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The EU in 2010

As 2009 draws to a close, Open Europe today looks ahead to 2010 and what the EU has in store.From 1 January 2010, Spain takes over the six-month rotating ‘presidency’, currently held by Sweden.The new Lisbon Treaty rules mean that the country holding t…

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Amid all thee excitement over the EU bureaucrats’ demands for an inflation-busting 3.7% payrise smack in the middle of the worst recession since the 1930s, Bruno Waterfield at the Telegraph brings us news that according to an internal document seen by …

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There has been no shortage of stories recently about the troubles looming in Eurozone countries Greece and Spain. These problems have now prompted Angela Merkel to call for direct EU intervention in the economic and social policies of highly indebted c…

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Dear Dirk

Last week, we were told by journalists that Dirk Ahner, the Commission’s Director-General for regional policy, had apparently sent a letter to the members of the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control committee, criticising Open Europe’s 50 examples o…

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Out there in eurospace

Foreign Secretary David Miliband appeared before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee this afternoon to discuss developments in the EU, ahead of the formal six-monthly European Council meeting in Brussels on Thursday and Friday this we…

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In his PBR today Alistair Darling has announced a public sector pay freeze for 4 million UK workers, including vital frontline staff such as nurses, police and teachers.Meanwhile, over in la-la land, the Dutch, French and Spanish press report that EU c…

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Today, a campaign to ‘save herbal medicine’ was launched. Campaigners are calling on the Government to prevent herbal medicines disappearing from the high street when an EU ban comes into place in April 2011.Save Herbal Medicine fears that much of the…

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Saying it like it is

Yesterday saw the last debate on European Affairs in the House of Commons before the next General Election, and by the look of it it was, as usual, very poorly attended and only by the usual suspects – many of whom happen to be extremely well-informed,…

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