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Extreme Weather Insurance for Farmers

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Heavy rainfall in 2012 cost farmers in Britain £1.3bn due to a lack of government delegated national food security measures such as insurance against extreme weather. According to figures released by the National Farmers Union (NFU), extreme rainfall resulted in a loss of £600m from poor wheat and potato harvests, and a further £700m of costs inclusive of feed for cattle unable […]

Capitalism in Modern America

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Capitalism is an economic system where people can practice private ownership with the aid of production, distribution and exchange. Capitalists are known to have a greater freedom in operating or managing their property to profiteer from competitive conditions. Karl Marx popularised the term during the 19th century outlining that the arrangement tends to create wealthy individuals […]

Discipline

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A more specific passage from the Cohn-Bendit & Verhofstadt book that makes me mad:  « La zone euro ne souffre toutefois pas uniquement de ce manque de solidarité. La discipline est également défaillante, alors qu’elle constitue la seconde condition nécessaire à la pérennisation d’une zone monétaire. Tous savaient depuis longtemps que les Grecs étaient incapables […]

La Poste

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This has to be some kind of conspiracy: No sooner had I advocated for the greater use of EPICs than the CJEU declared them unlawful. On September 20, the 6th Chamber of the General Court, with Judge Wahl acting as rapporteur, upheld the Commission’s State Aid Decision again France over La Poste, the French Postal Services. So where did it go […]

How the Dutch state is stealing from itself

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Even though this story has no obvious European dimension – other than a bit of international tax competition – I think it is interesting enough to be worth cross-posting here. As explained yesterday, I managed to get all of Dutch politics in a frenzy last Saturday, by pointing out that the Dutch state railway company NS […]

Subsidiarity: A Yellow Card

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Praise Jehovah! It has finally come to pass. The national parliaments of the Member States have issued their first ever yellow card under art. 7 of Protocol (No. 2) on the Application of the Principles of Proportionality and Subsidiarity (p. 206 here). As a refresher, the article says, in the relevant parts:  2. Where reasoned […]

The shortcomings of a Eurosceptic editorial policy

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On 13th June 2012 the Daily Express made a gamble that the EU would be more unpopular with its readership than the United Kingdom’s banking sector, when the newspaper published an article by Macer Hall on its website entitled: “NOW EU WANTS TO GRAB CONTROL OF BRITISH BANKS”. This article can be seen at http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/326238/Now-EU-wants-to-grab-control-of-British-banks/ […]

Ski Teachers reform going downhill fast

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When it was my turn to take part in Europe’s other right of passage – other than Erasmus – and do an internship with one of the European Institutions, I took advantage of my badge to sit in on all the meetings on the biggest dossier that was before the legislators at the time, the […]

A banking union with or without EU treaty change?

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It may be just a minor issue, maybe I’m also getting things wrong, but there seem to be differences in how Commission President Barroso and Vice-President Rehn see the legal situation on the banking union. On 12 June, the Financial Times Brussels Blog quoted from an interview with José Manuel Durão Barroso that “Treaty change would […]

Europe’s highly skilled 20-30 year olds in times of austerity

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Raya Kardasheva is a Lecturer in European Politics at King’s College London. Hello Europe, here they are – the educated, the jobless, the hungry and the ruthless. They studied the European project. They believed in the European project. They acted on the European project. Their generation is truly European – they travel without borders, they […]

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