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29 January 2013, 18:10 CET

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

Cash-strapped Europe looks to investment 'sleeping beauty'

Cash-strapped Europe looks to investment 'sleeping beauty'

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 September 2014, 05:40 CET |

With the eurozone's moribund economy once more sparking global fears, the region's cash-strapped leaders are now hoping the EU's investment bank can pull the bloc out of the doldrums.

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Ukraine outrage over delay on EU trade deal

Ukraine outrage over delay on EU trade deal

Posted by EUbusiness at 15 September 2014, 20:45 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, FOCUS, trade, Headline2, Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is facing a backlash from his staunchest supporters for bowing to Russian pressure and postponing the implementation of an EU trade deal the two sides plan to ratify Tuesday.

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Europe fears Scottish independence contagion

Europe fears Scottish independence contagion

Posted by EUbusiness at 14 September 2014, 23:05 CET |

The prospect of Scottish independence is raising fears in Europe that it could inflame other separatist movements at a time when the continent's unity and even its borders are under threat, analysts say.

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Fresh sanctions on Russia: who is targeted and why

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 September 2014, 19:20 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, sanctions, US, FACTS, Russia

The European Union and United States announced tough new sanctions on Russian companies and individuals Friday to pressure Moscow to cut its support for secessionist rebels in Ukraine.

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Britain's Hill, from lord to EU financial services chief

Britain's Hill, from lord to EU financial services chief

Posted by EUbusiness at 10 September 2014, 12:40 CET |

Jonathan Hill, nominated the EU's new Financial Services Commissioner, is considered a pragmatic dealmaker hardened by his time at the heart of government during Britain's disastrous exit from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

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Tusk: unflappable Polish leader through crisis after crisis

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 September 2014, 19:02 CET |
Filed under: politics, Poland, Tusk, PROFILE

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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Hungary's Viktor Orban cracks down on 'meddling' NGOs

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 September 2014, 14:57 CET |
Filed under: Hungary, Norway, rights, aid, FOCUS

Critics in the past have accused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of muzzling the press, neutering the opposition and undermining the judiciary. Now foreign-funded non-governmental organisations are feeling the heat.

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Czechs, Slovaks bid to buck EU sanctions drive

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 September 2014, 18:32 CET |

More than 20 years after their communist-era federation split in two, the Czech Republic and Slovakia joined forces this week to lobby the EU to soften up new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict.

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Polish apples hit in sanctions battle, European glut in sight

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 September 2014, 17:42 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, Russia, crisis, Poland, apples, FOCUS

His apple trees are bending under the weight of ripening fruit, yet Polish orchard-owner Ryszard Wozniak is worried: a Russian embargo on apples from Poland, the world's top exporter, has floored prices and could cause a glut on European markets.

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Baltics poised for Obama visit amid high anxiety over Russia

Baltics poised for Obama visit amid high anxiety over Russia

Posted by EUbusiness at 02 September 2014, 18:50 CET |

From Tallinn to Warsaw, Russian moves in Ukraine are sparking grave concern across a region deeply scarred by war and decades of Soviet occupation on the eve of a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama.

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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

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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