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Rejection of Swiss Corporate Tax Reform III by voters

The Swiss proposal for a third Corporate Tax Reform (CTR III) was rejected by a popular vote on Sunday, Feb 12th 2017. However, this is not the end of the political discussion or process. Switzerland has promised to show its commitment to the OECD, and to be compliant with international tax regulations by 2019.

The CTR III was rejected by 59.1% of the Swiss voters. Only three cantons and one half-canton (respectively VD, ZG, TI and NW) were in favour of the text – with a voting ratio of 60-40%. The proposal was a complete failure.

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EU scheme to kill cookie consent still has doubters

The cookie pop-ups that relentlessly pester us for our consent are maddening interruptions that sour our online experience. But these wearisome warnings over tracking activity might finally be consigned to the trash can of browsing history after the European Commission announced its shake-up of personal data rules. At least if EU decision makers and tech industry groups can sort out their differences over the new proposals.

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Is the EU doing enough for sustainable development?

In 2000, the United Nations agreed what would be one of its greatest successes: eight goals to help the world’s poorest people. The Millennium Development Goals addressed the most basic requirements of human life, like reducing child mortality, reversing the AIDS epidemic, and ensuring access to safe drinking water. They were arguably the largest collective promises world governments ever made to their citizens.

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(No) New Government in Italy

A week after Matteo Renzi resigned as Prime Minister following his defeat over the constitutional referendum, the former Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was asked by the President of the Republic to form a new government that will guide Italy into the next elections in February 2018.

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Writing off written declarations

Thanks to the European Parliament, March 24 is a date celebrated by Europeans with as much veneration and delight as July 14, November 9 or December 25. For March 24 is, of course, the European Day of Artisanal Gelato.

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Is Europe ready for clean energy?

Clean energy should be an easy sell. It is not just about phasing out dirty and impactful fuels, while meeting climate change goals. It is also about being smarter with energy, so the electricity we use is efficiently resourced and distributed. Clean energy technology has an obvious economic appeal, with countries increasingly recognising that it will help spur job creation and growth for years to come. And it is well-suited for common European action, with costs of renewables softened if they are shared widely and connected across the continent.

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The rivals scrambling to succeed Schulz

Martin Schulz, so long a fixture in European Union politics, is finally leaving the European Parliament, where he has been president for almost five years. First elected in 1994, Schulz’s time patrolling the Parliament’s cavernous chambers has seen MEPs gain more power and influence, even as the European project has endured its greatest crises since its creation six decades ago. While he now positions himself as the centre-left’s standard bearer in Germany and challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the focus in Brussels passes to Schulz’s would-be successors, and the intricate political calculations needed to restack the EU’s house of cards.

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The Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 is on track

Swiss voters turned down a Green initiative that demanded the rapid disposal of nuclear plants. Instead, voters preferred the gradual phasing out of nuclear energy in Switzerland.

While the amount of nuclear power plants keeps growing worldwide, the Swiss electorate had to decide whether Switzerland’s five plants should be shut down after 45 years of operating at maximum capacity. An adoption of the popular initiative would have deemed the operation of nuclear power plants unconstitutional, but the text was rejected by more than 54% of the people, and 20 out of 26 cantons.

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