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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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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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Which excitable extremist has called on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and the whole executive, to waive their salaries? Step forward Italy’s Gianluca Buonanno, a Lega Nord MEP who optimistically demanded the gesture as a “clear token of his [Juncker’s] good intentions”. Buonanno slapped in a parliamentary question that has more than a whiff of… » 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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