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There is confusion about how the European Union operates - particularly among those who see it as undemocratic. The EU is made up of a balanced set of governance institutions that works in similar ways to a national government. But it also has to link up with the people making the decisions in national governments across its member states.
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The ILGA's Rainbow Europe list has revealed that Malta, Belgium and the UK are Europe's most LGBTI-friendly nations.
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25May2016 Market Close: Markets Close Up, SP500 Closes Just Below 2100, WTI Crude Ready To Blow Past $50
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-- this post authored by Catherine Gegout, University of Nottingham
David Cameron warned in a major foreign policy speech on May 9 that peace and stability cannot be assured in Europe if the UK leaves the European Union. The prime minister is right: the EU is a guarantee for peace in Europe.
Written by Gary
US markets closed higher for the second day, but traded all morning and afternoon in a narrow band that was mostly sideways. The DOW closed up 145 points and the Spooze closed up at 2091, just short of the 2100 resistance. Crude settled in the trading pit in the mid to high 49, just unable to pierce the $50 resistance barrier. Short-term indicators remain moderately bullish, but the SP500 has to pierce the 2100 level to have this bull rally continue.
The year-over-year rate of growth of the US Coincident Index was unchanged from last month's level. A comparison of this US Coincident Index with the Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti business conditions index, Conference Board Coincident Index, ECRI's Coincident Index, and the Chicago Fed National Activity Index follows.