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Another twist

Here’s another thought for the weekend.Apart from the legal obstacles (at least on paper) involved in giving emergency support to Greece – something we’ve touched on many times before – there may be a second legal hurdle that EU leaders have to clear …

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MEPs on the European Parliament’s Budget Committee voted on Wednesday to award themselves an extra €1,500 and to hire an additional 150 staff. MEPs say they’re in desperate need of more money because the Lisbon Treaty is now in force which means more…

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As Greece’s troubles continue (save yesterday’s temporary boost), the debate on whether the EU Treaties legally allow the EU to bail out one of its member states rages on. On his blog, the FT’s EU correspondent Tony Barber claims that the “EU possesses…

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Kick-start

Open Europe has a short article in this month’s edition of Parliament Magazine, detailing how the Spanish EU Presidency could contribute to getting Europe’s economy back on track. We argue:Instead of trying to make economic underperformance illegal an…

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You can never leave

A recent legal paper by the European Central Bank deals with the subject: “Withdrawal and Expulsion from the EU and EMU: Some reflections”. It has received quite a bit of attention. Unsurprising, perhaps, given the state of the Greek economy (see h…

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An issue facing those who want to constructively question the path of EU integration – the kind of democratic opposition that is desperately lacking from EU politics, most notably in the European Parliament – is that EU enthusiasts automatically portra…

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Whiplash

We confess that we are getting a touch of whiplash trying to keep up with the Lib Dems’ constant to-ing and fro-ing over their position on a referendum on the ‘EU question’.As you might remember, the Lib Dems backed a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in…

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A question of trust

An interesting new poll from Politics Home of 1,200 voters has found that less than half of Labour voters expect the party to fulfill its manifesto pledges.50% of Labour voters think it is fairly, or very unlikely to fulfill its manifesto pledges, whic…

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