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Business leaders' confidence in UK economy at lowest so far this year - survey

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LONDON Business leaders' confidence in the British economy has fallen to its lowest point this year reflecting the impact of uncertainty over Britain's exit deal with the European Union, according to a survey published on Monday.

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Turkish lira crisis poses additional risk to German economy - German finance ministry 19 Aug 2018

BERLIN Turkey's currency crisis poses an additional risk to Germany's economy on top of trade frictions with the United States and the possibility of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal, the German finance ministry said on Monday.

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EU deplores 'brutal treatment' of Ugandan MPs after president's convoy stoned 17 Aug 2018

KAMPALA European Union diplomats in Uganda on Friday deplored "brutal treatment" of lawmakers arrested over a stoning of President Yoweri Museveni's convoy, and a rights body called for Ugandan authorities to prosecute the perpetrators of the alleged abuses.

Germany looks at easing immigration laws to fill skilled labour gaps 17 Aug 2018

BERLIN The German cabinet will soon decide on a proposal to make it easier for skilled workers from outside the European Union to move to Germany to take a job, a paper seen by Reuters shows, as Germany seeks to alleviate chronic labour shortages.

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EU spending caps not to blame for Italy bridge collapse - EU Commission 16 Aug 2018

BRUSSELS The European Union on Thursday dismissed a suggestion that its budget rules had prevented Italy from spending enough to keep its infrastructure safe, two days after a bridge collapse in Genoa killed at least 38 people.

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EU judicial body to suspend Poland for flouting freedom of courts 16 Aug 2018

BRUSSELS An organisation made up of the judiciaries of European Union states said on Thursday it planned to suspend Poland after political interference meant its legal system was no longer independent of the government.

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Migrant rescue ship arrives in Malta, ending standoff 15 Aug 2018

VALLETTA The Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius arrived at Valletta harbour in Malta on Wednesday to allow 141 migrants to get off, ending a five-day tug-of-war among European Union countries which had seen the vessel banned from docking in several ports. | Video

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U.S. says EU stalling on Airbus, blocks request for WTO compliance panel 15 Aug 2018

GENEVA The United States said on Wednesday the European Union and four of its planemaker states have failed to bring subsidies for Airbus into line with a WTO ruling of last May, an accusation refuted by the EU.

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Significant short-term market impact to no-deal Brexit - Hunt 15 Aug 2018

RIGA The short-term market impact will be significant if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said during a visit to Latvia on Wednesday.

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EU acting too slowly with Poland on court independence - top judge 15 Aug 2018

WARSAW Poland's top judge Malgorzata Gersdorf, who is locked in a dispute with the ruling party, has urged the European Union to move faster to defend her country's judiciary from government efforts to increase its influence over the courts.