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Pan-European party lists and, maybe, elected Commissioners

Liberal British MEP Andrew Duff has proposed legislation for 25 of the European Parliament’s 736 members to be elected on a pan-European list. This in itself would not be revolutionary, but it would be very interesting if, as suggested, it were … Continue reading

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Ashley Fox on Strasbourg: Nothing damaged except “French pride”

EUobserver did this interview with Tory MEP Ashley Fox, architect of a recent overwhelming vote by MEPs – including majorities within all political groups – to reduce Strasbourg sessions. Sums up the issue well, although Fox might have also noted the … Continue reading

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EU Parliament’s Sakharov Prize to Fariñas

The European Parliament recently gave its Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named after the late Soviet dissident, to Cuban psychologist and journalist Guillermo Fariñas. This Gandhi-like emaciated figure has become famous for using repeated, almost fatal hunger strikes in protest … Continue reading

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EU media prize winner NoseMonkey: “Winning post took me an 1h 30 min”

Very ironic, funny post by Nosemonkey on his winning the European Parliament’s prize for internet journalism. The 5000 euro prize-winning post praised for its “extraordinary research work” was on the percentage of all legislation coming from the EU.

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“To come to Brussels is to make a vow of media chastity”

Former French Minister of the Budget and of European affairs Alain Lamassoure has an interview on Euractiv.fr which has a lot of insights into European political life and indeed the lives of politicians in general. I would nuance the notion … Continue reading

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What does the European Parliament DO anyway?

Sir Julian Priestley was the Secretary-General of the European Parliament for 10 years between 1997 and 2007. He’s always an informed, lucid and light-hearted commentator on its affairs. See his 2009 article on the many “presidents” of the EU. I’m … Continue reading

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