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Google Alert! Europe Doesn't Like Your Search Algorithm

Thursday, April 16, 2015

EU regulators filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging it favors its own services in search results. Mashable's Jason Abbruzzese discusses how U.S. & European antitrust laws differ.

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The Takeaway

A New War Front for Russia & Ukraine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Talks between the leaders of Ukraine and Russia were inconclusive on Tuesday, as a new front in Ukraine's fight with Russian-backed separatists opened in southern Ukraine. 

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The Takeaway

Can the West Curb Russia's Bad Behavior?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Even though the pressure is mounting from both Europe and the United States, it's possible sanctions may not go far enough. What’s taken the U.S. and E.U. so long to reach consensus on sanctions? And how is this changing the relationship between Western Europe and Russia?

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Video: EU Parliament Members Turn Backs on Beethoven's Ninth in Protest

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

During the ceremonial opening of the European Parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers from Britain's Euroskeptic, anti-immigration party staged an unusual protest as an orchestra played.

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The Takeaway

Lethal Clashes Mark Start of Ukraine Peace Talks

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Despite violence that erupted last night, negotiations have begun in Geneva between officials from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the E.U.—they are the first talks between the four parties since the political crisis began.

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On The Media

Should the EU Punish Propagandists?

Friday, April 04, 2014

Dmitry Kiselyov is a Russian television host and head of Russia's state news agency, a role he was appointed to by Vladimir Putin himself in December. That role has prompted the EU to issue sanctions against Kiselyov for being a "central figure of the government propaganda supporting the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine." Bob speaks with the Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon about the dangerous precedent set by punishing propagandists.

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The Takeaway

Kiev Burns as Protests in Ukraine turn Deadly

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kiev is smoldering after a night of violent fighting between government forces and protesters. Dozens are dead and hundreds are injured in Ukraine's capitol city. Zenon Zawada, political analyst at Concord Capital investment bank and writer for The Ukrainian Weekly, is in Kiev and was at the protests last night. He gives us an update on the situation on the ground. John Herbst, former Ambassador to the Ukraine, weighs in on what the violence means for the future of Ukraine.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ukraine Uprising

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Buzzfeed foreign correspondent Max Seddon reports from Ukraine with the latest news on the massive protests that are putting the Ukrainian government on shaky ground.

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The Takeaway

Unrest Grows in Ukraine as Protesters Demand Regime Change

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Protests in Ukraine escalated on Monday as tens of thousands took to the streets in the capital city of Kiev to call for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich. Andrew Kramer is in Kiev reporting for our partner The New York Times and gives us an update of the situation on the ground. Lee Feinstein, a former Obama and Clinton administration official who served as ambassador to Poland from 2009 to 2012, explains the protests within the context of Ukraine’s history.

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Croatia Plays Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' to Celebrate EU Entry

Monday, July 01, 2013

Some 20,000 people and more than 100 European delegates gathered in Zagreb's main square Sunday night to mark Croatia's official entry into the European Union.

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The Takeaway

E.U. Angered by N.S.A. Data Collection Program, Mind Reading Robots, Eating Like a Caveman

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Did We Give The Government Permission to Spy on Us? | European Union Angered by NSA PRISM Program | Deported Immigrants Struggle to Stay Connected to America Children | North Korea: More Media Saavy Than You Thought | The Benefits and Drawbacks of Eating Like a Caveman | The Flying Robot That Can Read Your Mind | Race and College Admissions: Desegregation and Affirmative Action

The Takeaway

Cyprus Rejects E.U. Bailout Deal

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lawmakers in Cyprus turned down a €10 billion package from the European Union yesterday, calling it not a bailout but blackmail. It would have taxed ordinary bank deposits and left bondholders alone, a widely-criticized move that all but ensured its defeat.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cyprus and the Latest Debt Crisis

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cyprus is the latest EU country to face bankruptcy - and potentially bring down the rest of the region with it. Joseph Cotterill, reporter for Financial Times Alphaville blog, discusses the EU's efforts to tax bank deposits - including those of regular Cyprians - and the fierce resistance to the plan.

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The Laws They Are A-Changin': Bob Dylan's Copyright Extension Collection

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We knew that we had a job for the "Copy Cat" -- our go-to copyright expert Jonathan Reichman -- when we saw the title of Bob Dylan's latest release. The 50th Anniversary Collection: The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. 1 isn't exactly your every day, run-of-the-mill collector's set


The Takeaway

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to European Union

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union this morning for its success in turning a continent marked by war to one of peace. Even so, the award comes at a time when European is experiencing significant financial strain and political tension.

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European Union Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 12, 2012

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to promote peace and democracy in Europe, in the midst of the union's biggest crisis since its creation in the 1950s.


Transportation Nation

Europe Slow to Warm Up to Electric Cars

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A charging station in Berlin (photo by Kate Hinds)

Europe is home to expensive gas, a growing wind farm industry and aggressive carbon reduction goals.  But so far, when it comes to electric cars, il n'y a pas d'amour -- pas encore.

Transportation ministers and industry leaders, speaking last week at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, said government subsidies and ever-increasing numbers of charging stations aren't yet enticement enough to convince European consumers.

Case in point: Sergio Monteiro, Portugal's Secretary of State for Public Works, Transport and Communications, said his country is laying the groundwork for EVs -- but so far his fellow citizens aren't buying.

"We have more than 1,300 charging points," he said, adding that Portugal is also financially incentivizing the purchase of EVs. "The average cost (of an electric car) is around 35,000 euros in Portugal, and we have a reduction of five thousand euros subsidized by the state."

But, said Monteiro, "we only managed to sell 200 vehicles last year." And 60 of those went to government administrators.

Monteiro dusted off a phrase uttered by the Irish transport minister earlier that day.  "It was like the field of dreams," he said. "You have the infrastructure, then services would come. That was not the case." He added that it was "living proof that infrastructure can only do so much -- you need to break a number of barriers." And chief among them is cost. Even with a 5,000 euro reduction, Monteiro said, EVs are too expensive for the average Portuguese citizen navigating austerity measures.

The wait for lower prices may be a decade away. Nissan vice president Mitsuhiko Yamashita said it usually takes ten years to reduce the price of new technologies by half. He used airbags as an example, saying it now cost automakers as much to put six airbags in a vehicle today as it did to include two a decade ago. "We can do the same thing for the EV, takes maybe five to ten years, ten years on average. But during that time frame, I'd like to expect some type of support from the government."

While some European countries offer subsidies to purchase EVs, not all do.

Another issue hampering EV adoption is standardization. Europe is home to multiple electrical grids, and different EVs have different plugs. Pat O'Doherty, the CEO of Ireland's Electricity Supply Board, said "I should be able to drive my electric vehicle from Dublin in the future, down through Britain and charge it, down through France and into the South of Spain." He added that even the technology governing payment systems at public charging stations differs from place to place.

Yamashita later said ruefully "that's my headache at this moment."

Nissan launched the all-electric Leaf at the end of 2010, but so far sales have been underwhelming. Yamashita tried to put a good face on it. "We already sold more than 27,000 vehicles worldwide as of the beginning of April," he said. "Thirteen thousand in Japan, 11,000 in the U.S...We just started sales in Europe but we've sold 3,000."

Those are stark numbers, and it doesn't look much better when you read reports that Nissan wants to sell 20,000 to 25,000 of them in Europe in 2012. The company is trying to boost sales by moving production to the U.K., which will lower costs, and also redesign it in order to appeal to European tastes.

One bright spot for the Leaf, though, can be found in Norway, where 1,000 of them were sold in six months.

But on a large scale, "it will only work if the customer benefits financially," said O'Doherty. He said the Nissan Leaf had been selling better in Ireland since Nissan had knocked 5,000 euros off the price.

Watch a video of the conversation at the ITF summit below.

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The Takeaway

European Union Expected to Ban European Travel for Assad's Wife and 11 Others

Friday, March 23, 2012

The European Union is expected today to ban European travel for 12 people close to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad, including the travel of Assad's British-born wife, Asma. The European Union's measures are intended to target members of the Syrian government personally. Chris Morris is a Europe correspondent for our partner the BBC.


The Takeaway

Greece Averts Immediate Default with Agreement

Friday, March 09, 2012

Almost all of Greece's private creditors have agreed to accept a loss on their investments, leaving their holdings of government debt almost 75 percent less. This new agreement will save the country around 100 million dollars and averts immediate default for the country.


The Takeaway

Controversial Changes and Protest in Hungary

Thursday, January 05, 2012

It's been a controversial start to the new year in Hungary. The turn of the year meant changes to the country's constitution, changes that some say are incompatible with Hungary's membership in the European Union. Tens of thousands of people are protesting the new constitution, and the EU is contemplating sanctions against Budapest. BBC correspondent Nick Thorpe reports.