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EU Parliament Votes to Freeze Turkey Accession Talks

The European Parliament has voted, by 479 to 37, for a freeze in talks with Turkey on its possible joining of the EU block. Although a non-binding resolution it still marks a further deterioration in the EU’s dealings with Turkey. … Continue reading

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EU Commission Plans for 2017 – Tax & Brexit a Threat

Last week the European Commission published its work programme for 2017 “Delivering a Europe that protects, empowers and defends” SWD(2016) 400. The Commission lists the UK Brexit referendum as an “uncertainty” and then goes on to refer to it as … Continue reading

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EU Problems Ratifying Canadian Trade Deal and Brexit

The EU’s long ratification process of its tax-free trade deal with Canada, known as CETA, hit another problem recently. A regional parliament within Belgium rejected the deal and under Belgian law, unless resolved, that blocks Belgium ratifying CETA. That in … Continue reading

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EU Investigating Another US internet Company

The EU is said to be investigating yet another US internet company about its┬átax affairs. Doubtless the company considers it is acting perfectly legally. The problem seems to be with the EU in fostering a discriminatory tax regime. The EU … Continue reading

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European Court Scorns UK Challenge to FTT

The European Court of Justice yesterday scornfully rejected the UK’s challenge to the basis of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). The UK got off to a bad start by recognising its legal challenge might be premature, as at this stage … Continue reading

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Whole Life Sentence Compatible with Human Rights

The Court of Appeal this week gave a landmark judgment that a whole life sentence, for the most heinous crimes, is compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. In R v McLoughlin & R v Newell [2014] EWCA Crom … Continue reading

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E-books – European VAT Anomaly

VAT on digital e-books but not on traditional paper ones is an on-going anomaly. The problem is due to European VAT law allowing Member States to charge reduced or no VAT on books as a social benefit, which is fine. … Continue reading

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