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The Riga Eastern Partnership summit last month will probably not go down in history for its final declaration, adopted to widespread indifference. Chances are it will be best remembered for the jovial behaviour of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker shot to superstardom in France when Le Petit Journal, a comedy show, compiled footage of… » read more

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Since Juncker came to power, the whole European Commission has been a hive of activity. Well not the whole Commission, according to whispers that have wound their way to Heard in Europe. A number of former spokespeople have found themselves somewhat at a loose end since the transition. Not all “spokes” got a plum reassignment… » read more

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Which excitable extremist has called on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and the whole executive, to waive their salaries? Step forward Italy’s Gianluca Buonanno, a Lega Nord MEP who optimistically demanded the gesture as a “clear token of his [Juncker’s] good intentions”. Buonanno slapped in a parliamentary question that has more than a whiff of… » 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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