The EU spends 40.4% of its budget on agriculture. EU support for agriculture is 0.404% of GDP. Or €51.1 billion. Take your pick.

If you’re astute you will realise that all the numbers in the heading of this blog entry are the same. They are different ways of saying the same thing, namely the amount of money the EU spends on what is called in the Financial Perspectives “Agricultural price support and rural development”, i.e. the CAP. The […]

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Nicholas Watt falls for EU Fresh Start ruse from a report that’s not publicly available

On the Guardian website today there’s a piece entitled “David Cameron to warn François Hollande against challenging EU rebate” by Nicholas Watt. At the start it’s a bit of a ramble, essentially that Cameron will need to push François Hollande on the UK’s budget rebate to try to stick to the broad lines of an […]

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Today’s European Parliament budget move: a welcome alternative to austerity, or pissing in the wind?

The EU institutions are in the middle of their annual budget ping-pong. The European Commission proposes the annual budget, and then the European Parliament and Council of the European Union (where Member States are represented) decide on the budget. The Commission’s opening shot for the 2012 budget, published in April this year, proposed a 4.9% […]

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Tim Montgomerie needs some relationship with the facts before attacking the EU

Tim Montgomerie has written an astounding piece at Conservative Home, entitled “We need to address the abusive relationship rather than just stop the latest punch from Brussels“. For Tim, like many Tory bloggers, any notion of accurate reporting goes out of the window when it comes to the European Union, and foaming-at-the-mouth prejudice comes to […]

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