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25.07.2014

EU executive proposes 9-month delay to bank buffer plan

European Union rules forcing banks to hold a buffer of cash and top quality debt to withstand market shocks will be delayed by nine months, the bloc's executive body has proposed. The so-called liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) is...more »


25.07.2014

UN official: Yemen could be 'first country to run out of water'

Since the political crisis erupted in Yemen in 2011, the country has begun to move towards democracy. Many challenges remain in the country, wracked by civil unrest and widespread water and food insecurity, says Bishow Parajuli,...more »


25.07.2014

Over half of Yemenis may need humanitarian aid, UN says

About 14.7 million people in Yemen may be in need of some form of humanitarian assistance, as outbreaks of violence continue, according to the United Nations. Some 13.1 million people in the country are in need of access to clean...more »


25.07.2014

France launches EU’s first digital infrastructure 'project bond'

A plan to provide superfast broadband to French rural areas will receive EU funding in the form of 'project bonds', EurActiv France reports. It is the first project bond-funded venture in France and the first used for digital...more »


25.07.2014

EU sanctions to exclude Russia from capital markets

The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy, in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis, under proposals considered by EU governments yesterday (24...more »


25.07.2014

German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

The German aid organisation Brot für die Welt warns that a planned EU-US free trade agreement known as TTIP will undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis. EurActiv...more »


25.07.2014

EU gives out €7.75 million for SME innovation studies

EU funding worth €7.75 million will be given to 155 small and medium-sized enterprises from 21 countries, including Israel and Turkey, for innovation studies, it was announced yesterday (24 July).more »


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