PARIS (AP) — With Brexit looming and nationalism rising, French President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-EU party has launched its campaign for the European Parliament elections. The centrist Republic on the Move party and its allies held a rally Saturday in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. The group calls itself Renaissance. Polls suggest Renaissance will be among France’s top two vote-getters in the May election, which takes place in each European Union nation between May 23-26 and in France on May 26. The group appears slightly ahead of Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration, far-right National Rally party. Saturday’s Renaissance rally was led by Nathalie Loiseau, who quit this week as France’s European Affairs minister to lead the campaign. Loiseau notably handled France’s Brexit preparations. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and several government officials attended the event. “Some want to make us believe that the past was a better time, … [Read more...] about Macron’s pro-EU party kicks off European Parliament campaign
Is Britain about to leave the European Union? Maybe. A referendum is likely to be held in June, and Britain’s exit is a very real possibility. Why is this happening? The question of Britain’s future in Europe has been a growing obsession since the late 1980s, particularly in the popular press and sections of the Conservative party. When the Conservatives came into power in 2010 they were forced to form a coalition government, in part because their vote had been eroded by the rise of the rightwing UK Independence Party (Ukip). As its name suggests, Ukip’s core aim is to secure Britain’s exit from the EU via a new referendum. Under pressure from the right of his party, and hoping to see off the Ukip threat before the 2015 election, Cameron gave a “cast iron pledge” that he would renegotiate terms with Europe and deliver a referendum on membership of the EU if his party won the next general election – which it did. Cameron’s hope is that … [Read more...] about UK’s EU referendum explained: will Britain leave the European Union?
The European Investment Bank has agreed to phase out its multibillion-euro financing for fossil fuels within the next two years to become the world’s first ‘“climate bank”. The bank will end its financing of oil, gas, and coal projects after 2021, a policy that will make the EU’s lending arm the first multilateral lender to rule out financing for projects that contribute to the climate crisis. The decision to stem the flow of capital into fossil fuel projects has been welcomed by green groups as an important step towards the EU’s aim to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The EIB, the world’s largest multilateral financial institution, described its decision as a “quantum leap” in ambition. “Climate is the top issue on the political agenda of our time,” said the bank’s president, Werner Hoyer. “We will stop financing fossil fuels and launch the most ambitious climate investment strategy of any public financial … [Read more...] about European Investment Bank to phase out fossil fuel financing
F3V organiseerde van 2013 tot en met 2018 namens de FIA het Europees Formule 3-kampioenschap, maar die klasse fuseert voor komend seizoen met de GP3 Series tot de FIA Formule 3 en gaat in het voorprogramma van de Formule 1 rijden. Omdat de auto’s die in de Europese Formule 3 werden gebruikt tot eind 2019 gehomologeerd zijn, besloot F3V een nieuwe klasse te introduceren. Alleen de naam daarvan was nog niet bekend. Lees ook: Huidige F3-auto’s ook in 2019 in DTM-voorprogramma Onder meer Motopark en Van Amersfoort Racing, die allebei naast een startbewijs voor de nieuwe FIA Formule 3 grepen, gaan uitkomen in de Formula European Masters. Volkswagen heeft zich teruggetrokken als motorleverancier, maar naar verluidt worden haar motoren via het Spiess-label alsnog beschikbaar. Motopark was in de Europese Formule 3 één van de teams die met Volkswagen-motoren reed. Van Amersfoort Racing zou van Mercedes-power gebruik blijven maken. Met medewerking van Marcus Simmons Mick … [Read more...] about Naam DTM F3-klasse bekend: Formula European Masters
Americans really do love to work, it seems, while Europeans are much happier if they skip burning the midnight oil in favor of leisure. That's according to a new study finding longer work hours make Europeans unhappy while Americans get a very slight (albeit not statistically significant) bliss boost from the extra grind. "Those who work longer hours in Europe are less happy than those who work shorter hours, but in the U.S. it's the other way around," said study author Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, a clinical assistant professor of public policy at The University of Texas at Dallas. "The working hours' category does not have a very big impact on the probability of happiness of Americans." [Happiest States' List]The study, based on survey data, can't tease out whether work causes happiness or unhappiness, though the researchers speculate the effect has to do with expectations and how a person measures success.Okulicz-Kozaryn used surveys of European and American attitudes for the study. … [Read more...] about Who’s Happier: Europeans or Americans?