British universities will soon learn exactly how much their individual budgets will be reduced, following cuts to higher education.
But they already know one general consequence of these cuts. There are likely to be over 100,000 disappointed applicants this year.
On top of this startling figure, there are 46,000 disappointed applicants from last year who, despite being rejected from their first choice universities, have the necessary qualifications and are applying again.
Full article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1258508/UK-taxpayers-funding-EU-students-universities-British-children-miss-out.html
The EU has ruined the west’s environment. Now it’s moving east
On environmental matters, most of us believe, the European Union is a progressive force. We think of it as an environmental version of the international court of justice, a place of appeal where higher standards of protection are applied. Yet the EU is also implicated in some of Europe’s worse acts of environmental vandalism, in pristine areas of eastern Europe as well as the west.
Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/jul/29/eu.politics
It’s a haven for elk, wolf, bears, lynx and bird life. But it’s about to be destroyed by a motorway. Ros Coward reports from Biebrza in Poland on the threat to one of Europe’s last wild places
May in the Biebrza marshes of north-east Poland is as near to a nature lover’s paradise as Europe has to offer. It’s an immense, complex area with 250 kilometres of river, rare raised bogs, and water meadows surrounded by the remnants of ancient forests which provide cover for migrating bears, wolves and lynxes.
Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/may/19/highereducation.biologicalscience
The French minister hits back, as an anti-Europe tone breaks out again in Britain
The trashing of Dominique Voynet, France’s environment minister, by Prescott and sections of the British press was astonishing. She was said to head a team of “French wreckers” who “sandbagged” Prescott. Or she was “too tired” to hammer out details of a compromise at the Hague implying she’d behaved “irrationally” before. What would you expect; French, a woman and an environmentalist – she might just as well have a couple of horns and a forked tail.
Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2000/nov/28/comment.climatechange
The Common agricultural policy is as damaging to the European environment as ever – but politicians still shirk from radical reform.