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Eurozone’s July business growth exceeds expectations: PMI

Eurozone’s July business growth exceeds expectations: PMI

Eurozone business growth accelerated at the end of last month as companies largely put the Greek debt crisis behind them, suggesting the bloc’s economic recovery is on track, a survey showed on Wednesday (5 August). Greece’s flirtation with bankruptcy had threatened to wreck the currency union, but Athens agreed a framework bailout plan with its […]

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Greece wants full bailout, not bridge loan, ruling party says

Greece wants full bailout, not bridge loan, ruling party says

Reuters/Yiannis Kourtoglou The parliamentary spokesman for Greece’s ruling Syriza party urged it on Wednesday to unite behind a new funding agreement, saying the country wanted a full bailout immediately rather than a bridge loan. Nikos Filis said Greece was seeking a full agreement so that it could receive a first payment of €25 billion. “We […]

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Thailand must pay an economic price for its human trafficking record

Thailand must pay an economic price for its human trafficking record

Opinion by James Drew The US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons global report makes for depressing reading. Published last week, it is replete with country-by-country accounts of human beings traded as stock and abused as slaves. The only thing perhaps more maddening is the guilty parties protesting their innocence. Faced with black and white […]

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Parlamentarium: An interactive discovery of what European Parliament and EU are about in heart of Brussels

Parlamentarium: An interactive discovery of what European Parliament and EU are about in heart of Brussels

In Brussels this summer and curious about the EU? Why not pay a visit to the European Parliament’s visitors centre in Brussels and get a unique insight into the work of MEPs and how it touches your daily life? Rated one of the top things to do in Brussels by travel website Tripadvisor, the award-winning […]

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Compare West Balkans 1995-2015 with West Europe 1945-1965 and despair

Compare West Balkans 1995-2015 with West Europe 1945-1965 and despair

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Opinion by Denis MacShane      Imagine 1965 and there were no diplomatic relations between key West European states; public opinion was dominated by claims over who was responsible for wartime atrocities; the US insisted on setting up war crimes courts on an extra-territorial basis to deal with allegations of brutality by liberation movements; and criminal economic […]

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Pittella: ‘Only together can we face the dramatic challenge of migration to Europe’

Pittella: ‘Only together can we face the dramatic challenge of migration to Europe’

The drama of migrants looking for a better future in Europe is a challenge for many EU countries: more boats arrived in Italy over the weekend, while four people were found dead trying to reach Spain’s shore; the number of refugees crossing to Greece from the East is growing, and this weekend thousands of immigrants […]

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EU and Vietnam reach agreement on free-trade deal

EU and Vietnam reach agreement on free-trade deal

Today (4 August) the EU and Vietnam have reached an agreement in principle for a free-trade agreement (FTA), after two-and-a-half years of intense negotiations. Following a telephone conversation this morning between Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström (pictured) and Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, all issues of substance have been agreed, and both […]

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