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Expert analysis, features and profiles of key topical issues in the European Union.

Hard Brexit threatens UK collapse

Posted by EUbusiness at 14 June 2017, 23:25 CET |
Filed under: Brexit, Britain, FEATURE

Following the Conservative’s General Election win, Treasury figures warning that a hard BREXIT could cost up to £66bn are just the tip of the iceberg, says Professor Nada Kakabadse, Head of Marketing and Reputation at Henley Business School.

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The UK and European energy co-operation post-Brexit

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 27 April 2017, 13:40 CET |

The UK Government has said that Britain will not seek to remain part of the Single Market post-Brexit. However, sectoral deals to retain access to parts of the Single Market have not been ruled out.

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Brexit Toblerone Jenga

Posted by EUbusiness at 15 December 2016, 15:40 CET |
Filed under: FEATURE

When faced with seismic pressures that may affect the very market position your products and brands hold, how does a manufacturer respond?

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Brexit: a WTO issue first and foremost

Posted by EUbusiness at 28 September 2016, 23:05 CET |
Filed under: Brexit, Britain, FEATURE

100 days on from the fateful UK referendum, the only thing agreed on is the huge complexity of Brexit. This justifies the wait-and-see approach of the UK government which, by cataloguing the many problems that need to be resolved, is carrying out a kind of giant impact assessment. But one aspect of negotiations seems to have been overlooked or at least under-estimated: the relationship with the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

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A Leading Source of Free Company Debt Advice

Posted by Mike Smith at 28 June 2016, 22:25 CET |
Filed under: FACTS is a leading source of free business debt advice for directors of limited companies that are struggling with insolvency issues.

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Who are we?

Posted by 4xcurrency at 01 May 2014, 12:00 CET |
Filed under: FACTS

We are a privately-owned company backed by Finance Yorkshire which is capitalised by £90 million of grants from the UK Government, the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank.

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Europe figures low in German elections

Posted by Jonathon Cini at 30 January 2013, 09:00 CET |
Filed under: Germany, ANALYSIS

The upcoming election in Germany is being widely touted as one of the most important elections of 2013. The pending outcome of this election is largely anticipated in Europe. Whilst, Merkel is tipped to win her third campaign, recent election results suggest otherwise.

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Greece: 400-year-old deal obsolete?

Posted by Andy Langenkamp at 07 June 2012, 13:20 CET |
Filed under: Finance, ANALYSIS, Greece

On May 15, word got out that Greece will go to the polls again on June 17. The left-wing, anti-austerity bloc has a fair chance of victory. Potentially, this could lead to the demise of Greece's place in the eurozone whereas Spain, Portugal, and Ireland may be next.

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Triple crisis result of artificial integration

Posted by Andy Langenkamp at 15 February 2012, 13:35 CET |
Filed under: Finance, ANALYSIS

The European crisis has unfolded in three stages. It started when the Great Recession set in. Soon afterwards, a political crisis broke out. Politicians failed to address the underlying causes of the recession. Now these economic and political setbacks have triggered the crisis of European unity.

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EU Summit: Reform the OJEU regulations and help Europe grow

Posted by Michael Ter-Berg at 30 January 2012, 22:05 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, ANALYSIS

Over the next 24 hours EU Prime Ministers gather for the latest Summit trying yet again to solve the EUs debt problems. They will also be considering how to boost growth through measures to help SMEs.

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EUR 8bn available for energy efficiency in Europe

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 06 January 2011, 17:15 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, FEATURE

Energy efficiency is the quickest and most cost-effective way to create jobs in green industries, improve energy security and reduce emissions. Improving homes also improves the health and happiness of inhabitants. The payback period – the time before the savings are greater than the initial investment – is usually only a few years. However, most governments and individuals are short of money for investment at present. Therefore, it is very surprising that there is substantial money available from the EU for energy efficiency work, which has not been claimed.

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Draft EU radioactive waste directive

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 18 November 2010, 23:25 CET |
Filed under: Environment, nuclear, FEATURE

The European Commission has now published a draft directive on safety standards for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power plants and research facilities. Part of the Commission’s aim is to build public confidence in nuclear power – in 2009 the EU adopted rules on the safety of operating power plants and on-site storage.

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European Commission's new energy strategy

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 11 November 2010, 17:15 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, FOCUS

Yesterday the European Commission presented its proposals for a new energy strategy for the next decade. In Brussels jargon this is known as the Energy Action Plan. The EU is good at plans, less good at action, so the Commission has wisely named this document simply Energy 2020.

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Courts block Spanish coal subsidies

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 06 November 2010, 14:55 CET |
Filed under: Environment, FOCUS

The European Court of Justice has issued a temporary injunction preventing the Spanish government from subsidising the use of domestically produced coal in electricity generation.

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How to deliver energy efficiency in the EU

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 14 October 2010, 11:05 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, FEATURE

Using energy more efficiently is the cheapest way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It also has economic, energy security and employment benefits. In a speech to a conference on EU energy policy on 30 September 2010, energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger identified energy efficiency as his “first priority”. However, EU policy and performance in this area has been disappointing to date.

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'Green Ed' Miliband

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 27 September 2010, 23:15 CET |
Filed under: Environment, FOCUS, UK

Ed Miliband has been elected Labour leader. This is good news for UK climate politics, as he was a good energy and climate change secretary, taking the right steps on energy efficiency, renewables and nuclear, and some of the right steps on coal.

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The EU must support clean energy, not dirty coal

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 04 August 2010, 23:30 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, FOCUS

The EU aspires to be a world leader in reducing carbon emissions. It seeks to develop renewable sources of energy and new ways of making coal and gas cleaner. Success in these areas would enhance the EU’s energy security and foster innovative sectors, as well as helping the EU to achieve its climate change targets. But it will require significant investment.

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European Commission sensible on coal subsidies, but not on nuclear fusion

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 31 July 2010, 23:25 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, FOCUS

The European Commission has done well in securing some – though not nearly enough – money to support renewables and CCS from the European economic recovery plan and from auctioning permits under the EU’s emissions trading scheme. The recovery plan’s grants are just €1 billion. By comparison, EU countries (particularly Germany and Spain) paid out €3 billion in national coal subsidies in 2008 alone.

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Carbon and energy taxes in Europe

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 01 July 2010, 23:05 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, features

The demand to ‘make the polluter pay’ by putting a price on the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced has been a major point of discussion and debate across Europe since the mid-1980s.

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Taxes better than targets

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 22 June 2010, 12:25 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, FOCUS

Once again, European governments have been debating whether the EU greenhouse reduction target should be increased, from 20% below 1990 levels by 2020 to 30%, also by 2020. 20% will be easier to achieve than expected, given the recession, but is not enough of a reduction, so the target should be increased to 30%. This would also inject some momentum into the international negotiations, which is much needed.

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