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Health literacy: How technology can help to empower patients

Health literacy: How technology can help to empower patients

 Technology can help you to improve your health ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK Patients are becoming more independent as they can monitor their own health using mobile applications, not only for monitoring serious cases such as kidney failure, but also to quit smoking, drink more water or exercise more. On 1 July the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options […]

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June guest photographer contest topic: Sustainable growth and decent jobs

June guest photographer contest topic: Sustainable growth and decent jobs

Framework by Nati Esmel ©Nati Esmel Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. Until September we will be announcing different topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the theme of that month, along with the submission form and you could be invited to […]

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Debate: Should freedom of panorama be introduced all over EU?

Debate: Should freedom of panorama be introduced all over EU?

Paris by night: MEPs are discussing the copyright issues involved with taking pictures of public buildings ©BELGA_EASYFOTOSTOCK Should people have the right to create and share images and photographs of public buildings without having to compensate for the use of copyright? The so-called freedom of panorama already exists in some EU countries, but MEPs are […]

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Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: Luxembourg MEPs share their expectations

Luxembourg takes over Council presidency: Luxembourg MEPs share their expectations

Luxembourg took over the Council presidency on 1 July 2015 Starting on 1 July, the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU will be in the hands of one of the smallest, yet most experience member states. Luxembourg will have to deal with many pressing issues, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase […]

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Gazprom halts natural gas deliveries to Ukraine

Gazprom halts natural gas deliveries to Ukraine

Gazprom, Russia’s main energy supplier, announced on Wednesday (1 July) that it had ceased deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine over a pricing wrangle. The company had not received advance payment for deliveries of natural gas in July, Alexey B. Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom, announced on Wednesday, and had cut the flow of […]

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‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in Greece?

‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in Greece?

Opinion by by Denis MacShane Sitting in Athens airport the wifi access is  fast, free for an hour and much less complicated than most other airports in Europe. Once again the paradox of Greece where so much is better than elsewhere and so much infinitely worse than the rest of the EU.  Clichés about Greek […]

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‘We must have a way to deal with breaches of the rule of law in member states’ say S&D MEPs

‘We must have a way to deal with breaches of the rule of law in member states’ say S&D MEPs

On 2 July,  the S&D Group voted in favour of establishing an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.  Speaking after the vote on the fundamental rights report in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee Peter Niedermüller (pictured), the S&D Group shadow rapporteur said: “A big problem we face in the […]

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