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Flip-flopping Clegg

Nick Clegg didn’t exactly come across as coherent in last night’s debate between party leaders when David Cameron challenged him on the fact that the Lib Dem manifesto still calls for the UK to join the euro.This was the exchange:David Cameron: “pe…

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Inspiring confidence?

The European Commission’s reaction to the Standard & Poor’s credit rating downgrade of Greece to “junk” status: “Who is Standard & Poor’s by the way?” asked Amadeu Altafaj, the spokesman for E.U. Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli R…

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Apolitical?

Just a quick note on the second televised leaders’ debate in the UK last week – in which something struck us about Nick Clegg’s description of his previous working experience (see here 11’20 in):“I worked in my previous life, before going into politi…

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With the election only two weeks away now the country has turned poll-crazy as we rate the stars, ahem, politicians with every twist and turn of the election horse track.The latest intrigue from the poll-vine comes from an interesting study released in…

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Hysterical and one-sided

It’s always amusing to witness journalists and politicians with euro-enthusiastic tendencies having a go at parts of the British press for being biased on Europe, while at the same time being guilty themselves of some seriously one-sided and dubious re…

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Although Europe has been seemingly neutralised as an election issue, and the main political parties have reached a rather settled position on the Lisbon Treaty, it does not give them license to play fast and loose with the facts of what the Treaty mean…

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An oldie, but a goodie

As readers are hopefully aware, EU regulation has been on our minds for the last few months as we put together our latest research on the ever increasing cost it has placed on the UK economy over the last eleven years. Old habits die hard and we were t…

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Eurozone finance ministers yesterday agreed on a €30bn loan commitment to Greece over the next year, as part of a three-year commitment, with the IMF potentially coughing up another €10-15 billion. The interest rate on the loans is set at five p…

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