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29 January 2013, 18:10 CET

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

Ireland back in spotlight over Apple tax deal

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 September 2014, 17:40 CET |
Filed under: Apple, companies, tax, FOCUS, Ireland, economy

The prospect of the EU accusing Apple of getting illegal tax breaks in Ireland has reopened a debate on how European countries attract multinational businesses and puts Dublin back in the spotlight.

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Creeping angst in Germany as economists fear best is over

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 September 2014, 23:30 CET |

Germany, which has long seen itself as the star pupil among debt-mired European economies, is heading for a steep decline driven by serious delusions about its own model, prominent experts are warning.

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Sexism, lobbyist, anti-European: EU Commission picks to face grilling

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 September 2014, 04:50 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, Commission

The 28 men and women picked to run the EU for the next five years face a grilling by the European Parliament this week. Here are five candidates under particular pressure as they sit down to face lawmakers.

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Suppliers scramble for alternatives as Russia bans Western food

Posted by EUbusiness at 24 September 2014, 20:05 CET |

In a Moscow supermarket, there are plenty of imported yoghurts, but the 'best-before' date has long expired on most of them. Russia's ban of food exports from Western countries that imposed sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis is biting.

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'3,000 European jihadis' now in Syria, Iraq

'3,000 European jihadis' now in Syria, Iraq

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 September 2014, 21:00 CET |
Filed under: ANALYSIS, Syria, Headline3, Iraq, conflict

The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has jumped by a third to around 3,000 in a few months, the EU counter terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove said on Tuesday.

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Cash-strapped Europe looks to investment 'sleeping beauty'

Cash-strapped Europe looks to investment 'sleeping beauty'

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 September 2014, 23:50 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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