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29 January 2013, 17:10 CET

Expert analysis, features and profiles of key topical issues in the European Union.

Jobs, Ukraine, Brexit among tasks for new EU Commission

Posted by EUbusiness at 31 October 2014, 17:45 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, Commission

The new European Commission has a challenging agenda -- launch a 300-billion-euro investment plan, defuse tensions with Russia, conclude a huge US trade deal and keep Britain in the EU.

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Thriving in Poland, Hucul ponies yet to gallop in native Ukraine

Thriving in Poland, Hucul ponies yet to gallop in native Ukraine

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 October 2014, 04:25 CET |

At the foot of the wild Carpathian mountains in Poland near the Ukraine border, both countries are working to protect the Hucul pony, a small native horse breed that was on the brink of extinction just 70 years ago.

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UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU

UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 October 2014, 14:50 CET |
Filed under: Headline1, INTERVIEW, climate

The UN climate summit in 2015 will fail unless the United States sets "a concrete and ambitious" goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard warned.

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25 banks that failed the ECB financial health test

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 October 2014, 16:35 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, banking, ECB, eurozone

Twenty-five banks from 11 eurozone countries failed the European Central Bank (ECB) financial health check.

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Corporate bond-buying scheme 'an option' for ECB: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 22 October 2014, 16:42 CET |
Filed under: ECB, eurozone, bonds, ANALYSIS

Corporate bond purchases would be one option for the European Central Bank to pump cash into the eurozone's flagging economy, analysts said on Wednesday, even as the bank said it had no such plans at present.

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Propaganda, personal struggles turn some young Belgians to jihad

Posted by EUbusiness at 22 October 2014, 05:22 CET |

As chairman of the Annasr mosque, Mimoun Aquichouh personally knows a number of young men who left the small Belgian city of Vilvoorde to wage jihad in Syria.

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Brave healer of DR Congo's most horrific wounds

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 October 2014, 20:07 CET |

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, who won the Sakharov human rights prize Tuesday, has been dubbed "Doctor Miracle" for helping tens of thousands of gang rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Debt crisis demons rattle eurozone markets

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 October 2014, 17:45 CET |

Wild gyrations on the markets this week and the stalling European economy are stark reminders that the spectre of the eurozone debt crisis still looms over the global recovery.

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West to learn if sanctions softened Russia on Ukraine

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 October 2014, 12:57 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, Russia, crisis, US, FOCUS

Western allies should learn in the next few days if their punishing sanctions on Russia have softened its stance on Ukraine enough to justify lifting the drag on Europe's increasingly fragile economic recovery.

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Bad news for eurozone puts Germany, ECB in hot seat

Bad news for eurozone puts Germany, ECB in hot seat

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 October 2014, 23:40 CET |

A raft of grim eurozone data this week alarmed financial markets and placed both Germany's doctrine of budgetary rigour and European Central Bank's monetary policy in the hot seat.

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EU tax probe spotlights Ireland's allure for multinationals

EU tax probe spotlights Ireland's allure for multinationals

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 October 2014, 23:55 CET |

An EU probe into a tax deal between Ireland and Apple is raising pressure for a tightening of a controversial corporate tax system helping the country accelerate away from crisis.

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How Europe is trying to prevent Ebola from spreading

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 October 2014, 20:20 CET |
Filed under: Ebola, WAfrica, Health, FOCUS

European officials have said the risk of Ebola spreading on the continent is highly unlikely, but it has not stopped countries across the region adopting a series of measures to make doubly sure.

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EU well armed to prevent an Ebola epidemic: experts

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 October 2014, 10:10 CET |
Filed under: WAfrica, FOCUS, Health, Ebola, Headline4

The European Union must fill gaps to stop the spread of Ebola now that an infected nurse in Spain has exposed these failings, but it is well armed to prevent an epidemic, EU officials and experts said.

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EU sleepwalking to disaster ahead of jobs summit, warn unions

EU sleepwalking to disaster ahead of jobs summit, warn unions

Posted by EUbusiness at 07 October 2014, 14:30 CET |
Filed under: Headline1, summit, jobs, FOCUS

European Union leaders preparing for Wednesday's emergency jobs summit have been told to change direction or face a political and social crisis triggered by chronic unemployment.

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Irish tech city trembles at Apple tax probe

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 October 2014, 05:15 CET |
Filed under: Apple, business, tax, FOCUS, US, Ireland

Perched on top of a hill overlooking the Irish city of Cork, surrounded by a dated industrial estate, Apple's European headquarters is an unlikely base for the world tech giant -- now under growing scrutiny over its local tax arrangements.

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Bulgaria at a glance

Posted by EUbusiness at 03 October 2014, 07:35 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, factfile, vote, Bulgaria

Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country, holds snap general elections Sunday for the second time in 17 months, likely setting the stage for further political uncertainty.

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Ireland back in spotlight over Apple tax deal

Ireland back in spotlight over Apple tax deal

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 September 2014, 17:40 CET |
Filed under: Apple, companies, tax, FOCUS, Ireland, economy

The prospect of the EU accusing Apple of getting illegal tax breaks in Ireland has reopened a debate on how European countries attract multinational businesses and puts Dublin back in the spotlight.

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Creeping angst in Germany as economists fear best is over

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 September 2014, 23:30 CET |

Germany, which has long seen itself as the star pupil among debt-mired European economies, is heading for a steep decline driven by serious delusions about its own model, prominent experts are warning.

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Sexism, lobbyist, anti-European: EU Commission picks to face grilling

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 September 2014, 04:50 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, Commission

The 28 men and women picked to run the EU for the next five years face a grilling by the European Parliament this week. Here are five candidates under particular pressure as they sit down to face lawmakers.

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Suppliers scramble for alternatives as Russia bans Western food

Posted by EUbusiness at 24 September 2014, 20:05 CET |

In a Moscow supermarket, there are plenty of imported yoghurts, but the 'best-before' date has long expired on most of them. Russia's ban of food exports from Western countries that imposed sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis is biting.

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