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29 January 2013, 17:10 CET

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

Facts about Croatia

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 December 2014, 05:42 CET |
Filed under: Croatia, vote, FACTS

Croatia goes to the polls Sunday to elect a new president at a time when its economy is among the weakest in the European Union. Here are key facts about the country:

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Croatia's classical composer president seeks second term

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 December 2014, 05:32 CET |
Filed under: Croatia, vote, Josipovic, PROFILE

Croatia's atypical president, Social Democrat Ivo Josipovic, is running for re-election Sunday with an emphasis on the more conventional promise of restoring economic health to the European Union's newest member.

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Turkey still wants to be in Europe 'first division': PM adviser

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 December 2014, 04:22 CET |
Filed under: Turkey, politics, rights, INTERVIEW

Turkey's leaders are committed to EU membership and still aim to play in the "first division" of Europe despite a bitter row over a crackdown on the opposition, a top adviser to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

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Turkey's EU bid suffers heavy but not fatal blow

Turkey's EU bid suffers heavy but not fatal blow

Posted by EUbusiness at 24 December 2014, 03:45 CET |

Turkey's long-running bid to join the European Union has suffered a tough blow amid an acrimonious dispute over a crackdown on opposition media, but analysts say there still remains hope its candidacy is not yet dead in the water.

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EU insists on Hamas terror status after blacklist removal

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 December 2014, 18:45 CET |

The European Union scrambled to set the record straight on Hamas Wednesday after an EU court ordered the removal of the Palestinian Islamist group from its terror blacklist, infuriating Israel.

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Conchita Wurst won't be a 'bitter old drag queen'

Conchita Wurst won't be a 'bitter old drag queen'

Posted by EUbusiness at 14 December 2014, 08:10 CET |
Filed under: INTERVIEW, Austria, music

After a whirlwind year that saw her win the Eurovision Song Contest and perform at the European parliament and United Nations, "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst is headed for the recording studio but doesn't rule out hanging up her stiletto heels in the coming years.

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The end of quotas: a butter future for EU dairy farmers?

The end of quotas: a butter future for EU dairy farmers?

Posted by EUbusiness at 14 December 2014, 23:10 CET |
Filed under: Headline3, agriculture, FOCUS, milk

Thirty years after introducing quotas to combat the butter mountain caused by overproduction, the EU is on the cusp of freeing up the dairy sector amid growing global demand for milk products.

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Stavros Dimas: soft-spoken candidate for Greek president

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 December 2014, 14:27 CET |
Filed under: Greece, politics, economy, PROFILE

Stavros Dimas, the former EU Environment Commissioner nominated for Greek president on Tuesday, is a soft-spoken veteran of the country's bruising political scene.

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Dying to escape crisis-hit Greece

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 December 2014, 04:30 CET |
Filed under: migrants, FEATURE, Macedonia, Greece

Strapped to the underbelly of a train, 23-year-old Ali Arzin from Afghanistan had hoped to cross the border of crisis-hit Greece into Macedonia and eventually reach another EU country.

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Putin's pipeline 'gambit' leaves West unimpressed

Putin's pipeline 'gambit' leaves West unimpressed

Posted by EUbusiness at 04 December 2014, 11:50 CET |

Was he flexing his muscles or beating a retreat? Opinions are divided over Russian President Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement to abandon Moscow's $50 billion South Stream gas pipeline.

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EU's Ebola czar focused on medical boots on the ground

EU's Ebola czar focused on medical boots on the ground

Posted by EUbusiness at 03 December 2014, 23:10 CET |
Filed under: Ebola, INTERVIEW, Health, Headline4

Europe must send more medical boots to West Africa and help rebuild local health systems to help tackle the outbreak of Ebola, the EU's Ebola coordinator said in an interview.

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Romanian PM to face IMF grilling on budget

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 November 2014, 22:20 CET |
Filed under: Romania, government, IMF, budget, FOCUS

Weakened by his defeat in the recent presidential election, Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta faces a new test in talks with the IMF over the 2015 budget in one of the poorest countries in Europe.

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Main points of investment plan to revive EU economy

Main points of investment plan to revive EU economy

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 November 2014, 11:00 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, Commission, economy

New EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled Wednesday an eagerly awaited 315-billion-euro ($393-billion) investment plan to "kickstart" the economy, saying it would show the world that Europe is back in business.

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Juncker's EU investment plan risks disappointing

Juncker's EU investment plan risks disappointing

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 November 2014, 09:50 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, 10:35 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, FOCUS, crisis, Headline4, Russia

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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