Health 05-11-2014

Cholesterol: The overlooked chronic disease

Europeans suffer from the highest bad cholesterol in the world, with a prevalence of 54% for both sexes, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, the chronic disease continues to be neglected by policymakers, in favour of other long-term illnesses.

Lack of women no longer a problem for new Commission

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is now almost certain to get support from the European Parliament because he has secured nine women on his team - the same number than in the current Barroso Commission. Three of them will be his deputies.
Development Policy 29-08-2014

What is Africa’s ODA spent on?

Around 40% of the European Commission's Overseas Development Aid (ODA) goes to Africa every year. The continent has received more than a quarter of the €2.7 billion increase in the aid budget since 2005 and, in 2009, aid for trade to the African, Caribbean and Pacific States increased to €3.6 billion. But where does the money end up?
Cardiovascular disease
Health 29-08-2014

New study reveals financial burden of cardiovascular disease

New research looking at the costs of cardiovascular disease in six EU member states (France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom) concludes that the financial burden will rise to €122.6 billion by 2020, up from €102.1 billion in 2014.
Jean-Claude Juncker with European heads of state [European Council]
EU Elections 2014 29-08-2014

Wrap-up: Leaders choose Tusk, Mogherini at Summit

EU leaders gathered at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on EU top jobs and to respond to the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine. An overview of events, as they happened, is below.
EU Elections 2014 27-08-2014

Cameron to support Tusk for Council president at EU summit

British Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to support the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, as the next president of the European Council, according to the The Guardian
Health 22-08-2014

EU tobacco directive faces lawsuit

The UK’s leading electronic cigarette manufacturer, Totally Wicked, has launched a legal challenge to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on the grounds that Article 20 of the Directive breaches EU law.
EU Elections 2014 21-08-2014

Juncker’s Commission looking politically conservative, gender imbalanced

With one week left before deadline and only four Commissioner nominees waiting to be revealed for the next term, Jean-Claude Juncker's Commission looks to become ever more politically one-sided and gender unbalanced.
Empty shelves
Agrifood 21-08-2014

Self-imposed food sanctions have already caused inflation in Russia

Russia's embargo on imported Western food is already hitting consumers' pockets, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week, according to the BBC.

Researchers say this year’s ecological footprint has already been exceeded

Although there's four months left of 2014, humans have already exhausted the ecological space for this year. This means that there has been more consumption of resources than the planet can handle, and over-consumption is only getting worse, according to researchers.

Eurofound: Changes during crisis have benefitted women

The economic crisis has boosted growth in high-wage jobs. This has mainly benefited women, according to a study by Eurofound.  
Youth unemployment

Study: Countries with faster school-to-work transitions have lower unemployment

EU member states with quicker school-to-work transitions have lower youth unemployment, a new study by Eurofound shows.