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Open Europe’s man in Brussels, Pieter Cleppe, has stirred up quite a storm over in Belgium with his revelations about the frontrunner for the EU Presidency, Herman Van Rompuy.Pieter, a Flemish-speaking Belgian lawyer (who also happens to be the nephew …

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Soon to be your President?

There’s some interesting background on the frontrunner for the Presidency of the European Union, Belgian PM Herman Van Rompuy.Last week, he laid out his views on how the EU’s budget should be financed in the future at a dinner of the secretive Bilder…

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Simon Jenkins’ piece in today’s Guardian gets a big thumbs up from us. The article suggests why Gordon Brown would make a good EU President arguing that “He [Brown] is clearly unhappy with the rough and tumble of democratic politics, with the daily gr…

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Simon Jenkins’ piece in today’s Guardian gets a big thumbs up from us. The article suggests why Gordon Brown would make a good EU President arguing that “He [Brown] is clearly unhappy with the rough and tumble of democratic politics, with the daily gr…

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Down you go…

And so ex-UKIP MEP Tom Wise has been jailed for fraudulently claiming £39,000 in allowances from the European Parliament. He used his monthly staff allowance to pay for “fine wines” and other personal expenditure.His researcher, Lindsay Jenkins, was c…

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Here we go again

The European Court of Auditors has, for the 15th year in a row, today refused to sign off the EU’s accounts. EU anti-fraud Commissioner Siim Kallas anticipated this predicatable development in a piece on EUobserver yesterday in which he attempted to pi…

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Over at Conservative Home today we lay out our response to David Cameron’s announcement that he will bring control over social and employment policy back to the UK. This is the most welcome aspect of his new ‘Europe policy’, but on close inspection, h…

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