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A driver sparked a security alert today (8 September), after leaving a scooter parked near the front of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building. Heard in Europe sources said Commission security, fearing a potential bomb attack, called the cops after spotting the parked-up scooter, which appeared to have sailed serenely past the guards. Belgian police cordoned… » 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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Angela Merkel must be exhausted from playing hardball on the future of Greece. She today showed a never-before-seen sensitive side while visiting a school in Rostock. Despite the crises going on in Europe, at least Germany’s doing well. A banner behind Merkel read, “Living well in Germany. What’s important to us.” The chancellor started talking… » read more

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The anti-EU and anti-immigration Danish People’s Party (DPP) got a little help from a friend this week when Tory MEP Hannan visited Copenhagen to support them in the Danish general election campaign. Hannan and the DPP hang out on a daily basis in the European Conservatives and Reformist (ECR) group in the Parliament. It was… » read more

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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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During the past seven years of the eurozone debt crisis, we have heard it again and again: That northern European countries are ants and southern European countries are grasshoppers. But this week, it was revealed by top-level EU politicians and the European Commission that Greece is actually a whole other animal, none over than bos… » read more

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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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