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24.07.2015

Russia prepares to seize Western assets

The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms. According to...more »


24.07.2015

Poorer Bulgaria becomes business haven for Greece

Faced with a deep economic crisis at home, at least 11,000 Greek companies have found a safe haven in neighbouring low-wage Bulgaria - the poorest member of the European Union. "We have stability here: reliable taxation, sound...more »


24.07.2015

Telephone talks in ‘Normandy format’ held over Ukraine

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine held talks on Thursday (23 July) over the conflict in east Ukraine, with all sides calling for the full implementation of a ceasefire deal, the French presidency said. The phone...more »


24.07.2015

Japanese media group Nikkei buys the Financial Times

British publisher Pearson announced on Thrusday (23 July) it had agreed to sell its salmon-pink business newspaper the Financial Times to Japanese media group Nikkei for £844 million (€1.2 billion). Pearson said it was selling...more »


24.07.2015

Health ministers step up campaign for plain tobacco packaging

Following the EU’s failure to introduce neutral tobacco packaging, a group of ten countries has come together to promote the popular measure and counter the influence of Big Tobacco. EurActiv France reports. more »


24.07.2015

Europe readying sanctions against top Burundi officials

The European Union is ready to impose sanctions on Burundians failing to help end the Central African nation's crisis, the EU's foreign policy chief said on Thursday (23 July). more »


24.07.2015

Europe must learn from the Greece negotiations

The European Union will not survive a rerun of the Greek crisis. It must learn some hard lessons in order to emerge stronger, argue Karl Aiginger and Kurt Bayer.more »


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