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28.05.2015

Biden urges Ukraine to fight corruption, reign in oligarchs

Ukraine's government needs to investigate and prosecute corruption at all levels and implement difficult political reforms to retain the support of the United States, US Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday (27 May). The White...more »


28.05.2015

Weber: 'The British government must remain realistic'

David Cameron should not overburden negotiations with EU partners with unattainable demands, says the head of the  EPP Group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber. Discrimination against EU citizens in the United Kingdom...more »


28.05.2015

NGO criticises German government’s ad hoc crisis response

Aid organisations are pleased with a growing willingness amongst Germans to donate. But NGO medico international sees the trend as proof of a dramatic increase in crises like Ebola and in Syria, putting partial blame on the...more »


27.05.2015

EU-Swiss accord to end banking secrecy, curb tax evasion

The European Union and Switzerland signed a major accord on Wednesday (27 May) to end banking secrecy for EU residents and prevent them from stashing undeclared income in Swiss banks. The agreement deals "another blow against tax...more »


27.05.2015

Queen Elizabeth paves way for Cameron's EU referendum plan

Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Wedensday (27 May) set in motion Prime Minister David Cameron's plans for a European Union membership referendum on Wednesday as he faced pressure to explain when it will be held and what changes to...more »


27.05.2015

Unitary Patent, or how to turn a great European project into a tax on innovation

Competitiveness Council ministers must intervene in a process that is currently moving in a totally non-innovative direction if the Unitary Patent is to prove a boost for European competitiveness and growth, rather than a tax on...more »


27.05.2015

Big telcos take the stage in Germany's new spectrum auction

Germany launched its first radio spectrum auction today (27 May) since 2010. The auction includes the sale of 700 MHz band for mobile broadband for the first time in Europe, where it has been used for television broadcast up...more »


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