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Credit where credit is due.Regular readers of this blog will know that we’re not the biggest fans of the former Commissioner for Propaganda Communication, Margot Wallstrom. Margot and her office too often acted like outright lobbyists trying to promo…

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The frontpage of German magazine Focus this week features a picture of ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet – accompanied by the dramatic headline: “This man is risking your money”. Equally alarmist, the front page notes that “the interest rate time-bomb …

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Pretty bleak stuff from former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur in today’s Le Monde:Europe at 27 is doomed to confusion and failure. It suffers from problems that the Lisbon Treaty has failed to correct. Lack of authority: the 1950s structure, wi…

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Voting By Your Weight

Karl Otto Pöhl – former President of the Bundesbank – is quoted in German economic weekly Wirtschaftswoche, making an interesting observation. According to Pöhl, bigger eurozone countries (and most importantly the biggest of them all) should be given…

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As Bitter As Bile

It has been labelled in all manner of different terms: “a violent clash”, “a virile confrontation”, “a furious row”. But today’s Le Monde finally sheds a little light on what Sarkozy and Barroso told each other during their squabble over the Roma depor…

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