Farage re-invents the wheel and claims expenses for his radical new discovery.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Nigel Farage. You’d have thought, like the rest of us, he’d take a couple of days off to enjoy an Easter break with his long-suffering, hard-working German wife and family, but no. What with the EU Parliamentary elections so close at hand there’s not a moment’s rest for …

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An EU Perspective on the crisis in the Ukraine Part II: What the EU represents to Putin

In the first part of this analysis it was proposed that Putin’s actions – annexation of the Crimea, a build up of the army at the eastern border of the Ukraine, a refusal to negotiate through diplomacy, bear all the signs of a President following an out-dated world view of international relations. One that employs …

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“Eat well – feel good” – EU campaign encouraging children to eat fruit and drink milk at odds with their policy on crystalline fructose and isoglucse

This week saw a number of alarming reports relating to obesity. Firstly, the WHO published a report warning that obesity (alongside smoking and alcohol consumption) could lead to a 70% increase in the rates of cancers being diagnosed over the next twenty years. Secondly, Public Health England reported that two-thirds of the UK are overweight. …

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(I always feel like)
(Somebody’s watching me)
And I have no privacy


Will the 1984 classic (not Orwell’s but Rockwell’s) “Somebody’s watching me” become the anthem for the EU data reform package?  If not Commissioner Reding may just want to make it so since it’s lyrics, in light of recent revelations, could not be more appropriate: I don't know anymore 
Are the neighbours watching me
 (Who's watching) …

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(Somebody’s watching me)
And I have no privacy


So you think the EU’s not sexy?

An EU Perspectives Valentine Special Borgen, the well know Danish political television-drama, featured a whole episode in which Birgitte Nyborg the Danish Prime Minister has to choose Denmark’s next European Commissioner. Whilst the politicians fret and bicker over who the best candidate is, Katrine Fønsmark a young, ambitious journalist working for The Express, suggests to …

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Fracking: Air

The European Union has consistently pushed for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. This policy is driven mostly through regulation but also through research into areas such as carbon storage and renewables. Where then does hydraulic fracking fit into this? Will the commercialisation of hydraulic fracking within the EU reduce green house gas emissions, increase …

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To Jaw Jaw

It must be tough sitting on the committee awarding the Nobel Peace Prize. Year after year, come what may, regardless of the state of world affairs or candidates, five Norwegians must decide upon, “the person who has done the most to foster… fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the …

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