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Guest blog post by Alison Coleman, Policy Officer on Development Policies at Transparency International EU. At the heart of most global challenges lies one problem: corruption. Poverty, climate change, hunger, inequality and conflict are all fuelled to varying degrees by corruption. In the poorest countries, one out of every two people has paid a bribe… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

National Parliaments often complain to have no direct grip on EU affairs, even if the Lisbon Treaty formalised their competence over the subsidiarity check on EU legislation. An area where National Parliaments play a crucial role is the EU resources, the modification of the decision on own resources is submitted to the ratification of National… » read more

  Posted by European pratictioner and researcher

Guest blog post by Maxime BABLON, SAB, Professional Services. Jonathan Hill, former European Commissioner, took stock of his achievements on 12 July, during a speech at the Bruegel Institute. He drew up the work carried out during his mandate as Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services, and Capital Markets (FISMA) and detailed upcoming challenges for… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

On 23rd December 2015 I published this post forecasting a very good year for the price of Bitcoin. At the time, I quoted 1 BTC = 401.93 (Bid) and 402.87 (Ask) euros on Kraken. The current price on the exchange Kraken is 509.45 (Bid) and 509.50 (Ask) euros, which is a gain of 26.5%. In… » read more

  Posted by FinancialGuy Writes!

Faced with yet another woefully pitiful set of growth figures, the European Central Bank (ECB) this week said it expects interest rates to remain at their record lows for a long time to come. Leaving the headline rate unchanged at 0%, the ECB also said it saw no need to alter its program of quantitative… » read more

  Posted by The Euro Economy

In Q2 2016, the situation on the global oil market unfolded in line with our expectations. Oil prices continued on an upward trend started around mid-January 2016. On the back of stronger demand (fuelled by low prices) and unforeseen events, which amplified the factors with a bearing on supply, the average price of Brent crude… » read more

  Posted by Adam Czyzewski

At press conferences debriefing today’s EU27 Summit, the French and German leaders differed by more than nuances. Here are straight quotes, to avoid translation losses: – Francois Hollande stated: ‘Ce mandat [exit negotiations] sera exercé par le Conseil, avec l’appui de la Commission européenne, et celui du Parlement car c’est l’émanation, aussi, de la légitimité… » read more

  Posted by Media4EU

Guest blog post by Margit Schratzenstaller, Alexander Krenek (Austrian Institute of Economic Research), Danuše Nerudová, Marian Dobranschi (Mendel University Brno). The debate about EU taxes, which as “genuine own resources” may replace (partially) current own resources funding the EU budget (primarily consisting of national contributions) is an old one. It has been pushed by the… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

The Greek government is introducing an omnibus bill including the establishment of the new Privatization Fund that will absorb the former one, created by the ND-PASOK government under the framework of the second bailout deal (2012-14). This new Fund has major differences from the previous one. Contrary to the previous one, the new Fund is… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

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