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29 January 2013, 18:10 CET

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

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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Switzerland gets the edge on EU with China trade deal

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 July 2014, 23:45 CET |

Switzerland has one-upped its European Union neighbours with a free trade deal with China that its politicians and business sector say is crucial to boosting ties with the world's second-largest economy.

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Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?

Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind?

Posted by EUbusiness at 06 July 2014, 23:15 CET |

While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout.

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Croatia fails to reap fruits one year after joining EU

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 June 2014, 05:40 CET |
Filed under: politics, Croatia, FOCUS, economy

One year ago, Croatia joined the European Union with great fanfare, sparking hopes that membership of the rich 28-nation bloc would transform the fortunes of the tourism-dependent economy.

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Eurozone growth stalls, France lags, deflation threatens

Eurozone growth stalls, France lags, deflation threatens

Posted by EUbusiness at 29 June 2014, 23:35 CET |
Filed under: growth, Headline4, ANALYSIS, finance

Europe's fragile recovery is stalling, a batch of economic data showed this week, with analysts warning that France, with the eurozone's second-biggest economy, could be slipping into another downturn.

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Britain and Cameron in EU danger zone, say experts

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 June 2014, 23:50 CET |
Filed under: Headline1, Britain, summit, FOCUS

David Cameron's failure to prevent Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming the new European Commission president risks pushing Britain out of the EU unless he builds bridges to secure reforms before a 2017 referendum, experts say.

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As Ukraine inks EU deal, Moscow is not giving up

Posted by EUbusiness at 27 June 2014, 21:25 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, politics, Russia, ANALYSIS

The EU's move to sign accords with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia is a major setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the tug-of-war over Moscow's ex-Soviet sphere of influence is far from over, say analysts.

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EU signs 'historic' accords with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova

EU signs 'historic' accords with Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova

Posted by EUbusiness at 27 June 2014, 23:55 CET |

The European Union signed "historic" association accords with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova Friday as the three former Soviet republics pledged themselves to a future in Europe in the face of bitter Russian opposition.

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Cameron faces defeat in bitter EU jobs battle

Cameron faces defeat in bitter EU jobs battle

Posted by EUbusiness at 26 June 2014, 12:30 CET |
Filed under: Headline, politics, summit, FOCUS

Britain's David Cameron headed for defeat at Thursday's EU summit after being abandoned by his allies in a battle over the next European Commission chief likely to mark Europe's future.

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Poland's rising diplomatic star Sikorski in a pickle

Posted by EUbusiness at 25 June 2014, 13:00 CET |
Filed under: media, Poland, FOCUS, US, crime, Britain, politics

Poland's top diplomat, Radoslaw Sikorski, who burnished his credentials in the Ukraine crisis, is now in the spotlight over leaks in which he appears to rubbish Polish-US ties and Britain's prime minister.

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Cameron playing weakened hand after EU Juncker row

Posted by EUbusiness at 25 June 2014, 15:10 CET |

David Cameron's gamble in opposing Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president has burnt bridges with allies and left him with few cards to play before a likely 2017 referendum on Britain leaving the EU, experts say.

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Commissioner Rehn takes one last hit

Posted by EUbusiness at 22 June 2014, 05:40 CET |
Filed under: Rehn, FOCUS, finance

To Olli Rehn, the EU's low-key but hardline economics affairs commissioner, another push against austerity could not have come as much of a surprise.

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