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17.09.2014

Family finances – a private matter?

Trusts are said to be used by the wealthy to evade taxes and hide money. This view seems to lie behind the pressure from the EU Parliament to open up trust details to the public. But the reality is very different, writes George...more »


17.09.2014

The EU needs more anticipatory funding of health and environmental research

In recent months, there have been several attacks on the Precautionary Principle and how the principle has been used in the EU. For example, the scientific advisor to the President of the European Commission, Ann Glover, has...more »


17.09.2014

The EU and referenda on independence - a leap in the dark?

The referendum on independence for Scotland puts the EU in an unprecedented situation which is worth assessing on the basis of a series of legal, political and diplomatic considerations, writes Yves Bertoncini.more »


17.09.2014

New Commission must take the reins from member states on energy policy

Europe is the world's largest trading bloc and yet energy and the free flow of electricity remain the realms of national parliaments. Vested interests and a lack of cooperation on interconnectivity and security of supply are...more »


17.09.2014

Gazprom: Serbia will start building South Stream in October

The construction of the Serbian stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline will start in October, the head of the Gazprom international projects department Alexander Siromyatin is quoted as saying by the Serbian media. The...more »


17.09.2014

ECB invites banks to tap new funds it hopes will help envigorate eurozone

The European Central Bank invited banks on Tuesday (16 September) to bid for a fresh round of long-term loans it hopes will stimulate lending to businesses and reinvigorate the eurozone economy, but which may see only modest...more »


17.09.2014

Obama sends troops to West Africa to contain Ebola

US President Barack Obama yesterday (16 September) called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the US role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment...more »


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