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29 January 2013, 17:10 CET

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

Juncker's EU investment plan risks disappointing

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 November 2014, 03:47 CET |

New European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker has made a 300-billion-euro investment plan a centrepiece of his five-year agenda, but days before a highly awaited unveiling doubts are rife that it can deliver.

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EU learns lessons a year after start of Ukraine crisis

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 November 2014, 03:32 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, Russia, crisis, FOCUS

When Ukraine pulled out of its association agreement with the European Union a year ago, kicking off its revolution, it took Brussels by surprise.

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Ukraine minister urges EU to send 'clear message' to Russia

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 November 2014, 13:40 CET |
Filed under: INTERVIEW, Klimkin, Ukraine, Russia

The EU must speak with one voice to Russia over Ukraine and be ready to send a "clear message" it will impose more sanctions if necessary, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told AFP in an interview on Monday.

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Italy under pressure over Roma camps squalor, corruption

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 November 2014, 16:25 CET |

As beetles scurry across the cracked and worn floor in the "Best House Rom", it is not hard to see why Italy has got into trouble with the EU over its treatment of ethnic Roma.

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Malta's maritime Good Samaritans need some charity

Posted by EUbusiness at 13 November 2014, 11:20 CET |

The way she tell its, Regina Catrambone is just a regular Italian Catholic.

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Estonia aiming to be a global e-commerce superpower

Estonia aiming to be a global e-commerce superpower

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 November 2014, 23:40 CET |
Filed under: Estonia, business, FOCUS, IT, Internet, economy

The small Baltic country of Estonia hopes digital innovation will turn it into a global superpower in e-commerce by offering foreigners e-residency IDs, and opening the door to doing business online throughout the European Union.

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ICIJ: blowing the whistle on corporate tax schemes

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 November 2014, 20:35 CET |
Filed under: companies, tax, US, Luxembourg, FACTS

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which on Thursday revealed a massive tax avoidance system organised by Luxembourg, is a collective of journalists spanning more than 60 countries seeking to root out cross border crime, corruption and power abuses.

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EU's new economic chief Moscovici vows 'change'

EU's new economic chief Moscovici vows 'change'

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 November 2014, 16:40 CET |

The EU's new top team must be a "commission of change" in order to boost the stalling economy, says new economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, signalling a departure from years of austerity.

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Salvini seeks to fill Berlusconi boots on Italy's right

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 November 2014, 06:50 CET |
Filed under: politics, Italy, FOCUS

Italy has a rising star: Matteo Salvini, head of the Euro-sceptic Northern League, is scoring high in the polls as he bids to fill the political vacuum on the right left by Silvio Berlusconi.

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Euro crisis firms German power, 25 years after Berlin Wall

Euro crisis firms German power, 25 years after Berlin Wall

Posted by EUbusiness at 03 November 2014, 10:35 CET |

"We beat the Germans twice and now they're back," then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher reportedly said after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, expressing her fears a reunited Germany would grow to dominate Europe.

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With focus on eurosceptics, Cameron risks 'Brexit'

Posted by EUbusiness at 01 November 2014, 06:37 CET |

British Prime Minister David Cameron is increasingly hawkish on Europe ahead of a key election battle but his policies seem rudderless and could make an EU exit more likely, analysts said.

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Jobs, Ukraine, Brexit among tasks for new EU Commission

Posted by EUbusiness at 31 October 2014, 23:55 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, Commission, Headline3

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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