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Europe’s new ‘dream team’?As we noted in our previous post, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades had sort of spoiled the surprise. Anyway, now it’s official: Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has been appointed new European Council President, and Itali…

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Yesterday’s European Council summit ended without an agreement on the remaining EU top jobs. However, something interesting still came out of the meeting.A socialist (and a woman?) for next EU foreign policy chiefEU leaders appear to have established t…

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UPDATE (18:20) – The FT’s Peter Spiegel and Alex Barker are reporting that Belgium’s Karel De Gucht, currently serving as EU Trade Commissioner, could be a late entry into the race for High Representative.Like former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansi…

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UPDATE (11:30am) – In a separate interview with Quotidiano Nazionale on Saturday, Mr Del Rio explicitly speaks of a “great victory” for Italy at the EU summit.Here’s the full quote:”The green light to flexibility is the great victory […] One needs to…

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As we anticipated on our blog last week, the discussion over Jean-Claude Juncker’s appointment as next European Commission President has in part turned into a debate over whether the EU’s fiscal rules – enshrined in the Stability and Growth Pact – shou…

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Nomina sunt consequentia rerum. Names are a consequence of things. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi quotes Emperor Giustiniano and Dante Alighieri to open the paper he wrote together with Europe Minister Sandro Gozi, outlining Italy’s priorities for…

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As we noted in our previous blog post – and as we predicted in our briefing trailing the German elections – Angela Merkel could now well be pushing for so-called ‘reform contracts’ or ‘competitiveness pacts’ (which is what they’re called in the CDU/CSU…

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