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Heard in Europe almost spoke to Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger in an exclusive interview today after he apologised for comments mocking the Chinese, gay marriage and Wallonia. We couldn’t reach him so we spoke to his parody Twitter account @GOettinger instead. Why did you decide to apologise today? My liver tell me what to say.… » read more

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From “jobs and growth” to “innovation” via “better regulation” with a dash of “ambitious not throwing the baby out with the bathwater”, the EU is often guilty of mangled metaphors, jarring jargon and relentless repetition.

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European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans fired up his favourite football team with a stirring speech that inspired them to an unlikely and thrilling victory. Roda JC came back from two goals down against NAC Breda to triumph in extra time during their two-leg promotion play-off. That condemned Breda to relegation, while handing Roda promotion… » 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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