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Bailed-out EU states ‘blew cash on wine, women and song’

The head of the eurozone finance ministers group rejected calls to resign last night after accusing southern European countries of wasting money “on booze and women”.

March 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Juncker scolds dozen Commissioners for flocking to Davos

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker scolded his Commissioners for flocking to the World Economic Forum in Davos at a weekly meeting of the executive’s top brass.

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Apple tax clawback violates Irish sovereignty, claims Dublin

The European Commission today (30 August) hit Apple with a €13 billion clawback of unpaid taxes in Ireland, but Dublin branded the move a violation of its sovereignty and both … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Commission defends Greek debt data after statistics scandal

The European Commission has defended the reliability of Greek statistics on the country’s debt, and called on Athens to counter “misleading media reports” that the data was falsified.

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Barnier, battler of British bankers, is Commission’s new Brexit boss

Michel Barnier, the former financial services Commissioner with a testy relationship with the City of London, will lead the Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom, the European Commission announced today … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Juncker backs forcing multinational companies to publish their tax bills

EXCLUSIVE / European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker supports forcing multinational companies like Google, Amazon, and Apple to publish the profits they make and the taxes they pay in each EU country they … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tech CEOs talk start-ups, investment & competition

Entrepreneur explains how he turned ‎€3,000 into more than a million for his start-up in just 18 months in the first of two interviews.

November 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Germany second only to Luxembourg in money laundering risk, says report

Germany’s secretive financial sector is second only to Luxembourg in its vulnerability to money laundering, and is one of the worst member states for tax dodging, according to an analysis of … Continue reading

November 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Skype founder: ‘EU tech isn’t falling behind, it’s picking up the pace’

EXCLUSIVE/ European Union tech is no longer falling behind its international competitors, Skype’s co-founder told EurActiv. Instead, it is picking up the pace at the “best time” to be a tech … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Grumpy Juncker: ‘Call it EUleaks, not Luxleaks!’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (17 September) gave MEPs an occasionally short-tempered defence of his alleged role in the Luxleaks tax scandal. Juncker was appearing before the European Parliament’s Special … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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