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Maltese prime minister plans for energy independence

Lawrence Gonzi, prime minister of Malta, says his country is too dependent on foreign energy, and hits out at the EU over its illegal immigration policy

European mayors tout their cities' real estate offerings

The mayors of six major European cities tell Spencer Andersonand Courtney Fingarabout the signature development plans and projects they hoped to promote at the Mipim 2011 global real estate gathering.

China steps up FDI into eastern Europe

Figures from fDiMarkets show a huge increase in projects and capital expenditure in 2010

UK ends games sector tax breaks but figures hold up

Some companies in the gaming industry are considering closing their offices in the UK following the government’s decision last June to scrap tax relief for this sector

Roubini criticises Russian FDI policy

Renowned economist describes country's approach to foreign investment as "not friendly"

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Slovenia pushes for return to prosperity

Once one of the most stable and healthy economies in Europe, Slovenia was hit hard by the financial crisis and is now putting FDI at the centre of its growth plan by making it easier for foreign companies to invest in the country

Italy flies in the face of FDI fashion

Foreign direct investment plummeted across much of Europe during 2008 and 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but in Italy it increased 75%. Could this growth signal a change in the country's long-term prospects, or was it just a temporary fillip? Polly Botsford investigates

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EU directive causes uncertainty for foreign investors

The EU has finalised a new directive regulating private equity and hedge funds. But how it differentiates between EU and non-EU managers could have serious implications reports Polly Botsford

Forward thinking gives Wallonia the edge

Thanks to the Walloon government's initiatives to encourage investment and innovation, the region has benefited from a string of high-tech, mixed-use developments that have stimulated both the local economy and foreign investment. By Tom Blass

Cyprus seeks to cash in on Ucits IV fund management opportunity

New legislation is opening the European fund-management industry to more competition. Officials in Cyprus are encouraging managers to domicile their funds on the island in a bid to boost its financial sector

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