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Infuriating and fatal

Over on Comment is Free we take a look at the simmering EU pay dispute, which took a new turn yesterday when the Commission decided to take all 27 EU member states to the ECJ over their refusal to increase their offer of a 1.85% pay rise for EU officia…

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Few things represent the absurd and outdated nature of the EU’s budget as well as the weird butter and grain mountains. These mountains consist of surplus produce that Europe’s farmers have been unable to sell on the market and that is instead bought u…

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Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson appears to be a giving a rather strong ‘two fingers up’ to Britain and the Netherlands at the moment, by refusing to sign the ‘Icesave’ bill, sending it to the Icelandic people for a referendum instead. The bi…

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mistaken identity

With the news that Mr Bean briefly replaced Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero last night as the face of the Spanish EU Presidency’s website, courtesy of an intrepid hacker keen to point out the Spaniard’s resemblence to the British comic character, we thoug…

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Do as I say, not as I do

In October EU ministers and heads of state met under the Swedish EU Presidency to discuss how to fight global poverty and combat climate change.The Swedish press reported over Christmas that the participants in these so-called European Development Days…

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