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The Council: An homage to transparency, nothing more

If you follow the Twitter accounts of the Brussels press corps, you’ll have heard little else from harried hacks last week as they got their first look around the new Europa building or “Space Egg” of the European Council. The €325 million...
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European Investment Bank: From words to action

For the past years, the EIB has hosted an annual conference for civil society organisations, where the latter can air their concerns and be heard directly by EIB staff and members of the EIB governing bodies, engage in a dialogue and get direct...
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3 ways MEPs can fiddle expenses

The Westminster expenses scandal in the UK back in 2009 made headlines with journalists uncovering parliamentarians using their expenses to redecorate their home homes, evade taxes and one MP even used expenses to build a duck house. This lead to a...
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Crisis? What crisis?

Anyone who has to deal with the EU on a daily basis knows that sense of lurching from crisis to crisis that has characterised the last seven or eight years, so much so that the term ‘permacrisis’ has been coined to describe this seemingly...
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Cashback? Bringing stolen assets back to Ukraine

When former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country at the end of the Maidan revolution protestors in 2014, activists and citizens visited his now abandoned Mezhyhirya mansion. What they witnessed was the shear amount of wealth that...