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Europe’s patience with Iran wears thin, tiptoes towards Trump

In Tehran on Jan. 8 during a meeting with European envoys, Iranian officials abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door in an extraordinary break with protocol. The French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message… Read More

ECB concerned by reports Spanish bank BBVA hired firm to spy in 2004: sources

The ECB has expressed concerns over reports that Spanish bank BBVA (BBVA.MC) hired a former police chief in 2004 to spy on a would-be buyer and some of its officials have discussed it with the bank, a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters. Another source briefed about the… Read More

Plan to boost powers of EU finance watchdogs set to be put on hold

European Union finance ministers are set to put on hold a plan to strengthen the bloc’s financial watchdogs, as some states led by Luxembourg oppose ceding their national powers to supervise money managers, according to EU officials and documents. The reform, proposed by the EU executive commission in 2017, was… Read More
14th January 2019
AP — The head of Iran’s nuclear program said Sunday that the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new danger for the nuclear deal. Restarting enrichment at that level… Read More
11th January 2019
The European Union is failing to stem misuse of EU funds worth hundreds of millions of euros each year, and manages to recoup only about 15 percent of this sum, auditors said on Thursday. Fraudulent use of EU funds amounted to 391 million euros($451 million) in 2017, fairly typical of… Read More
10th January 2019
Iran said on Wednesday that it would reciprocate after the European Union added two Iranian individuals and an Iranian intelligence unit to the bloc’s terrorist list. EU ministers agreed on Tuesday to add the names to the list and freeze their assets, effective from Wednesday, as the Netherlands accused Iran… Read More
10th January 2019
A key element in the application of the risk-based approach (RBA) to financial crime is the identification by a firm of those countries with which its customers are closely linked and which are also adjudged to be high risk in financial crime terms. There are many lists of such high-risk… Read More
9th January 2019
The European Union on Tuesday froze the assets of an Iranian intelligence unit and two of its staff, as the Netherlands accused Iran of two killings on its soil and joined France and Denmark in alleging Tehran plotted other attacks in Europe. The move, although in part symbolic since one… Read More
8th January 2019
Faced with increased uncertainty in the outlook over the UK’s relationship with the EU, financial services firms have continued to relocate staff and assets away from London to Europe, in a bid to protect their clients and investors from the impact of any Brexit outcome. As of 30 November… Read More
8th January 2019
Up to 47 properties and numerous vehicles were seized in a police crackdown on a drug dealers’ network which involved investing drug money in the property market. In a joint operation between police in Spain, Italy, Argentina and Europol, almost 50 suspects were arrested regarding the gang’s activities, which… Read More
7th January 2019
Romania will hold the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union from 1 January to 30 June 2019. Among its goals, it seeks to address emerging security issues, terrorism and to support increased cohesion among EU member states. This is the first mandate for Romania, which is known for high-levels… Read More
7th January 2019
The European Union has extended its economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2019, citing a lack of progress in implementing an agreement over Moscow’s conflict with Ukraine. The measures, which target the financial, energy and defence sectors, and the area of dual-use goods, were… Read More
3rd January 2019
New rules designed to combat corporate tax avoidance in the European Union have kicked in. As of 1 January 2019, all member states shall apply new legally binding anti-abuse measures which will see authorities tax profits moved to low-tax countries where the company does not have any genuine economic activity… Read More