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22 May 2014, 17:09 CET

Tax dodgers under fire

Posted by Nick Prag at 17 November 2017, 00:15 CET |
Filed under: Tax

Luxleaks, the Panama Papers, and now the Paradise Papers. Enough tax dodging to build quite a few hospitals, schools and other infrastructure. Yet the speed and enthusiasm with which EU governments have rushed to tackle tax evasion and avoidance underwhelmed MEPs this week.

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The resilience of European tourism

Posted by Nick Prag at 29 September 2017, 00:17 CET |
Filed under: Tourism

World Tourism Day on 27th September exists to foster awareness internationally of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The UN designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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EU's priority is a positive agenda for the 27, not Brexit

Posted by Nick Prag at 18 May 2017, 23:00 CET |

There was much talk this week of the beginning of a fightback against the populists in Europe.

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Who was celebrating Europe Day this year?

Posted by Nick Prag at 11 May 2017, 23:20 CET |
Filed under: Institutions

In the UK the only official Europe Day event took place in Scotland, which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in last year's Brexit referendum. And a large EU flag was hung from Maidenhead Bridge near here.

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French elections threat to Europe's future

Posted by Nick Prag at 05 May 2017, 00:00 CET |
Filed under: Culture, France

A new museum of European history opens to the public on 6 May, a day before Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron play their final duel in the second round of the French presidential election.

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Time to revaluate the EU's relationship with Turkey

Posted by Nick Prag at 28 April 2017, 00:35 CET |
Filed under: Turkey

With concerns mounting over the state of democracy in Turkey, the European Parliament this week debated options for future relations with the long-standing candidate for EU membership.

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Fake news wins elections

Posted by Nick Prag at 21 April 2017, 12:15 CET |
Filed under: Media

As elections take centre stage in Europe, the issue of fake news and the proliferation of deliberate misinformation on the Internet become a central issue.

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Troubled times incite intolerance

Posted by Nick Prag at 09 March 2017, 17:15 CET |

International Women's Day Wednesday was an occasion for the EU to reaffirm its strong commitment to gender equality.

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Solutions for Europe's future that the public can understand

Solutions for Europe's future that the public can understand

Posted by Nick Prag at 16 February 2017, 23:25 CET |
Filed under: Institutions

The European Parliament responded to the pressing challenges facing the EU by approving three resolutions Thursday which explored the future development of the EU.

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Europe first

Posted by Nick Prag at 19 January 2017, 18:10 CET |

In a week in which U.S. president Donald Trump starts work on "making American great again", Europe debated its own future in the European Parliament this week.

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Putin the real winner from Trump-Brexit axis

Posted by Nick Prag at 20 December 2016, 00:15 CET |
Filed under: Brexit, Britain, USA, Russia

This year has been a dispiriting one for the EU. The implications of the votes on Brexit and the American presidency for Europe's economy and its security are still being evaluated.

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US-EU data transfer deal set for speedy implementation

Posted by Nick Prag at 01 December 2016, 22:30 CET |
Filed under: USA, Data protection

The European Parliament gave its final green light to the historic EU-U.S. Data Protection 'Umbrella Agreement' on Thursday, despite concerns over whether president-elect Donald Trump might be less keen on its implementation.

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Brexit II horror movie opens in the U.S.

Brexit II horror movie opens in the U.S.

Posted by Nick Prag at 10 November 2016, 21:35 CET |
Filed under: Brexit, Britain, USA

Brexit II, sequel to the first Brexit horror movie shot in the United Kingdom, opened in the United States this week to shock and derision from most critics, though to some acclaim in Russia.

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Europe need not be afraid of data

Posted by Nick Prag at 29 September 2016, 17:15 CET |
Filed under: Data protection, Internet

"Europe should not be afraid of data" said EU Commissioner Andrus Ansip at the Digital Assembly 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia this week.

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Progress not possible without international cooperation

Posted by Nick Prag at 09 June 2016, 23:05 CET |

Looking at the various developments in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg this week, it is clear that the only way to progress in this globalised world is through international cooperation.

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High marks for investment plan creating jobs & growth in Europe

Posted by Nick Prag at 02 June 2016, 23:05 CET |
Filed under: Finance

The European Commission this week announced it would build on the successful first year of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), extending it beyond 2018.

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Single market gaps exposed by geo-blocking plan

Posted by Nick Prag at 26 May 2016, 23:30 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, Consumer

Geo-blocking, refusing to sell to people living in other EU countries, is to be outlawed under plans to boost e-commerce in Europe. But what this proposal does is to expose the many remaining gaps in the Single Market.

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MEPs defend EU industry against China's unfair trade practices

MEPs defend EU industry against China's unfair trade practices

Posted by Nick Prag at 12 May 2016, 22:25 CET |
Filed under: China, Trade

It was perhaps not too surprising that the European Parliament in plenary this week voted against granting Market Economy Status to China.

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Greenpeace leaks increase pressure for TTIP transparency

Posted by Nick Prag at 05 May 2016, 16:00 CET |
Filed under: Trade, US, TTIP

The EU is under increasing pressure to be more open about what is being negotiated under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), following leaks by Greenpeace of classified documents from the TTIP trade talks.

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Turning the Paris agreement on climate change into action

Posted by Nick Prag at 21 April 2016, 19:35 CET |
Filed under: Environment

Following the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change in New York Friday, the hard work begins to ratify and implement it in the EU's 28 Member States.

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