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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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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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Tusk and Merkel “discuss the World Cup” ahead of today’s European Council summit (h/t Maciek Sokolowski)Yesterday, we reported that Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini’s bid to become the next EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs has…

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As we’ve noted, the Juncker-hangover is already taking hold in parts of the German commentariat. In a hard-hitting piece, Lisa Nienhaus, the Economics Editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung argues that the EU “needs more Cameron, not les…

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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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