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Je suis Charlie - EUbusiness Week newsletter 687


EUbusiness Week 687 top stories: Latvia to grapple with Russia as EU president; Lithuania smoothly transitions to euro; EU hopes for 'skeleton' of US trade deal by year-end; Eurozone in deflation territory as prices plunge; Hollande shifts position on Tobin tax; EU risks China solar power row flare-up

Publisher's Note

With flags flying at half-mast, European Council, Commission and Parliament officials on Thursday expressed their solidarity with the victims of this week's murderous attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Council president Donald Tusk condemned "a brutal attack against our fundamental values and against the freedom of expression, a pillar of our democracy". Freedom of the press and of expression are key shared values of European society. An attack on these is an attack on democracy. Our thoughts are with the families and employees at Charlie Hebdo.
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Nick Prag
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1. Latvia to grapple with Russia as EU president

Latvia took over as European Union president on 1 January, putting it in the front line of negotiations with neighbouring Russia over the deadly crisis in Ukraine.
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Russia 'more open' to Ukraine solution

2. Lithuania smoothly transitions to euro

Lithuania welcomed the New Year and a new currency on 1 January, when it became the last Baltic nation to adopt the euro in a bid to boost stability despite fears of inflation and eurozone debt woes.
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Lithuania and the euro

3. EU hopes for 'skeleton' of US trade deal by year-end

The EU says it is hoping the "skeleton" of the controversial free trade deal with the United States will be ready by the end of this year, lowering sights set at last month's summit.
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US resumes Irish beef imports, first step to lifting EU ban

4. Eurozone in deflation territory as prices plunge

The eurozone slipped into deflationary territory for the first time since 2009 after prices dropped in December, Eurostat figures show, challenging the ECB to take action to avert a new economic crisis in Europe.
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5. Hollande shifts position on Tobin tax

French President Francois Hollande shifted position Monday on implementing a long-sought financial transactions tax in Europe and said the money should go towards projects aimed at mitigating climate change.
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6. EU risks China solar power row flare-up

The EU has risked reopening a bitter feud with China over solar panel manufacturing after confirming it has launched a fresh trade probe into a key part of the sector.
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Russia: the EU said a Russian court's conviction of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother seemed to be politically motivated, while calling for restraint during any protests against the verdict.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

UK, Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that EU countries needed to address abuse of the freedom of movement between member states, as she sought common ground with Britain's David Cameron.
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EU to set up expert cell to fight jihadist propaganda
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Commission Watch

Eurozone: a country's membership in the eurozone is "irrevocable", a Commission spokeswoman said on Monday when asked about Greece's possible exit from the single currency union following elections this month.
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Juncker announces new EUR 1.8 bn in Ukraine aid
EU criticises Israel on Palestinian tax freeze
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Parliament Watch

Greece: Parliament president Martin Schulz on Wednesday accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of "irresponsible speculation" over suggestions that Greece may be allowed to exit the euro if the far-left wins elections this month.
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This week Parliament's Conference of Presidents discussed ideas for reforming the EU's 'own resources' funding system; and Trade committee chair Lange welcomed publication of the TTIP texts.
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