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EC calls for creation of virtual currency supervisory taskforce

The European Commission has to create a taskforce to combat the use of virtual currency, like Bitcoin, to launder illegally acquired funds and finance terrorism, noted the European Parliament in its resolution approved on Thursday, 26 May.

EP: no one in Europe should be forced to choose between food and heating

In their Thursday’s approved resolution, members of the European Parliament requested giving consumers more influence over the energy market. They propose stimulating collective procurements, energy generation in households, price equalization opportunities and make the process for changing energy suppliers or tariffs less complicated.

Price of oil reaches USD 50

Oil price has this week for the first time this year reached and surpassed USD 50) per barrel under the pressure of supply disruptions.

With Brexit vote nearing, migration to UK record high

With the British referendum on the UK leaving the European Union, official statistics show that in 2015, 330 000 more people have moved to the country than left it.

Putin sees no unsolvable differences between Russia and EU

To surpass differences in bilateral relations Russia and the European Union should form a partner dialogue on a fair and equal basis, Russian President Vladimir Putin evaluated in an article published in a Greek daily prior to his visit to Athens.

Six of the world’s most dangerous mountains for climbers

Don’t bother asking climbers why they climb mountains – chances are their answers won’t make any sense to you. According to George Mallory, the mountain climber who had conquered Everest multiple times, the most important thing is the feeling one gets when reaching the peak. This feeling is not something that can be accurately described.

French nuclear plant workers join labour reform protests

With mass protests in France against highly unpopular labour reforms continuing, nuclear power plant workers have begun a strike on May 26.

Photo insight into the world’s most marvellous race Mille Miglia

The 34th Mille Miglia, the world’s most marvellous race, took place at the end of the week. The 1,000 mile race from Brescia to Rome and back featured several hundred historic cars. 450 cars from more than 40 countries participated in this year’s race.

Index of German business optimism points to improving climate in eurozone

An authoritative index of German entrepreneur optimism has grown unexpectedly, indicating that the business climate in eurozone’s leading economy is improving.

French tax officials investigate Google over alleged tax fraud

France’s tax officials have on May 24 conducted a large raid in Google’s offices in Paris as the American internet company is accused of unpaid taxes.

Eurogroup agrees to pay further bailout loans to Greece

The finance ministers of eurozone countries have on the night to May 25 reached an agreement on paying next bailout loans in the amount of 10.3 billion euros to Greece and on debt relief.

15,000 Lithuanians call for ban on electricity from Belarus’ nuclear plant

In Lithuania more than 15,000 people have signed a petition for a law that would ban buying energy from the Astravyets nuclear plant being built near the Belarus border with Lithuania.

Poland hopes Latvia’s records will help investigates the Smolensk plane crash

Records of Latvian authorities and satellite images provided by NASA could help Poland investigate the 2010 Smolensk plane crash, in which Polish President Lech Kaczynski and a number of Polish high-rank officials were killed, as reported by Polish Radio.

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