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EU proposals will force multinationals to disclose tax arrangements

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2016

“This will anger Washington, which is already on the warpath over what it perceives as partial targeting of the big US digital companies by the EU.

Robert Stack, the US Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, said last month he is concerned about the “basic fairness” of investigations of US companies and their tax affairs in Europe. Meanwhile the commission has said it will consider adding Google’s heavily criticised £130m tax deal with the UK to its lengthy list of inquiries.


7th February, 2016

US multinationals such as Google, Facebook and Amazon will be forced to publicly disclose their earnings and tax bills in Europe, under legislation being drafted by the EU executive.

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Endgame for sanctions? Russia and the West move towards common ground

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2016

Another dark cloud arrived courtesy of a ridiculous interview from Britain’s state-controlled BBC last week where Putin was accused of corruption by a US Treasury official. No actual evidence was presented and the Kremlin labelled it “pure fiction.” Of course, this programme was filmed long before the recent improvement in dialogue between Russia and the West.

Despite these concerns, due to the seniority of the European officials publicly discussing a reversal in policy, feelings of hope seem well founded. Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also called for detente in early January. He admitted that some “forces” in Europe and the US wanted sanctions to cripple Russia, which would “risk a conflagration.”

Bryan MacDonald


30th January, 2016

When there’s a natural rapport between leaders, relationships are easy. In such an atmosphere, negotiating is a doddle. Of course, when the opposite is the case, the reverse often happens. Small disagreements can explode into furious arguments.

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Juncker calls for EU/EEU cooperation

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2015

EU’s Deepening Ties With Russia Result of ‘Putin’s Sophisticated Diplomacy’


20th November, 2015

Russia’s active efforts in fighting terrorism in Syria have impressed the EU so much that European countries are now looking for closer ties with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

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Juncker says EU needs a better attitude towards Russia

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2015

The chaos resulting from the destabilisation of Libya and Syria, for which Europe cannot escape responsibility, have at least triggered a decisive shift towards a more independent European foreign policy

Deutsche Welle

8th October, 2015

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has warned that Europe’s refugee crisis will continue for “years.” He also criticized Western countries for ostracizing Russia amid growing tensions.

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Europe moving closer to Russia’s position on Syria

Posted by seumasach on October 1, 2015

Russia Insider

30th September, 2015

This article originally appeared on the website of BüSo. Translated by Thomas Trautzsch for Russia Insider.

Russia’s actions in Syria and the effects of the refugee crisis in Europe have lead to a significant rethinking in Europe. The recognition that a peaceful solution to the bloody civil war in Syria can only be achieved together with the Assad Government and the involvement of important powers of the region gaining ever more grounds.

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Germany: Syrian conflict can’t be resolved without Putin

Posted by seumasach on September 15, 2015


13th September, 2015

Several key German politicians have urged for close cooperation with the Russian president in solving the ongoing military conflict in Syria, saying it can’t be resolved without Russia’s support.

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Europe’s banks seek gold repatriation

Posted by seumasach on September 15, 2015

US Gold Reserves Bottom Out as Europe’s Banks Seek Financial Independence


14th September, 2015

European Central banks keep demanding the return of their gold bullion from the vaults of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, reducing the gold stockpile kept under the streets of Manhattan to its lowest level in decades; economist Lew Rockwell is convinced that the move is an indication that Europe is desperately striving for independence.

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Germany leaves the anti-Putin-alliance

Posted by seumasach on September 15, 2015


South Front

13th September, 2015

In a surprise move Germany left the anti-Putin-alliance formed by the USA: Germany is now officially welcoming Moscow’s readiness to act in Syria and is starting an initiative together with the Russians and the French to bring an end to the war. This is to stop the constant stream of refugees. Germany has ordered thousands of soldiers into readiness.

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EU aims to lure Greek deposits back to banks with bail-in shield

Posted by seumasach on August 16, 2015


15th August, 2015

Euro-area finance ministers shielded Greek bank depositors from any losses resulting from the restructuring of the nation’s financial system, as part of Friday’s deal on an 86 billion-euro ($96 billion) bailout.

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Kosovo approves war crimes court

Posted by seumasach on August 6, 2015

Kosovo approves war crimes court following EU, US pressure

EU Observer

4th August, 2015

The EU has welcomed a decision by Kosovo on Monday (3 August) to set up a special war crimes court to prosecute former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
“While recognising that this step by MPs of the Kosovo Assembly was not easy, it is a sign of responsibility and determination to establish the truth and make decisions compatible with Kosovo’s European path,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

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Why the ‘One Belt One Road’ Initiative matters for the EU

Posted by seumasach on July 28, 2015

The Diplomat

9th April, 2015

Since their announcement in 2013 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Kazakhstan and Indonesia, the New Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (termed together the “One Belt One Road” initiative) have been extensively discussed among China’s academia and policymaking circles. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at a press conference accompanying China’s recent parliamentary session, called the initiative a “central focus” of China’s foreign policy in the year 2015. As a key part of the narrative of the new Chinese leadership, the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative has not only become one of the top priorities of the Chinese government, it has also attracted considerable interest from abroad, and particularly from neighboring Asian countries. A case in point is that more than 30 countries have joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

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