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Scientists Accused of Spreading Tree-Killing Disease

'We are shocked; the accusations are crazy'

(Newser) - Nine scientists—plus one public official—tasked by the EU with preventing the spread of a plant-killing disease in Italy have been accused of actually spreading the disease, polluting the environment, and "disfiguring natural beauty" by Italian authorities, Nature reports. "We are shocked," one scientist says. "... More »

Changing Pigs' Diet Would Help Them and Planet

Food waste is piling up while the Amazon is plowed to grow food for pigs, says study

(Newser) - After farmers feeding raw and rotting meat to pigs caused a massive outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001, the European Union banned the use of swill—or human food waste—for feeding pigs, Modern Farmer reports. This has turned out to be a bad decision for both the environment and... More »

Europe Just Made a Big Decision About Snowden

EU parliament calls on member states to grant him protection

(Newser) - In a 285 to 281 vote, members of the European Union's parliament voted Thursday to urge member states to "drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human... More »

Man Facing 'Most Gruesome' Penalty Wins Elite Award

Raif Badawi gets Sakharov Prize for human rights—but he's stuck in Saudi prison

(Newser) - A Saudi blogger has joined the ranks of Nelson Mandela, Malala, and all other notables who've taken home one of the European Union's most elite human-rights prizes—but as of now, he can't go and collect his award in person. EU leaders announced Thursday that Raif Badawi... More »

Austrian Student's Complaint Leads to Huge US-EU Decision

EU's Court of Justice nullifies pact allowing digital data transfers overseas

(Newser) - In 2011, a 24-year-old Austrian law student filed a complaint against Facebook alleging nearly two dozen violations of European laws that protected his data. Now, Max Schrems' case has morphed into a class-action lawsuit against the social media giant and led to a judgment Tuesday by the EU's highest... More »

EU Could Force Reluctant Nations to Take Migrants

Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania vote against plan

(Newser) - The European Union may force four countries—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia—to take in migrants from the Middle East and Africa against their will. EU ministers voted today to approve a plan to reapportion 120,000 migrants among member countries based on population and wealth, the New ... More »

A Migrant Crisis Solution: Quota System?

President of the European Commission thinks so

(Newser) - The president of the European Commission floated a simple question today to the EU's member nations. "We are fighting against Islamic State, why are we not ready to accept those who are fleeing Islamic State?" asked Jean-Claude Juncker, per Al Jazeera America . After the scolding, Juncker called on... More »

In One Day, 3% of Icelanders Offer to House Refugees

Hungary shuts main train station amid chaotic scenes

(Newser) - Amid scenes of chaos in Europe and fresh attempts to seal borders, the people of Iceland have asked if they can do more to help. Some 10,000 people out of a population of 330,000 have as of Monday joined a campaign to urge the government to accept more... More »

EU Goes After 6 Hollywood Studios

Disney, Paramount, 4 other studios accused of blocking Sky in antitrust filing

(Newser) - The European Union has launched an antitrust case against six major US movie studios, including Disney and Warner Bros, and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK for restricting access across the 28-country bloc. In a statement today, the executive Commission, which assesses antitrust matters for the EU, said it has sent... More »

Greek Leader Under 'Intense Pressure' as Deadline Looms

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces prospect of 'Grexit'

(Newser) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced intense pressure today to back an onerous package of austerity measures demanded by European creditors in return for a financial rescue that would prevent the collapse of the country's banks and its potential exit from the euro. If not, then some of Greece'... More »

Fed-Up EU Gives Greece an Ultimatum

Plans for Greek exit are now in place, leaders warn

(Newser) - There have been plenty of meetings and plenty of deadlines over the years of the Greek debt crisis, but European Union leaders have never sounded so serious—and fed up—as last night, when Greece was ordered to deliver a workable plan for reforms in return for loans by the... More »

A 'Greek Tragedy' Unfolds: What You Need to Know

EU could be 'more fragile than its leaders like to think'

(Newser) - A Greek drama will unfold this week, and some commentators are already calling it a Greek tragedy. The country's current bailout expires tomorrow—the same day Greece is due to make a $1.8 billion payment it probably won't have the funds for. And on Sunday, voters will... More »

As Refugee Crisis Expands, Europe Plans National Quotas

Some 1.8K migrants have died this year in journey across Mediterranean

(Newser) - The Mediterranean region has been grappling with a huge influx of migrants traveling from the Libyan coast to Europe, and the effects have been devastating : So far, some 60,000 people have attempted the crossing this year, per the UN, and more than 1,800 have died, the BBC reports.... More »

It's On: EU Goes After Google

Statement of objections issued today

(Newser) - As expected , the EU today made it official: It is going after Google, which was today hit with the first formal antitrust charges it's ever faced, the Wall Street Journal reports. EU regulators also opened a probe into its Android mobile system. Regulators allege that since 2008, Google has... More »

Europe Is Going After Google

EU to begin antitrust case, say reports

(Newser) - Google is about to have a very big and very expensive fight on its hands. The Wall Street Journal reports that Europe's antitrust regulator has decided to file formal charges, which could "theoretically" result in penalties of up to $6 billion. The EU's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager,... More »

EU Parliament's Buildings So Confusing They Make People Cry

Politicians complain they're often late to meetings due to disorienting layouts

(Newser) - Hidden elevators, spiral staircases that twist into each other, and clocks throughout the building that are usually a few minutes off: It sounds like some nightmarish MC Escher-Lewis Carroll architectural collaboration, but for members of the European Parliament, it's just a hellish day at work. EU politicians are complaining... More »

EU Parliament Says It's Time to Break Up Google

Nonbinding move calls for search to be separated from other services

(Newser) - Europe's parliament has made a statement with a nonbinding vote: Google, the body says, needs to be divided. The European Parliament doesn't actually have power over antitrust matters, the New York Times reports, but the vote says that the EU's competition commissioner should "consider proposals aimed... More »

Musician: By Law, Bad Review Must Be Pulled

Pianist Dejan Lazic asks Washington Post to remove article

(Newser) - Ah, the life of a high-flying soloist: Tour the world, wine and dine with musical greats ... and get an occasional bad review. Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic doesn't much like the last part, so he's asked the Washington Post to remove an online review under the European Union's... More »

Ukrainian Lawmaker Thrown in Dumpster Before Big Vote

Ratified deal a hard-won first step toward EU membership, Poroshenko says

(Newser) - It was a big day for Ukraine yesterday, and one that Ukrainian lawmaker Vitaly Zhuravsky likely won't soon forget. Parliament ratified a measure deepening its economic and political ties with Europe—the measure that was the issue that sparked the crisis last fall, when then-President Viktor Yanukovych's decision... More »

New EU Sanctions Hit Maker of AK-47

EU freezes assets of 24 more politicians, rebel leaders

(Newser) - The European Union today moved to further punish Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine—in the form of a new set of sanctions . The EU announced it will ban the export of technology for military use to Russian arms-maker Kalashnikov (maker of the AK-47) along with eight other companies, restrict... More »

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