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EU to unveil 3% tax on digital giants

The EU Commission will present plans on Wednesday for hitting digital companies such as Google and Facebook, who reap significant revenues in Europe while paying little tax, with a tax of around three percent. It would apply to companies with taxable revenues above €50m on services offered in the EU. Unanimous approval from all 28 EU countries is required, meaning one dissenting country, for example Ireland, could block it.

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Open Arms may face fine in Spain 

Open Arms may face a fine of up to €901,000 for doing "search and rescue" without authorisation, but rescuing people who are shipwrecked is a legal duty, the NGO says.

Belgium's EU commission hopeful in free press row

Didier Reynders, Belgium's EU commissioner hopeful and foreign minister backed bill that could sentence whistle-blowers to five years in prison and fine journalists up to €5,000.

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The EU committee's great 'per diem' charade

Around 30 members of European Economic Social Committee, who live and work primarily in Brussels or nearby, have claimed €1.47m in a 'daily subsistence' allowance from European taxpayers to cover accommodation, food and local transport for meetings held in Brussels.

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