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21.08.2014

Bulgaria says it has ‘frozen’ South Stream, but pipes continue to arrive

The European Commission said Thursday (21 August) that it was aware that a video reveals that room has been made at Bulgaria's Varna harbour for pipes to be used for the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline, in spite of...more »


21.08.2014

Juncker's Commission looking politically conservative, gender imbalanced

With one week left before deadline and only four Commissioner nominees waiting to be revealed for the next term, Jean-Claude Juncker's Commission looks to become ever more politically one-sided and gender...more »


21.08.2014

Lithuania breaks Gazprom’s monopoly by signing first LNG deal

Lithuania, dependent for 100% for its gas imports from Russian monopoly Gazprom, has signed its first contract with Norway’s Statoil for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG), the website Delfi announced today (21...more »


21.08.2014

Eurozone business growth slows despite price cuts

Eurozone private business growth slowed more than expected in August, despite widespread price cutting, as manufacturing and service industry activity both dwindled, a survey showed on Thursday (21 August). Economic growth ground...more »


21.08.2014

Self-imposed food sanctions have already caused inflation in Russia

Russia's embargo on imported Western food is already hitting consumers' pockets, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week, according to the BBC. Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the...more »


21.08.2014

Switzerland rejects requests from EU firms to bypass Russia’s food ban

Switzerland has rebuffed attempts by some EU food producers to sidestep a Russian ban on food imports from the EU and other Western countries by labelling such foods as originating from the Alpine country, the Wall Street Journal...more »


21.08.2014

German digital agenda is 'better late than never'

On Wednesday (20 August) the German government passed its first "Digital Agenda 2014-2017" bill, aimed at helping Germany become a worldwide leader in expanding high-speed data lines, internet security and fostering cyber-related...more »


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