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Nigel Farage has managed to form a new Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group in the European Parliament. The group comprises 48 MEPs from seven EU member states. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats and the Latvian Farmers’ Union both joined for…

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There’s something quite ironic going on in all this Cameron-bashing over Juncker. The charge against Cameron in Europe (and also at home) is often that he lacks principles. That he’s pushed around by backbenchers or pursues narrow tactical personal or …

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It’s not shaping up to be a great month for the UK government with respect to the EU – a pretty poor showing at the European elections, a looming defeat over the Spitzenkandidaten process and now, just to top it off, a troublesome legal opinion fro…

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Now it’s official: Italy’s anti-establishment Five-Star Movement will try to form an alliance with UKIP in the new European Parliament. Beppe Grillo launched an online survey of Five-Star members and activists on his blog yesterday, and 78% of votes we…

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Relations between Berlin and London are potentially about to become a lot more complicated.The Tories raised some eyebrows last week when they allowed the Finns Party and Danish People’s Party – two parties with controversial histories, but who, ac…

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