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Taxation should not only procure government revenue but also influence business and consumer behaviour. This goes for tobacco, gasoline and alcohol excise taxes as well as for VAT and income taxation. Profit taxation is becoming increasingly difficult in a global environment. Globally operating companies deriving their profits from subsidiaries across the the world try to… » read more

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On April 25th, the President of the “Ukrainian Association of energy efficient cities”, which groups 35 small towns with a total population of two million people, has addressed a plea to the EU to launch an urgent twinning programme for sharing energy efficiency know-how, resources and professional skills to address the Ukrainian energy crisis. The… » read more

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The Lisbon Treaty has enhanced the international Role of the EU. The appointment of a High Representative, de facto a EU foreign minister, and the creation of a diplomatic service, composed of officials from EU institutions and member states, are the most innovative changes. Thanks to this new constitutional framework the 50-year old Commission Delegations… » read more

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Since the end of February, when President Yanukovych left the country, Ukraine has been caught in a spiral declining public order close to civil war. Russia has no doubt been a major, though invisible player behind he scenes. Through skilful “exploitation” of Russian speaking Ukrainians in the Crimea and Eastern provinces it has helped destabilising… » read more

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