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Klaus on the summit

Speaking about splits, here’s a pretty frank and thought-provoking note from Czech President Václav Klaus, regarding today’s EU summit on Libya:Notes for the European Council on Libya1. The Czech Republic considers today’s meeting as very important …

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Spain gets moody

Credit rating agency Moody’s today downgraded Spanish debt partly based on the massive recapitalisation needed by the banking sector. It put the funding needs at €40bn – €50bn, or €110bn – €120bn under a “more stressed scenario”. Way abov…

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As we’ve noted before, the EU is in desperate need of a single patent – virtually overnight, such a patent would boost competitiveness and growth and attract innovation, not least by cutting costs for SMEs. It’s currently around 15 times more expensi…

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An increasing number of countries in Europe are beginning to suffer from what can best be described as ‘green fatigue’. In fact, the mood has changed radically since March 2007 when EU leaders agreed to their ambitious green targets.This is particularl…

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