Finnegan's Take

European Commission President weighs into Irish election by helping EPP pals Barroso’s meeting with Irish opposition leader Enda Kenny adds weight to Kenny’s efforts to portray himself as a political heavyweight. But is it right for the Commission President to offer such publicity to Kenny in the midst of a general election campaign? Certainly, the… » read more

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Tajani is a disaster.

Tajani must go. He works half a week, gives glib and disingenuous answers to questions, but somehow he is Vice President of the European Commission. I’m sick of Antonio Tajani and his disrespectful, blasé attitude to his brief. Today he turned up in the press room to launch the SME Finance Forum and spoke in… » read more

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The Great Internship Scam

Brussels runs on a growing army of barely-paid interns doing work once described as a ‘job’ but now rebranded as a training experience A worrying trend in the European job market is the growing number of junior positions which have been recast as internships. These are entry-level jobs that have been downgraded. Graduates are sold… » read more

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Europeans ♥ EU2020

Great news: European citizens think the Europe 2020 strategy is brilliant. Only joking. But sitting in the Commission press room yesterday it seemed there was no end to the good news. Europeans are enthusiastic about economic governance and give the thumbs up to the priorities set out in the 2020 strategy. Or so said the… » read more

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Wanted: EU chief scientist

It’s almost a year since Barroso told the European Parliament he would appoint an EU Chief Scientific Advisor but, so far, the €200,000 a year post has not even been advertised. It now seems certain that the chief scientist role will be a little less exciting than might have been hoped. Some had notions of… » read more

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Patent disaster

I despair. After decades of promising to fix Europe’s broken patent system, it seemed like a breakthrough was on the horizon. Political momentum was gathering. The Belgian Presidency, experienced in navigating legal and linguistic problems, promised to make it a priority. The European Commission says an affordable, streamlined patent regime is fundamental to long-term prosperity.… » read more

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It was inevitable: China has finally leapfrogged Japan to become the world’s 2nd largest economy. In Europe, we’re excited and relieved to see Germany (who else?) turning in 2.2% growth in Q2. In China, 10% annual growth rates are forecast, meaning the world’s largest economy – the US – must be looking over its shoulder… » read more

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