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Responses to the extraordinary results of the Italian elections have started to come in from around the rest of Europe, the most interesting of which we include below. Predictably, an instant raft of warnings has come out  from Northern Europe and…

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Update – 14.10 23/01/13:Further reactions from Germany. DPA reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany will:”Talk intensively with the United Kingdom about their visions in detail” German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert added t…

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The so-called ‘Future of Europe’ reflexion group of eleven European foreign ministers, set up by Germany’s Guido Westerwelle, to discuss and propose ideas on organisational and structural change in the EU held its closing meeting on Monday. Ye…

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has launched a diplomatic offensive in Germany, involving several interviews with the main German dailies. However, he made a faux pas while talking to German magazine Der Spiegel. Monti said,”If governments allow the…

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Quote of last week

“The EU can’t increase its budget, but has to use its resources better than it has done so far… We need to re-think of the use of EU funds. Calculating what share of each country’s contribution comes back in the form of European subsidies is no…

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