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29 January 2013, 17:10 CET

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

Britain braces for election that could herald EU exit

Posted by EUbusiness at 27 January 2015, 23:50 CET |

Britain on Tuesday marked 100 days until one of the most unpredictable elections in memory, as Prime Minister David Cameron fights to retain power and call a referendum on European Union membership.

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Wary Brussels to seek middle ground with Greece's Tsipras

Wary Brussels to seek middle ground with Greece's Tsipras

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 January 2015, 01:15 CET |
Filed under: Headline, FOCUS, Greece, vote, debt, economy

Greek anti-austerity party Syriza's resounding election win on Sunday leaves the European Union caught between finding a compromise with its leader Alexis Tsipras and making concessions that will be hard to swallow for countries like Germany, analysts said.

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Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote

Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 January 2015, 11:35 CET |

Whoever wins Greece's general election on Sunday, Europe will have to take urgent action to tackle the country's mountain of debt before it buries the rest of the eurozone, analysts say.

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Airline's collapse a new blow to recession-hit Cyprus

Airline's collapse a new blow to recession-hit Cyprus

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 January 2015, 23:30 CET |

The collapse of Cyprus Airways nearly two years after a financial earthquake shattered the economy has dealt a new blow to the recession-hit Mediterranean island, experts said Monday.

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EU divisions could limit post-Paris terror measures

EU divisions could limit post-Paris terror measures

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 January 2015, 23:55 CET |

European nations have pushed for tighter anti-terror controls after last week's Islamist attacks in Paris, but concerns about civil liberties and intelligence sharing may limit their arsenal, analysts said Monday.

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Weighing the costs for Europe if Greece exits the euro

Weighing the costs for Europe if Greece exits the euro

Posted by EUbusiness at 11 January 2015, 23:30 CET |
Filed under: Headline4, economy, FOCUS, Greece

A Greek exit from the eurozone would certainly come at a cost to Europe, but just how expensive would it be? Some analysts are worried that a 'Grexit' could ultimately cost Europe its single currency.

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'Grexit' spectre returns, but eurozone safer: analysts

'Grexit' spectre returns, but eurozone safer: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 December 2014, 18:25 CET |
Filed under: vote, economy, ANALYSIS, Greece

Fears of a Greek euro exit have returned with a bang after Athens called early elections on Monday, but steps taken after the financial crisis should stop the rest of the currency zone imploding, analysts say.

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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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