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There has been some confusion surrounding a story in Monday’s Telegraph. The headline, which reads “EU’s secret £400m for ‘crazy’ projects”, confuses two separate types of EU spending.The ‘secret £400m’ relates to spending recorded on the Commission’…

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News just in

Home Secretary Theresa May has just announced to the House of Commons that the UK has decided to opt in to negotiations on the European Investigation Order (EIO). It will give foreign police forces the right to request UK police to seek and share evide…

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A poll is currently being conducted to vote for the UK’s top political blogs.If you want to have your say, all you need to do is to rank at least five of your favourite blogs and e-mail your vote to toptenblogs@totalpolitics.com.More details can be f…

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Who’s an extremist?

Good blog post we’ve just noticed from Ed West on the Telegraph website here.He takes issue with former Labour Europe Minister Denis MacShane, who described Nigel Farage, leader of the UKIP MEPs in the European Parliament, as “extremist” on Twitter, wh…

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If it wasn’t for me

We have just come across this rather amusing snippet from Labour leadership contender Ed Balls who, we learn via the Today programme, single-handedly prevented Britain from joining the euro in the latter part of the last decade (and the first part of t…

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We have looked before at the interesting report from ING on how much a eurozone break-up would cost, arguing that any such estimate must be weighed against the medium to long-term alternatives (i.e. wealth transfers between member states and permanent …

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Home truths

A great report on EUobserver today features some very revealing comments by a, disappointingly, anonymous EU official about the “mushrooming” cost of the EU institutions, and their total disengagement from the debates going on across Europe about the n…

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Under the influence?

The public affairs firm Waggener Edstrom issued their first ever study of the influence of EU affairs blogs yesterday, ranking the Open Europe blog 7th overall.Here is the top ten:BBC | Gavin Hewitt’s EuropeFT Brussels BlogThe DiggerFistful of EurosJ…

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