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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Declaration of uc_product_handler_field_price::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/ubercart/uc_product/views/uc_product_handler_field_price.inc on line 94.
  • strict warning: Declaration of uc_product_handler_field_weight::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/ubercart/uc_product/views/uc_product_handler_field_weight.inc on line 61.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user/views_handler_field_user.inc on line 48.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/includes/handlers.inc on line 653.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
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European Union

(September 2013) Switzerland Denmark, Sweden, UK and Spain have topped a global ranking of energy efficiency, access to resources and environmental sustainability.
(September 2013) The German federal elections produced a surprising result. For the first time since 1994, the CDU/ CSU in a landslide victory secured more than 40% of the vote, 41.5% to be precise. The conservatives are now almost back to their long-term average of 43%. They fell short of the absolute majority in the Bundestag by just 4 seats. This is a huge personal victory for Chancellor Merkel, as well as confirmation of her cautious centrist policy course in domestic affairs and the balanced approach to euro crisis management. Of course, the CDU/ CSU will be in a predominant position in any upcoming coalition.
(September 2013) Last July, Destatis, the German federal statistics office, published output data for Germany's manufacturing industry, it provided revisions for all monthly data for the first six months of the year. These revision were unusual because of change in the data for the German car industry.
(September 2013) Last June's EU summit had been expected to signal a move towards progress on a European banking union transferring authority to supervise and bail out banks from national capitals to new EU institutions in Frankfurt and Brussels. However, the impetus which began last year when Spanish banks needed to be bailed-out, had slowed by then and a month later the European Commission proposed a Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) for the EU Banking Union. The mechanism would complement the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) which, once operational in late 2014, will see the European Central Bank (ECB) directly supervise banks in the Eurozone and in other member states which decide to join the Banking Union. Brussels would have power to wind up failed lenders, supported by a €60bn cross-border rescue fund. However, Germany made clear it was opposed to picking up the tab for bank failures on the decision of the Commission.
(September 2013) Germany's exports of goods and service as a ratio of GDP (gross domestic product) was 52% in 2012; 48% in 2008; 23% in 2000; 25% in 1992 and 24% in 1990 -- the year of reunification. The comparable data for France from 2012 back, was 27%, 27%, 29%, 21% and 22%. In 2012, two-thirds of Germany trade surplus was ex-EU27 and because of success in selling products in demand in emerging markets and the United States and trade with the other 16 member countries of the single currency area, moved towards balance. However, Adam Posen, an American economist, claims that "Cheap labor is the main reason of the German export success of the last twelve years."
(August 2013) Germany achieved a budget surplus in the first half of 2013 as growth recovered in the second quarter following the stagnation of the winter months.
(August 2013) Michael Casey of The Wall Journal wrote recently: [Imagine this response when a husband asks his wife whether he should buy her a ticket to a forthcoming football game: “As things look now, I think I’ll feel like coming when Sunday rolls around. Of course that might change. If my mother calls and wants to go shopping I might well feel differently.”
(August 2013) It's not the time to put champagne on ice but the slightly good news in recent week in Europe should be welcome.
(August 2013) In 2011, following the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, the German government gave in to public pressure to phase out the nuclear industry and it adopted a goal to also abandon fossil fuels. Two years later, some German's are losing enthusiasm for the shift from nuclear and fossil fuel to mainly wind and sun. While, the policy is still supported by most Germans, the moods of many are slowly changing.
(August 2013) Germany's merchandise trade surplus with the other 16 countries of the Eurozone was only €1.5bn in H1 2013 compared with €75bn with countries outside the EU.