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€228 million for entrepreneurs in Cyprus, €300 million for Dutch SMEs, and €200 million for a train in Spain: The European Investment Bank promised three quarters of a billion Euro in loans to help keep economies moving during the credit crunch – and that was just Friday! The Bank has pledged to make €30 billion… » read more

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Zhe Song, China’s main man in the EU, is every bit the modern Chinese diplomat: he knows the official line inside out and offers polite frustration in the face of what he sees as the West’s frequent misunderstanding of China. But he’s pragmatic and outward-looking; he talks of progress and consensus-building. Indeed, as evidenced by… » read more

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Call it a spoof, call it a stunt, but Greenpeace‘s cheeky ‘Special Edition’ of the International Herald Tribune was a masterclass in attracting attention in an age of information overload. The enviro-lobby gave out 50,000 copies of its fake 8-page IHT in capital cities across Europe today, handing them out at train stations and in… » read more

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Oh dear. As if the debate on nanotechnology were not complex enough, it now seems companies are quietly burying references to nanomaterials contained in consumer produts. Until recently, branding something as containing ‘nanotechnology’ was seen as a plus – a marketing boost. Now though, a new pattern is emerging. Consumer groups in Norway, the UK… » read more

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Close the airports, lock up your children, stockpile tinned food and quarantine the next person who sneezes – we’re headed for an all-out flu pandemic! The WHO is preparing to raise the swine flu (sorry, A/H1N1 influenza) outbreak to level six on its six-point pandemic scale. This is it. This is red alert – the… » read more

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