Although the value of the Euro has fallen by 18% compared to the dollar due to deficit problems in countries like Greece and Spain, prices of products imported into the U.S. from Europe have not fallen in a comparable fashion. This paper looks at exchange rates and other factors which may be affecting prices. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics
This report examines various responses by EU countries to the financial crisis, the regulatory changes attempted at the country and EU levels, and the problems encountered. Focuses on Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists
Calls attention to the inadequacy of copyright and intellectual property protection measures in five countries: Canada, China, Mexico, Russia and Spain. From the Anti-Piracy Caucus of Congress.
Discusses the opportunities, potential benefits, and challenges to implementing high speed rail in the U.S., the components of a high speed rail system, high speed rail in Japan, France, Germany, Spain, and China, the background of intercity passenger rail in the U.S., and recent congressional initiatives to promote high speed rail. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
Reviews factors affecting the economic viability of high speed passenger rail, challenges in developing and financing high speed rail systems, and the federal role in developing U.S. high speed rail. Also reviews high speed rail development in France, Spain, and Japan. From the Government Accountability Office
A list covering hundreds of instances in which the U.S. has sent troops abroad, including the 11 instances in which the U.S. has formally declared war, encompassing five wars: the 1812 War with Great Britain, the war with Mexico in 1846, the war with Spain in 1898, and the 1st and 2nd World Wars. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
Presents comparative levels and trends in real gross domestic product for 16 countries, including Spain for the first time. Also includes Ireland for illustrative purposes. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Islam is the fastest growing religion and Muslims are the largest religious minority group in Europe. This report examines the methods used by the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Germany to integrate the Muslim community into their society, including citizenship laws, education, anti-discrimination measures, and treatment of religious institutions. From the Congressional Research Service via the Federation of American Scientists.