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Sir, Regarding ‘EU regulators deal blow to Berlusconi’s media empire‘: I must say I do not share the prevalent satisfaction about the permission granted to Murdoch to enter the Italian audiovisual scene. The active anti-European ideological bias of the Murdoch press empire is responsible for desastrous disinformation on European affairs in several EU countries, notably… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Belgium wants citizens’ initiative deal by December‘: There are already reasons to doubt that citizens’ voices will be heeded. In 2007, persons with disabilities, united in Europe under the umbrella of the European Disability Forum, pre-empted the legal right to a citizens’ initiative later awarded by the Lisbon Treaty. In the space of… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Food industry wins battle on ‘traffic light’ labels‘: CIAA’s [Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of Europe] €1-billion campaign to promote the GDA [guideline daily allowance] labelling system was clearly a key element in its political strategy to combat other, stricter labelling options, which it feared would damage sales of unhealthy food,… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘UK coalition to mimic EU lobby register‘: Both the existing European Commission voluntary register and the proposal for a new EU inter-institutional register rely on registration being underpinned by adherence to a Code of Practice/Ethics. At present there is no commitment on the part of the UK government to introduce such a statutory… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘Ex-Commissioners face conflict of interest accusations’: The recent cases of former European commissioners moving to industry positions involve very obvious potential conflicts of interest. The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU) has written to the European Commission asking it to review its decisions to approve the moves of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Meglena… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU to kick off citizens’ initiative with tougher rules‘: The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe) welcome the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) as a unique opportunity to breathe new life into European democracy and strengthen the participation of citizens in EU policymaking, but it would be a terrible mistake to limit the potential of… » read more

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Sir, Most countries in Central, East and Southeast Europe emerged from the trough of the crisis at the end of 2009. Several leading indicators point to a modest upswing. All countries in the region will only begin to grow again by 2011. Growth may accelerate slightly in 2012, but will in general be slower than… » read more

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Sir, Regarding ‘EU pioneers asked to tell their stories‘: Frankly, are they nuts? It took me more than a decade to recover from the shock I experienced upon my arrival in Brussels. A filthy, badly organised and corrupt place. I can fill entire evening conversations with stories of incompetent administration departments, shady police actions targeting… » read more

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