Age and poor education factor into high obesity rates, according to the EU's statistical office Eurostat. On Thursday, it released figures showing Malta is the most obese country, relative to other EU states.
A new OECD report shows "a wide scale of divergence" between school systems in the EU.
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Europe adds a layer of identity that enriches its citizens. The post-Brexit EU should do more to foster it, through programmes like Erasmus.
Anti-poverty activists in Ireland say the government's decision to appeal an EU commission order for Apple to pay back €13 billion undermines its moral authority.
Giving a free train pass to each European turning 18 would reconnect young people to the EU and each other.
The way forward to ensure the protection of children globally is through a long list of small steps that governments must take to ensure no child in Europe or anywhere else suffers a life of abuse, exploitation or fear.
Irish people have called a worldwide demonstration on Saturday to demand an end to Ireland's strict abortion laws.
The Georgian Dream party says it is pro-EU, but its demonisation of LGBT people for the sake of a few votes is a retrograde move on Georgia's European path.
British, German and Dutch institutions do very well in the latest university rankings, with Oxford named the world's best. But the French and much of the rest of the EU are lagging behind.
Campaigners say young Europeans need better quality jobs and contracts, after a UN agency documents how hundreds of thousands of young workers risk living in poverty.
Italian prime minister is expected to present a quick reconstruction plan and request more budget flexibility from the EU after this week's tragic earthquake.
The interior minister warns against "stigmatisation" of Muslims after a woman was fined for wearing a scarf and leggings on a beach.
The EU executive supports the former head of the Greek statistic office, who faces criminal charges for accurately reporting deficit figures.
In Brussels, the unthinkable in our supposedly modern societies – unpaid labour – has become the new normal.
Immigration and terrorism top people's concerns in Europe - a shift since the economic crisis. But the EU commission flattered itself in its reading of the latest polls.
By helping refugees being full members of the labour market, unions will adapt to changes in society and will be better prepared to face the future.
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"Personal activism" is worth more than politicians' talk, but a “meek” EU will never win public support, an Irish gay rights campaigner tells EUobserver.
Hate speech, whether homophobic or islamophobic, can prompt violent crime, justice commissioner Vera Jourova has warned in the wake of the Orlando and Jo Cox killings.
Just nine days ahead of British referendum, EU court backs UK government on restricting welfare for EU migrants in a ruling welcomed by the Commission.
EU enlargements failed to deliver basis human rights to Roma minorities, but the philanthropic billionaire hopes current candidates will fare better by learning lessons from previous mistakes.
Europeans get through a huge amount of sugary drinks, causing serious risks to their health, a study backed by anti-obesity campaigners suggests. But southern Europe has seen a marked decline in consumption.
Companies in the EU can ban Muslim employees from wearing headscarves to work, a senior jurist has said in a case involving British security firm G4S.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says Sweden is a model for integration of refugees, but says more should be done to address housing shortages and support those with low labour skills as well as unaccompanied minors.
MPs from 11 countries say that a Commission's proposal to establish equal pay between workers from different countries is EU meddling. The Commission could be forced to review its plan.
The picturesque, multicultural city north of Brussels believes it has the right policy mix to prevent Islamist extremism. It wants the rest of Belgium to follow its example.
Passengers defiantly but nervously came back on Monday the metro station where 16 people where killed on 22 March.
The halls of the European Union may appear far removed from the thick mud of the Giugliano Roma camp, but commissioners must bridge that gap and force Italy to provide adequate housing.
If you think it’s hard for adults to cope with the aftermath of the Brussels terrorist attacks, just think how hard it is for children.
Most hospital staff in Bulgaria and Romania think gay people are mentally ill. A transgender woman was refused surgery by every hospital in Slovakia, a new study shows.
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