Covering EU, NATO, Europe in general for The Independent and others. Any views? Most definitely my own.
independent.co.uk — Rocketing unemployment and poverty in some areas of Europe could lead to widespread civil unrest, unless governments take measures to address the humanitarian consequences of austerity measures, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has warned.
spiegel.de — SPIEGEL: Mr. Westerwelle, what goes through your head when you see images of the massacres taking place in Syria almost daily? Westerwelle: I feel sympathy for the people, most of all. If you have been to a refugee camp, as I have, what you see and read in the news takes on a very personal note.
independent.co.uk — Ryanair pilots have been warned not to sign a letter to airline regulators expressing concern that the airline's employment practices could jeopardise passenger safety. In a memo staff were told they would be guilty of "gross misconduct" and "liable for dismissal" if they signed the letter to the Irish Aviation Authority that regulates Ryanair.
dw.de — Half of EU citizens are overweight. Among these people, serious obesity is on the rise. It's a heavy and expensive burden for national health care systems - and one the EU Commission hopes to stop. For decades, EU member states have seen obesity levels rise.
telegraph.co.uk — "Yet more packaging is not going to be eco-friendly and will limit choice to more mass produced products." Mr Clark attacked the regulation as one that would kill off artisan producers and accelerate the demise in Europe of traditional ways of making and serving food, in favour of large industrial producers.
dailystar.com.lb — LONDON: Skateboarders soar out of the concrete bowl beneath London's Southbank Centre, as they have done for the past 40 years, while spectators drink beer and hip-hop beats stoke up the party atmosphere.But this is no party - it's a protest.
independent.co.uk — He passed me one time, cap in hand, but the second time I asked him to sit down and ordered us both cappuccinos. Austin is one of the newest residents of Udine, a gracious town in north-eastern Italy whose former domination by the Venetian Republic is indicated by a column in the piazza surmounted by a winged lion.
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