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A costly business

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Changes in business rates – the equivalent of council tax for businesses – are causing a storm of protest. The property values used to calculate business rates are being updated from the levels set seven years ago (having been deferred for two years to avoid this happening in an election year). As from the 1 April,…

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The next steps

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We’ll be running a regular series of pieces looking at the view from Brussels on Brexit with contributions from the UK and EU politicians playing key roles in the negotiations. To start the series, Richard Corbett MEP asks what is the EU planning while it waits for Britain to fire the Brexit starting pistol? Headlines…

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A feminist foreign policy

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Sweden is the first county in the world to champion a feminist foreign policy. The country has a population of 10 million people and is one of Europe’s biggest donors of foreign aid. It is also among the top five exporters of arms around the world. However, under the leadership of its foreign minister Margot…