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Iceland has started accession talks to join the EU, setting off a process that could take several years and hit stumbling blocks over fishing rules and debt.
The early phase of talks should proceed smoothly, because unlike other EU hopefuls in the western Balkans, Iceland comes to the negotiating table well prepared in many areas thanks to its
German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh looks at how modern architecture is affected by sustainability policies.
Sustainability, environment, nature and purity have become key words in our modern world. Contemporary examples of architecture are supposed to reflect this shift from a disposable society to a sustainable, environmental friendly
Correspondent Tom Crockford reports from Helsinki in Finland on the problems caused by the use of leaf blowers.
The autumn always used to be considered by many as being the ‘quiet’ season. But that was before leaf blowers came along. The gentle autumn sun still shimmers on brightly coloured leaves, and the season continues to instil a
EU member states have closed accession negotiations with Croatia, which should allow the country to join the EU on July 1 2013. This ends six years of talks during which Croatia has been asked not only to adopt new laws and regulations to comply with EU standards, but also implement them.
"We are celebrating this historic event with our Croatian
An historically significant agreement has been reached between the Italian employers' federation Confindustria and major trade unions (MF,CGIL,CISL and UIL) on reform of the collective bargaining system.
It has taken two years to reach agreement because CGIL held out against the new rules.
The final deal establishes national procedures to
The French cleaning sector now ranks second in Europe in terms of turnover - according to latest statistics. Christian Bouzols, ECJ reporter, explains the details.
This news can be considered as good given other gloomy news about the French economy. Despite a greater than forecast slowdown in the creation of new cleaning jobs, the French cleaning