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Following her less than successful endorsement of Finland’s former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in his bid for re-election –as Heard in Europe recently reported, Angela Merkel visited Helsinki on 19 April – the German chancellor is heading to Copenhagen next week (28 April) to support Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s general election campaign. Although Thorning-Schmidt… » read more

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Incumbent PES President has no competitor, and is likely to be reelected as President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) later this year. Stanishev, a former Bulgarian Prime minister (2005-2009), was elected to the post in 2012, but had taken the job already in 2011 when his predecessor, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, stepped down on… » read more

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Tension is growing inside the EPP group of the European Parliament. Half of the German delegation (17 MEPs) signed a petition in January, supporting an inquiry committee on Luxleaks. This was considered a profound betrayal by other MEPs from the center-right group. “This vote has undermined the authority of the first president of the Commission… » 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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