be developing an economic growth strategy, to escape the union’s current debt trap and to create breathing space for the tough reforms that can make Europe as a whole competitive again. To continue reading, please log in. Don't have an account? Register today for free. Register. Germany Fights Population Drop. In Valencia - Sun, beach, paella y mucha fiesta! Eastern Partnership. NEW: Eastern Partnership Multilateral Platforms 2014 - 2017 What happens in the countries in Eastern Europe and the southern Caucasus matters to the EU. As the EU has expanded, these countries have become closer neighbours, and their security, stability and prosperity increasingly affect the EU’s. Closer cooperation between the EU and its eastern European partners – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – is very important for the EU's external relations. Launched in 2009, the Eastern Partnership [832 KB] is a joint initiative between the EU, EU countries and the eastern European partner countries.

The EU has put forward concrete ideas for each partner country. A new generation of Association Agreements is being negotiated with some countries on an individual basis. The Partnership: Eu Brazil Russia India China stats comparison. Increased EU Executive Powers. Seven EU countries are to be given extra time to bring down their budget deficits, after the European Commission took a lenient stance on austerity measures taken by governments to balance their books. France, Spain, Poland and Slovenia have each been given an extra two years to bring their deficits below the 3 percent limit in the bloc's Stability and Growth Pact, while Belgium, Portugal and the Netherlands were given an extra year. Meanwhile, Belgium narrowly avoided a fine despite the commission judging that it had taken "no effective action" to correct its deficit over the past three years.

Under the EU's economic governance framework, countries can be fined 0.2 percent of GDP if they fail to take measures to reduce their debt and deficit levels. Fining Belgium "would be neither fair or legally sound" said Rehn. The reports are the third annual set of country-specific recommendations under the EU's new economic governance framework. Geirangerfjorden Panoramic. Germanic paganism. Germanic paganism refers to the theology and religious practices of the Germanic peoples from the Iron Age until their Christianization during the Medieval period. It has been described as being "a system of interlocking and closely interrelated religious worldviews and practices rather than as one indivisible religion" and as such consisted of "individual worshippers, family traditions and regional cults within a broadly consistent framework".[1] Germanic paganism took various forms in different areas of the Germanic world.

The best documented version was that of 10th and 11th century Norse religion, although other information can be found from Anglo-Saxon and Continental Germanic sources. Scattered references are also found in the earliest writings of other Germanic peoples and Roman descriptions. The information can be supplemented with archaeological finds and remnants of pre-Christian beliefs in later folklore. History[edit] Pre-Migration Period[edit] Caesar[edit] Tacitus[edit] Lessons: The secret of their success. CECIL RHODES ONCE remarked that “to be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life.” Today the same thing could be said of being born Nordic. The Nordic countries have not only largely escaped the economic problems that are convulsing the Mediterranean world; they have also largely escaped the social ills that plague America. On any measure of the health of a society—from economic indicators like productivity and innovation to social ones like inequality and crime—the Nordic countries are gathered near the top (see table).

Why has this remote, thinly populated region, with its freezing winters and expanses of wilderness, proved so successful? But free-marketers have poked holes in the pro-government explanation and offered a powerful alternative. Government’s role in improving equality is also being questioned. This special report has supported some of the free-marketers’ arguments. Pragmatism explains why the new consensus has quickly replaced the old one. Recession in Spain. Spain is officially in recession again. The country's economy shrunk for two consecutive quarters and now has 5,639,500 citizens without work and an unemployment rate of 24.4 percent - the highest in Europe.

This comes at the heels of S&P lowering Spain's credit rating two notches. Protests, rallies, anti-commerce graffiti, incomplete developments, and lines for social services tell us a story of a nation struggling to get its economy back in order. Courtesy of Reuters, images below: Protestors attend a May Day demonstration on Labor Day in central Madrid. Demonstrators fill up Madrid's Puerta del Sol on May 21, 2011. People wait in line to enter a government job centre in Malaga, southern Spain April 29, 2011.

A woman looks into a vacated furniture shop that went out of business, next to banners with phone numbers for purchase or rental inquiries, in Madrid April 30, 2012. Luisa Pinales stands in her apartment in Madrid on March 5, 2012. U.K. vs Britain. Europe: A Natural History. A stunning four-part series, charting the dramatic events which have shaped the ever-changing landscapes and wildlife of Europe. Genesis. An epic three billion year story begins, with the unraveling of clues as to how Europe's stunning landscapes and wildlife were created. Witness Oxford roamed by dinosaurs, the Jura vineyards of France swallowed under tropical seas, St Petersburg buried under desert sands and the mightiest event of all, the birth of the Mediterranean.

Ice Ages. Over the past two million years Europe has been swept by waves of extreme climatic change. Taming the Wild. A New Millennium. Watch the full documentary now (playlist - 3 hours, 15 minutes) List of Great British Trees. England[edit] Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree Western England[edit] South West[edit] Southern England[edit] Wellingtonias were named in honour of the first Duke of Wellington, having been introduced to this country in 1853, a year after his death. London and the Home Counties[edit] Eastern England[edit] Newton's Apple Tree, Woolsthorpe Manor The Midlands[edit] Northern England[edit] Holker Lime Northern Ireland[edit] Great Yew, a pair of yews now appearing to be a single tree, in Crom Castle, Fermanagh Scotland[edit] Wales[edit] See also[edit] List of trees References[edit] External links[edit] Great British Trees press release.