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Following the infamous “Obama snub”, the ‘EU as global power’ project has suffered another humiliating dressing down this week. This time the reality check comes from the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy, who, in hi…

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As details of a possible bailout plan for Greece, which could emerge from tomorrow’s EU summit, are leaked, it is becoming clearer that ‘solidarity’ for some EU leaders is not a one way street.And we are not necessarily referring to German demands for …

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Not playing along

Following its succesful campaign to pressure Ireland into signing the Lisbon Treaty, the EU elite now seems set on an even bigger task: forcing Germany to accept a bailout plan for Greece. A range of selcted EU leaders hope that Germany will give in a…

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Left waiting

It seems that the lack of scrutiny for Parliament since the Lisbon Treaty came into effect is not restricted to the SWIFT agreement. Documents from the European Scrutiny Committee point that three additional measures have been limited to only four week…

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We’ve been here before

The Spanish EU Presidency yesterday decided to shelve a vote on the proposed AIFM Directive on hedge funds and private equity due to “a last-minute intervention by Gordon Brown”, according to the FT. The talks apparently stalled on British concerns ove…

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Nightmare Lisbon Treaty

Today, the Lisbon Treaty has been in force for 100 days. The result? A more democratic and open EU? A Union which voters have an easier time understanding and identifying themselves with? Simpler and more ‘streamlined’ institutions? Not quite.On it’s …

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The Karlsruhe factor

As riot police today were forced to use tear gas against violent crowds in Athens protesting against further Greek spending cuts to narrow the country’s budget deficit (and save the eurozone), we recieved another reminder of German opposition to any cr…

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