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No EU, No…Cognac

Europhiles have a peculiar habit of crediting “Europe” – though it’s never entirely clear what the concept refers to – for achievements ranging from more cosmopolitan restaurants in Britain to “so much to choose from in the supermarket” to world peace …

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Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus

Lofty plans for aligning France’s and Germany’s economic policies are nothing new. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is particularly excited about the idea.But what do people in both countries think of the prospect of becoming more like eachother? Today…

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Well, we’re not quite there yet. But those who still think – and there are some – that reservations about the future of the euro is something which exists primarily amongst the we-told-you-so bunch on the Tory backbenches, should try to pick up a Europ…

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I Want Your Money Back!

EU institutions and member states are warming up for the negotiations on the post-2013 EU budget, which are just around the corner. French MEP Alain Lamassoure, who chairs the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets, said yesterday that national gov…

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Pretty bleak stuff from former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur in today’s Le Monde:Europe at 27 is doomed to confusion and failure. It suffers from problems that the Lisbon Treaty has failed to correct. Lack of authority: the 1950s structure, wi…

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A familiar showdown

Negotiations over the size and shape of the EU budget post-2013 are just around the corner. Expect no surprises about what the main battlegrounds will be (clue: the CAP and the UK rebate).UK Chancellor George Osborne has already sent a clear message to…

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