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Bitcoin risky but ‘limited phenomenon’, says EU

The EU is facing calls to regulate bitcoin, the virtual currency whose value has skyrocketed in the past year. Some of its institutions warn about the risks of investing in cryptocurrencies, whilst ECB members ponder regulation.

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[Ticker] Stoltenberg’s mandate as Nato head extended for 2 years

Nato on Tuesday extended the mandate of Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general for two years, until 30 September 2020. Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, has been in post since October 2014. Members of the North Atlantic alliance said that ...

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[Opinion] Panama Papers – start of sensible revolution in EU tax affairs?

The European Parliament has the opportunity to kick-start the fight back against tax avoidance by global giants which has undercut national tax revenues - and faith in the EU itself.

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[Ticker] National Front charged over EU Parliament ‘fake jobs’

France's National Front (FN) party has been charged for embezzlement over its suspected use of European Parliament assistants for party work, its treasurer Wallerand de Saint-Just told Le Monde newspaper. The FN is suspected of having employed some 40 people, paid by the parliament as assistants to MEPs, including party leader Marine Le Pen, at a cost of around €5 million.

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[Feature] Lebanon crisis overshadows EU aid for Syrian refugees

Lebanon hosts over one million Syrian refugees, and has received some €1bn in EU funds. Caught in a geo-political tug of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Lebanon's domestic politics have a cast a longer shadow over its Syrian 'guests'.

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New Polish PM brings same old government

Only change was that outgoing PM, Beata Szydlo, became a deputy without portfolio, amid a new crackdown on independent media.

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EU complicit in Libyan torture, says Amnesty

The EU and its members states have signed up to 'Faustian pact' with Libyan authorities in the their effort to prevent migrant and refugee boat departures towards Italy, says Amnesty International.

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[Ticker] Senior EU finance ministers come out against US tax reform

Finance ministers from Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain on Monday called on the US to amend a tax reform bill, which they say would have a "major distortive impact on international trade." In a letter to US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, th...

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[Ticker] Croats honour ‘Hague suicide’ war criminal

Two members of the Croatian government attended on Monday a ceremony to honour Slobodan Praljak, the former general who poisoned himself in front of TV cameras last month at the Hague when he was sentenced for war crimes by the International Criminal T...

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[Ticker] EU opens new accession talks with Serbia, Montenegro

The EU on Monday opened two new chapters in Serbia's accession negotiations - on company law and external relations - and two chapters with Montenegro - on freedom of movement for workers and freedom to provide services. Serbia, which started talks in ...

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Alignment with EU is ‘last resort’, May tells MPs

The British prime minister told MPs the Brexit divorce deal is "good news" for both voters who wanted to remain and also for those who wanted to leave the EU.

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[Ticker] EU to Israel: Don’t expect us to move embassies

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to expect EU states to follow the US in moving embassies to Jerusalem. "The PM mentioned a few times he expected other countries to follow president Trump's ...

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