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
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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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.
Jobs, Ukraine, Brexit among tasks for new EU Commission
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.
EU hails Britain's 'robust' growth as eurozone stalls
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
EU to name expert to review Kosovo mission corruption charges
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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.
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
New team: the new Juncker Commission formally took office Saturday,
promising to "get down to work" as Europe faces a host of political and
Juncker drops out of debate on Europe's future
New economic chief Moscovici vows change
Tunisia: fgh fgh fgh g g g g g g ay.
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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