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Alcohol Binge: Europe Tops the Losers’ League

  • October 31st, 2006
  • Posted by 7thmin

eu-alcohol-club-scene.jpgNew figures released by the European Union show Europe has become the heaviest-drinking region of the world … suffering two-hundred-thousand early deaths through alcohol each year. … Read More »

Reappearing: The Coal and Steel Story

  • October 31st, 2006
  • Posted by 7thmin

eu-industry-scape.jpgAs the EU gears up to celebrate the anniversary of its founding charter, the 1957 Treaty of Rome, a book on its earlier incarnation, a 2004 study of the European Coal and Steel Community, is being distributed.

The study, rich in dependable figures and analysis of policy making, was commanded by the European Parliament and headed by Professor Philippe Mioche from the University of Provence.

It finds serious flaws in the long-standing attempt to reform and consolidate the basic industries. … Read More »

The Stern Warning

  • October 31st, 2006
  • Posted by 7thmin

eu-oil-refinery.jpgA call for nations to act immediately against global warming, from the British government, has met a positive early response from its European partners.

Sir Nicholas Stern, former Chief Economist with the World Bank, released his report on the weekend, following it up at a media conference on Monday (30.10.06) with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, who gave his government’s full endorsement. … Read More »

Europe Frustrated with “Endless Delays” Entering China

  • October 31st, 2006
  • Posted by 7thmin

eu-mandelson.jpgThe Trade Commissioner of the European Union, Peter Mandelson, is booked to go to China next week (WB 6.11.06), to make proposals for a trade and co-operation agreement that the two sides agreed to go into, at a summit in September.

He is concerned with steadily expanding Chinese imports, and difficulties encountered by European business in its drive to get better access in reply – to export more to China, make products and invest. … Read More »

Backgrounder: Update on the CAP

  • October 29th, 2006
  • Posted by 7thmin

country-scene.jpgBackgrounder: Update on the CAP

(This is a background paper on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union. Read this backgrounder at EuAustralia.com, Features – Investigations …)

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is in its second edition; it may go into a third incarnation after 2013, when eventually it is to be subject to a general budget constraint, related to inflation.

First edition

The historian Tony Judt gives a recent, to-the-point, standard treatment of the origins of the CAP, as an outgrowth of sudden expansion of agricultural capacity in Europe during recovery from the Second World War. … Read More »

Sorting the Apples and the Oranges …

  • October 27th, 2006
  • Posted by 7thmin

fruit-resize-150.jpgNew legislation is being prepared for the fruit and vegetables business in Europe, to confront pressure from the supermarkets, overseas competitors, and declining consumer interest in healthy eating. … Read More »

Environment: Fish-farming Watch

  • October 27th, 2006
  • Posted by EUEditor

fishing-lobster_traps.jpgThe vulnerability of fish farms to devastating pollution and disease outbreaks, with equally hazardous effects on surrounding areas, has been recognised in an upgrading of controls on European aquaculture. … Read More »

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