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According to latest reports, the likelihood of former British prime minister Tony Blair taking over as EU President in 2009 seems to be fading. The Independent newspaper reports a “secret” agreement between the big three, Brown, Sarkozy and Merkel, not to support any candidate for the job who does not have wholehearted approval of the […]

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I see that the corporate status of Volkswagen is in the spotlight again. Last year the European Court ruled that limitations on voting rights in VW’s statutes infringed EU rules on freedom of capital movement, so the German government has now notified Brussels of proposed legislative changes to satisfy the Court judgment.
For Commissioner Charlie McCreevy […]

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It seems so different from the old days, when the Franco–German alliance was the central core of European integration. With new leaders come new perspectives. President Sarkozy used his March visit to London to woo the British, with a speech to the British Parliament where he paid unheard-of tributes to Britain’s qualities and set out […]

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Europe’s tax havens are feeling nervous, now that national tax authorities are in the market for stolen data.
The Germans paid €5 million for a disk detailing trust accounts which had been lifted six years ago from Lichtenstein’s LGT bank. Former head of Deutsche Post Klaus Zumwinkel is having to pay the price (about €1 […]

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