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This article about bank bailouts was published by on 13th January 2010 by EurActiv.com. The commissioner-designate for competition, Joaquin Almunia, will not ease the EU’s stance towards banks which received state aid during the financial crisis. Credit institutions will have to reimburse the aid by the end of 2010 and cannot use this financial support… » read more

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The following article was published on 12th January 2010 by EurActiv.com. German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle reacted negatively against what he described as plans by the Spanish EU Presidency to “sanction” member states who do not comply with the European Union’s growth objectives, EurActiv Spain reports. Brüderle said he generally supported the ambition of Spanish… » read more

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The following article was published on 11th January 2010 by EurActiv.com. As a result of the financial and economic crises, László Andor, Hungary’s commissioner-designate for employment and social affairs, expects to become a heavyweight in the Barroso II executive. EurActiv Hungary reports. “Employment and social issues will be key areas of EU policy, both in… » read more

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The following LinksDossier has been published by EurActiv.com on 7th January 2010. Since the presentation of the new team of European commissioners by José Manuel Barroso, officials have been busy swapping seats in a round of ‘musical chairs’ that involves some of the most powerful EU jobs in Brussels. The new college of commissioners was… » read more

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This article was first posted on EurActiv.com on 8th January 2010. Some commissioners-designate are more stressed than others ahead of their hearings in the European Parliament, which start next week, sources told EurActiv. Bulgarian candidate Rumiana Jeleva in particular needs to “come clean” following conflict of interest allegations, Parliament insiders said. MEPs will grill the… » read more

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The following story has been published by EurActiv.com on 6th January 2010. Franco-British plans to introduce a one-off supertax on bankers’ bonuses hit a snag when the asset management sector won exemption from a draft UK law after threatening to leave the country. A related European law could face similar difficulties. Britain and France both… » read more

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