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Here’s an example of some good old EU spin for you:The European Commission today announced the results from the latest Eurobarometer poll – carried out in May during the height of the crisis – with a press release carrying the headline,”EU citizens fav…

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Do you remember all that talk about how national parliaments would be strenghtened under the Lisbon Treaty (something which the pro-Lisbon camp continuously banged on about, presenting it as a ‘fact’, when in reality it’s anything but)?We’ve looked at …

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all or nothing?

Over the last few days a story first picked up on EUobserver, then Austrian daily Wirtschafts Blatt and again today on Euractiv looks at the future of EU cohesion (also referred to as regional or structural) policy in the upcoming EU budget negotiation…

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Questionable EU priorities

On Friday, the Commission opened up a new fund of €1 million for think tanks and NGOs to further research how to “promote active European Citizenship”. The €1 million fund comes under the ‘Europe for Citizens’ project, which has a colossal seven ye…

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A famous Chinese proverb says: “When the finger points at the moon, the foolish man looks at the finger”. We don’t know if EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva (in action in the picture) is familiar with Chinese proverbs, but this …

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The cost of living

An interesting article on Spanish website Cotizalia.It looks at recent Eurostat data, which shows that, since the euro came into force, Spain and Greece have seen the highest increases in the cost of living throughout the EU. In comparison to the rest …

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Euractiv has returned from its summer break with a rather good, albeit concerning, story about concerns over German EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s extra-curricular activities. It has been revealed that he has been forced to re-submit his ‘…

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The Same Old Story?

The eurozone is experiencing some economic growth again. Data published the other day by Eurostat shows that eurozone GDP expanded by 1% in the second quarter of 2010 from the first quarter, and by a flattering 1.7% in comparison with the second quarte…

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