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One Direction swooped into Brussels over the weekend, causing thousands of teenage hearts to flutter and baffled bemusement to everyone else over the age of 14. For those of us trapped in the bubble, it’s not always easy to see the bigger picture. And One Direction are big. Huge in fact. Even bigger than the… » read more

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Regular readers of the Heard in Europe will remember the curious case of UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew. Agnew was the guy who stood up in Strasbourg a week ago and railed against decarbonising Europe for the somewhat dubious reason that crops need carbon dioxide to grow. Predictably, that sparked an incredulous reaction on Twitter, which… » read more

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On Tuesday (16 December), the Danish Ministry for Culture announced that former EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, who was previously in charge of Climate Action under Barroso II, has a new job: Starting in January 2015, Hedegaard will be chairman of the Danish Public Service Committee. The next two years, Hedegaard will be overseeing and supervising… » read more

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Jean-Louis Bourlanges, a former MEP and a liberal, has never hidden his taste for honesty. He even quit the European Parliament at the end of 2007, losing faith in the organization, after 18 years between Strasbourg and Brussels. Bourlanges took the opportunity to speak his mind about current politicians, at a dinner organized by the… » read more

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Now or never

We’re at the beginning of a new calendar year, but also a new legislative period, with new political teams in the European Commission and Parliament. In the final months of 2014, we heard policymakers saying that ‘it’s now or never’, in order to restore trust and confidence in the EU, which has suffered heavy blows… » read more

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