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18th Dec 2017

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EU washes hands of Hungarian media

The European Commission has said it has no legal power to help journalists in Hungary after the abrupt closure of Nepszabadsag, a leading government-critical newspaper. An EU spokeswoman said on Monday that it was "mainly" up to national authorities to protect media plurality. Nepszabadsag stopped publication citing economic reasons. But its journalists suspect a government crackdown prompted by its articles on corruption in PM Viktor Orban's circle.

EU set to probe Ikea tax affairs

Swedish founded furniture retailer Ikea has reportedly been targeted by the European Commission, which is set to launch an investigation into how tax schemes in the Netherlands allegedly enabled it to avoid paying into public coffers.

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