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Country-level variances in graduate education in Europe

A look at education data for a range of European countries shows significant variation in the level of equality between men and women in terms of graduate-level education. While some countries, including France and Switzerland, have a much larger share of men with advanced degrees, women are significantly more likely to hold an advanced degree in countries such as Slovenia, Portugal, and Poland. In other countries such as the United Kingdom and Germany, differences in educational achievement between each sex were smaller, with a gap of only a few percentage points. As an aggregate across all countries, men and women were equally likely to have an advanced degree, with there being approximately 1,467 more degree-holding women in an approximate total population of 33.4 million.

The figures in the right side of the chart indicate the size of the spread between the population sized of male and female degree recipients as a percentage of the total degree-holding population (calculated using the formula below), with negative numbers indicating that females are underrepresented and positive numbers indicating that males are underrepresented. Read More…

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Analysis of EU Energy Diversification and Reduction of Russian Dependency

By Jared Angle

Despite the lack of a cohesive energy policy encompassing all member states, the European Union has several options when it comes to seeking new energy alternatives to counteract Russia’s predatory ‘energy diplomacy’ of the past decade. Diversification of energy sources has sparked intense controversy in the EU, as strict regulations and public opposition have made several promising energy options unviable in a number of member states. While renewable energy technologies satisfy the concerns of European environmentalists, sources such as solar energy simply cannot meet the energy requirements of Europe’s densely populated countries, with current systems providing energy for less than three percent of households, according to a September 2013 press release by the European Commission. Although energy diversification is not universally popular, it has become increasingly clear since the mid-2000s that Europe must address the challenges presented by Russian energy policies and the current inadequacies of alternative energy infrastructures.

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US-EU trade deal to boost trans-Atlantic trade, investment

By Jared Angle

Americans import thousands of European products, including famous brands like Fiat, Ikea and Heineken that have become ubiquitous in daily American life. However, the trade of industrial goods, which makes up a large market share in the United States and European Union, can benefit from free trade under an upcoming agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, also known as TTIP.

TTIP is a proposed U.S.-EU free trade agreement intended to bolster investment and increase movement of goods and services between the two regions, and is projected to generate additional income for the U.S. and the EU, according to Silvia Kofler, head of press and public diplomacy at the European Union Delegation to the United States.

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