Worker figures fear
The EU could lose about a sixth of its younger working-age population by 2025 if there is no further immigration to the bloc.
According to the report from the European University Institute, countries such as Italy and Spain could suffer a drop of 30pc. Declining fertility was one of the reasons why the number of people under 45 will plunge from 131.2m in 2010 to 109.8m by 2025.
UK HOUSING BOOST
Britain's house builders are working on the biggest number of new homes since the financial crisis.
The government said private house builders started building 28,580 new homes in the July-September period this year, the highest number begun in a quarter since the first three months of 2008, and 29pc higher than the same period in 2012. The launch in April of a scheme to help buyers who put up deposits as small as 5pc has been heavily criticised for fuelling rampant price growth by encouraging demand without boosting supply.
SINO-EU TREATY TALKS
China and the European Union will begin talks on a landmark treaty aimed at boosting investment that lags behind burgeoning trade and at tackling thorny market access issues.
Chinese premier Li Keqiang and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said in Beijing that the potential agreement would increase openness and deepen cooperation, as well as boosting investment, which has not kept pace with trade growth. "Trade volume between the two sides has increased at a very fast pace, but we must realise that there is still great potential for China and the EU to increase direct investment between each other," Mr Li said.
GOLF FIRM TEES UP US
Irish golf marketing company Golfgraffix has signed a deal with Nicklaus Design to bring its digital marketing products to the US and China. The new venture, known as Jack Nicklaus Digital Course Solutions, has already got six projects in the US, Russia, Vietnam and China and reports a further €350,000 worth of sales in the pipeline.
Next year's PGA Championship venue in Valhalla in Kentucky was one of the first courses to benefit from the Irish company's products under the partnership agreement. Golfgraffix, which was set up by John Aherne in 2009, plans to take on five new members of staff over the next 12 months.