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This story about press freedom in Hungary in the EU was originally published on 23rd December 2010 by EurActiv. The European Commission took a cautious stance Wednesday (22 December) over a controversial “media constitution” in Hungary that has been heavily criticised for restricting press freedom in the country taking up the EU’s rotating six-month presidency.… » read more

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This story about starting a business in the EU was originally published on 22nd December 2010 by EurActiv. The European Union adopted the Small Business Act in 2008, with the intention of making it easier to start and run a business. Two years on, the EurActiv network takes a look at the achievements and challenges… » read more

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This story about Hungary’s energy summit was published on 14th December 2010 by EurActiv. Hungary plans to concentrate on the big picture of EU energy policy as it takes on the EU’s rotating presidency in January. Energy will feature prominently at the new presidency’s first EU summit on 4 February. At the February summit, EU… » read more

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This story about pension reforms was published on 14th December 2010 by EurActiv. The European Commission confirmed yesterday (13 December) it had reached an agreement with Poland on giving countries that have reformed their pension systems more leeway over fiscal policy. In the meantime, the parliament in Budapest voted to effectively dismantle pension reform. The… » read more

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This story about a potential harmonised fiscal policy was published by EurActiv on 13th December 2010. As European Union leaders meet in Brussels this week to create a lasting lending facility for indebted countries, France and Germany have surprised observers by stating their openness to discussing whether countries that share the euro currency should harmonise… » read more

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This story about Nabucco’s battle for Azeri gas supplies was published on 10th December 2010. Pressure is growing on the Nabucco consortium to reveal its hand over its tender for Azeri gas. The winner, to be announced in April, will be the master of Europe’s Southern Gas Corridor, designed to bring gas from sources other… » read more

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This story about inconclusive Euro talks was published on 8th December 2010. The head of the IMF criticised the EU’s piecemeal approach to rescuing the euro currency from contagion as ministerial talks in Brussels yesterday (7 December) gave no succour to countries with worsening sovereign debt problems. IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn failed to persuade… » read more

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This story about the potential for double taxes on EU banks was published by EurActiv on 7th December 2010. A report to be discussed by the EU’s finance ministers today (7 December) paints a bleak picture of the potentially high costs and distortions bank levies could cause in the bloc’s financial sector. At today’s meeting… » read more

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This story about pensions in Hungary and Bulgaria was published by EurActiv on 6th December 2010. Struggling with budgetary pressure at home, Hungary and Bulgaria have nationalised their pre-funded pension schemes and excluded the cost of reform from public debt figures, opening a row with the European Commission. The EurActiv network reports. In November, Hungary… » read more

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This story about the deadlock in talks about the reunification of Cyprus was published by EurActiv on 3rd December 2010. As UN-mediated talks on the reunification of Cyprus stagnate, representatives from both sides of the divided island accused each other of bad faith during separate visits to Brussels. The reunification talks, which are now entangled… » read more

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