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EU bloodsport: set your watches for 1800 CET Monday

There are few times when politics in the EU can be fun. 23 languages and tiresome procedures mean there’s very little spectacle. Monday evening will be one of the rare exceptions. Designate European Commissioner for Trade Baroness Ashton will be facing more than 2 hours of questions in the International […]

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The end of MyParl (before it’s even started)?

Gawain at England Expects has an interesting article this evening that alleges that the contract for MyParl.eu has been cancelled. Lest we forget, this is the EU-funded project being run by Euractiv and Mostra that aimed to create a sort of social network of national parliamentarians and MEPs, and drew […]

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Brown, Barroso and the Baroness

Gordon Brown nominated Baroness Ashton to be European Commissioner after Peter Mandelson returned to UK government. The reason is clear enough – Brown did not want a by-election that Labour might loose after the Crewe and Glasgow East debacles. After the first reaction (who is Baroness Ashton), thoughts turned to […]

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Can Baroness Ashton even become a European Commissioner?

Has Brown made a monumental error in putting forward Baroness Ashton to replace Peter Mandelson as the UK’s European Commissioner? That’s the interesting issue raised in a comment by Giacomo Benedetto (more on his blog) on my previous post about the UK’s new nominee. The issue has also been covered […]

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DB Schenker takes to the rails in the UK

It was a small flash of white on maroon, but it meant so much – the DB Schenker logo on the side of a Class 60 UK railway engine somewhere between Chesterfield and Derby on 3rd October, out of the window from my Sheffield-London train. If anyone can help improve […]

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Mandelson? Mandelson!!! A few other thoughts

I was very wide of the mark with my previous post so now, with some more time to write and a couple of hours mulling over the implications of the reshuffle, here are my thoughts. First of all Mandelson from the UK point of view. He’s probably respected and loathed […]

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Lyon-Paris vs. Manchester-London

36 flights a day between Heathrow and Manchester! Madness! That was for me the most stocking part of an article in today’s Guardian about Tory Party transport plans. Factor in the other London airports and the total is much higher (Manchester Airport flight search here – type ‘LON’ as the […]

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In defence of Gawain Towler

It’s not often you get me defending UKIP on this blog, but this is one of those times. I second Nosemonkey in his disgust at the situation facing UKIP’s press officer in the EP Gawain Towler, author of the England Expects blog. Where Nosemonkey is wrong is assuming he disagrees […]

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If the market doesn’t work, cap prices?

The European Commissioner every telecoms executive loves to hate is at it again – Viviane Reding will today propose further legislation to cap mobile phone prices: further reductions to call prices and also this time for SMS and mobile internet data charges. These proposals follow rules put in place in […]

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Europarltv pumps out Strasbourg propaganda

I’ve been having a look at Europarl TV, launched yesterday with a bit of fanfare in Brussels. I was not at the launch so I didn’t profit from a few glasses of wine to temper my views on the project. I instead watched a bit of the news show this […]

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Not a job advertisement as such

A Labour Deputy Leadership website for Harriet Harman. 12 websites for Labour politicians, with plenty more in the pipeline. Online campaigns for One President of the EU (finalist in the 2008 New Media Awards), cricket as an Olympic sport, and atheist bus adverts. A forthcoming site to map the EU […]