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UK interest is within the EU - EUbusiness Week newsletter 735


19-02-2016

EUbusiness Week 735 top stories: Cameron pleads for 'credible' deal to keep Britain in EU; EU unveils plans to vet energy contracts outside bloc; Thousands march against cheap Chinese steel imports; German growth keeps EU economy steady amid global turmoil; Ikea tax under scrutiny after EUR 1bn underpayment claim; Would eliminating $100, 500 euro banknotes beat crime?

Publisher's Note

Ahead of the decisive European summit on the UK negotiations on EU membership, David Cameron held meetings with many interested parties, including EU leaders and politicians.

The summit's outcome will not change the minds of the anti-European British politicians using austerity and the migrant crisis to further their own interests. But the feeling in Brussels was that the result would enable Mr Cameron to convince the British people of the need to stay in the European Union, and to show that the only way to properly defend British interests is from within Europe. Summit latest:
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Cameron pleads for 'credible' deal to keep Britain in EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron urged his European counterparts at the Brussels summit Thursday to reach a "credible" deal to keep his country from crashing out of the EU and settle the issue for a generation.
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2. EU unveils plans to vet energy contracts outside bloc

The EU has unveiled plans to vet energy contracts that Member States sign with countries outside the bloc as it seeks to cut dependence on Russian gas.
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3. Thousands march against cheap Chinese steel imports

Thousands of European steelmakers descended on the EU capital Brussels on Monday demanding that officials do more to stop the flood of cheap imports from China.
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4. German growth keeps EU economy steady amid global turmoil

Solid growth in powerhouse Germany kept the eurozone economy steady in late 2015 despite the buffeting from global market turmoil and a sharp slowdown in China, data shows, but the outlook is clouded.
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5. Ikea tax under scrutiny after EUR 1bn underpayment claim

The Commission has pledged to study a report claiming that Swedish furniture giant Ikea may have underpaid taxes by one billion euros between 2009 and 2014 due to aggressive tax strategies.
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6. Would eliminating $100, 500 euro banknotes beat crime?

Drug czars and terrorists could find their operations tougher -- or at least their gym bags heftier -- if proposals to eliminate high-value US and European banknotes gain traction.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Austria: the EU told Austria Thursday to reconsider its plans to limit asylum claims which it warned would be "plainly incompatible" with European Union laws.
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Belarus sentences triple murderer to death
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Belarus: foreign ministers agreed Monday to lift nearly all sanctions on Belarus, including against strongman President Alexander Lukashenko, after improvements in the country's human rights record.
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Spain will 'most likely' hold new elections June 26: Rajoy
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Commission Watch

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Parliament Watch

UK: Parliament leaders offered their support over Britain's push for EU reform after meeting Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday, his Downing Street office said.
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