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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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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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Jean-Louis Bourlanges, a former MEP and a liberal, has never hidden his taste for honesty. He even quit the European Parliament at the end of 2007, losing faith in the organization, after 18 years between Strasbourg and Brussels. Bourlanges took the opportunity to speak his mind about current politicians, at a dinner organized by the… » read more

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Now or never

We’re at the beginning of a new calendar year, but also a new legislative period, with new political teams in the European Commission and Parliament. In the final months of 2014, we heard policymakers saying that ‘it’s now or never’, in order to restore trust and confidence in the EU, which has suffered heavy blows… » read more

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