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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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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 »

Facility for Refugees in Turkey: Commission delivers an additional €110 million under the implementation of EU-Turkey agreement


Today the European Commission is delivering on its commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey by announcing a new set of projects under the Facility. A further €60 million in a special measure will cover expenses for food, health care and accommodation of migrants who have been returned from Greece to Turkey. A further €50 million in humanitarian aid will address the immediate needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey. This brings the Commission's total support so far through the Facility to €187 million. Joh... Read More »

‘Democracy Awakening’ Rally Brings Thousands to the Capitol to Demand a Better Democracy


Speakers including Rev. William Barber II, Cornell William Brooks, Dolores Huerta, Kathleen Turner call for money in politics reforms, filling the Supreme Court vacancy, protection of voting rights WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, thousands of people from across the country joined the Rally for Democracy at the U.S. Capitol, as part of the three-day ‘Democracy Awakening.’ The rally featured national leaders, celebrities, and performers, all sending a message to Congress to reform democracy to ensure that every voice is heard. Rally speakers call... Read More »

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