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  • Reagan administration warned Russian pipeline through Ukraine would weaken West

    In a memo to the White House in July 1981, advisers in the Ronald Reagan administration urged opposition to a new pipeline from Russia's oil- and gas-rich regions to Europe, warning that it would weaken the West's bargaining hand.


  • "My aim is to make sure that energy remains affordable for households and companies," says Gunther Oettinger, energy commissioner for the European Commission. Leaders in the European Union are revamping their approach to climate change because higher energy costs have not sit well with consumers in a struggling economy. (Associated Press)

    Ambitious climate change goals too costly for EU

    With "unintended consequences" of its ambitious agenda being felt in sluggish economies across the Continent, the European Union on Wednesday made a dramatic retreat from its climate change goals.


  • European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia, right, grimaces during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. The European Union's antitrust watchdog says it has opened an investigation on licensing agreements between several major U.S. film studios and European pay TV broadcasters. Its probe covers Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal and Paramount Pictures. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    EU antitrust body probes US film studio contracts

    The European Union's antitrust watchdog is investigating whether major U.S. film studios' practice of selling rights to European pay TV broadcasters for only one country at a time is hurting competition.


  • ** FILE ** A tractor works on a cotton field near a border fence that passes through the property in Brownsville, Texas, 2008. (Associated Press)

    New E.U. rule would limit what seeds farmers could grow

    A new law proposed by the European Commission is being criticized as a massive government overreach that will ultimately damage the farming industry, and lead to the outlaw of certain types of seeds.


  • Key dates in EU antitrust action against Microsoft

    The European Union has fined Microsoft Corp. (EURO)561 million ($733 million) for failing to live up to the terms of a settlement that was to end the company's 15-year run-in with the continent's competition regulators.


  • European Union flags fly at half-mast in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Monday, April 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    European Commission gets new powers to oversee nations' budgets

    The European Commission has been handed new powers to oversee the draft budgets of eurozone countries and ensure they meet European Union standards.


  • Correction: Europe-Science Bonanza story

    In a story Jan. 28 about a European Union science award, The Associated Press reported erroneously that (EURO)1 billion euros was equivalent to $1.34 million. The correct conversion is that (EURO)1 billion euros equals $1.34 billion.


  • 2 science projects win up to $1.3 billion each

    Two European science projects _ one to map the intricacies of the human brain, the other to explore the extraordinary carbon-based material graphene _ won an EU technology contest Monday, getting up to (EURO)1 billion ($1.34 billion) each over the next decade.


  • 2 science projects win up to billion euros each

    Two science projects _ one to map the human brain, the other to explore the extraordinary properties of the carbon-based material graphene _ were declared the winners Monday of an EU technologies contest and will receive up to (EURO)1 billion ($1.35 billion) each over the next 10 years.


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