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U.N. details sexual violence in conflicts

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- An annual U.N. report on sexual violence related to conflict names military forces, militia and other armed groups suspected of being the worst offenders.

DRC, Angola rape concerns growing

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Migrants in Angola from the Democratic Republic of Congo are increasingly becoming victims of sexual violence, a U.N. envoy said.

Rape a 'cheap' weapon, U.N. says

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Sexual violence perpetrated against women and children extends beyond Africa as a "cheap" weapon of war, a U.N. special envoy on sexual violence said.

Swedish journalist subsidy plan debated

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 21 (UPI) -- Sweden's journalists union is accusing the European Union of colluding with a giant media firm to do away with the country's system of subsidizing newspapers.

Arabic-language EuroNews approved

BRUSSELS, April 5 (UPI) -- The European Commission has OK'd an Arabic-language version of the European news channel EuroNews, a consortium of 11 broadcasters.

'Together' sign picked for EU birthday

BRUSSELS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A logo designed by a young Pole showing EU members remaining together despite their difference will be used to mark European Union's 50th anniversary.

Many want EU Parliament out of Strasbourg

BRUSSELS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- An online petition to move the European Parliament from Strasbourg, France, to Brussels now has 1 million names, a report says.

Euronews considers Arabic broadcast

BRUSSELS, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The European Commission is looking at an increase in funding to news channel Euronews so that it can broadcast in Arabic.

Euro political blogs lagging behind U.S.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Blogging in America has been transformed into a political watchdog post shaking up today's political and journalistic worlds; however, the same effect hasn't ma
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Europeans souring on EU

BRUSSELS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A survey by the European Union finds support among citizens is declining, with only half of those asked saying membership is a good thing.

One-third of EU against enlargement

BRUSSELS, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Over a third of European Union citizens oppose further enlargement of the 25-nation block, the EU Observer reports.

Climate: A turning point for Kyoto?

BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A series by UPI examining the potential human impact of global climate change. This week: The Kyoto climate treaty is only a hesitant and even ambiguous first step in addressing the warming planet. It is difficult to separate the international altruism fo
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EU entrants plan for emissions reductions

BRUSSELS, April 20 (UPI) -- European Union officials are hopeful countries set to join the organization next month will submit their emissions reductions plans on time.

EU to miss Kyoto targets

BRUSSELS, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The EU will miss its climate change targets by a mile unless more radical action is taken to cut greenhouse gases, the European Commission warned Tuesday.

Think tanks wrap-up III

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. T
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Margot Elisabeth Wallström (Swedish pronunciation: ) (born 28 September 1954 in Skellefteå) is a Swedish social democratic, currently holding the job as Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Prior to this post, she served as European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy. She was also the first of five vice-presidents of the 27-member Barroso Commission.

Wallström, a high school graduate, lacking academic degrees, has had a long career in politics, in the Swedish parliament, the Swedish government and in the European Commission. She was Environment Commissioner from 1999–2004 and in the Swedish government she was Minister for Consumer Affairs, Women and Youth in 1988–1991, Minister for Culture in 1994–1996 and Minister for Social Affairs in 1996–1998. Wallström has also worked as the CEO of a regional TV network in Sweden and before taking up her appointment as Commissioner she was the executive vice-president of Worldview Global Media in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Wallström is married and has two children.

In 2004, Wallström became the first member of the European Commission to operate a blog. The comments section of her site quickly became a hotspot for arguments concerning the policies of the European Union. After the rejection of the European Constitution by French and Dutch voters, Wallström pushed forward her "plan D" (for democracy, dialogue and debate) to reconnect Citizens with the Union. Her work on such platforms, including the backing of the oneseat.eu petition, has given her a good reputation in some quarters, even being dubbed "the Citizens Commissioner" – but has earned her names like "the Propaganda Commissioner" as well from political opponents. The Economist listed her among the worst commissioners in 2009.

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