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A number of trade unions have recently denounced McDonalds’ fiscal optimisation policies. According to the unions’ experts, between 2009 and 2013 McDonalds paid only 16 million euros in profit taxes across the EU states in which it operates instead of the 1.06 billion euros it should have paid if tax avoidance schemes had not been […]

On 25th February 2015, the College of Commissioners has adopted the executive’s 2015 Work Programme, permanently abolishing the Circular Economy Package. This was a set of six bills on municipal waste, packaging waste, landfill, end of life vehicles, marine litter, among others. It was proposed last June, in the last stage of Barroso’s term, with […]

The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 – is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices. TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, can help reap the rewards it promises, writes John Higgins. John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE explains some of the concrete benefits that technological innovations could offer to […]

Europe’s need for unity

Guest blogpost by Ian Hansen, program assistant with the Atlantic Council. By almost any measure, Europe has had a difficult start to 2015. The attacks in Paris, the increased unrest in Ukraine, and the elections in Greece are just three issues that u…

It took a bit to understand that the demystification and reduction of worries on the TTIP passed through a series of initiatives well-structured and aimed to allow a larger audience having access to the subjects being negotiated. Yet, the transparency initiative envisages keeping some documents as restricted and the explanatory lines dropped by Commissioner Malmström […]

The summer of 2008 saw the price of Brent crude rise to its record high, reaching more than $144 per barrel on July 3rd, and some speculated it would continue growing. However, the price fell to below $40 in late 2008, having shrank 77 per cent over just six months. Last year on June 19th, […]


Immer mehr Menschen wollen Produkte aus ihrer Region und das aus gutem Grund: Kurze, schnelle Transportwege schonen die Umwelt und die Ware bleibt frisch. Einleuchtende Argumente für regionale Lebensmittel… In Europa hat sich eine verwirrende Vielfalt von Siegeln herausgebildet, bei der kaum noch jemand weiß, was sie im Einzelnen aussagen… Dazu kommt der Handel: Supermärkte […]

China and the Balkans

The presence of China in the Balkans is not new. During the years of the Cold War, China closely cooperated first with Albania and then with Yugoslavia. In fact, Albania was one of the key initiators of the UN resolution 2758 which led to the UN recognition of the People’s Republic of China in 1971.[1] […]

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