The Irish government is engaged in talks with EU institutions and the International Monetary Fund to try to find a way of reducing the debt burden on the country for the bank bailout, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed.
Coalition in EU talks on easing debt burden, says Noonan – The Irish Times
Fifteen million Italians do not declare either income, savings or bank accounts to the tax authorities. PM Mario Monti's government is preparing a plan to oblige banks to divulge information about their clients.
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The hunt for tax evaders – La Repubblica
"Occupy" demonstrators camped outside the landmark London cathedral have decided to leave the site before forced evictions begin. There since October 15, the cathedral has offered protesters a "limited presence with an information tent".
Protesters to end occupation of St Paul's – The Independent
Two and half years after the fall of former president Vladimir Voronin, the Moldovan parliament has still not managed to elect a new head of state. On December 16, interim president and the Alliance for European Integration party candidate Marian Lupu failed to win the 61 votes needed. New parliamentary elections are anticipated.
December 16, 2011: a "farce" or an "historic" day – Timpul
The Belgian minister of defence has denied that police were unprepared in dealing with the violence that broke out on 16 and 17 December in the Matonge district of Brussels, mainly populated by Congolese immigrants. Supporters of oppostion candidate Etienne Tshisekedi were protesting again alleged fraud in the recent reelection of President Joseph Kabila in the DRC.
Milquet refutes laxness in Matonge district – Le Soir
Half the wines for sale on the Romanian market are adulterated, according to a study by the Romanian agency for consumer protection.
How to turn water into wine? The secret of Bacchus – România libera
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