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Brexit hurts not only the UK - EUbusiness Week newsletter 742


EUbusiness Week 742 top stories: Chinese toys, clothing top EU list of unsafe products; EU railway package to boost rail travel in Europe; EU policy for the Arctic unveiled; MEPs vote to end manipulation of benchmark interest rates; EU puts forward new approach for handling refugees; Big variations in jobless across EU regions

Publisher's Note

It is easy to forget that Britain is not the only country that would be damaged by Brexit. Withdrawal by one of the three biggest Member States affects the rest of Europe, too.

Britain is seen by many smaller states as an effective counterbalance to heavyweights France and Germany, writes Czech MEP Tomas Zdechovsky. He welcomes the British contribution to EU reform. He also thinks a Brexit would cause substantial damage the EU as a whole. It is difficult to disagree with him.
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Nick Prag
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1. Chinese toys, clothing top EU list of unsafe products

Toys and clothing top the list of dangerous products for which the EU issued Europe-wide alerts last year, with China remaining the number one country of origin on the EU's alert system.
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2. EU railway package to boost rail travel in Europe

The European Parliament approved Thursday the 'technical pillar' of a comprehensive railway package which aims to make rail travel in Europe more attractive.
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3. EU policy for the Arctic unveiled

The EU has set out a strategy for integrating policies on the Arctic region, focusing on climate change, environmental protection, sustainable development and international cooperation.
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4. MEPs vote to end manipulation of benchmark interest rates

Euro-MPs delivered a boost for financial market stability in the EU Tuesday by voting in a law to ensure robust and transparent benchmark setting.
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5. EU puts forward new approach for handling refugees

Self-reliance and dignity are the themes of a new approach set out by the European Commission on Tuesday for refugees and displaced people coming to the EU.
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6. Big variations in jobless across EU regions

While unemployment rates fell in the majority of EU regions in 2015 compared with the previous year, Eurostat figures show big variations in levels of unemployment across Europe.
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Inside the EU Institutions

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Structural reforms in the Member States - Markets in financial instruments - More attractive and efficient rail services - President Donald Tusk meeting with President of Albania Bujar Nishani - EU-Japan leaders' meeting - press freedom in Turkey - Eurogroup meeting - Eurogroup statement - National insolvency - EU signs the Paris Agreement
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Commission Watch

Migration in the Horn of Africa - COURT: Germany failing to amend VAT rules for travel agents - Poland inadequate assessment of exploratory mining drillings - Germany water pollution caused by nitrates - Netherlands failing to comply with safety and interoperability rules - Port labour: Spain - EC consults on commitments by ISDA and Markit on credit default swaps - new Director-General to EU Publications Office - EU policy for the Arctic - Capital Markets Union progress so far - funding yo address global food crises - list of dangerous products detected in 2015
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Parliament Watch

EU police counter-terrorism drive - Rights of domestic workers & carers - Commission spending for 2014 approved - cross-border custody cases - Interest rates vote to ensure robust and transparent benchmark setting - European railways - EU-Turkey deal - 4th railway package - Safe countries of origin - remembering Chernobyl - Inter-religious dialogue to defeat radicalisation - Towards emission curbs for off-road machinery - Corporate tax information sharing - Plant health: deal to fight influx of pests to the EU
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