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Rapa Iti: from Europe to the ends of the Earth

Others Environment20-08-2014 - 09:00
Polynesia - EP border story  

There is no airport at Rapa Iti and it takes 50 hours to get there by cargo ship from Tahiti. Boats travelling there are few and far between, making Rapa Iti one of the South Pacific’s most isolated islands, along with Pitcairn and Easter Island. Its dark and wild coast is overlooked by the forts of twelve ancient clans at the top of the sleeping volcano. Humpback whales can be seen from afar. But the people living in this slice of paradise are also EU citizens. (Read more: Rapa Iti: from Europe to the ends of the Earth )


World Humanitarian Day: honouring those who help others

Others Humanitarian aid18-08-2014 - 09:00
Syrian refugees live day by day in Refugee Camp north of Erbil Iraq  

Little attention is paid to volunteers, but their tireless and sometimes dangerous work helps to make a difference to the millions of victims of natural and man-made disasters. Every year World Humanitarian Day is held on 19 August to honour the people who dedicate their lives to making a difference. Read on to find out what the EU, the world´s largest humanitarian aid donor, is doing to support their work. (Read more: World Humanitarian Day: honouring those who help others )


More than 2,000 years before the scientific means were developed to prove the existence of atoms, ancient Greeks already theorised about their existence. Their descendants continue to be at the forefront of scientific research as shown by the Nestor project in Pylos, in southwestern Greece. This involves creating an underwater telescope at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. It will track neutrinos in a bid to unravel some of the universe’s biggest mysteries. (Read more: Nestor: unravelling the universe’s mysteries from the bottom of the sea )


Young, promising and unemployed. It might be International Youth Day on 12 August, but for the more than 5.3 million Europeans under 25 without a job, there will be little to celebrate. All the more reason for the EU to make tackling unemployment a priority. Read on to discover what is being done to help young people. (Read more: International Youth Day: how the EU is working to reduce unemployment )


Up north: reviving Sámi culture

Others Culture08-08-2014 - 09:00

Welcome to Nuorgam in Finland, the EU’s northernmost point. The sun kisses the monumental fells next to the small village, while stunted mountain birches push themselves through the snow. Spring is coming, but wind still gets under the clothes. It is in this beautiful setting that the Sámi live. This article was originally published in May as part of our Frontiers of the EU series. We are republishing it to mark the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9 August. (Read more: Up north: reviving Sámi culture )


ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area

ECON Economic and monetary affairs07-08-2014 - 15:39

The Governing Council of the ECB met on Thursday and decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively. Please find below the reaction of the chairman of Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Roberto Gualtieri (S&D, IT): (Read more: ECON chairman Gualtieri wants "bolder action" for euro area )


Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles

Others Institutions / Information04-08-2014 - 09:00
Best articles story picture_  

The quality of life in Europe today, Ukraine, a photo contest, the composition of the new Parliament and cheaper phone calls were the topics of our most-read articles of the first half of the year on the European Parliament’s website. Check out our links to experience the highlights of the year so far. (Read more: Summer reading: top five of Parliament's most popular articles )


Re-discover Europe with Parliament’s new Foursquare list

Others Institutions / Information / Tourism01-08-2014 - 09:00
EP on Foursquare  

An abandoned rail road, a sand castle and a secret Soviet bunker... Last year Parliament asked you to discover Europe with the help of our list of 28 little-known attractions, one per member state. This year, we are making a tradition of it and asking you to re-discover Europe once again with our new Foursquare tip list. (Read more: Re-discover Europe with Parliament’s new Foursquare list )

Vanessa, 20 from Germany: "I'm a voter at the EP elections"  

Greek student Aliki, Irish entrepreneur Trish and Danish designers Jens and Sedsel were among the faces of the EP’s election information campaign before the European elections. They shared with all of us why the EU matters to them and why voting was so important. These are their stories (Read more: This time it was different: the voices of the 2014 European elections )


28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict

Others Institutions / Culture28-07-2014 - 09:00
A picture acquired from the historical archives of Sarajevo on June 28, 2014 shows Archduke Franz Ferdinand inspecting his troops during military manoeuvre, on June 27, 1914 in Sarajevo, the day before his assassination. ©BELGA_AFP_HISTORICAL ARCHIVES OF SARAJEVO  

Exactly 100 years ago Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, triggering a conflict that would soon spread throughout Europe and the world and become known as the Great War. “Remembering this lesson is the best way to honour those who fought and died”, EP president Martin Schulz said ahead of the sad anniversary. (Read more: 28 July 1914: the day an isolated crisis turned into a global conflict )