The decision, which will see Panama being among the eight, has not been universally welcomed, with some saying that the credibility of such a blacklist has been damaged barely months after it was created.
Enforcement remains the biggest challenge, with EU countries split over whether blacklisted countries should be subject to financial sanctions or if featuring on the list itself is shame enough.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy calls on Catalans to support him in a regional election as Catalan Parliament Speaker Carme Forcadell and five other legislators appear before Spain's Supreme Court.
The leaks, which shed further light on how the global elite manages its money after the Panama Papers and LuxLeaks scandal, were centre-stage at Tuesday's meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels.
The European Commission says 'Brexit' may cause uncertainty and thus downward pressure on the British economy, a few days after the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issues a similar warning.
Euro zone and IMF officials say Greece and its lenders will not make deal to unlock loans and enable vital debt relief talks
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