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This won’t be news to most people, but Members of the European Parliament get up to a great deal of stuff that goes pretty much completely unnoticed.Today the slightly underground French news service Agence Europe reports that the European Parliament’s…

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Via the very useful Euractiv we learn that, now that the Lisbon Treaty is in force and the EU has the power to legislate on sport, the European Commission is set to launch a “wide stakeholder consultation” to prepare for the first EU sports programme, …

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Following the revelation last week that 38,000 civil servants working for the European Commission are in line for an inflation-busting 3.7% pay rise for salaries, pensions and allowances this year, 15 EU member states have recognised that this is a ste…

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Flip-flopping Ashton

New EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton has faced MEPs today for an informal grilling. It is not her official European Parliament confirmation hearing – that will come later in January.Interestingly, Lady Ashton is described as “dodging a hail of bull…

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Now that the Lisbon Treaty is safely in force (as of yesterday) the Lib Dems have predictably abandoned their support for a referendum on Britain’s EU membership.The tactic to support such a referendum was nothing more than a pathetically transparent a…

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Within the next year, the UK Government (whoever it will be) will find itself in crucial negotiations over the next EU ‘financial framework’, which will decide who pays what into the EU budget over the period 2014 to 2020.You will remember that Tony Bl…

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In a speech yesterday David Cameron cited Open Europe’s recent report which showed that the UK has spent more than £35 billion complying with EU employment, health and safety law in the last decade.What he didn’t mention, is the report’s even more imp…

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