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Britain won’t heed EU rules to win #FreeTrade – PM aide

Britain won’t heed EU rules to win #FreeTrade – PM aide

| February 18, 2020

Britain will not be threatened into following EU rules in the future by talk of economic rifts and is ready to trade with the bloc on basic international terms if needs be, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser said on Monday (17 February), write Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers. Britain left the EU last month […]

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New #UKFinanceMinister keeps 11 March budget date

New #UKFinanceMinister keeps 11 March budget date

| February 18, 2020

Britain’s new finance minister Rishi Sunak said he will stick with the 11 March date for the government’s first post-Brexit budget, dispelling speculation that the plans, likely to entail a big increase in spending, would be delayed, write Elizabeth Howcroft, Sarah Young and Andy Bruce. Sunak’s predecessor Sajid Javid (pictured), who was already working on […]

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Successful international operation seized more than 62 million #SmuggledCigarettes

Successful international operation seized more than 62 million #SmuggledCigarettes

| February 18, 2020

Successful co-operation between the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the Royal Malaysian Customs and the Belgian Customs led in February to the seizure of 62,6 million cigarettes destined to be smuggled into the European Union. Together with an earlier record-breaking seizure, nearly 200 million smuggled cigarettes have been prevented from entering the EU, writes Zain Ahmed. […]

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#DavidFrost lecture: Reflections on the revolutions in Europe

#DavidFrost lecture: Reflections on the revolutions in Europe

| February 18, 2020

“Thank you much everyone for that very kind introduction.  It is a really huge pleasure to be here at your university. I would like to say thank you also to the Institute for hosting me, and your distinguished President, Ramona Coman, for being kind enough to host me here tonight.  Your institute here has really […]

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#Iran: Defiant youth vow to boycott election and target the Interior Ministry

#Iran: Defiant youth vow to boycott election and target the Interior Ministry

| February 18, 2020

Iranian youth, who led the uprisings in November 2019 and January 2020, vowed to boycott what the upcoming parliamentary election next Friday, which they call a shame – writes Shahin Gobadi In addition to writing graffiti on walls in Tehran and many other cities, earlier this morning, they targeted the Iranian regime’s Interior Ministry, located […]

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#Slovenia president pursues quest to find new prime minister

#Slovenia president pursues quest to find new prime minister

| February 17, 2020

Slovenian President Borut Pahor will hold more talks with political parties on 24 and 25 February to try to form a new government following the resignation of the centre-left Prime Minister Marjan Sarec in January, writes Marja Novak. Sarec, whose government only held 43 seats in the 90-seat parliament, resigned saying he did not have […]

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#ECB negative rates not harmful, but inflation rise to stay elusive: Reuters poll

#ECB negative rates not harmful, but inflation rise to stay elusive: Reuters poll

| February 17, 2020

The European Central Bank’s negative interest rate policy is not harming the euro zone economy but will not succeed in bringing inflation up to the central bank’s target, a Reuters poll of economists found, writes Richa Rebello. Policymakers cut interest rates to below zero percent in June 2014 to fight chronically low inflation and weak […]

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