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Meeting Donald Trump

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Some years ago, Mr Trump invited me to lunch for a one-to-one meeting at his apartment in Manhattan. We had not met before and I accepted. Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people. He didn’t speak about anything else and I found it very bizarre. I told him I didn’t think it was the best way of spending his life. I said it was ... Read More »

Statement AUAS-UvA on situation in Turkey

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Like many sections of Turkish society, the failed coup attempt of Friday 15 July has also affected the education sector. As a result, students and staff of the UvA and AUAS, both in the Netherlands and Turkey, are currently being affected by the political situation in Turkey. The UvA and AUAS’s primary concern is for the members of their academic community. The UvA and AUAS support the statements of the VSNU and the European University Association, which is also strongly supported by the League of European Research Universities. The UvA and ... Read More »

Don’t Get Trumped

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Finding Woo co-founders Beth Brennan and Geri Suster discuss how to remain positive in a negative political climate. Throughout this seemingly interminable political season, there have been no shortage of things to fight about. While the election is an important one, the gurus at Finding Woo remind us to discuss the issues instead of fighting with your friends about the candidates. Because when the election is over, you still want to have your friends. With political messages coming at us from all sides, the women from Finding Woo teach u... Read More »

Greenpeace reaction to UK decision to leave EU

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"Over the coming months we all need to demand that the government replaces European regulations protecting nature with new UK laws that are just as strong. "There is a very real fear that Cameron's successor will come from the school that supports a bonfire of anti-pollution protections. The climate change-denying wing of the Conservative Party will be strengthened by this vote for Brexit. That means the green movement, indeed every Briton who values a clean and safe environment, may need to stand up for nature in the face of an attack on th... Read More »

Rolling Stones’ Shocking Snub of Trump Prompts Indie Country Star to Respond

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After learning the Rolling' Stones asked Donald Trump to not play any of their music at his campaign events, Indie country star Luanne Hunt offers the candidate an original tune to use, free of charge. The song is titled "The Last of the Brave Ones" and Hunt says it is a fitting tribute to Trump, pointing out his bravery and other unique attributes. Shocked upon hearing that the Rolling Stones asked Donald Trump to stop using their songs at his campaign events, independent country music star Luanne Hunt announced today the candidate is welco... Read More »

Lobbying at EU level: Parliament hosts conference on mandatory transparency register

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The European Transparency Register was set up in 2011 after the Commission and Parliament agreed to have a joint register instead of the separate ones they had had earlier. Registration is currently voluntary, but the number of registrants has been picking up steadily in recent years. There are now more than 9,000 organisations on the list with about 1,000 new entries per year. The transparency of EU decision-making has been an important issue for the Parliament. “On many occasions, Parliament has called for a mandatory register of lobbyists. W... Read More »

Pope Francis to be awarded Charlemagne Prize on 6 May

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The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The prize is named after Charlemagne, the King of the Franks, who was revered by his contemporaries as the “Father of Europe”. The laureate of the award for 2015 was European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The announcement was made on December 23 in Aachen, Germany, by the prize's executive committee. Citing his address to the European Parliament in 2014, the prize committee commended the pope's message of "peace and understand... Read More »

Rail Transport: Landmark deal will deliver better rail services to passengers

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The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached yesterday evening by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the EU on the Fourth Railway Package. This is a series of measures to make European railways more innovative and competitive. The agreement will in particular improve the performance of rail services in the EU to the benefit of passengers with a gradual opening of the domestic rail markets. The agreement now needs to be endorsed by the Member States and the European Parliament in the coming days. Once adopted, the ... Read More »

Remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the Readout of the College Meeting of 20 April 2016

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Because it is only together that we will overcome the challenges we collectively face. Firstly, on security, you heard President Juncker say in this very same room, that in the wake of attacks that have shook Brussels, Madrid, London, Copenhagen and Paris, it is time Europe moved towards a genuine Security Union. Member States are responsible for ensuring the security of their citizens – that is clear. But it is equally clear that the transnational threats Europe faces today go beyond national security. The internal security of one Mem... Read More »

EU supports Ecuador following deadly earthquake

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The EU has today released € 1 million as initial humanitarian aid to the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador while detailed assessment of the needs is underway. This assistance will be delivered through EU's humanitarian partners in the country. "The EU is fully committed to supporting the international relief efforts to assist the thousands affected by the earthquake in Ecuador. We are already channelling emergency assistance through the EU civil protection mechanism, to provide lifesaving support to those in need. The Commission's humanit... Read More »

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