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The past week has seen the EU come under immense pressure, from press and politicians from across member states, as negotiations for 2011’s budget come to a head. However, criticisms have seemed to fall on deaf ears, as the Commission and the European …

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Double standards on leverage

The excellent WSJ Real Time Brussels blog notes that EU Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski isn’t entirely happy with the amount of money that potentially can be lent to struggling governments, using the EU budget as a guarantee.Mr. Lewandowski told…

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While hundreds of journalists from all over Europe descended on Luxembourg, hoping to find out what the future of EU economic governance holds, the real decisions were taken in Deauville – a small village in Lower Normandy where Nicolas Sarkozy and Ang…

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It is hard to think of a better example of how not to run a large-scale infrastructure project than the EU’s Galileo satellite system. In a new briefing we set out the latest cost over-runs and delays to a project that is now expected to be completed a…

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Conservative MEP Ashley Fox may have thought of a practical plan to reduce some of the ridiculous cost of the European Parliament’s travelling circus from Brussels to Strasbourg each month.There have been many previous attempts to abolish this hugely w…

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