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29 January 2013, 18:10 CET

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

German farmers not cowed by end of EU milk quotas

German farmers not cowed by end of EU milk quotas

Posted by EUbusiness at 31 March 2015, 05:50 CET |

Fresh from a massage, the cows turn slowly on a computerised "milking carousel" -- everything is ready at the Heideland farm south of Berlin to ramp up production once European milk quotas end on Wednesday.

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Macedonian political crisis hampers EU membership bid

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 March 2015, 06:22 CET |

Bitter exchanges between Macedonia's government and the opposition, including wiretapping and claims of million-euro bribes, have pushed the Balkan state into a deep crisis that could further hamper its already stalled bid for EU membership.

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Cheap eurozone takeaway fuels Chinese appetites

Cheap eurozone takeaway fuels Chinese appetites

Posted by EUbusiness at 25 March 2015, 04:50 CET |
Filed under: ANALYSIS, China, Headline3, economy, euro

The inexorable decline of the single currency offers ambitious Chinese firms a bargain buffet of eurozone business, analysts say, with this weekend's multibillion deal for Italian tyremaker Pirelli only the latest course in an acquisition binge.

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Pipe dreams? Turkey aims to be gas transit hub

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 March 2015, 17:27 CET |
Filed under: Turkey, Russia, energy, gas, pipeline, FOCUS

Turkey has staked a claim to become a major transit hub with two new pipelines to pump gas from Azerbaijan and Russia to Europe, but boasting may prove easier than fulfilling the ambitious projects.

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Has Bibi outstayed his welcome in the US and Europe?

Has Bibi outstayed his welcome in the US and Europe?

Posted by EUbusiness at 14 March 2015, 12:50 CET |

"Anyone But Bibi." It's the rallying cry of opponents battling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday's elections, but also seems to aptly sum up feelings in both the US and Europe.

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Cyprus pulls back from abyss after traumatic bailout

Cyprus pulls back from abyss after traumatic bailout

Posted by EUbusiness at 13 March 2015, 23:30 CET |
Filed under: Headline3, Cyprus, FOCUS, economy

Two years after its failing banks nearly pushed cash-strapped Cyprus over the edge, the country has pulled back from the abyss, saved by painful austerity and a multi-billion euro rescue package.

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Juncker EU army plan impractical, unpopular: analysts

Juncker EU army plan impractical, unpopular: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 10 March 2015, 04:30 CET |
Filed under: defence, economy, FOCUS, Juncker

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker's call for an EU army to counter a more assertive Russia is impractical and will face strong resistance from many member states, analysts said Monday.

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Syriza will have to 'sacrifice their own' to reform Greece

Syriza will have to 'sacrifice their own' to reform Greece

Posted by EUbusiness at 08 March 2015, 04:45 CET |

Xenia takes a deep breath and says, "other than Germany, there is only one thing keeping Greece down -- corruption, corruption and corruption."

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Greece tries to end shame of migrant 'Guantanamos'

Posted by EUbusiness at 08 March 2015, 03:07 CET |
Filed under: Greece, politics, rights, migrants, FOCUS

Afghan migrant Nazir Gazemi shudders at the thought of the two and a half years he spent in the so-called Greek Guantanamos, the notorious migrant detention camps the country's new government now says it will close.

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US, EU in race to normalize Cuba ties

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 March 2015, 20:35 CET |
Filed under: rights, diplomacy, FOCUS, US, trade, Headline3, Cuba

The EU's talks with Cuba this week on normalizing ties set up a potential rivalry with the United States as businesses on both sides of the Atlantic eye the island's post-thaw potential.

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Europe vies for lost mobile glory against Asia, US

Europe vies for lost mobile glory against Asia, US

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 March 2015, 20:00 CET |
Filed under: show, Telecom, FOCUS, US, mobile, Asia

Once a mobile telecom leader, Europe has lost out in recent years to giant companies in Asia and the United States. Now it wants to get back in the race.

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Swedish art museum uses Romanian street beggars as props

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 March 2015, 07:07 CET |

By putting two Romanian beggars on display in their latest show, Swedish artists meant to raise questions about global inequality but instead find themselves accused of exploiting the poor.

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Ireland looks forward to dairy boom once EU quotas go

Ireland looks forward to dairy boom once EU quotas go

Posted by EUbusiness at 01 March 2015, 16:50 CET |

Four weeks from the lifting of European Union milk quotas, Ireland is looking forward to a radical shake-up of its farming sector that would boost dairy output by 50 percent over the next five years.

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Concern in Britain over diminished role on world stage

Concern in Britain over diminished role on world stage

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 February 2015, 20:45 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, politics, Britain, FOCUS

British lawmakers accused the government of failing to show leadership over Ukraine on Friday in what the opposition Labour party said was "a growing chorus of concern" about Britain's foreign policy.

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Grey technocrat, colourful outsider at centre of 'Grexit' drama

Grey technocrat, colourful outsider at centre of 'Grexit' drama

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 February 2015, 16:10 CET |

For the third time in a little more than a week, 19 European finance ministers gathered in Brussels Friday to try to cut through the rhetoric and hammer out some way for debt-plagued Greece to stay in the euro.

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Accidental exits, vulture funds: what's at stake in a 'Grexit'?

Posted by EUbusiness at 19 February 2015, 18:35 CET |

The arduous negotiations between the EU and Greece over a temporary loan to resolve Athens' bailout crisis has reawakened fears of a "Grexit", or Greek exit from the single currency bloc.

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Facts on Greece's request for six-month EU loan

Posted by EUbusiness at 19 February 2015, 17:05 CET |

Greece on Thursday submitted a last-minute bid to the European Union for a six-month loan assistance until a new austerity-free reform deal can be worked out with its international creditors.

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Greece can survive till summer without EU deal: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 16 February 2015, 21:40 CET |
Filed under: politics, economy, FOCUS, Greece

Cash-strapped Greece can survive financially until the middle of the year after its EU bailout technically ends on February 28, analysts believe, despite the abrupt failure of talks with its eurozone partners on Monday.

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From 'Haircut' to 'Dirty Exit': Greek bailout buzz words

Posted by EUbusiness at 14 February 2015, 03:42 CET |
Filed under: Greece, economy, politics, FACTS

The Greek bailout drama has given rise to a series of buzz words that so rile Athens they have become no-go areas for those attempting to broker a deal.

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Iceland to Italy: Norse seamen battling a tide of human misery

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 February 2015, 04:30 CET |

Nearly 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) from home, the Icelandic coastguard's Tyr lurches wildly as it chases a suspect cargo ship off the coast of Italy in gale force winds.

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