Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… azprom, the country’s largest gas producer; it supplies about a third of Europe’s natural gas. In a filing submitted Friday and effective that day …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… y, when a handful of companies based in loosely regulated jurisdictions in Europe and the Caribbean began offering online gambling games worldwide, includin …"

Japan reaffirms its plan to produce plutonium

By Douglas Birch and Jake Adelstein

The Abe government’s new energy plan calls for completing the Rokkasho plutonium fuel factory despite U.S. concern it poses terrorism risks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… pile of 44 tons of plutonium, some of which is stored in Japan and some in Europe. U.S. officials have complained to their Japanese counterparts that the p …"

CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

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"… e scientists and NGOs involved in groups such as CENCAM, many of them from Europe and United States, focus on brutal working conditions in the sugar industr …"

Two Center projects are finalists for esteemed Goldsmith Prize

By Bill Buzenberg

'Secrecy for Sale' and 'Breathless and Burdened' up for investigative reporting award.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… weeping policy changes and high-profile resignations around the world. The European Union’s top tax official has called Offshore Leaks “the most signifi …"

"… ficial has called Offshore Leaks “the most significant trigger” behind Europe’s newfound resolve to crack down on offshore hideaways and global tax do …"

How ICIJ reported on China's offshore leaks

By The Center for Public Integrity

ICIJ reporter Marina Walker Guevara takes you behind the China leaks story.

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"… ther to work on a highly sensitive investigation alongside colleagues from Europe and the U.S.  The meeting kicked off a six-month probe into the  …"

ICIJ offshore records reveal tax haven clients in China, Hong Kong

Files shed light on more than 20,000 tax haven clients from Hong Kong and mainland China.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ICIJ has sifted through with help from more than 50 reporting partners in Europe, North America, Asia and other regions. Since last April, ICIJ’s storie …"

Highlights of Offshore Leaks so far

By Kimberley Porteous and Emily Menkes

Highlights of ICIJ's offshore leaks investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… for his unpaid fine of 167.2 billion won ($149.3 million).   One of Europe’s top bankers offered his resignation one day after news broke that he s …"

"… Zurich-based law firm Lenz & Staehlin has aided some of Europe's richest families park their wealth offshore. “People don’t set …"

"… ne Zurich-based law firm, Lenz & Staehlin, has aided some of Europe's richest families park their wealth offshore. “People don’t set …"

High bladder cancer rate shrouds New York plant, exposing chemical hazards in the workplace

By Jim Morris

A decades-long spate of bladder cancer at a Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y. spotlights limits of regulation over dangerous chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… onal Labour Office in Geneva summarized the findings of Rehn and others in Europe, deeming it “absolutely necessary that in factories in which workers are …"

"… it from countries such as Germany, China and India. The compound is on the European Chemicals Agency’s version of a blacklist, along with 143 other “sub …"

Push against offshore secrecy an uphill battle

By Michael Hudson

Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… painted the OECD, which like FATF is headquartered in Paris, as a band of European socialists bent on destroying free enterprise. Along with calling o …"

"… change, winning small victories but also hitting roadblocks. In 2012, the European Union’s tax commissioner, Lithuanian economist Algirdas Semeta, found …"

"… alled a “perfect storm” of events would soon transform tax politics in Europe, making it easier for him and like-minded officials around the world to pu …"

"… the most significant trigger” in the transformation of tax politics in Europe. Days after the leak stories broke, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

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"… ,500 to buy business class seats for Brewer and an aide on flights to Europe for an economic development trip last year, for example. Team ACA ha …"

'Offshore Leaks' investigation earns ICIJ an honorary doctorate from Belgian university

By Bill Buzenberg

Director Gerard Ryle accepts honorary degree from University of Liège in Belgium this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ing some gratifying recognition for our major tax haven investigation from Europe, where the project has been one of the year’s biggest stories. Just this …"

In new battleground over toxic reform, American Chemistry Council targets the states

By Ronnie Greene

The fight between industry and activists over regulation of toxic chemicals has shifted from Washington, D.C., to state venues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… define words in the proposal, or explain how it compared with practices in Europe. Critics pitched their own amendments, each one triggering more questions …"

Global impact of ‘Offshore Leaks’ grows

By Bill Buzenberg

The global impact of our latest international investigation has been astonishing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… nt, hauling away paintings and other big-ticket items; In Austria, one of Europe’s most famed bankers abruptly resigned; And, in Great Britain and Franc …"

"… e Philippines, Greece, Canada, India, Mongolia, Austria and Australia. In Europe, the EU’s top tax official credits ICIJ with transforming tax politics, …"

"… cretary of state says “Offshore Leaks woke up many Belgians” and other Europeans as well. “We're in a completely different context today,” he says. …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

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"… ounts of smuggled plutonium were recovered by law-enforcement officials in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, according to the International Atomic Ener …"

More bundlers picked for plush ambassador posts

By Michael Beckel

Obama picks campaign fundraisers for diplomatic posts in Belgium and the Dominican Republic.

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"… fter Obama picked three major campaign moneymen to serve as ambassadors in Europe. Denise Bauer — who served as the finance chair for Women for Obama dur …"

Obama’s nuclear targeting revisions create a path to smaller arsenals

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Obama's plan embraces cuts that Moscow remains reticent to endorse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… pons: strategic or long-range; tactical — meaning those deployed in Europe; and the large U.S. inventory of bombs and warheads held in reserve. Obam …"

"… deploying tactical nuclear weapons aboard bombers and fighter aircraft in Europe, a posture that independent arms control advocates and some European gover …"

"… raft in Europe, a posture that independent arms control advocates and some European government officials have criticized as a relic of the Cold War. UPDATE: …"

"… the directive requires a persistent capability to deploy these weapons in Europe, it does not specifically order their deployment -- a circumstance that le …"

ICIJ releases offshore leaks database revealing names behind secret companies, trusts

By Marina Walker Guevara

Users can search ICIJ information about more than 100,000 offshore entities and discover the networks around them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e of cards; when food distributors passed off horsemeat as beef lasagna in Europe; and when Apple, Google and other American companies set up structures to …"

"… ion – knocking down what the EUobserver called “a wall of apathy” in Europe that had thwarted previous attempts to attack offshore secrecy. “I pers …"

"… resident Francois Hollande called for the “eradication” of tax havens. Europe’s largest economic powers — the U.K., France, Spain, Italy and Ge …"

"… tive tax havens, said it will share information with tax authorities about European and U.S. citizens with bank accounts in the country. Another “onshore …"

Obama campaign fundraisers picked for plum ambassadorships

By Michael Beckel

Obama’s new picks for ambassadorships in Denmark, Germany and Spain are all major fundraisers.

Reform pushed to G-8 meeting agenda after ICIJ's offshore tax haven investigation

By Bill Buzenberg

Series hardened political will to tackle problem of tax evasion, EU commissioner says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… f Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) continues to reverberate, especially in Europe. Tax havens will be high on the agenda when the G-8 countries sit down for …"

"… that tax transparency overrides the principle of data privacy. Likewise, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy says there has been a "real breakthr …"

"… s ago. . . . There is a strong political will by the leaders, not only the Europeans but also on a global level, to go forward in attacking tax fraud and ta …"

Target malfunctions imperil U.S. missile defense effort

By Richard H.P. Sia

The Pentagon is repeatedly taking risks by using old or untested missile parts, and paying hundreds of millions of dollars in extra costs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e military plans its first test of the missile defense system intended for Europe. In one of the most complex such experiments the Pentagon has ever attempt …"

"… then with a presidential announcement in 2009 on U.S. missile defenses in Europe,” Chaplain told the senators. Budget constraints “have already ne …"

"… critical piece of land- and sea-based defenses scheduled to be deployed to Europe beginning in 2015. The GMD system has not had a successful interceptor te …"

Practice attack on Moscow was anything but routine

By Douglas Birch

Did 1983 U.S.-NATO war game bring the world to the brink of Armageddon?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… revealed: A total of 40,000 U.S. and NATO troops were moved across Western Europe, with 16,044 more U.S.-based troops being airlifted overseas in …"

"… s, and pressed for the deployment of new Pershing II missiles in Europe capable of reaching Moscow in less than ten minutes. Considered in a vacu …"

"… at is, Soviet — arms deliveries to Syria, coupled with unrest in Eastern Europe. Rising tensions and a change in the Soviet leadership triggered an invas …"

Release of offshore records draws worldwide response

By Kimberley Porteous and Michael Hudson

Tax commissioner in China vows crackdown on offshore tax avoidance and tax fraud, following ICIJ reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ed from getting funding from the budget or from state banks.   The European Parliament voted last week to strengthen its requirements for automatic …"

"… nues in the EU,” stated a summary of the reform that was prepared by the European Parliament’s Green Party. The Danish Tax Minister announced a plan …"

"… ian tax authorities. The Chief Executive Officer of one of Europe’s biggest banks, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, has resigne …"

"… ed with the Raiffeisen banking group for four decades and took its eastern European division public, used companies in Hong Kong and the British Virgin …"

ICIJ tax havens investigation pushes countries to launch investigations

By Bill Buzenberg

U.S., U.K. and Australia jointly announce investigations into offshore tax haven accounts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e ICIJ investigation into tax havens has become a major political issue in Europe, and the results of our investigation have been cited more than 9,000 time …"

Authorities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia announce new international tax haven investigation

Government data appears similar to 2.5 million secret files unearthed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… milies and associates of long-time despots, Wall Street swindlers, Eastern European and Indonesian billionaires, Russian corporate executives, international …"

"… s, international arms dealers and a sham-director-fronted company that the European Union has labeled as a cog in Iran’s nuclear-development program. The …"

"… sparked government inquiries, resignations and a new sense of urgency from European leaders to fight tax evasion. A few days after the articles ran, Europe …"

"… European leaders to fight tax evasion. A few days after the articles ran, Europe’s five biggest economic powers — Britain, France, Germany, Italy and S …"

EU continues to seek action after ICIJ 'Secrecy for Sale' investigation

By Bill Buzenberg

Europe continues to seek action after ICIJ tax havens investigation; Center environment team to be honored at White House association dinner

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… reaction from around the globe and appears to be having a major impact in Europe. The investigative series on offshore secrecy by The International Consort …"

"… s of the records and the reporting. Among the latest developments: The European Commissioner on Taxation Algirdas Šemeta and Irish Finance Minister Mic …"

"… us" on tax fraud, and says it will ask ICIJ to supply names and details of European citizens from its data. Finance ministers and central bankers at the G2 …"

"… as the global standard for overcoming international tax evasion. Skeptical European leaders reportedly "became more enthusiastic" after the public outcry ov …"

Continuing our investigation into the trillion-dollar world of offshore tax havens

By Bill Buzenberg

Our investigation into the previously secret world of tax havens from the British Virgin Islands to Singapore continues throughout 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… bsp; Already we can see the impact the stories are having, especially in Europe, where governments have been moving toward more transparency: French Pr …"

"… -Claude Juncker announced his country plans to lift bank secrecy rules for European Union citizens who have savings based in the country, ending decades of …"

"… d by the ICIJ investigation have evaded taxes or laundered money. And the European Commissioner for Taxation, Algirdas Šemeta, called for an automatic exc …"

Georgia House approves ethics reform package

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Calls for change followed F from State Integrity Investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… e. In 2010, for instance, Ralston and his family went on a $17,000 trip to Europe paid for by high-speed rail lobbyists. In a blog post written after the H …"

Lawmakers in Southeast call for ethics reform

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislators in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina want change

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… y have no limits. In 2010, for example, lobbyists funded a $17,000 trip to Europe for GOP House Speaker David Ralston and his family to learn about high-spe …"

Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

By Jim Morris

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… in Scotland. “They’re going to be significant for plastics workers in Europe, India, China, Africa, the United States. The chemicals will have the same …"