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Update 11.50 30/10/14:Reuters is reporting that an EU spokesperson has said a deal is “very close” and talks will continue today, as we note below. As we also say below, a deal is still doable and likely, the question remains whether any form of EU pay…

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The European Commission has given France and Italy a preliminary nod through on their draft budgets for 2015. In a statement released yesterday evening, Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said:”After taking into account all of the further informa…

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On this blog, we have been tracking Podemos, Spain’s six-month-old anti-establishment party, since its very first success in the European Parliament elections in May – when the party came from nowhere to secure five MEPs (see here and here). The rise o…

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Update 24/10/14 17.05:Outgoing Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has just given his press conference which frankly did not clear much up. Barroso insisted, as the Dutch position below does, that this payment demand is part of an annual adjustmen…

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There are a number of headlines today around the EU’s request for a further €2.1bn from the UK in terms of its contribution to the EU’s budget.Below we breakdown exactly how and why this has happened and what options the UK has now.How has this h…

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