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Perhaps the most iconic image of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is the infamous chlorine chicken. Derided as scaremongering and a myth by EU and US negotiators, but hoisted aloft by opponents to the EU-US trade deal – the chlorine-washed chicken has been ubiquitous. Apparently Americans can’t get enough of poultry scrubbed… » read more

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Karel de Gucht, the occasionally grumpy Commissioner who launched the TTIP trade deal, is set to join the management board of Belgium’s largest telecommunications company. De Gucht was granted permission to join Belgacom, which is about 50% state-owned, and to join the board of Merit Capital, an independent private bank and stockbroker based in Antwerp.… » read more

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The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), arguably the most influential business organisation in Brussels, convened the international press on Tuesday (10 March) for its second annual media briefing lunch. About a dozen journalists were around the table, including representatives from some of Europe’s most prestigious media outlets, including the Financial Times, Les Echos, Reuters… » read more

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Heard in Europe reported last month that a number of former Commission spokespersons have found themselves at loose ends since the transition to the new Juncker administration. Well, many of them seem to have found something to keep themselves busy – the lobbying business. Tired of twiddling their thumbs since the new executive took office,… » read more

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