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Iceland is out to end its gender pay gap. Can the U.S. follow?

More than half a century after the Equal Pay Act became law, a woman in the United States earns on average just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes — a stubborn gap that is expected to persist until 2059. But one country is determined to end such income disparity, whatever it takes. Iceland, the rugged but progressive island nation between north America and northern Europe, this month became the first country to force employers to prove that they are paying men and women the same for similar work,…

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What’s in a name? Plenty of controversy when it’s Macedonia

LONDON — What’s in a name? For the uneasy European neighbors of Macedonia and Greece, quite a lot actually. In one of the strangest international disputes still playing out on the world stage, these two countries have been quarreling for more than a quarter of a century about what Macedonia should be called. It’s not just symbolic: The dispute has seen Greece block Macedonia’s potential accession to NATO and the European Union, as well as imposing a brief but crippling trade embargo in the mid-1990s. “The key objective is to…

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Greece is forcing this country to change its name. Now it might get into NATO.

LONDON — What’s in a name? For the uneasy European neighbors of Macedonia and Greece, quite a lot actually. In one of the strangest international disputes still playing out on the world stage, these two countries have been quarreling for more than a quarter of a century about what Macedonia should be called. It’s not just symbolic: The dispute has seen Greece block Macedonia’s potential accession to NATO and the European Union, as well as imposing a brief but crippling trade embargo in the mid-1990s. “The key objective is to…

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Smaller nations are DYING because of EU open border policy

Since it joined the EU in 2000, Latvia’s population has fallen by an incredible 18.2 percent, from 2.38million down to just 1.95million. It has led television commentator Otto Ozols to warn the country could even “cease to be a nation” in 50 years time. Diplomat Atis Sjanits told Politico this week: “The reality is that we are losing people — fast.” Officials say the country still has jobs for people who want to work there. But they cannot stop citizens from disappearing further west in search of better pay and…

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Germany’s push for EU army: Merkel developing networks with EU members for military union

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been working on establishing the groundwork for an European Union army, in particular developing a network of co-operation between troops from Germany and others from countries that are part of Pesco – Permanent Structured Co-operation. The bloc comprises 25 EU countries with only Denmark, Malta and the UK remaining outside. The move largely comprises of co-operation in training the troops, with the Bundeswehr training a number of soldiers from various EU countries and similarly, German troops visit their counterparts. But the plan…

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Albania losing its eagle to rampant poaching

Birds of prey like this buzzard and sometimes the prized golden eagle are sold in Albania to be stuffed and displayed in bars and restaurants. (AFP Photo/Gent SHKULLAKU) Tirana (AFP) – It is Albania’s national symbol, but the eagle may soon only be found on the flag. The majestic bird is threatened with extinction due to widespread poaching of raptors. On the side of a national motorway, just 30 kilometres (18 miles) north of the capital Tirana, a vendor offers motorists a common buzzard for an average price of 7,000-10,000…

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UN Jerusalem vote by country: What countries voted against US call on Israel’s capital?

An overwhelming majority of United Nations member states opposed the United States regarding the disputed status of Jerusalem on Thursday. In what was seen as a massive blow to the US, a total of 128 of the 193-member UN General Assembly agreed to resolve the Holy City dispute through “negotiations in line with relevant UN resolutions”. The vote followed President’s Trump decision on December 6 to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.   The official UN position is that East Jerusalem is part of the occupied Palestinian territory –…

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You’re KILLING EUROPE: Macron and Brussels savaged by rival over EU enlargement plot

Laurent Wauquiez, whose tough stance on immigration has earned him the support of members of the French hard-right but enemies among more moderate right-wingers, is the undisputed favourite to win the party leadership next month. In an interview yesterday he also blasted president Emmanuel Macron’s bid to united France behind his EU reforms, which support the bloc’s expansion. He told French television channel France 3: “Us Republicans do not share the same European ambitions as president Emmanuel Macron, especially when it comes to the sensitive issue of European enlargement. “Because…

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MAPPED: EU plots MASSIVE expansion to become 37 country MEGABLOC after Brexit

Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey could all become members under EU plans. And they could be joined by Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Kosovo in a vast land grab by the EU. Meanwhile the bloc is squaring up to Vladimir Putin by attempting to bring Russian allies Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia under their control. It comes as EU Commissioner Jean Claude Juncker storms ahead with his plan to further unify the continent and bring nation states under the yoke of Brussels. The bloc…

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EU expansion? Most hopefuls won’t be ready to join until at least 2050

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia could meet the practical, legal and technical criteria for joining the bloc in the next six years, the study found. But the other official candidates including Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, and EU hopefuls Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo are well off the pace. The Forecasting Candidate Status study, by Professor Tina Freyburg of the University of St Gallen, considered how likely it is that five of those candidate countries would join the EU before 2050, based on previous accession benchmarks used during the 2004…

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