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EPP leaders are doing their bit to help elect Fine Gael Last week, I moaned a bit about European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso treating Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny to a photo opportunity in Brussels. I wondered if it was a bit paranoid to think that Barroso was heping his EPP buddy out by… » read more

Posted by Gary Finnegan

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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Ireland’s Máire Geoghegan Quinn has been handed the newly-created innovation portfolio at the EU executive. (Full coverage of new Commission, click here). The job is an expanded version of the old Research & Science post, and comes just months before the first European Innovation Act is due to be published. The creation of an innovation… » read more

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Barroso’s buzzwords

Market, Economy and Crisis dominate Commission President’s list of most-used words. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso unveiled his ‘summer homework‘ today, setting out his agenda in a bid to convince a sceptical European Parliament that he has a vision for a second term. So what were his priorities? Well, taking an outrageously crude quantative… » read more

Posted by Gary Finnegan