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20 May 2015, 21:02 CET

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

Europe migrant terror threat overblown: experts

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 May 2015, 16:32 CET |

The arrest in Italy of a terror suspect posing as a boat migrant has fuelled nightmare scenarios of jihadist infiltration of Europe, but experts say the threat is overblown and attacks by homegrown extremists are more likely.

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UK's Cameron to start EU talks ahead of referendum

UK's Cameron to start EU talks ahead of referendum

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 May 2015, 15:25 CET |
Filed under: Headline, Britain, summit, FOCUS

Prime Minister David Cameron will start face-to-face discussions at a summit Friday with European partners on renegotiating Britain's position in the European Union ahead of an in-out referendum by 2017.

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Ex-Soviet Georgia urges EU progress, despite Russian pressure

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 May 2015, 04:32 CET |

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has warned European Union leaders against letting Russian aggression in Ukraine undermine the bloc's project of building closer links with ex-Soviet nations.

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Lessons for Mediterranean? Euro force hunting Somali pirates

Lessons for Mediterranean? Euro force hunting Somali pirates

Posted by EUbusiness at 19 May 2015, 05:50 CET |
Filed under: piracy, FOCUS, Djibouti, Somalia, navy

The hulking P-3C Orion aircraft prepares to take off from a military base in the Horn of African nation of Djibouti, on the latest mission hunting pirates off Somalia's coast.

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Bundesbank urges German banks to re-think business model

Posted by EUbusiness at 18 May 2015, 16:57 CET |
Filed under: Germany, bank, banking, ECB, INTERVIEW

Germany's banking sector proved its strength during the financial crisis, but needs to examine its business model to increase stability in the future, Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret told AFP in an interview.

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European battle brewing over 'blood metals'

European battle brewing over 'blood metals'

Posted by EUbusiness at 17 May 2015, 16:45 CET |

Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.

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EU migrant quotas: how many would countries take?

Posted by EUbusiness at 13 May 2015, 19:50 CET |
Filed under: Europe, FACTS, migrants, quotas

The EU unveiled a plan Wednesday for dealing with an unprecedented wave of migrants, including controversial plans for binding quotas across Member States.

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Uncertainty over UK role in EU could choke Asian investment: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 13 May 2015, 06:30 CET |

Uncertainty over Britain's future in Europe is unsettling Asian investors, analysts say, warning if voters opt in a referendum to leave the EU, the United Kingdom would lose a major drawcard for attracting foreign money.

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Cameron could hold British EU membership vote in 2016

Cameron could hold British EU membership vote in 2016

Posted by EUbusiness at 11 May 2015, 20:00 CET |

David Cameron could bring forward a referendum on Britain's EU membership to next year instead of 2017 to cut short an impending battle on two fronts -- in Brussels and against Eurosceptics in his own camp.

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Greece's daunting debt repayment schedule

Posted by EUbusiness at 11 May 2015, 16:52 CET |
Filed under: Greece, economy, debt, ECB, IMF, FACTS

Struggling Greece, which goes into another crucial eurozone meeting on Monday hoping for a loan breakthrough from its international creditors, faces a daunting debt repayment schedule to August.

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Looming battle with EU tops new British government agenda

Looming battle with EU tops new British government agenda

Posted by EUbusiness at 11 May 2015, 12:05 CET |

Prime Minister David Cameron had barely toasted his surprise election victory before attention turned to Britain's future in Europe and the onerous task of quelling rebellious eurosceptics within party ranks.

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French president's historic Cuba trip leads EU detente

Posted by EUbusiness at 09 May 2015, 03:40 CET |
Filed under: diplomacy, France, FOCUS, Cuba

Francois Hollande will become the first French president to visit Cuba in more than a century on Monday, cementing Paris's leading role in the European Union's rapprochement with the communist island.

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Syriza's 100 days: a slow reckoning with financial reality

Syriza's 100 days: a slow reckoning with financial reality

Posted by EUbusiness at 05 May 2015, 17:05 CET |

It promised to turn the page on five years of austerity that brought Greece to its knees, but the first 100 days of the radical government of Alexis Tsipras has seen that hope disappear into the yawning gulf between it and the country's creditors.

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EU, NATO try to counter Russian propaganda

Posted by EUbusiness at 02 May 2015, 23:50 CET |

Western powers are getting set to counter an expertly crafted Russian disinformation campaign over Ukraine which has left them wrong-footed too many times for comfort.

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EU lawyers must prioritise jihadist cases: counter-terror chief

EU lawyers must prioritise jihadist cases: counter-terror chief

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 April 2015, 18:10 CET |

European countries must prioritise which jihadists to pursue in court if they are to avoid being overwhelmed by the case-load, the EU's counter-terrorism chief told AFP in an interview.

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As UK election looms, Ireland fears 'Brexit'

As UK election looms, Ireland fears 'Brexit'

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 April 2015, 04:00 CET |

With elections looming in Britain, the Irish government has taken the unusual step of beginning a campaign to warn its biggest trading partner against leaving the European Union.

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Uncle of Syria's Assad in French probe over EUR 90m fortune

Posted by EUbusiness at 27 April 2015, 03:40 CET |

The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is under investigation in France for amassing a 90-million-euro fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria "with nothing" 30 years ago.

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The Mediterranean: key route for EU-bound migrants

The Mediterranean: key route for EU-bound migrants

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 April 2015, 18:55 CET |

Out of the 283,000 migrants caught illegally entering the European Union in 2014, more than 220,000 arrived via the Mediterranean Sea, according to EU officials.

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US website Politico lands in Brussels with eye to 'disrupt' EU

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 April 2015, 22:32 CET |
Filed under: US, media, FOCUS

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker reeling in pain from a sudden bout of kidney stones or a shortage of hotel rooms in Brussels forcing critical Greek debt talks to Paris?

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Will latest migrant drama prod Europe into action?

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 April 2015, 20:52 CET |

EU nations have long had the recipes for managing migrant flows and sharing out the burden of illegal migration but have lacked the political will for action despite multiple dramas in the Mediterranean, critics say.

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