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Britain in EU firing line - EUbusiness Week newsletter 680


EUbusiness Week 680 top stories: Luxembourg, Juncker under fire after global tax leaks; Eurozone growth outlook slashed in new blow to recovery; ECB takes up eurozone banking watchdog role; EU misspent nearly EUR 7 bn last year; Hungary paves way for gas pipeline in defiance of EU; EU migrants benefit to British public finances: study

Publisher's Note

Britain's PM came in for a bit of an EU bashing this week.

First Angela Merkel said she would rather see the UK leave the Union than compromise over free movement. Then UCL researchers found that EU migrants, far from being a drain on finances, paid GBP 20bn into UK coffers. Finally new EC president Juncker used his first press conference to attack Mr Cameron's attitude towards the EU and its leaders.

Mr Juncker's arrival seems to herald a stronger, more political Commission. It looks also as if Europeans leaders may finally have lost patience with the UK's EU-bashing.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. Luxembourg, Juncker under fire after global tax leaks

Luxembourg and its former premier Jean-Claude Juncker, now head of the Commission, came under fire Thursday after leaked documents showed the tiny nation gave hundreds of global firms huge tax breaks.
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2. Eurozone growth outlook slashed in new blow to recovery

The EU sharply cut its growth forecasts for the eurozone on Tuesday, warning that France and Italy remain huge problems for the sluggish European economy that is becoming a worry worldwide.
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3. ECB takes up eurozone banking watchdog role

The European Central Bank assumed its role Tuesday as Europe's banking watchdog under a new system aimed at shoring up the financial system to ward off another euro-threatening crisis.
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4. EU misspent nearly EUR 7 bn last year

The Union misspent nearly 7 billion euros in 2013, the European Court of Auditors said Wednesday, warning that Brussels must focus on getting better results for its money.
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5. Hungary paves way for gas pipeline in defiance of EU

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban reaffirmed support for Russia's controversial South Stream gas pipeline, shortly after Budapest approved a law seen as a green light for its construction in defiance of EU policy.
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6. EU migrants benefit to British public finances: study

European immigrants to Britain paid more in taxes than they received in benefits over the last decade, according to research, amid a heated debate over EU migration.
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Syria: the governor of the Central Bank of Syria can travel to France to visit family even though he is on the European Union's sanctions list, a top EU court found Wednesday.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

UK: finance ministers said Thursday they were hopeful of ending the row over demands for back payments from Britain, with paying the bill in instalments a likely option.
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Euro ministers show 'strong support' for Greece credit line
For Merkel, EU migration rules 'non-negotiable'
Euro crisis firms German power, 25 years after Berlin Wall
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Commission Watch

New team: the new Juncker Commission formally took office Saturday, promising to "get down to work" as Europe faces a host of political and economic challenges.
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Juncker drops out of debate on Europe's future
New economic chief Moscovici vows change
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Parliament Watch

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In committee this week, MEPs charted the course of climate change talks from Lima to Paris; discussed the humanitarian disaster of Ebola in Africa; and said EU accounts should measure achievements of EU-funded projects, not just payment errors.
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EU diary

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