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EU banks urged to protect Ukrainian refugees' rights

Banks in the EU can apply lighter background checks than usual on Ukrainian refugees so they quickly gain access to basic financial services, the European Banking Authority, a Paris-based regulator, said Wednesday. It also warned banks to look out for tell-tale signs of labour exploitation, such as very low wage transfers. "All refugees are vulnerable and may be at significant risk of human trafficking and exploitation," it said.

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The military-industrial complex cashing-in on the Ukraine war

From the outset, arms manufacturers eyed this war as a profitable business opportunity. Structural changes took place across the EU, not only to fast-track arms to Ukraine, but also to make more public finance available to the highly-lucrative arms industry.

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Borrell gets pension from MEP fund set for taxpayer bailout

Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, is currently drawing a pension from a European Parliament fund that is some €400m in debt and may require a taxpayer bailout at a time of rising inflation and high energy costs.

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Autocrats make us all less secure

How should democratic states co-operate with authoritarian governments in the future? My organisation, Democracy Reporting International, has studied the security strategies of 13 democratic governments to understand how they see this relationship.

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