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Following her less than successful endorsement of Finland’s former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in his bid for re-election –as Heard in Europe recently reported, Angela Merkel visited Helsinki on 19 April – the German chancellor is heading to Copenhagen next week (28 April) to support Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s general election campaign. Although Thorning-Schmidt… » read more

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Perhaps the most iconic image of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is the infamous chlorine chicken. Derided as scaremongering and a myth by EU and US negotiators, but hoisted aloft by opponents to the EU-US trade deal – the chlorine-washed chicken has been ubiquitous. Apparently Americans can’t get enough of poultry scrubbed… » read more

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US companies have complained that contacts with the Juncker Commission have become more difficult compared to the previous Barroso era. One said it suspected that Juncker’s chief of cabinet Martin Selmayr keeps the contacts to the strict minimum as a tit-for-tat following revelations of US wiretapping on European politicians, including the mobile phone of German… » read more

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Karel de Gucht, the occasionally grumpy Commissioner who launched the TTIP trade deal, is set to join the management board of Belgium’s largest telecommunications company. De Gucht was granted permission to join Belgacom, which is about 50% state-owned, and to join the board of Merit Capital, an independent private bank and stockbroker based in Antwerp.… » read more

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The Commission has been incredibly slow the past couple of months. Many upcoming reports have been delayed, particularly within DG Sante. For example, the report on alcohol labelling, origin labelling, trans-fatty acids… This is not only due to the transition of the new Commissioners, officials, staff etc. An EU official puts the blame on Frans… » read more

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Who’s this enjoying a cosy get together at a European Parliament bar? Why, it’s none other than disgraced former National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen! And is that disgraced former British National Party leader Nick Griffin sitting with him? It is! What on Earth could that gruesome twosome, both former MEPs, have to talk about… » read more

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