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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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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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European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans fired up his favourite football team with a stirring speech that inspired them to an unlikely and thrilling victory. Roda JC came back from two goals down against NAC Breda to triumph in extra time during their two-leg promotion play-off. That condemned Breda to relegation, while handing Roda promotion… » read more

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We’ve all done things we’ve regretted after a Guinness or seven on St Patrick’s Day. Heard in Europe certainly has woken up with a few regrets in the past. That’s why we we are not rushing to judge Commissioners Cañete and Vella for this snap, posted on Twitter. Happy St Patrick’s Day with el San… » read more

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The College of Commissioners today (25 February) adopted the executive’s 2015 work programme at their meeting in Brussels, signalling the end of the Circular Economy package of waste, incineration and recycling laws. The package will be withdrawn and resubmitted later this year, despite protests from the European Parliament and EU environment ministers. Although long-expected, the… » read more

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Barroso goes back to school

Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will teach graduate courses at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon, and at Princeton, after ten years at the helm of the EU. Barroso opted for a university career, after his hopes of becoming the next United Nations Secretary General, in 2016, were dashed. It is unclear if… » read more

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You must be smoking!

  “Fancy a quick cig break Michel?” One of the inconveniences of being President of the European Commission is the need to comply with those pesky EU anti-smoking rules. Jean-Claude Juncker is well-known for his love of a crafty cigarette – or 20. And he has form when it comes to flouting the rules… Former… » read more

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