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France, the hosts of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), will use next week’s meeting of EU finance ministers to try to get the oft-delayed Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) moving, and some of its future revenue earmarked for climate finance.

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Possibly the two most vamous – sorry famous – politicians with surnames beginning with the letter V, Yanis Varoufakis and Guy Verhofstadt appear set to meet. Greece’s iconic finance minister and the ALDE leader crossed swords on social media before Guy proposed a high-level pow-wow. Guy – known behind his back as “the Hoff” –… » read more

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The London stage is well-known for its shameless attempts to publicise productions, usually through thinly veiled references to current events. So is it just Heard in Europe, or is the Barbican’s latest staging of Sophocles’ Antigone channeling the our own present day Greek financial tragedy? More specifically, is the casting of Patrick O’Kane (pictured) as… » read more

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Emmanuel Macron, the French economy minister, made his way to Strasbourg to introduce his much-vaunted structural reforms to French MEPs on Tuesday (28 April). But, as in Paris, the ex-banker’s plans proved an easier pill to swallow for members of the political right than for his own Socialist Party. His “loi Macron” is a cocktail… » read more

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They used to say the EU lacks a narrative. The crisis has remedied that. The high stakes poker game being played out by Angela “cool-hand” Merkel and Yanis “motherfucker” Varoufakis has unleashed a colourful social media storm, which continues to throw up surprises, the latest being a successful German attempt at humour. Featuring self-parodying stereotypes:… » read more

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