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#PanamaPapers: Hackers, activists and open data fans. Transparency International needs you!

#PanamaPapers: Hackers, activists and open data fans. Transparency International needs you!

The Panama Papers leak on 3 April was the largest data dump in history, revealing some of the dodgy deals and corrupt practices of the rich and the powerful. From the oil company which used Mossack Fonseca’s services to avoid paying $400 million dollars in tax to Uganda, to the Azerbaijani President’s extensive control over […]

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#Nordstream2: Jeopardizes EU’s foreign, security and Eastern Partnership

#Nordstream2: Jeopardizes EU’s foreign, security and Eastern Partnership

The President of the EPP group, German MEP, Manfred Weber, has written a letter addressed to the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and German Minister for the Economy, Sigmar Gabriel criticizing the impact that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline would have on solidarity between European countries, particularly those of the East. […]

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#TTIPLeaks: Greenpeace claims leaks prove that trade deal will weaken environmental protections

#TTIPLeaks: Greenpeace claims leaks prove that trade deal will weaken environmental protections

Greenpeace claim leaked documents representing 13 negotiation chapters shows that TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Programme) proposals will seriously undermine human health and environmental protections if negotiations continue on the current path. The Commission has issued a statement to say the documents merely reflect negotiation positions. Greenpeace should be reassured that one of the areas […]

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#Competition: Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon merger following pressure from EU and US competition authorities

#Competition: Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon merger following pressure from EU and US competition authorities

Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon merger deal originally valued at $35 billion following objections from EU and US authorities. In connection with the termination of the merger agreement, Halliburton will pay Baker Hughes the termination fee of $3.5 billion. The US Department of Justice filed a suit on 6 April, 2016, to block the merger, alleging that […]

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#EUReferendum: Church of England releases prayer for the referendum

#EUReferendum: Church of England releases prayer for the referendum

The Church of England has released a prayer for the EU referendum campaign.  The prayer is for use by churches and individuals ahead of the vote on 23 June. The Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and, while the prayer does not take sides, it does sound more ‘Remain’ than ‘Leave’. The […]

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#Romania president signs ‘mortgage walk-away’ into law

#Romania president signs ‘mortgage walk-away’ into law

Romania’s president signed into law on Thursday (28 April) a bill that enables property buyers to walk away from mortgages, setting it on a potential collision course with commercial banks, the central bank and the European Commission. The bill, which critics at home and abroad say poses serious risks to the economy, initially set no […]

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#Pontifex: Pope to be awarded Charlemagne Prize

#Pontifex: Pope to be awarded Charlemagne Prize

His Holiness, Pope Francis, will be awarded the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May. The International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The Pope is the first non-European recipient of the prize since 2000, when the prize was awarded to former US President […]

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