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Ben Vickers

Ben Vickers is European Web Editor for Bloomberg.com.

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Photograph by Adam Berry/Bloomberg

A Trillion Tax Euros Fall Between the Cracks

What was Europe’s debt problem is starting to look like Europe’s taxation problem. Words emerging from a one-day European Union summit in Brussels show EU leaders aren’t focused just on spending and deficits: they announced an investigation into “aggressive” use...

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Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/Bloomberg

Are Greek Bonds So Promising It’s Hard to Sell Them Back to Greece?

The Greek government’s bond buyback closes at noon London time. The deadline was extended from Dec. 7, when the amount tendered was approaching the government’s target. Greece plans to buy back debt for 10 billion euros, at about a third...

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Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Berlusconi Returns, But Will His Voters?

Silvio Berlusconi this weekend pulled the plug on Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti’s government. Angelino Alfano, general secretary of Berlusconi’s People of Liberty party, said the technocratic experiment was over and announced the PDL would partially withdraw support for Monti....

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Photograph by Dimitri Messinis/AP Photo

Photograph by Dimitri Messinis/AP Photo

EU Seeks Common View on Greek Debt – As Does Greece

Strikes in Greece over the next 48 hours will bring out public transport workers, hospital staff and air traffic controllers, among others, as unions try to pressure lawmakers voting this week on another round of austerity cuts, including a fifth...

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Photograph by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Photograph by Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Athens Braces for ‘Merkel Time’ as German Chancellor Flies In

A headline in Greek newspaper Ethnos describes today as “Merkel Time.” About 7,000 police are on duty in the center of Athens, half a dozen metro stations are closed from 10am and streets near Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s office are...

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Photograph by Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia to Hold Election, Seizing Chance to Force Rajoy on Autonomy

The Catalan regional government in Spain has called elections for Nov. 25. The theme for the poll has been set by regional president Artur Mas as self-determination – the question on voters’ minds will be whether Catalonia wants to stay...

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Photograph by Denis Doyle/Bloomberg

Labor Costs Drop in Poorest Parts of Europe — Earnings Gap Widens

It is becoming cheaper for companies to hire workers in the European Union — that is, so long as they stick to the most indebted euro member countries. Greece leads the way, if that’s the right expression, after hourly labor...

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