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Incumbent PES President has no competitor, and is likely to be reelected as President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) later this year. Stanishev, a former Bulgarian Prime minister (2005-2009), was elected to the post in 2012, but had taken the job already in 2011 when his predecessor, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, stepped down on… » read more

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Speedy Moscovici

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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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 The package will be withdrawn and resubmitted later this year, despite protests from the European Parliament and EU environment ministers.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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Betting on Brexit

Think the UK is leaving the EU? Wanna bet? Well, from Thursday, you can. Ladbrokes will start taking bets on the UK leaving the EU, giving Eurosceptics and Europhiles alike the chance to put their money where their mouth is. The company is already taking bets on the date of the referendum. The current favourite,… » read more

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How can you make sure you hit an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy, if you don’t have binding targets at the national level? It’s a problem Commission officials have struggled with since the 2030 climate and energy targets were agreed by EU leaders last October. Heard in Europe hears tell that one renewable energy… » 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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Brussels hotels are set for a boost in business after the European Parliament suspended a swathe of events for security reasons. Events for external visitors held in the Parliament by individual MEPs are banned as of this week. Only receptions and other meetings hosted by the conference of presidents, the bureau, the quaestors, the committees,… » read more

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