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The first time it happened, on 22 November 1989, the German Chancellor outshone the French President. It was under a fortnight since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Helmut Kohl sounded confident and decisive, clear in his call for enlargement of the European Community and commitment to the goal of political union. François Mitterrand, by… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Thousands of puppies are being trafficked to the United Kingdom by Eastern European criminal gangs exploiting European Union laws on pet passports. West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton, a British conservative, said gangs were using fake pet passports to get past customs. Unsuspecting families buying the animals face expensive vets’ bills or are forced to hand… » read more

  Posted by Heard in Europe

Ed Miliband resigned the leadership of the British Labour Party immediately following the party’s unexpectedly heavy defeat in the May 2015 general election. The resignation triggered a contest for leadership of the party. Nominations for leadership candidates are made by members of the parliamentary party – the MPs. Each successful candidate requires the support of… » read more

  Posted by Peter Bye

One Direction swooped into Brussels over the weekend, causing thousands of teenage hearts to flutter and baffled bemusement to everyone else over the age of 14. For those of us trapped in the bubble, it’s not always easy to see the bigger picture. And One Direction are big. Huge in fact. Even bigger than the… » read more

  Posted by Heard in Europe

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