Tag: Europe

Germans Turn to Heat Pumps to Replace Gas Furnaces

REMSCHEID, Germany — After decades of heating their homes with relatively cheap Russian natural gas, Germans are facing exorbitant prices for energy. The search is on for an alternative source of warmth that is climate-friendly and free from natural gas. Enter, the heat pump. Using a technology that dates to the 1970s, these boxy machines […]

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EU Talks Over Russian Oil Price Cap Drag On

BRUSSELS — European Union ambassadors trying to reach an agreement on a top price for Russian oil continued to talk into Thursday evening, despite expectations that a deal was within reach. The negotiations over the price cap on Russian oil sales, a policy led by the Group of 7 industrialized nations and other close allies […]

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An Italian Village Hit the Jackpot. Will That Save or Destroy It?

LIVEMMO, Italy — The only full-time employee of Livemmo, a secluded mountain village of 196 residents in northern Italy, has a lot on his to-do list. At 7:26 on a recent morning, he stamped his timecard, lifted the blinds and straightened up the town hall office. He drove the yellow school bus over fog-shrouded roads, […]

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VW Boss Warns Europe Is Losing Competitiveness Due To Energy Costs

The head of Volkswagen Passenger Cars believes manufacturing battery cells in Europe could become unfeasible if energy prices are not controlled. In a lengthy post shared to LinkedIn, chief executive Thomas Schäfer warned that Germany and the European Union are rapidly losing attractiveness and competitiveness compared to the likes of the U.S., Canada, China, Southeast […]

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Inflation in Eurozone Slows as Energy Prices Ease, but Officials Remain Wary

Easing energy prices helped lower the annual rate of inflation in the eurozone in November, the first slowdown in a year and a half. But policymakers cautioned the worst may not yet be over. Consumer prices in the 19 countries that use the euro as their currency rose at an annual rate of 10 percent […]

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Mpox: WHO renames Monkeypox Citing Racial Stigma

The World Health Organization, responding to complaints that the word monkeypox conjures up racist tropes and stigmatizes patients, is recommending that the name of the disease be changed to mpox. Both names are to be used for a year until monkeypox is phased out. The recommendation, issued on Monday, follows outbreaks that began about six […]

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French Police Guard Water as Seasonal Drought Intensifies

MAUZÉ-SUR-LE-MIGNON, France — Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying guns, the gendarmes appear suddenly in the middle of farm fields misted by morning rain. They stand behind two fences equipped with security cameras and overhead lights, looking every bit like prison guards. But there is no prison for miles. Instead, they guard a large pit intended […]

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U.S. and NATO Scramble to Arm Ukraine and Refill Their Own Arsenals

Given the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the war in the Donbas region, NATO’s new military spending goals — 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2024, with 20 percent of that on equipment instead of salaries and pensions — seem modest. But even those were largely ignored by key member countries. In […]

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BMW Drops Another $1 Billion In Hungarian Plant To Add Battery Assembly Facility For Neue Klasse EVs

BMW announced today that it will invest a further €1 billion ($1.04 billion USD at current exchange rates) in its Hungarian iFactory to add a high-voltage battery assembly facility for Neue Klasse vehicles. The facility will be located in Debrecen, Hungary, on the site of the iFactory, on which construction started in June 2022. BMW […]

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Five Electric Cars Make It To 2023 European Car Of The Year Short List

The European Car of the Year awards jury has announced the seven finalists that are in contention for its top prize. Among them are five electric vehicles, one SUV-sedan, and the first Jeep ever designed specifically for Europe. The finalists are the Jeep Avenger, Nissan Ariya, Renault Austral, Volkswagen ID. Buzz, Kia Niro, Peugeot 408, […]

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VW Group Accounted For 25% Of All New EV Sales In Europe Last Month

The Volkswagen Group led the pack in electric vehicle registrations in Europe last month, with models from its many brands accounting for a full quarter of all EV sales. The automaker led competitors like Stellantis, BMW, and even Tesla. In total, Volkswagen Group brands like Audi, Porsche, Škoda, Cupra, and, of course, VW, sold 29,996 […]

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Polestar 7 Could Be The Brand’s First Car To Be Made In Europe But It’s Up To Volvo To Decide

Polestar is eager to build vehicles in Europe but has suggested it might be another five years before it’s possible. The Swedish car manufacturer currently builds the 2 sedan at Volvo’s Taizhou factory in Luqiao, China while the forthcoming Polestar 3 will be built in both Chengdu, China and Volvo’s factory in Harlestonn, South Carolina. […]

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Stellantis Could Build EVs In India As It Says Europe Is Too Expensive

Stellantis doesn’t believe it can make affordable electric vehicles in Europe and is weighing up the possibility of building EVs in India for potential export to the Old Continent. While recently speaking with the media on his first trip to India since taking over the reigns of Stellantis, chief executive Carlos Tavares said that the […]

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Lawmakers Back Bill to Enshrine Abortion Rights in France’s Constitution

PARIS — French lawmakers on Thursday backed a proposal to enshrine abortion rights in the country’s Constitution, in a move devised as a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. But the bill, passed by the National Assembly, the lower and more powerful house of the French […]

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Carmakers Tipped To Build 4.4 Million Fewer Vehicles This Year Over Chip Shortages

While some had predicted that the semiconductor shortage would have been resolved by now, production figures from North America reveal that this is not the case. Data from AutoForecast Solutions reveals that car factories throughout North America cut some 79,000 vehicles from their production plans this week because of the microchip shortage. This continues the […]

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Ford Tourneo Custom Debuts With Diesel, PHEV, And Full Electric Options

Following the debut of the 2024 Ford Transit Custom range, the time has arrived for the reveal of the model’s passenger version, Europe’s new Tourneo Custom. Just like the panel van, the MPV will be available in electric, plug-in hybrid, and diesel versions, and in the more adventurous Active version. The new Ford Tourneo Custom […]

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American Brand Cars Are Among The Least Reliable In Consumer Reports Annual Ranking

Consumer Reports has determined that Japanese automakers sell the most reliable vehicles in the U.S., while Americans make the least reliable ones on the market. That comes, in no small part, because pickup trucks and SUVs are among the least reliable vehicles money can buy. The outlet determined this by gathering data on over 300,000 […]

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2023 Toyota Prius Coming To Europe Solely As A 220 HP PHEV

Toyota announced that the all-new fifth-generation Prius will be available in Europe in PHEV-only form with 220 hp, offering improved efficiency, and double the electric range of its predecessor. The European premiere of the electrified model is scheduled for December 5, ahead of the first deliveries in spring 2023. More Visually Appealing Than Ever Before […]

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Europe relaxes after US midterms, but fears of a 2024 Trump win run high

America’s allies in Europe breathed a sigh of relief as the U.S. midterm contests come to a close. U.S. allies believe slimmer margins of control between Democrats and Republicans in Congress will not jeopardize American support to Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.   From Kyiv to Berlin and Tbilisi, Georgia, fears that a larger […]

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EU passes gaming strategy, probing Activision & Microsoft merger

Did you miss a session from GamesBeat Summit Next 2022? All sessions are now available for viewing in our on-demand library. Click here to start watching. This week, the European Union (EU) is taking more active stances on the video games industry. The EU is targeting the industry with gaming and esports legislation and an […]

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Price of Diesel, Which Powers the Economy, Is Still Climbing

“A substantial amount of diesel is needed in the new bunker blends, and that is a hidden demand for diesel molecules,” said Richard Joswick, the head of global oil analysis for S&P Global Platts. He estimated that the global shipping fleet was now consuming half a million barrels of diesel a day, or roughly 2 […]

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“Ballet des Porcelaines” at MIT

A faraway island. An evil magician. A prince transformed into a teapot. A princess on a rescue mission. When the first performance of the “Ballet des Porcelaines” was staged at the Chateau de Morville in 1739, the orientalist fairy tale seemed innocent enough. However, when the art historian Meredith Martin encountered the lost libretto in […]

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