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#RussianLaundromat – The EU’s dirty money

#RussianLaundromat – The EU’s dirty money

| January 14, 2019

While news of the Russian Laundromat has died down since the story first gained global attention in 2017, investigations have continued in earnest into how more than $21 billion (some estimates suggest the real figure is more likely to be $80bn) was laundered out of Russia, into some of the world’s largest financial centres, writes […]

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Trump’s cynical #Tariffs deception

Trump’s cynical #Tariffs deception

| December 17, 2018

In a bid to divert the threat of new tariffs on America’s luxury car imports, the German car bosses of VW, Daimler and BMW met in Washington, and emerged optimistic that “We made a big step forward to avoid the tariffs”. The long-anticipated meeting between Germany’s top car officials and White House economic adviser Larry […]

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Four years out: #Qatar’s World Cup preparations come into focus

Four years out: #Qatar’s World Cup preparations come into focus

| December 5, 2018

It’s now a little less than four years until the start of the next World Cup, and despite controversy which has shrouded the tournament since it was awarded to Qatar in 2010, the infrastructure is rapidly taking shape. Vast construction works needed to deliver the tournament have provided a stimulus for the country’s wider economy, […]

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European Commission under fire for CVM Report on #Romania

European Commission under fire for CVM Report on #Romania

| November 29, 2018

The opinion of the Romanian Constitutional Court is now expected to be delivered on 12th December. But in the meanwhile concerns have been expressed that the European Commission’s CVM Report on Romania failed to address a number of key issues, writes James Wilson. For example, this year has seen a Romanian parliamentary inquiry unearth 65 […]

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Ukraine – Legislator must continue the positive trend in the development of the country’s financial market

Ukraine – Legislator must continue the positive trend in the development of the country’s financial market

| November 21, 2018

The European Union and Ukraine signed a memorandum of understanding in 2018, as well as loan agreement on the provision of macro-financial assistance for 1 billion euros. According to the euro politicians, Ukraine will remain an important strategic partner, and the country continues to receive  the financial support, despite the fact that the EU is […]

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Europe must step up to end suffering in #Yemen

Europe must step up to end suffering in #Yemen

| November 19, 2018

The European Commission recently agreed to provide an additional €90 million in humanitarian assistance to Yemen. The beleaguered Arab country is enduring a civil war between Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition, the world’s severest hunger crisis, and a cholera outbreak that has infected more than a million people. The aid, while desperately needed, will […]

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Looking towards a beacon in #Africa

Looking towards a beacon in #Africa

| November 7, 2018

This week in Brussels the focus is on Africa-EU relations at the S&Ds with Africa week-long event.  Delegates will discuss the challenges that we face together and highlight our shared vision of a future governed by the principles of cooperation and freedom.  As the Nigerian election approaches in February 2019, we are reminded that the […]

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