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EU Takes UK to Court Over Dirty Air

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to deal with air pollution. The EU says that levels of nitrogen dioxide, mainly from diesel engines, are “excessive” in many British cities. The Commission says that this gas can lead to major respiratory illnesses and premature deaths. Britain was supposed to meet […]

The European Commission describes corruption across 28 member bloc as ‘breathtaking’ in the first report of its kind. A European Union study found “breathtaking” levels of corruption across the 28-country bloc, costing the region at least 120bn euros ($162bn) a year. The study included a survey of public perception of corruption, which found that more […]

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Optimism in the euro zone about its economic prospects continued to improve in January with a jump in morale in the bloc’s two largest economies, Germany and France. Economic sentiment in the 18 countries using the euro strengthened by 0.5 points to 100.9 in the ninth straight month of gains, data from the European Commission showed on Thursday. Analysts polled […]

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The European Commission has published new guidelines to help the 28 member states decide which EU migrants qualify for welfare benefits. The guidelines aim to clarify the EU-wide “habitual residence test”, which national authorities apply to migrants. On 1 January the EU labour market was opened fully to Bulgaria and Romania, prompting calls in the UK […]

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Greece secured a lifeline from the euro zone and the IMF on Monday but was told it must keep its promises on cutting public sector jobs and selling state assets to get all the cash. The 6.8 billion euro ($8.7 billion) deal, which spares Greece defaulting on debt in August, will see Athens drip fed support under close watch from […]

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