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20 May 2015, 21:02 CET

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

Spanish port becomes global 'smart city' laboratory

Spanish port becomes global 'smart city' laboratory

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 April 2016, 05:20 CET |

In Spain's historic port of Santander, parking is no longer a headache, rubbish bins never overflow and grass is watered only when needed since this northern resort became a testing ground for "smart cities" around the world.

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British farmer fears losing Brussels lifeline

British farmer fears losing Brussels lifeline

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 April 2016, 06:00 CET |
Filed under: politics, Britain, agriculture, FOCUS

Toby Bulgin's face wrinkles worriedly as he surveys his farm and contemplates the looming vote on Britain's EU membership that could leave his livelihood hanging in the balance.

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Massive logistics operation to implement EU-Turkey migrant deal

Posted by EUbusiness at 04 April 2016, 18:12 CET |
Filed under: Europe, migrants, Turkey, logistics, FACTS

An enormous and complex logistical operation involving thousands of EU and other officials was launched on Monday to ship migrants from Greece back to Turkey under a controversial accord between Brussels and Ankara.

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Steelmakers tell EU to get tough on China dumping

Steelmakers tell EU to get tough on China dumping

Posted by EUbusiness at 31 March 2016, 16:10 CET |

Europe's steelmakers called Thursday for sharply higher anti-dumping tariffs to protect against a flood of cheap Chinese imports, blamed for plunging the future of Britain's biggest steelworks into doubt.

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After Brussels, spies debate security risks of Brexit

After Brussels, spies debate security risks of Brexit

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 March 2016, 12:15 CET |

The Brussels attacks have pushed security to the forefront of Britain's EU referendum campaign this week, as intelligence experts came out of the shadows to press the benefits and disadvantages of membership.

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Don't rock the boat, Gibraltar pleads as Brexit breeds fear

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 March 2016, 04:22 CET |
Filed under: Britain, politics, Spain, Gibraltar, FOCUS

It's early morning and the sun shines down on a line of cars in southern Spain waiting to cross into Britain... or rather its overseas territory Gibraltar where a potential Brexit has set alarm bells clanging.

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Is 'helicopter money' moving on to ECB's radar?

Is 'helicopter money' moving on to ECB's radar?

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 March 2016, 04:15 CET |

It's a concept that conjures up images of European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi donning his flying suit, starting his helicopter and flying out over the eurozone to throw money to the crowds below.

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Lukewarm Labour support risks Cameron's Brexit campaign

Posted by EUbusiness at 18 March 2016, 14:42 CET |
Filed under: Britain, politics, Labour, FOCUS

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron needs left-wing voters to keep Britain in the European Union in a June referendum, but the opposition Labour leader has so far shown little enthusiasm to deliver them.

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Dejected and weary, refugees in Greece choose relocation

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 March 2016, 14:32 CET |

Ten days in the squalid Greek border camp of Idomeni were enough to convince Adel to put his dreams of dashing to Germany on hold and apply for the EU's refugee relocation scheme.

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Germany's populist AfD: from anti-euro to anti-migrant

Posted by EUbusiness at 13 March 2016, 16:50 CET |
Filed under: Europe, migrants, AfD, FACTS, Germany, vote

Populist party "Alternative for Germany" (AfD) began life at the height of Europe's sovereign debt crisis in 2013 on an anti-euro platform.

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'Project Fear' stalks Britain's EU referendum campaign

'Project Fear' stalks Britain's EU referendum campaign

Posted by EUbusiness at 11 March 2016, 16:25 CET |

Prime Minister David Cameron stands accused of unleashing "Project Fear" to try and keep Britain in the EU at a June referendum -- but experts say both camps are resorting to negative campaign tactics to win support.

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Five top European labour reform efforts

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 March 2016, 14:15 CET |
Filed under: France, labour, FACTS, politics, economy

As France saw a wave of protests over proposed labour law reforms on Wednesday, here is a run-down of efforts taken by five major European Union countries in recent years to shake up their struggling job markets:

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Why is eurozone inflation so persistently low?

Why is eurozone inflation so persistently low?

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 March 2016, 23:45 CET |

Despite a raft of different measures by the European Central Bank to kickstart sluggish consumer prices in the eurozone, inflation in the single currency bloc turned negative in February for the first time in five months.

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Europe faces 'existential' threat from migrant crisis, politicians warn

Europe faces 'existential' threat from migrant crisis, politicians warn

Posted by EUbusiness at 04 March 2016, 12:40 CET |
Filed under: Europe, migrants, FOCUS, crisis

The migrant crisis poses possibly the most serious threat to the European Union's existence since the bloc's foundation as the ghosts of nationalism increasingly haunt the post-war dream of unity, political veterans warn.

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Treason at dinner: Tory Brexit rifts turn nasty

Treason at dinner: Tory Brexit rifts turn nasty

Posted by EUbusiness at 04 March 2016, 12:10 CET |

The plot was hatched over a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb: two Conservative heavyweights decided to defy Prime Minister David Cameron over Europe, igniting a feud that is creating a bitter rift in the party.

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UK businesses split over Brexit

UK businesses split over Brexit

Posted by EUbusiness at 03 March 2016, 18:20 CET |

Divisions in Britain's business community over whether to stay in or leave the EU widened Thursday as the car industry backed the remain campaign while small business owners spoke out against the cost of Brussels red tape.

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Barcelona waits for refugees... who aren't coming

Posted by EUbusiness at 27 February 2016, 13:17 CET |
Filed under: Europe, migrants, Spain, social, FOCUS

Half a year after Barcelona launched a municipal plan to welcome refugees fleeing wars in places like Syria and Iraq, Spain's second largest city is still waiting for them to arrive.

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UK's EU referendum highlights pitfalls of polling

UK's EU referendum highlights pitfalls of polling

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 February 2016, 04:50 CET |
Filed under: polls, FOCUS, Britain, politics, Headline4

Who will win? That's the question everyone is asking before Britain's June 23 referendum on whether to leave the European Union -- but pollsters are struggling to provide convincing pointers.

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Boris and Dave: EU vote campaign takes personal turn

Posted by EUbusiness at 22 February 2016, 15:40 CET |
Filed under: politics, Britain, FOCUS, rivals

Boris Johnson's backing for Brexit pits him directly against Prime Minister David Cameron -- an old acquaintance who won the job that many thought the charismatic mayor of London was always destined for.

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Key voices in Britain's EU referendum debate

Posted by EUbusiness at 22 February 2016, 14:15 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, politics, Britain

The rival campaigns for Britain to leave the European Union or stay part of the 28-member bloc are taking shape ahead of the June 23 referendum.

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