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If CETA goes through, TTIP might not matter: Say no to CETA

Owen Tudor

13 Sep 2014, by in International

On Thursday, trade negotiators from the 28 EU member states met in Brussels to discuss the final stages of the EU-Canada free trade agreement known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Most public debate currently is about the potentially much larger Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA,…

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New Robin Hood Tax study predicts better results than previously

Owen Tudor

13 Sep 2014, by in International

Today there was an informal meeting of Finance Ministers from the EU countries negotiating the implementation of a financial transactions tax (FTT). They are under persistent pressure from the finance industry to scale back or defer their efforts, but George Osborne’s legal challenge has comprehensively failed, and now a new study from Copenhagen Economics has been released…

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Tackling air pollution is a matter of choice

Philip Pearson

10 Sep 2014, by in Environment

    The Daily Mail published the UK pollution map, see above, on 3 April 2014, headlining that Britain was “left gasping for breath yesterday as a grey cloud of smog descended over much of the country.” The Government’s approach to tackling air pollution is ‘designed to mask the true scale of England’s air quality…

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Mark Carney’s speech – thoughtful, respectful and recognising the importance of pay growth returning

Paul Sellers

09 Sep 2014, by in Economics

Mark Carney’s speech was pretty warmly received at the TUC Congress today.  We are well aware the Governor of the Bank of England will always speak in measured tones, but our general impression was that Mr Carney was making a serious and thoughtful speech to an audience that he was taking very seriously. We were particularly glad…

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