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Jobs growth in eurozone at 'highest since dotcom era'
23 November 2017 - Jobs are being created across the 19-country eurozone at a pace not seen since the turn of the millennium thanks to stronger economic growth, particularly in a resurgent France, according to a closely watched survey Thursday (23 November). France, the eurozone's second-largest economy, was one standout. Its index rose above 60 for the first time since 2011 and hiring has picked up pace. (more)

Carmakers join forces in Europe to make electrics widespread
3 November 2017 - A group of major automakers plans to open hundreds of fast-charging stations for electric cars in Europe in coming years and use a common plug technology in what they hope will be a big step toward mass acceptance of battery-powered vehicles. BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group with its Audi and Porsche brands ... said Friday [3 November] that they will open the first of 20 stations this year in Germany, Austria, and Norway at 120-kilometer (75-mile) intervals along major roads. They plan to expand the network to more than 100 stations next year and have about 400 in place across Europe by 2020. (more)

October was strongest month for euro zone factories in almost seven years: PMI
2 November 2017 - Manufacturers in the euro zone had their strongest month since early 2011 in October as factories struggled to meet booming demand despite adding staff at the fastest rate in at least 20 years, a survey showed on Thursday (2 November). 'Euro zone factories started the fourth quarter with increased vigour, with the sector's growth spurt showing no sign of abating,' said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at survey compiler IHS Markit. (more)

EU lawmakers demand five-year phase out of weedkiller glyphosate
24 October 2017 - The European Parliament called on Tuesday (24 October) for weedkiller glyphosate to be phased out in the next five years, prompting the European Commission to drop its proposal for a 10 year license extension. ... Tuesday's non-binding vote comes a day before representatives from the 28 EU member nations were due to meet in Brussels to discuss and give their view on a Commission proposal to extend the license for glyphosate by 10 years. (more)

Euro zone manufacturing flying high in July: PMI
1 August 2017 - Factories in the euro zone started the second half with buoyant growth, which although slightly weaker than previously estimated was broad-based and appears to be sustainable, a survey showed on Tuesday (1 August). New orders remained firm, backlogs of work built up and hiring was strong, suggesting August will remain lively. The expansion came despite factories increasing prices for the 10th month. (more)

Euro Zone factories round off first half of 2017 on six-year high: PMI
3 July 2017 - Factories across the euro zone rounded off the first half of 2017 by ramping up activity at the fastest rate for over six years as rising prices failed to put a dent in orders, a survey showed on Monday, 3 July. IHS Markit's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for the euro zone ... was the highest since April 2011 and was comfortably above the 50 level that separates growth from contraction. Suggesting the momentum will continue into the second half, new orders rose at the fastest rate since early 2011, backlogs of work increased at the fastest pace in over 13 years ... factories increased headcount at a near record pace. That meant manufacturers were at their most optimistic for at least five years. (more)

Refugee Food Festival expands to 13 European cities in six countries
15 June 2017 - After last year's successes in Paris and Strasbourg, the 2017 Refugee Food Festival is going international, with events in 13 European cities in six countries between 15 and 30 June. The 2017 festival will take place . . . as part of the events marking World Refugee Day on June 20. In June last year, more than 1,000 people enjoyed food prepared by refugee chefs from India, Iran, Ivory Coast, Russia, Sri Lanka, and Syria in 11 Paris restaurants, which opened their kitchens and changed their menus for the occasion. (more)

Euro zone business activity remained buoyant in May: PMI
23 May 2017 - Businesses across the euro zone maintained April's blistering growth rate this month as firms struggled to meet growing demand, suggesting the bloc's economic momentum is sustainable at least for now, a survey showed. IHS Markit's euro zone Flash Composite Purchasing Managers' Index [PMI] for May, seen as a good guide to growth, matched the previous month's 56.8, its highest since April 2011. A reading above 50 indicates growth. (more)

Europe's Most Innovative Universities - 2017
3 May 2017 - Europe's top tech hubs tend to radiate from massive capital cities like London, Berlin, and Paris. But the heart of European innovation isn't a major metropolis -- it's a small city in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders. That's the conclusion of Reuters' second annual ranking of Europe's Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy. (more)

Euro zone economic sentiment rises to near 10-year high
27 April 2017 - Euro zone economic sentiment climbed to a near 10-year high in April against expectations of almost no change as confidence in all sectors improved and inflation expectations dampened, EU data showed on Thursday (27 April). A separate business confidence indicator...rose to 1.09 in April from 0.83 points in March, and above market expectations for no change. The increase in sentiment was broad-based. The increase in overall economic sentiment was mainly caused by multi-year highs of optimism in industry, the services sector, among consumers, and builders. (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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EU officials say UK Brexit stance chaotic in leaked document
23 November 2017 - European officials see Britain's performance in Brexit negotiations as confused and chaotic, a leaked Irish government document says. One quoted Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Jakub Durr as saying 'he felt sorry for British ambassadors around the EU trying to communicate a coherent message when there is political confusion at home.' Ian Forrester, a British judge at the European Court of Justice, reportedly bemoaned 'the quality of politicians in Westminster' during a meeting in Luxembourg, and wondered whether the British public would come to view Brexit as 'a great mistake.' (more)

EU report on weedkiller safety copied text from Monsanto study
14 September 2017 - EU's food safety watchdog recommended that glyphosate was safe but pages of report were identical to application from pesticide maker. The European food safety authority (Efsa) based a recommendation that a chemical linked to cancer was safe for public use on an EU report that copied and pasted analyses from a Monsanto study, the Guardian can reveal. Franziska Achterberg, Greenpeace EU's food policy director, said: Whether this is a question of negligence or intent, it is completely unacceptable. It calls into question the entire EU pesticide approval process. If regulators rely on the industry's evaluation of the science without doing their own assessment, the decision whether pesticides are deemed safe or not is effectively in the industry's hands.' (more)

EU rules Italian ban on GMO crop unlawful
13 September 2017 - Europe's top court ruled on Wednesday (13 September) that Italy had been wrong to ban cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified (GMO) maize as it had failed to show there was a serious risk to public health or the environment. The European Union approved use of the GMO maize, Monsanto's MON 810 in 1998, but the Italian government asked the European Commission in 2013 to ban it after two Italian scientific studies questioned its safety. (more)

One of worst droughts in decades devastates South Europe crops
14 July 2017 - Drought in southern Europe threatens to reduce cereal production in Italy and parts of Spain to its lowest level in at least 20 years, and hit other regional crops including olives and almonds. Castile and Leon, the largest cereal growing region in Spain, has been particularly badly affected, with crop losses estimated at around 60 to 70 percent. Spain and Italy are also among the world's top producers of olive oil. Production in both countries is expected to fall, but the decline is likely to be particularly steep in Italy, where drought is the latest headache for olive growers already plagued by insects and a bacterial disease in recent years. Other crops have been damaged, and Italy's agricultural association Coldiretti has estimated the drought could cost the nation's farmers more than 1 billion euros. (more)

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)

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