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Brussels proposes to toughen EU visa policy

The EU Commission proposed Wednesday changes to the EU's common visa policy, to deal with security concerns, migration challenges and opportunities offered by technological developments. Source: European Business News

Crocs shoes design loses EU patent: Court

The General Court of the European Court of Justice confirmed Wednesday the cancellation of registration of Crocs' design, because it was made available to the public before its registration. Source: European Business News

Advisers set for tighter EU scrutiny over tax schemes

EU Member States reached political agreement Tuesday on new transparency rules for tax advisers, accountants, banks and lawyers who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients. Source: European Business News

The strange limbo of a Russian university

IN VLADIMIR NABOKOV’S “Invitation to a beheading” the protagonist never finds out why he is to be executed. Cincinnatus, as he was called, was popular among his jailers, but none of them was able to say why their prisoner had to lose his life. Nabokov died in 1977 and...

EU experts urge code of practice to counter fake news

A Code of Practices for online platforms and social networks is one of a series of recommendations put forward Monday by a high-level group of experts set up by the EU to counter the spread of disinformation. Source: European Business News

Brussels to boost cross-border investment funds market

The EU Commission outlined another step towards the development of its Capital Markets Union Monday by promoting alternative sources of financing and removing barriers to cross-border investments. Source: European Business News

China still tops EU dangerous products report

53 per cent of dangerous consumer goods reported to the EU originate in China, Commissioner for Consumer Affairs Vera Jourova said Monday as she presented the 2017 annual report on dangerous goods. Source: European Business News


Innovation and sustainability to ensure future of Indonesian batik

CIREBON, Indonesia:  Batik is not just a pattern on fabric - it is integral to Indonesian identity.  Every design has a special meaning and a story that has been passed down through the generations by the artisans who have mastered this craft.  Batik is a wearable art...

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