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The EU is vulnerable to secret lobbying

Next Monday marks the first political exchange between Commission, Parliament and Council on a new lobby register.While all EU institutions have voiced their strong support for more transparency, the Parliament and Council must move far beyond their...
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“The Council is a black box”

It’s good to see that others are finally calling the Council of the European Union for what it is: a black box of decision making. Citizens are mostly left in the dark on what positions their national governments are taking, supposedly in their...
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MEP Ferber accused of breaking ethics rules

Politico have just published a story which alleges that Markus Ferber, a Member of the European Parliament, may have breached Parliamentary ethics rules. The story claims that Ferber, who was the lead negotiator for the Markets in Financial...
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Why Juncker’s ethics reforms deserve a B+

It’s September and back to school for the European Commission, which has come out with some very welcome changes to how the ethics around the institution are governed. After former President Barroso’s move to Goldman Sachs,...
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Who to blame when you cannot blame Brussels?

Blaming Brussels is one of the easiest techniques for any politician to make an excuse. But who do you blame when you cannot blame Brussels because you ‘are’ Brussels? The current negotiations for a mandatory EU lobby register provide an...