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Tough talk at China summit - EUbusiness Week newsletter 753


EUbusiness Week 753 top stories: Steel, market economy the focus for EU-China summit; Spain, Portugal face EU sanctions over excessive deficits; Google's ad practices come under renewed EU fire; MEPs vote for stronger gun control; EU, Monaco sign deal on tax transparency; Latvia tops Europe's innovation scoreboard

Publisher's Note

At the EU-China summit in Beijing this week, EU president Tusk made clear that "rule-based international order is in our common interest", underlining the importance of collaboration in tackling global issues. There was candid discussion over Europe's steel industry, market economy status for China and human rights, and the EU deficit on trade in goods (EUR 180 bn in 2015). But as two of the three biggest economies in the world, the EU and China share a strong interest in comprehensive partnership. Nice It is with shock and sadness that we hear of another unspeakable terrorist attack on innocent people in the beautiful city of Nice. We express our deep sympathy with the victims and their families and the people of France.

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. Steel, market economy the focus for EU-China summit

EU finance ministers have backed sanctions against Spain and Portugal for failing to correct their excessive deficits according to their recommendations.
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2. Spain, Portugal face EU sanctions over excessive deficits

The Commission looks to have given in to political pressure and sent the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada to EU governments for signature.
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3. Google's ad practices come under renewed EU fire

Google's comparison shopping and ads-related practices breach EU rules, the Commission said Thursday as it sent two statements of objections to the Internet search giant.
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4. MEPs vote for stronger gun control

Euro-MPs, debating in committee on a draft update of the EU firearms directive, voted Wednesday to introduce stronger controls on 'blank-firing' guns, to prevent them being converted to fire live ammunition.
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5. EU, Monaco sign deal on tax transparency

The European Union continued its efforts to clamp down on tax evasion Tuesday, signing an agreement with Monaco aimed at improving tax compliance by private savers.
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6. Latvia tops Europe's innovation scoreboard

EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the US, with Latvia the fastest growing innovator, according to the 2016 European Innovation Scoreboard released on Thursday.
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Islamic headscarf: a French company policy requiring an employee to remove her Islamic headscarf when in contact with clients is unlawful discrimination, according to the opinion of the EU Court's advocate-general.
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Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

EU-NATO joint declaration - Middle East Quartet report
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Commission Watch

Capital Markets Union - Innovation performance - Agri-food trade report 2015- Google comparison shopping - humanitarian aid for Sahel - EU visa reciprocity mechanism - EU Resettlement Framework - EU and Monaco tax transparency
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Parliament Watch

Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector - refugee camps in Calais - gun control rules - refugee crisis - Slovak Presidency priorities - Euro zone budget
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EU diary

18 Jul: Foreign Affairs Council
18 Jul: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
22 Jul: Commission adopts monthly infringements package
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EU Decision-Making
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Round 14 of EU - US trade talks under way 12-Jul

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