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November 28, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama pushed European officials today to take quick action to end their debt crisis, highlighting the growing concerns about the impact their troubles could have on the U.S. economy. But while Obama announced that U.S. is “ready to do our part” to help Europe resolve its problems, the leaders didn't detail new plans as they emerged from a series of meetings at the White House. Much of the annual summit between the U.S. and the European Union focused on the euro-zone crisis, Obama told reporters after his meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
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December 10, 2012 | By Janet Stobart, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
LONDON -- Hailing postwar European reconciliation as “probably the most dramatic example in history to show that war and conflict can be turned so rapidly into peace and cooperation,” Nobel committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland presented the Nobel Peace Prize to top European Union officials at a ceremony in Oslo. The award to the 27-nation EU for advancing peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights, was handed to its three leaders, Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council; Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission; and Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.
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November 24, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Divisions within the European Union were laid bare by two days of haggling between leaders over a new long-term spending plan that broke up Friday with no agreement, but plenty of hard feelings. Countries pushing for an increase in the EU's 2014-2020 budget, including France, ran into implacable resistance from dissenters led by Britain, which insists on a funding freeze at a time when many European nations are making steep spending cuts at home. The failure to reach a compromise pointed up the chronic difficulty of getting 27 member states to agree on anything and offered an embarrassing reminder of internal EU squabbling less than three weeks before the body is scheduled to accept the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
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November 24, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Divisions within the European Union were laid bare by two days of haggling between leaders over a new long-term spending plan that broke up Friday with no agreement, but plenty of hard feelings. Countries pushing for an increase in the EU's 2014-2020 budget, including France, ran into implacable resistance from dissenters led by Britain, which insists on a funding freeze at a time when many European nations are making steep spending cuts at home. The failure to reach a compromise pointed up the chronic difficulty of getting 27 member states to agree on anything and offered an embarrassing reminder of internal EU squabbling less than three weeks before the body is scheduled to accept the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
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December 10, 2012 | By Janet Stobart, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
LONDON -- Hailing postwar European reconciliation as “probably the most dramatic example in history to show that war and conflict can be turned so rapidly into peace and cooperation,” Nobel committee Chairman Thorbjorn Jagland presented the Nobel Peace Prize to top European Union officials at a ceremony in Oslo. The award to the 27-nation EU for advancing peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights, was handed to its three leaders, Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council; Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission; and Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament.
WORLD
November 20, 2009 | By Henry Chu
The European Union wants to become a more influential and higher-profile alliance, but its leaders picked a pair of relative unknowns Thursday to represent the continent on the international stage. Herman Van Rompuy, the prime minister of Belgium, is to become the EU's first full-time president on Jan. 1, filling a post aimed at helping strengthen and streamline the alliance. Known as an effective mediator and a composer of haiku, including a widely circulated poem on hair loss, Van Rompuy will move from one office to another in Brussels, the seat of both the Belgian government and EU headquarters.
WORLD
February 12, 2010 | By Henry Chu
European leaders lent their moral support but no hard cash to the Greek government Thursday in its struggle to tackle a debt crisis that has called the stability of the euro into question. Financial markets responded with little enthusiasm to the expression of solidarity, pushing the euro down to one of its lowest rates against the dollar -- about $1.36 -- since last spring. The currency had staged a small rally this week on the strength of investor belief that the 27-nation European Union would unveil a rescue package for Athens at an economic summit Thursday in Brussels.
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October 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian hosts of the Group of 20 summit near St. Petersburg in September sent world leaders home with gifts designed to keep on giving: memory sticks and recharging cables programmed to spy on their communications, two Italian newspapers reported Tuesday. A Kremlin spokesman denied the allegations reported by Il Corriere della Sera and La Stampa, both of which attributed their stories to findings of technical investigations ordered by the president of the European Council and carried out by German intelligence.
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October 11, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, said the honor would provide a welcome boost to the group's aim of ridding the world of chemical arms. Ahmet Uzumcu, the OPCW's director-general, also expressed hope that the award could help bring an end to the deadly civil war in Syria, where his organization's inspectors are trying to destroy the government's arsenal of chemical weapons even as fighting rages.
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November 19, 2009 | Henry Chu
He's smart, he's modest, he writes haiku about going bald. He looks like an absent-minded professor, and his public name recognition outside Belgium is virtually zero. Is this the likely new president of Europe? Bookies and insiders say so. As leaders of the European Union get ready to hobnob in Brussels tonight over cocktails and dinner, Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy is the odds-on favorite to emerge as their choice to be the EU's first president, the person who will speak on behalf of the continent to the rest of the world.
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November 28, 2011 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama pushed European officials today to take quick action to end their debt crisis, highlighting the growing concerns about the impact their troubles could have on the U.S. economy. But while Obama announced that U.S. is “ready to do our part” to help Europe resolve its problems, the leaders didn't detail new plans as they emerged from a series of meetings at the White House. Much of the annual summit between the U.S. and the European Union focused on the euro-zone crisis, Obama told reporters after his meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
WORLD
February 12, 2010 | By Henry Chu
European leaders lent their moral support but no hard cash to the Greek government Thursday in its struggle to tackle a debt crisis that has called the stability of the euro into question. Financial markets responded with little enthusiasm to the expression of solidarity, pushing the euro down to one of its lowest rates against the dollar -- about $1.36 -- since last spring. The currency had staged a small rally this week on the strength of investor belief that the 27-nation European Union would unveil a rescue package for Athens at an economic summit Thursday in Brussels.
WORLD
November 20, 2009 | By Henry Chu
The European Union wants to become a more influential and higher-profile alliance, but its leaders picked a pair of relative unknowns Thursday to represent the continent on the international stage. Herman Van Rompuy, the prime minister of Belgium, is to become the EU's first full-time president on Jan. 1, filling a post aimed at helping strengthen and streamline the alliance. Known as an effective mediator and a composer of haiku, including a widely circulated poem on hair loss, Van Rompuy will move from one office to another in Brussels, the seat of both the Belgian government and EU headquarters.
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May 24, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - With investor confidence draining away and the value of the euro plunging, Europe struggled anew Wednesday to come up with a united game plan to keep its currency union intact and its economies from collapsing. Competing visions embraced by the continent's political heavyweights, France and Germany, clashed at an informal summit of European Union leaders with little chance of reconciliation even as fears grew that Greece could be forced out of the Eurozone and into a chaotic default.
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July 9, 1989 | LEYLA ERTUGRUL, Reuters
Dr. Francoise Kruyen once tried to persuade two men at a public meeting that Belgium should legalize abortion. She did not tell them she had performed abortions on the wife of one and the daughter of the other. Abortions are outlawed in Belgium, but at least 15,000 women undergo the procedure every year, according to a spokeswoman for 19 nonprofit clinics that openly offer abortions as well as family-planning advice.
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