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Two weeks ago, in Merida (Spain), the UK’s new Agriculture Minister Caroline Spelman called for “reduction and re-orientation” of EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) spending. “We cannot leave aside the fact that Europe is without money”, she…

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No, not I

Newsnight featured the first televised hustings for the Labour leadership candidates last night – and it now turns out that none of them were ever particularly keen on us joining the euro. Or maybe it’s a case of a Nick Clegg-style change of heart n…

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Rising tide

There is an interesting new poll in Le Monde today, showing that 62% of French people think that having the euro has aggravated the economic crisis in France. This is compared with 28% who think that it has protected France during the crisis – and 10%…

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The winning party in the Dutch elections, the VVD, has some interesting things to say about the EU on its website. Its leader, Mark Rutte (pictured right) is favourite to become the country’s new PM and may prove to be an interesting ally for EU reform…

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The U.S. Senate and German taxpayers have one thing in common: bail-out fatigue. Republican Senators recently kicked up some fuss over the U.S.’s contribution to the IMF-loans intended for Greece and potentially other eurozone countries.The Senators pu…

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‘Agenturitis’

An interesting article in Die Welt today takes a look at how French Europe Minister Pierre Lellouche has broken a long standing taboo (shock horror) by openly criticising an EU body.The story begins in a Norman Rockwell-esque fashion – with Lellouche…

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Quite interesting and important comments made yesterday by the former Spanish PM José Maria Aznar. He blasted EU leaders’ response to the Greek crisis, telling Le Figaro that “it has been a mistake to rule out the restructuring of Greek debt under I…

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The Bundesbank isn’t exactly happy about the ECB’s decision to start bying government bonds directly from banks – effectively making the once heralded ‘independent’ bank a dumping ground for bad eurozone loans. The ECB has bought some €25 billion wor…

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