New EU travel requirements mean (slightly) more paperwork for American visitors

Starting in 2021, Americans will no longer be able to hop across the pond for a spur-of-the-moment visit to Europe without completing pre-authorization paperwork. But they still won’t need a visa. On Friday, multiple outlets reported that the European Union had announced that Americans would be required to complete a new visa to visit member countries — a shift away from the current policy which allows US citizens to travel through the 26 European members of the “Schengen Area” for up to 90 days without a visa. In actuality, the EU’s new…

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Germany and China plot to turn Frankfurt into EU finance powerhouse after Brexit

The bilateral pledge came as a result of German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz visiting the Chinese capital this week. Mr Scholz met China’s vice-premier Liu He who promised to take down economic hurdles for German financial institutions interested in doing business in his country. The German minister said he would reciprocate, hoping Chinese banks could be persuaded to open in Frankfurt, the heart of Germany’s finance industry, turning the city into a European powerhouse after Britain leaves the EU. According to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, the two officials signed three…

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Universities UK presses for clarity on EU student admissions

President of UUK and vice chancellor of the University of Kent, Dame Julia Goodfellow, urged the government to take immediate action to reassure EU students applying to study in 2017 that they would pay the same fees and access the same financial support throughout their studies and, therefore, “prevent a likely sudden decline in EU student applications”. “This issue is urgent. UCAS applications opened yesterday for the 2017/18 intake and EU students are almost twice as likely as UK students to apply very early for those courses with October deadlines.”…

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UK: gov to underwrite EU research funding

In a statement of reassurance from the UK’s chancellor, Philip Hammond, universities and businesses were told they will “have certainty” over future funding and should continue to bid while the UK remains a member of the EU. For initiatives where the UK organisation bids directly to the European Commission for EU funding, such as Horizon 2020 research funding, the treasury will “underwrite the payments of such awards, even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU”. “It’s business as usual for Horizon 2020 projects” Hammond said that the UK will…

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Brexit: Europe’s university leaders call for ‘continued collaboration’ after EU referendum result

University leaders from across Europe have come together in a “turbulent time” to stress the importance of continued higher education collaboration following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. Signing a joint statement, the leaders from over 20 countries, including Germany and France, have highlighted the importance of international cooperation and exchange, and insist universities are strongest when they tackle issues collaboratively. Although they have acknowledged the UK will develop a new relationship with the EU, the signatories have called for continued “research and exchange relationships between Europe’s universities, for…

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EU students contribute £3.7bn to UK economy

Ahead of the EU referendum in June, Universities UK has released an analysis of data showing that EU students at universities in the UK contribute over £3.7bn to the economy. London (pictured) saw a £788.9m income boost that supported 7,580 jobs as a result. vPhoto: wikicommons/Diego Delso Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying mass communication. In her spare time, she is either glued to the news channels or watching The Night Manager.…

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UK: VCs support ‘vital’ EU membership in open letter

With the future of the UK’s position in the European Union set to be decided in a referendum in just under four months, 103 university vice-chancellors in the UK have signed an open letter, urging “the British public to consider the vital role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities”. Prime Minster David Cameron recently announced the referendum to decide the UK’s membership in the European Union will be held June 23. Photo: Number 10 Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her…

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UK: VCs support ‘vital’ EU membership in open letter

With the future of the UK’s position in the European Union set to be decided in a referendum in just under four months, 103 university vice-chancellors in the UK have signed an open letter, urging “the British public to consider the vital role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities”. Prime Minster David Cameron recently announced the referendum to decide the UK’s membership in the European Union will be held June 23. Photo: Number 10 Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her…

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EU Referendum: Business boost for Cameron as they say Brexit will hurt UK jobs

Company bosses and business leaders have warned that leaving the European Union would put British jobs at risk. That is the view put forward in a letter to The Times signed by 200 business leaders, including more than a third of Britain’s 100 largest companies. Signatories backing David Cameron’s stance include chairmen or CEOs of companies from the FTSE 100 including Asda, BT, Vodafone and Marks & Spencer. The letter hails pledges to cut red tape, deepen the single market and sign off new trade deals in the agreement finalised…

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EU warns Burundi of `measures` over violence

The European Union, strife-stricken Burundi`s biggest aid donor, on Monday warned the country could face “appropriate measures” if it does not remedy its human rights record. Burundi has been in turmoil since President Pierre Nkurunziza in July won a third term, which the opposition said was illegal and in breach of an accord ending a horrific 1993-2006 civil war which left 300,000 dead. EU foreign ministers said talks with Burundi under the Cotonou agreement, which lays down strict rules for mutual cooperation including the promotion of human rights, had failed…

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