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August 30, 2016

Apple ordered to pay up to €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws

European commission says Apple got illegal help with tax breaks but CEO Tim Cook says ruling threatens investment in Europe

Apple has warned that future investment by multinationals in Europe could be hit after it was ordered to pay a record-breaking €13bn (£11bn) in back taxes to Ireland.

The world’s largest company was presented with the huge bill after the European commission ruled that a sweetheart tax deal between Apple and the Irish tax authorities amounted to illegal state aid.

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July 13, 2016

EU officials finalise common asylum system to resettle refugees

Advocates say people can expect similar treatment wherever they settle, but critics say scheme is betrayal of refugee rights

European officials have finalised plans to create a common EU asylum system and refugee resettlement scheme, which advocates portray as the solution to the European migration crisis but which critics believe will be a further betrayal of refugee rights.

Officials have proposed creating a semi-standardised system that would allow asylum seekers to expect [...]

 
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May 1, 2016

Leaked TTIP documents cast doubt on EU-US trade deal

Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health

Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts.

The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection.

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March 25, 2016

Brussels bomber’s DNA confirms his link to Paris attacks, say prosecutors

Najim Laachraoui, 24, whose DNA was found on explosive belts used in France, said to be one of two airport bombers

A veteran Belgian fighter and bomb-maker with Islamic State whose DNA was found on two of the explosive belts used in last November’s carnage in Paris has been confirmed as one of the suicide bombers in Tuesday’s Brussels attacks.

Belgian prosecutors said that DNA evidence had confirmed that Najim Laachraoui, 24, was one of two jihadis who blew themselves up at Brussels airport, killing 11 people.

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