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Putin needs to look beyond the rouble

Putin needs to look beyond the rouble

The currency’s rebound could focus attention away from the Russian economy’s serious structural problems. Over the course of the winter a combination of rapidly falling oil prices, heightened geopolitical uncertainty, and enormous private capital outflows contrived to create a palpable sense of panic in the Russian economy. A rebound for the rouble has now given […]

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Strategic Investment Fund: committees back Juncker Plan, but not programme cuts

Strategic Investment Fund: committees back Juncker Plan, but not programme cuts

A negotiating brief on the “Juncker” plan for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) to guarantee growth and job-creating investment was backed by the Budgets and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees on Monday evening. But MEPs contested plans to feed the fund from the EU research and transport investment budgets, and called for more […]

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Development MEPs urge EU countries to stick to foreign aid commitments

Development MEPs urge EU countries to stick to foreign aid commitments

Development MEPs urged EU member countries to respect their Official Development Assistance (ODA) target of 0.7% of national income and to set timetables for reaching it by 2020. It also highlighted the need to mobilize domestic resources efficiently in developing countries and stressed the importance of private-sector contributions in a resolution on financing development adopted […]

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200-year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

200-year anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The keenly-awaited bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo is being marked with a series of high profile events in both Belgium and England. The first Duke of Wellington commanded the allied army in the Battle of Waterloo in what is now modern day Belgium and British and Prussian forces defeated the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte […]

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International Meetings of Experts on Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy to be held on 22 April 2015

International Meetings of Experts on Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy to be held on 22 April 2015

The Government of Turkmenistan and the Energy Charter Secretariat are co-organizing the International Meeting of Experts on Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy on 22 April 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. The Meeting will focus on the topic of “Facilitating Investments in New Transit Infrastructure”. The aim of the meeting is to facilitate policy debate within […]

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“Fight tax havens, start with the European Investment Bank”, argues new report

“Fight tax havens, start with the European Investment Bank”, argues new report

The European Investment Bank (EIB) was the first Development Financial Institution (DFI) to adopt a tax haven policy in 2009. However, more than five years on EIB money still runs via tax havens. A new report by Counter Balance and Re:Common* ‘Towards a Responsible Taxation Policy for the EIB’ which is launched today calls on […]

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Israel develops detection system to counter Gaza tunnels

Israel develops detection system to counter Gaza tunnels

Israel is set to soon deploy a tunnel-detection system along the Gaza border after successful testing took place over the last several weeks. The sophisticated network of tunnels developed by Hamas was a major feature of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge. Not only did the tunnels enable Hamas leaders and operatives to evade capture, but […]

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