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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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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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In a recent briefing, we stressed that David Cameron needs to pick a ‘heavy-hitter’ as UK’s next European Commissioner if he wants to secure a key portfolio for the UK. Our point is reinforced by a quick look at the candidates being (more or …

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