EU stimulus efforts criticized

BRUSSELS, March 18 (UPI) -- The European Union and the United States need to pump much more money into the economy to get it growing again, a leading U.S. economist says.

China, Asians build missile, satellite, space clout

MOSCOW, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- China is going to play a major role in the global space exploration program. Soon a new center for space research may emerge in the Eastern Hemisphere and push the current players aside.
ANDREI KISLYAKOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

Commissioner: Single EU patent in 5 years

MUNICH, Germany, April 19 (UPI) -- The European Union could have a single patent system covering all 27 countries within five years, an EU commissioner said Thursday.

EU official: Globalization caused no vote

BERLIN, June 14 (UPI) -- A top EU official blamed globalization for recent electoral defeats of the proposed EU constitution.

German politicans bought off by automakers

BERLIN, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A German environmental group accused 100 politicians of being paid off by automakers, Deutsche-Welle reported Thursday.

Bulgaria may close EU talks by end of June

SOFIA, Bulgaria, June 9 (UPI) -- Bulgaria may close European Union accession talks by June 30, European Union Enlargement Commissioner Guenter Verheugen was quoted as saying Wednesday.

EU ponders next step on Cyprus

BELGIUM, Belgium, April 26 (UPI) -- The European Union, still angry over the Greek Cypriot rejection of reunification, was considering its next action Monday, European media reported.

Chances dim for Cyprus referendum

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 23 (UPI) -- A double referendum on a U.N. reunification plan for Cyprus has little chance of passing Saturday because Greek Cypriots are expected to vote against it.

Orphan issue threatens Romania's EU ties

BUCHAREST, Romania, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The European Union has asked Romania to explain the adoption of its orphans overseas, which continues despite a Romanian government ban on the practice.

Günter Verheugen (born 28 April 1944 in Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate) is a German politician, currently serving as European Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry. He is also one of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission.

Günter Verheugen was previously Commissioner for Enlargement in the Prodi Commission, presiding over the accession of ten new member states in 2004.

Verheugen studied history, sociology and political science at the University of Cologne and at the University of Bonn. He was secretary general of the FDP (liberals) from 1978 to 1982. He left the FDP with many left-liberal party members in 1982, because the FDP left the government of Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. In the same year he joined the SPD (social democrats).

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