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EU governments plan to press ahead on a single patent without agreement of all member states – a sign of things to come? One result of Europe’s economic crisis is the newfound willingness to abandon the softly-softly approach to consensus decision making. A microcosm of this phenomenon can be seen in efforts to agree a… » read more

Posted by Gary Finnegan

For the kind strangers in Brussels, Frankfurt and Washington on whom Ireland now relies for funding, the upcoming general election comes with added interest. As political rhetoric ratchets upwards with promises to renegotiate the terms of the EU/IMF bailout, lenders of last resort are feeling a little underappreciated. Wannabe government ministers are promising to burn… » read more

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They bottled it: EU leaders were due to talk about ways to improve Europe’s hotpotch intellectual property regime on Friday but thought better of it. The item was put on the afternoon agenda because industry ministers had decided before Christmas on the way forward. The trouble was that their plan for ‘enhanced cooperation’ means most… » read more

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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

Posted by Gary Finnegan