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Thursday 7th April 2016

Tax havens and the flow of money: Incentives matter

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The leakage of the Panama papers has brought the issue of tax havens into the spotlight. Revelations that the rich and powerful feature in these papers is no surprise. There has been the expected outcry against the unfair advantages that tax havens confer on the wealthy and calls to legislate against tax avoidance more vigorously are only to be expected.
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Thursday 7th April 2016
Thursday 24th March 2016

The challenges for Turkey and their application for EU Membership

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After Turkey and the EU agreed a deal in response to the unprecedented migrant/refugee crisis that has caused havoc in Greece and a number of other EU countries, there has been some discussion on the possibility of Turkey joining the EU.
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Thursday 24th March 2016
Thursday 17th March 2016

The questions raised by freedom of information and arrests made for leaving children home alone

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Freedom of information requests and the ways these are interpreted by the media can answer important questions and shed light on particular custom and practice, on legal loopholes and on cases of ridiculously outdated law. However, such requests often raise more questions than they answer, highlighting a clear need for rigorous research and enquiry to explore what might be important lines of enquiry.
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Thursday 17th March 2016
Thursday 3rd March 2016

The Changing Face of Retail

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This week the British Retail Consortium sent out a warning that the high street may become an even more desolate place in the next few years. According to them the blame is to be laid at the door of the National Living Wage and apprenticeship levy, described by the report as having sound intentions that 'could fail on implementation'. The implication is that both businesses, especially small retail outlets that will not be able to afford the additional costs, and people who lose their jobs in retail and are unable to transition to other jobs, will be hardest hit.
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Thursday 3rd March 2016
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