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22.08.2014

Renzi rules out rising taxes, cutting pensions

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi denied yesterday (21 August) that his government planned to raise taxes, cut pensions or adopt corrective measures to rein in the budget deficit this year. There have been repeated media...more »


22.08.2014

New EU rules can stop politically motivated hostile takeovers

New EU state aid rules can protect companies from politically motivated hostile takeovers by third countries, writes Paweł Jarczewski.more »


22.08.2014

Greece asks EU to develop LNG backup plan

Greece has asked the European Commission to set up a backup plan to ensure liquefied natural gas (LNG) is available for Balkan countries in the event of potential disruptions to Russian gas supplies stemming from the crisis in...more »


22.08.2014

Returning commissioners: keeping portfolio and political responsibility

Can an outgoing Commissioner keep his portfolio in the new Juncker College? This question is pending and relevant mostly for Commissioner Oettinger, who is seeking to keep his job as Energy Commissioner. According to Piotr Maciej...more »


22.08.2014

Commission moves to tighten customs security

A new strategy to plug gaps in the EU’s customs security safeguards was adopted by the European Commission yesterday (21 August).   Effective measures are needed to protect legitimate businesses from smuggling, but they must not...more »


22.08.2014

Germany debates role of Bundestag in approving arms shipments to Iraq

The German government has announced its intention to send weapons to northern Iraq to support the offensive against radical Islamist forces, but the move has sparked debate over the Bundestag's participation in such decisions....more »


22.08.2014

Lithuania, Poland ask EU to fund gas link

Lithuania and Poland have asked the European Union to cover up to 75% of the costs of a gas link between the two countries, their national gas grid companies said yesterday (21 August). The link is a part of an EU plan to end the...more »


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