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Access to nature reduces depression and obesity, finds European study
21 March 2017 - People living close to trees and green spaces are less likely to be obese, inactive, or dependent on anti-depressants, according to a new report. Overall, nature is an under-recognised healer, the paper says, offering multiple health benefits from allergy reductions to increases in self-esteem and mental wellbeing. (more)

Euro zone economy registering surprisingly strong growth spurt
12 January 2017 - Industries across the euro zone cranked up output in November and Germany ended the year with its strongest growth in five years, data showed on Thursday [12 January], pointing to an economic spurt that may be arriving earlier than some ECB policymakers expect. Thursday's figures add to a jump in the bloc's economic sentiment which in December reached its strongest level since March 2011. (more)

Euro zone economy starts year in chipper mood, Germany outlook bright
6 January 2017 - Economic sentiment in the euro zone surged to a post-crisis record in December and German industrial orders pointed to a busy final quarter for factories in Europe's powerhouse with the government expecting the upswing to carry into 2017. Record-high employment, increased job security, rising real wages, and ultra-low borrowing costs have boosted the spending power of Germans, making consumption the main driver of growth in a traditionally export-driven economy. (more)

Eurozone economy sees more evidence of a pickup
6 January 2017 - Further evidence emerged Friday (6 January) to show that the 19-country eurozone economy ended 2016 strongly and that it's poised for a period of faster growth, at least until a run of elections that have the potential to cloud confidence. In a wide-ranging survey across the single currency bloc, the European Union found business and consumer sentiment running at near six-year highs. Its economic sentiment indicator rose ... (to) its highest level since March 2011. The survey found confidence up across sectors, from retail to industry, and in most countries, from powerhouse Germany through to heavily indebted Greece. (more)

Euro zone businesses end year on a high note - PMI
15 December 2016 - Businesses across the euro zone ended the year on an upbeat note as expected, according to a survey that showed they achieved solid growth . . . IHS Markit's Euro Zone Flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index, seen as a good overall growth indicator, matched November's 53.9, which was the highest reading this year and comfortably above the 50-point line that indicates growth. Taken as whole, manufacturing growth in the euro zone increased at the fastest pace since April 2011. (more)

Euro zone October retail sales rise at fastest pace for two years
5 December 2016 - Euro zone retail sales rose at their strongest pace in more than two years in October as consumers sharply increased their purchases of non-food products, such as clothing and electrical goods. The monthly increase was the highest since August 2014, the year-on-year rise the sharpest in eight months... (more)

Automakers fund European electric car charging sites to boost demand
29 November 2016 - Four of the world's top carmakers have agreed to invest in thousands of fast-charging sites across Europe to boost mainstream acceptance of electric cars, the companies said on Tuesday, 29 November. A goal is to make charging an electric vehicle as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations, the automakers said in a statement issued on Tuesday. Executives across the industry predict electric cars will become increasingly popular due to advances that make batteries cheaper and more powerful. (more)

EU nations approve ratification of climate change pact
30 September 2016 - The European Union's environment ministers on Friday approved the ratification of the landmark Paris climate change pact, paving the way for the agreement to take effect in November. After years of negotiations, governments agreed in Paris last December to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet. (more)

Euro zone employment rises to highest level since 2008
13 September 2016 - Euro zone employment reached a new post-crisis high in the second quarter of the year, a positive sign for future economic growth. Jobs growth was driven mainly by the agriculture and services sectors. The rise of the number of people with a job between March and June marked the 10th consecutive quarter of growth in employment levels in the euro zone. Eurostat estimated that 232.1 million people in the EU had a job in the second quarter, the highest level on record. (more)

Euro zone business growth stable in August, France surprises upwards
23 August 2016 - Surprisingly strong growth in France supported stable euro zone private business activity during August, surveys showed on Tuesday, 23 August. France's private sector shrugged off its neighbor's vote [the UK's Brexit vote] and accelerated to levels last seen just before the militant attacks in Paris in November, as an upturn in the service sector offset continued weakness in manufacturing. German private sector growth slowed in August, but remained robust overall, its PMI showed, suggesting Europe's biggest economy is set to keep on expanding in the summer months after it grew more than expected in the second quarter. (more)


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Maharishi Ayurveda expert travels Europe, lecturing about effective, natural approach to health care
27 July 2013 - Lothar Pirc, an expert in Maharishi Ayurveda health care, travels regularly to conferences worldwide to talk about the effectiveness of its natural, holistic approach to restoring balance and preventing disease. Recently, he spoke at several events in Ukraine, Serbia, and Germany. His goal is to familiarize doctors and Ayurveda practitioners with the advantages, wealth of knowledge, and scientific research that is available on Maharishi Ayurveda. (more)

Research in neurobiology shows intelligence in plant life
22 May 2013 - Studies in plant neurobiology have shown that plants are capable of many intelligent functions, including the ability to process complex information, explore their environment, and react to external stimuli. Researchers have documented that plants can learn and remember. They seek goals, assess errors, and communicate with each other. Their intelligence can be seen in many specific activities. During a recent conference in the Netherlands exploring the role of plants in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care, Dr Peter Swan, an expert in Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, cited details from several different studies that support this understanding. (more)

Europe: Invincible Defence programmes aim to promote harmony, social coherence
21 January 2013 - Several initiatives to promote the rise of unity, harmony, and coherence in Europe have taken place in the past year, applying Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Invincible Defence Technology through various programmes and events in different countries. (more)

Germany and Switzerland: Women promote programmes for peace, natural health care
27 November 2012 - The Transcendental Meditation programme for women has been active in Germany and Switzerland in the past year. Members of the organization were instrumental in promoting Maharishi Ayur-Veda natural health products, including the popular VedAroma essential oils, at a large annual health fair in Erfurt, Germany. Also offered were a beautiful series of Maharishi Gandharva Veda concerts, as well as short courses in Maharishi Yoga Asanas and higher states of consciousness. (more)

Belgium: Coherence-creating group being established for the European Union in Brussels
18 March 2012 - Plans are underway to establish a permanent 'coherence-creating' group of people practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques together every day in Brussels, Belgium. Such groups have been established in other countries to decrease social stress and create a coherent, harmonious influence in the collective consciousness of the nation and for its governmental leaders. The group will be located not far from where some of the main buildings of the European Union are located, and thus its beneficial, unifying influence will extend to the countries of the EU and their leaders. (more)

15 minutes is all it takes with the MERU Master Builder System
21 December 2011 - In a short video, British architect Jonathon Phillips reports on the MERU Master Builder System as it has just been implemented in the city of Erfurt in Germany. This is the construction site of a Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) building that will serve as the local Centre for Transcendental Meditation and related programmes. In this system, developed in MERU, Holland, the pre-cast, all natural, self-insulating, liapor (popped clay) outside wall elements are erected in an astonishing 15 minutes per panel. (more)

Who's Who of European Women features Ayurvedic expert Dr Karin Pirc
8 October 2011 - Dr Karin Pirc, medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Private Clinic in Bad Ems, Germany since 1992, has been included in the first edition of the directory 'Who's Who of European Women'. Dr Pirc has played a leading role in the expansion of Ayurvedic health care in the western world. (more)

Global Mother Divine Organization reports achievements in Europe
12 January 2011 - The Album of Events page in Global Good News is featuring news and photos about Global Mother Divine Organization activities in Israel as well as France, Iceland, Germany, and Poland in Europe. (more)

Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Courses now underway in Europe; US courses begin 19 July
17 June 2010 - Teacher Training Courses in the Transcendental Meditation Programme are now underway in Holland and Switzerland. Another course will start in the United States in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, on 19 July. Speaking about all the courses recently, Dr Peter Swan, Minister of Communication of the Global Country of World Peace, encouraged people from the United States and Canada to join the new course, which is in close proximity to a powerful coherence-creating group, the Invincible America Assembly'. (more)

Academic excellence and reduced social tensions: European schools adopt Consciousness-Based Education
1 June 2010 - Dr Ashley Deans, Global Ambassador for Consciousness-Based Education, recently completed a tour of Europe where he spoke to large audiences of students, parents, faculty, and school administrators in many countries. The enthusiastic response has led to invitations to return for more presentations, and letters of intent to introduce the Transcendental Meditation Technique in schools and universities. Audiences were inspired by the academic benefits of the programme, as well as the opportunity to reduce social conflicts. (more)


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Deep freeze grips Europe, threatens homeless, migrants
8 January 2017 - Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe on Sunday (8 January), prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing weather. In Serbia, aid workers scrambled to help hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in parks and makeshift shelters. The extreme winter weather that has gripped Europe in the past days has caused more than a dozen deaths, left villages cut off, caused power and water outages, frozen rivers and lakes, grounded flights, and led to road accidents. Serbia's authorities on Sunday banned river traffic on its stretch of the Danube -- one of Europe's main rivers -- because of ice and strong wind. (more)

Blizzards, icy weather grip parts of Europe
6 January 2017 - Blizzards swept parts of Europe on Friday [6 January], causing at least nine deaths, closing roads, and resulting in traffic accidents, travel delays, and medical evacuations. In Poland, the cold snap was blamed for five deaths in 24 hours. Three people died from hypothermia . . . the government Security Center said. Officials in neighboring Ukraine reported that four people had died from effects of the cold in the Lviv region near the Polish border. Snowfall and heavy winds closed roads and some train services in central Italy, pounded areas hit by recent earthquakes . . . Local [Serbian] official Dragan Dimitrijevic said emergency crews were 'helpless against the wind' and snow drifts that piled up to two meters (6.6-feet) high. (more)

European Commission to extend glyphosate license for 18 months
28 June 2016 - The European Commission is extending by 18 months its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said on Tuesday. In the absence of any extension, manufacturers would have to phase out products containing the common herbicide within six months. (more)

Europeans spend 24 billion euros on narcotics each year: report
5 April 2016 - European Union citizens spend some 24 billion euros ($27.28 billion) on illicit drugs every year, a report said on Tuesday, making it one of the continent's most profitable activities for organized crime groups. 'Illicit drug production and trafficking remains one of the largest and most innovative criminal markets in Europe,' Europol director Rob Wainwright said in a statement. (more)

Foreign fighters are evading Europe's security net
2 April 2016 - When Ibrahim El Bakraoui blew himself up in the Brussels Airport check-in area, killing and maiming scores of travelers, it was at least the third time he had passed unimpeded through an airport terminal in recent months. The ease with which he did so raises questions about how much governments know about the movements of returnees among the 5,000 home-grown jihadis who have trained and fought in places like Syria or Iraq. Many now pose a 'serious threat,' according to the police agency Europol. Some, like Bakraoui, have already used their deadly skills in cities like Brussels or Paris. (more)

10,000 young migrants unaccounted for, EU police agency says
1 February 2016 - Authorities dealing with Europe's migrant crisis have lost track of about 10,000 unaccompanied children amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to exploit the vulnerable youngsters, a senior official at the European Union's police agency said Monday. Europol Chief of Staff Brian Donald said that the figure 'would be a conservative estimate across all the countries that are dealing with this migrant crisis' over the past 12-18 months. (more)

Stranded migrants block railway, call hunger strike
23 November 2015 - Moroccans, Iranians, and Pakistanis on Greece's northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe on Monday, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns. Hundreds of thousands of migrants, many of them Syrians fleeing war, have made the trek across the Balkan peninsula having arrived by boat and dinghy to Greece from Turkey, heading for the more affluent countries of northern and western Europe, mainly Germany and Sweden. Last week, however, Slovenia, a member of Europe's Schengen zone of passport-free travel, declared it would only grant passage to those fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and that all others deemed 'economic migrants' would be sent back. That prompted others on the route -- Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia -- to do the same, leaving growing numbers stranded in tents and around camp fires on Balkan borders with winter approaching. (more)

Anti-migrant mood deepens in Central Europe after Paris
16 November 2015 - Even before the Paris attacks, the mood in Central Europe was decidedly anti-migrant, with fences going up on borders, a Syrian beaten on a Polish street last week, and the rhetoric sharp across the region. Now the bloodshed unleashed by Islamic extremists is deepening fears of Muslims and threatening to create an atmosphere even less welcoming for those fleeing war in the Middle East. (more)

EU predicts 3 million migrants could arrive by end 2016
5 November 2015 - The European Union is predicting that 3 million migrants could arrive in the 28-nation bloc by the end of next year, with the refugee emergency already proving a stern test of EU border and reception capacities. More than 700,000 people have come to Europe seeking sanctuary or jobs so far this year. (more)

European lawmakers reject national bans on GM food, feed imports
28 October 2015 - The European Parliament on Wednesday rejected a draft law that would have allowed member states to ban the use of EU-approved genetically modified food and feed on their territory, a step welcomed by the GM industry. (more)

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