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The cost of study in Europe - EUbusiness Week newsletter 678


EUbusiness Week 678 top stories: EU leaders close in on climate change deal; Juncker wins green light for 'last chance' team; Cap on migrants to UK against rules: Barroso; EU hits big banks for bailout war chest; Russia-Ukraine gas talks falter, new meeting next week; EU calls for comment on airline fare remedies

Publisher's Note

Students studying in Europe face widely differing student fees, says a report from the Eurydice education network. This does not exactly improve access to higher education for young Europeans, though this is a key aim of EU policy-makers. Such access improves their chances of getting a good job, and also, says Education Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, "enhances economies, which are in need of the innovation and creativity that talented graduates bring."

English students suffer most as they pay the highest tuition fees in Europe. There are signs of change, however. Germany, who only introduced student tuition fees in 2007, has recently moved the other way, and abolished them.
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Nick Prag
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1. EU leaders close in on climate change deal

European leaders moved closer to a landmark climate change deal Thursday in spite of deep divisions over targets that will set the standard for a UN-backed global treaty in 2015.
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EU appoints Ebola czar

2. Juncker wins green light for 'last chance' team

The Commission's incoming chief Jean-Claude Juncker has vowed to seize the "last chance" for the EU as his team of Commissioners won parliamentary approval to start work on a stalling economy and foreign policy challenges.
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Juncker promises careful look at US trade deal

3. Cap on migrants to UK against rules: Barroso

Limiting the number of migrants to Britain from within the European Union would be against EU law, outgoing Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has warned in London.
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British EU exit would be 'historic mistake'

4. EU hits big banks for bailout war chest

Small European banks, including Germany's powerful regional lenders, will contribute considerably less to a new eurozone rescue fund than the big banking groups that dominate the industry, Commission plans show.
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5. Russia-Ukraine gas talks falter, new meeting next week

EU-brokered crunch talks to resolve the bitter gas price dispute between Russia and Ukraine failed on Tuesday, as a new meeting was set for next week amid fears Moscow could halt crucial energy supplies to Europe this winter.
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6. EU calls for comment on airline fare remedies

The Commission is calling for public comment on measures by Air France, KLM and Delta Airlines to meet concerns about possible overcharging on key international routes.
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Rosneft: Russian oil giant Rosneft and a close associate of President Vladimir Putin are fighting the EU in court over sanctions imposed on some of Russia's biggest companies, an official website has indicated.
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Syria: foreign ministers agreed to expand sanctions against Syria, adding 16 names and two entities to the blacklist for their role in a "brutal war" against their own people.
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EU says 'increased' effort needed to tackle Ebola
Cyprus president ill, to skip EU summit
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Commission Watch

Italy budget: EC head Jose Manuel Barroso sharply criticised Italy on Thursday for publishing a letter from the EU requesting clarifications on Rome's rule-breaking budget.
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Juncker pledges investment package by year-end
EU puts up EUR 24m to find Ebola vaccine
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Parliament Watch

Farage: British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage said he had saved his Parliament group from collapse on Monday after recruiting a Polish legislator from a far-right party.
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DR Congo rape doctor Mukwege wins EU Sakharov prize
British DJ withdraws satirical track for anti-EU party
In plenary this week, MEPs prolonged Ukraine's duty-free access to the EU market; and asked for further details of an EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants.
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