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May 17, 1994
Gypsies from across Europe will grapple with the problems of discrimination, assimilation and education at a European Union conference beginning Wednesday in Seville, which is called the cultural capital of Spain's estimated 700,000 Gypsies. Participants will come from the 12 EU countries plus Russia, Hungary and Romania. This is the first meeting of Gypsies sponsored by the European Union. Their population in Europe is estimated at 6 to 8 million.
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WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - The European Union on Thursday reiterated its demand that Russia withdraw its forces in the Crimea, called off talks on a trade pact with Moscow and warned of economic sanctions if the situation in Ukraine worsens. However, the leaders ducked imposing such penalties immediately, which the U.S. has done and which some EU countries urged. At an emergency summit in Brussels, leaders from the 28 EU member states said that direct talks between Russia and Ukraine must start “within the next few days” to defuse the tension over Moscow's incursion into the Crimea.
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OPINION
February 27, 2005
Shared values between Europe and the U.S., President Bush claims? Rubbish. Bush and his band of brothers are out of step with the rest of the First World on matters of environment, military policy, healthcare, taxation and, in particular, basic human rights for gays and lesbians. The British Royal Navy is now recruiting gays and lesbians (Feb. 22), and the European Union has explicitly stated in its constitution that citizens of all EU countries shall be granted full rights regardless of sexual orientation.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The European Central Bank is keeping its benchmark interest rate steady at 1%, handing off the responsibility of righting the struggling Eurozone to its disparate governments. Mario Draghi, the bank's president, said Wednesday that although the second quarter will bring weakening growth and “prevailing uncertainty,” the euro area's economy is expected to “recover gradually.” Inflation rates will remain above 2% for the rest of the year, Draghi said, but they could fall below that mark early next year.
NEWS
February 3, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The European Union, known for dawdling in an emergency or settling for half-measures, has responded with startling firmness to the rise of the far right in Austria, saying Europe's ideals of freedom and tolerance are at stake.
NEWS
November 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
The struggling nations of the Balkans came away from a summit with the European Union on Friday with promises of billions of dollars and eventual membership in the European organization. French President Jacques Chirac said the 15-nation EU was offering the Balkan nations "a true, individual partnership . . . defining the steps that must be taken and the reforms that must be accomplished."
WORLD
March 6, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - The European Union on Thursday reiterated its demand that Russia withdraw its forces in the Crimea, called off talks on a trade pact with Moscow and warned of economic sanctions if the situation in Ukraine worsens. However, the leaders ducked imposing such penalties immediately, which the U.S. has done and which some EU countries urged. At an emergency summit in Brussels, leaders from the 28 EU member states said that direct talks between Russia and Ukraine must start “within the next few days” to defuse the tension over Moscow's incursion into the Crimea.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1998 | From Reuters
Viagra, Pfizer Inc.'s best-selling impotence drug, Tuesday won the blessing of the European Union, which said it can now be prescribed in the EU's 15 member countries. The decision, which rubber-stamps earlier endorsements by EU scientific and pharmaceutical experts, will bring to European pharmacists' shelves the blue pills that have been such a hit in the United States and around the world.
WORLD
April 30, 2004 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
The New Europe beckons Adam Ringer, a bespectacled exporter of doctors, seller of lattes and purveyor of office plants. Sitting in his coffee shop and staring out at a brisk Warsaw dusk, Ringer was awash in schemes and possibilities. His native Poland, torn from the continent by the Soviets after World War II, is on the brink of entering the European Union with nine other mostly Eastern nations.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The European Central Bank is keeping its benchmark interest rate steady at 1%, handing off the responsibility of righting the struggling Eurozone to its disparate governments. Mario Draghi, the bank's president, said Wednesday that although the second quarter will bring weakening growth and “prevailing uncertainty,” the euro area's economy is expected to “recover gradually.” Inflation rates will remain above 2% for the rest of the year, Draghi said, but they could fall below that mark early next year.
WORLD
December 10, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
By agreeing to knit their nations closer together on fiscal and economic policy, Europe's leaders are writing a potentially momentous new chapter in the continent's drive toward political integration. But at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels on Friday, it was unclear whether the enforced austerity demanded by France and Germany would help revive Europe's weakest economies, or condemn them to a cycle of deepening recession. And the chorus of oui , ja and si at the summit was punctuated by a resounding "no" from Britain, laying bare the widening rift between one of the region's biggest players and its neighbors on the European mainland.
WORLD
November 28, 2010 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
European officials rescued their second country in seven months Sunday, offering financially strapped Ireland a bailout package worth $113 billion in a bid to shore up confidence in the battered euro. Dublin quickly accepted the emergency lifeline, hoping to calm anxious investors ahead of the opening of international markets Monday. The move was a humiliating climb-down for the Irish government, which had insisted for weeks that it did not need outside help to deal with its crushing public debt and decimated banking sector.
OPINION
November 24, 2009
The EU gets it together Re "Cracks in EU effort to speak with one voice," Nov. 19 The derisive tone of your article on the European Union reminds me of similar commentary when the euro was introduced in 1999. It was largely lampooned by the American press, and some predicted its early demise. Initially introduced at $1.18 per euro, it now trades at about $1.50 and is threatening the dollar's supremacy as the reserve currency of the world. Yes, the European Union is proceeding in baby steps toward further integration, and the first president of the EU may not match the charisma of a Barack Obama or Tony Blair, but that is precisely what is needed at this point in time.
WORLD
March 12, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
Barack Obama may have captivated the European imagination with his unexpected rise to the presidency and a softer-than-Bush foreign policy, but his political magnetism is showing its limits just two months into the job, as many European leaders balk at his call to match his administration's attempt to spend its way out of recession.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2005 | From Associated Press
Airbus on Thursday launched construction of its new A350, a mid-sized airliner to rival Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, and tensions immediately flared in the transatlantic trade dispute over aircraft subsidies. In what European officials described as an olive branch extended to Washington, Airbus shareholders gave the go-ahead to build the jet without firm funding pledges from EU governments. But U.S.
WORLD
May 11, 2005 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Leaders of the European Union and Russia on Tuesday said they were making progress toward closer ties, but an angry outburst from Russian President Vladimir V. Putin against demands from Baltic nations highlighted continued strains in the relationship. The EU-Russia summit held here adopted an agreement to boost cooperation in four broad fields: economy and trade; freedom and justice; external security; and scientific research, education and culture.
NEWS
December 10, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this sunny Mediterranean city of yacht basins, olive oil manufacturers and high-tech firms, leaders of the European Union, the continent's closest thing to a confederation, argued all day Saturday over how to lay the groundwork for the Europe of the 21st century. The latest proposals from France, the summit host, riled big and small nations alike, as well as at least one country not yet in the EU.
NEWS
December 13, 2000 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the fall of the Iron Curtain more than a decade ago, Boris Asenov, a university student here who dreams of running his own tourism business, still feels trapped behind a wall of visa restrictions imposed by the West. But he sees a change coming.
OPINION
February 27, 2005
Shared values between Europe and the U.S., President Bush claims? Rubbish. Bush and his band of brothers are out of step with the rest of the First World on matters of environment, military policy, healthcare, taxation and, in particular, basic human rights for gays and lesbians. The British Royal Navy is now recruiting gays and lesbians (Feb. 22), and the European Union has explicitly stated in its constitution that citizens of all EU countries shall be granted full rights regardless of sexual orientation.
WORLD
April 30, 2004 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Times Staff Writer
The New Europe beckons Adam Ringer, a bespectacled exporter of doctors, seller of lattes and purveyor of office plants. Sitting in his coffee shop and staring out at a brisk Warsaw dusk, Ringer was awash in schemes and possibilities. His native Poland, torn from the continent by the Soviets after World War II, is on the brink of entering the European Union with nine other mostly Eastern nations.
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