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Why the rush to make announcements on imbalances within the stability and growth pact today? The press conference originally planned for the beginning of next week slipped into hacks’ inboxes marked urgent on Wednesday afternoon (25 February). “The College [of Commissioners] spent so much time discussing the issue and a decision had been made so… » 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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When newly-elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week, the usual press conference (or press point) didn’t take place. This despite the huge curiosity raised by the first visit to Brussels of the new Greek leader, not only from the media but the wider world. When US Vice-President Joe Biden… » read more

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French neo-fascist National Front lacks “only one nationality” to form a group at the European Parliament, but it won’t be a Greek member, despite Golden Dawn’s rehashed claims. For the time being, Marine Le Pen’s allies include Belgian Vlaams Belang, Dutch Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party, and the Italian North League. They apparently have… » read more

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Anu Ansip has recently moved from Estonia to Brussels to join her husband, Andrus, the new vice-president of the Commission in charge of digital market. But the couple doesn’t enjoy that much being in Tintin’s land. The rain, ‘moules frites’, waffles and chocolate are not really at fault here. The two newcomers miss their TV… » read more

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi met recently with former Commission President Romano Prodi. The get-together was seen in the context of the need of finding a successor to current Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, 89, who recently hinted he would retire as early as in January. Surprisingly, Renzi told Prodi that he could count on his… » read more

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