THE NETHERLANDS: 17 percent wage gap. The Netherlands has dropped its wage gap about 10 percentage points from two decades ago to bring it just below the OECD average of 18 percent. In the Netherlands – with a population of 16.7 million and average income of $39,000 – 70 percent of women have paid jobs. A Dutch woman attends speed skating events at the Richmond Olympic Oval as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
European Union (EU) leaders promised on Thursday that they stand waiting to help debt-laden Greece, if needed. But the euro declined as investors worried about the lack of a clear commitment to a bailout package.
The host of the Munich security conference, which opens today, says Europe must step up and help its main ally, the US, and tackle pressing global security needs like Afghanistan and Iran.
Ireland says 'yes' to Lisbon Treaty. Reforms will give European Union a unified foreign policy, and a permanent president.
But world leaders couldn’t agree on exit strategy for massive fiscal stimulus. And there was no solid commitment on climate change.
The world needs a system of governance that's neither unregulated nor stifled.
The EU and Turkey signed a $11 billion gas pipeline deal that should give Europe more supply options.
Britain's former prime minister is poised to be the first-ever president of the European Union – a notion that's causing some unease on the continent.
The Nabucco pipeline, scheduled to start construction in 2010, would ship gas from the Caspian region and the Middle East.