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29 January 2013, 18:10 CET

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

Game of EU thrones nears finale

Posted by EUbusiness at 31 August 2014, 19:32 CET |
Filed under: economy, diplomacy, ANALYSIS

The EU's "game of thrones" is nearing an end after the naming of a new president and diplomatic chief, with the rest of the incoming Brussels regime set to be decided in coming weeks.

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The EU's top three jobs

Posted by EUbusiness at 31 August 2014, 14:50 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, summit

European Union leaders agreed Saturday to appoint Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to head the European Council and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to lead the bloc's high-profile foreign affairs arm.

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Mogherini: Italy's young rising star

Mogherini: Italy's young rising star

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 August 2014, 20:50 CET |
Filed under: PROFILE, politics, Mogherini, Italy

Italy's Federica Mogherini, named the European Union's new foreign policy chief on Saturday, is a member of what Prime Minister Matteo Renzi calls the up-and-coming "Erasmus generation".

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Tusk: unflappable leader who has steered Poland through crisis after crisis

Tusk: unflappable leader who has steered Poland through crisis after crisis

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 August 2014, 20:45 CET |
Filed under: PROFILE, politics, Poland, Tusk

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a pro-European free marketeer who has earned the reputation of being an unflappable leader able to turn even the most difficult situations to his advantage.

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Russian gas cut to Ukraine unlikely to hurt Europe: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 August 2014, 20:45 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, gas, FOCUS, Russia

Moscow's latest warning that Europe could run short of Russian gas this winter lacks credibility, analysts say, as the prospect of new Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis rises.

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New Turkish top diplomat: pro-EU Erdogan ally with daunting task

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 August 2014, 16:27 CET |

Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was on Friday named as the new Turkish foreign minister, is a strong supporter of Turkey's integration with the European Union as well as part of the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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New Turkish top diplomat: pro-EU Erdogan ally

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 August 2014, 13:12 CET |

Mevlut Cavusoglu, who was on Friday named as the new Turkish foreign minister, is a strong supporter of Turkey's integration with the European Union as well as part of the inner circle of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Tax fraud drains potential from Romanian economy: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 24 August 2014, 07:55 CET |
Filed under: Romania, fraud, tax, FOCUS, economy

Tax evasion is eating away at the heart of Romania and holding back the country, among the poorest in the European Union, in its efforts to catch up, analysts warn.

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Sicilian hilltop houses on sale for one euro, great view included

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 August 2014, 17:45 CET |

It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, once home to Italian peasants and their donkeys, are up for sale for just one euro.

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Russian food embargo a big blow for EU producers

Posted by EUbusiness at 07 August 2014, 19:45 CET |

Russia's embargo against food from the European Union will affect 10 per cent of the EU's food exports and may cause a crisis of glut in Europe, industry experts said on Thursday.

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European business already feeling chill of Ukraine crisis

Posted by EUbusiness at 31 July 2014, 17:55 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, sanctions, FOCUS, Russia, economy

Even before sanctions against Moscow start to bite, European companies doing business in Russia have been feeling the pinch and many fear worse to come, CEOs and analysts said Thursday.

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Clock ticks on Lithuania 2015 euro move as others eye security

Clock ticks on Lithuania 2015 euro move as others eye security

Posted by EUbusiness at 27 July 2014, 23:50 CET |

Lithuania won the EU's final green light this week to join the eurozone in 2015, completing a Baltic embrace of Europe's checkered single currency as security concerns over Russia nudge other reluctant eastern candidates towards adoption.

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Pro-Russia charge against FM Mogherini riles Italy

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 July 2014, 14:50 CET |
Filed under: summit, Italy, FOCUS, Russia

Italy reacted with disbelief on Thursday to charges that Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini would be too pro-Russian as the European Union's next foreign policy chief because of Italy's economic ties with Moscow.

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Bulgaria under fire over anti-refugee border fence

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 July 2014, 08:35 CET |

Overwhelmed by an influx of mostly Syrian immigrants, Bulgaria has taken steps to secure its EU border -- including building a barbed-wire fence -- but now faces criticism from rights groups.

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Cameron's eurosceptic reshuffle boosts 'Brexit' risk: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 16 July 2014, 05:20 CET |
Filed under: politics, Britain, ANALYSIS

David Cameron has dramatically hardened his government's eurosceptic stance for a battle with Brussels, but may have weakened his hand while increasing the risk that Britain could crash out of the EU, analysts said.

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EU top jobs jigsaw puzzle falls into place

Posted by EUbusiness at 15 July 2014, 15:40 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, Headline1, politics, diplomacy

EU leaders are set to tackle the jigsaw of the bloc's top jobs after the European Parliament approved former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission Tuesday.

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Juncker: veteran EU insider

Posted by EUbusiness at 15 July 2014, 15:40 CET |
Filed under: PROFILE, parliament, Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker, approved by the European Parliament Tuesday to head the European Commission, is a veteran EU insider versed in the art of getting things done in the labyrinth of the bloc.

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Britain's Hammond, 'quiet man' who could make noise in Europe

Britain's Hammond, 'quiet man' who could make noise in Europe

Posted by EUbusiness at 15 July 2014, 12:50 CET |
Filed under: PROFILE, politics, Britain, Hammond

Philip Hammond, named Britain's new foreign secretary on Tuesday, is an arch-eurosceptic who wants to leave the European Union unless London retakes significant powers from Brussels.

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New Commission likely to be stacked with 'men in grey suits'

New Commission likely to be stacked with 'men in grey suits'

Posted by EUbusiness at 13 July 2014, 05:05 CET |
Filed under: Juncker, Headline, FOCUS, politics, women

The EU boasts several powerful women but the top jobs being decided for its European Commission are likely to be overwhelmingly filled by men.

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Italy appeals for help in migrant rescues

Posted by EUbusiness at 08 July 2014, 10:05 CET |
Filed under: refugee, Italy, FOCUS, immigration

Faced by a flood of would-be migrants heading for Europe's shores in rickety boats, the officers running the Italian navy's rescue operation are desperate for help.

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