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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 31st March 2016

Passover in 2016: reflecting on the current refugee crisis

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As we approach the Jewish festival of Passover in 2016 we are witnessing in the millions an exodus of refugees from war torn countries in the Middle East. Having survived unspeakable violence, this present day exodus leaves Europe with many strangers in our communities and untold more hoping for food and shelter.
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Thursday 31st March 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important questions and shed light on particular custom and practice, on legal loopholes and on cases of ridiculously outdated law.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
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