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People in inner London, the EU's wealthiest region, are 10 times richer in terms of GDP/capita than people in Severozapaden, Bulgaria, the bloc's poorest,new EU commission figures say. Brussels, home to some 100,000 internationals, including EU staff, is the third richest and twice as rich as most of Belgium.
Russian authorities on Tuesday arrested a Lithuanian national for spying, reports the BBC. "The foreign spy was caught red-handed as he was receiving secret documents from a Russian citizen," stated the Federal Security Service. The FSB say the suspect is an officer from the Lithuanian military intelligence.
Six banks, including Barclays and RBS, received almost $6 billion in fines in a settlement on Wednesday for their role in a rate-fixing scandal. "The penalty all these banks will now pay is fitting, considering the long-running and egregious nature of their anticompetitive conduct," said the US attorney general.
In a review of Europe's wildlife, the European Commission concluded that EU conservation actions "have brought successes, but a much greater effort is required for the situation to improve significantly." While half of the bird species are secure, the conservation status of 60 percent of other wildlife species is unfavourable.
A slim centre-left majority in the European Parliament on Wednesday voted to have a mandatory EU-wide scheme on trading minerals originating from conflict areas. European business reacted with deep disappointment and pledged to continue to follow the developments closely, turning attention to the trialogue discussions which may start soon.