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Catalonia referendum result could spook investors in short term

The uncertainty that the Catalonian referendum has sparked over independence from Spain is likely to result in a slowdown in FDI, economic experts say. Jason Mitchell reports.

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Frankfurt (Oder) makes the most of its connections

Frankfurt (Oder) enjoys a favourable strategic location, within close proximity to Berlin and with access to both the German and Polish markets. Natasha Turak looks at how this makes the small city unique when it comes to attracting investment.

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London still reigns among IFCs... but for how long?

London has long been first choice in Europe for financial services firms to headquarter. Since the Brexit vote, however, global banks are choosing to relocate some or all of their operations to centres such as Dublin and Frankfurt – so where does this leave the UK capital? 

EU sues Ireland over €13bn Apple payment

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gets tough over Ireland’s perceived tardiness in reclaiming funds owed by Apple.

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China named 2017’s fastest growing nation brand

China’s national brand has increased significantly in 2017 at 44%, reflecting a general global dynamic where Asian countries are advancing while Western countries are stagnating.

German election result casts doubt on eurozone integration plans

Angela Merkel may have won the election, but the German chancellor’s plans for closer eurozone co-operation may face tough opposition from likely coalition partner the FDP. Natasha Turak reports.

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Viewpoint: A five-point M&A plan for UK companies during Brexit

Although Brexit has raised short-term concerns over FDI flows, the UK economy’s compelling pro-business characteristics should see flows continue at a robust rate. The recent dip in overseas buying of UK companies is also likely to be short-term, though businesses seeking overseas buyers should present the best case to attract foreign corporate suitors, says Lord Leigh of Hurley.

UK commercial property investment up on 2016 in H1

A report by Savills shows UK commercial property sector in general good health but warns six sectors, including retail warehouses and regional offices, could feel pressure on yields. Louis Bearn reports.

Brussels sends strong message with FDI vetting plan

The European Commission has backed legislation to enable the blocking of takeovers by non-EU countries such as China, and ban ‘circumvention’ attempts by shell companies.

Poland's commitment to FDI put to the test at Krynica forum

While Poland's FDI performance and its competitive edge remain strong, the country's government must be conscious of the message it is sending to investors with nationalist rhetoric, warned participants at the Krynica Economic Forum in south-east Poland the first week of September. 

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The Tuscan city of Florence is best known for the treasures of its past, but a focus on the four key sectors of culture, education, fashion and lifestyle, and high technology is taking the local economy into the future.

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