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The 8 million euro bill of replying to MEPs questions NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
MEPs are putting more and more formal written questions to topcrats at the European Commission, with the cost of responding to them estimated to be more than 8 million euros this year.In 2013 MEPs put 13 400 questions to the executive. Last year MEPs...
The 19 Tweets of an EU Tweetchat NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 3 Days, 45 Minutes ago
Here's how it works.Word gets down to the commissioner in charge of Inland Waterways and Catering that it's his turn to do a Tweetchat.It's the way Topcrats aim to show they're in touch with the citizen and on top of their dossier.In fact it serves o...
Gunther unsays daft stuff NEW
Berlaymonster 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
When the stable door opens this wide, horses will bolt.Internet bites Internet commissioner in the cache.EU "digital" commissioner Gunther Oettinger has been caught out trying to rewrite a speech he gave two weeks ago.He made the address on 24 Februa...
Selmayr shows who's boss NEW
Berlaymonster 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
EU commission prez Jean-Claude Juncker's German chief of staff Martin Selmayr shows who's boss around here...He could do his back in if he doesn't rein in the deference a bit.BM...
EU to replace Scientific Adviser with 'more holistic' role NEW
Berlaymonster 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The European Commission has decided to replace its scrapped Chief Scientific Adviser position with a "more holistic" role "better suited to our post-science era."According to the notice announcing the change, the successful candidate should be able t...
Bogeyman in the European Parliament NEW
Berlaymonster 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 43 Minutes ago
Witness as Portuguese MEP Paolo Rangel has a good ol' nasal rummage live on camera in the European Parliament this week, while his colleague bangs on about blah de blah I dunno Syria or something.Find anything you like Paolo?BM...
A Christmas Caricatree - from Topcrats NEW
Berlaymonster 6 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 28 Minutes ago
From the pen of cartoonist, Topcrats, Schulz as an Ewok is a little bit priceless...BM...
Mice invade European Parliament NEW
Berlaymonster 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 28 Minutes ago
Mice are "small" and mock your cling film, memo reveals.An internal memo warns of an incoming mouse invasion at the European Parliament's offices on the aptly named "Square de Meeus" (imagine a very, very, very posh person saying "mouse")."If we do n...
Big Telco, Barroso ribbed in leaked Neelie farewell vid NEW
Berlaymonster 7 Months, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Gone. But not forgotten.Europe's telecom dinosaurs came in for a teasing for having got "nothing" out of digital commissioner Neelie Kroes during her time in office, in a farewell rendition of 'Call me, maybe' by her staff.An internal video of the (e...
Berlaymonster 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
In a shock announcement in this article, self-proclaimed erratic EU satire furball Berlaymonster has called for EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker not to step down.Former Luxembourg PM Juncker has faced calls to quit following revelations he...
Latest smartphone game craze... NEW
Berlaymonster 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 15 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
"No autographs please, and bring your own mug" says Diva Ashton NEW
Berlaymonster 8 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
[*satire typing mittens off - this one's for real, folks*]Who'd have thought it: the Lancashire lass from mining stock has got 'erself all airs and graces now she's livin' it up in that-there Brussels as 'igh-rep. La-de-dah.Flabbergasted staff in her...
Lame ducks' fury over comparison with EU exec. NEW
Berlaymonster 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Injured wildfowl are up in wings over a "frankly libelous" claim that their handicaps somehow liken them to the current outgoing European Commission."Let me go, I have a quasi-governmental superstructure to run." A spokesduck for the CBE (Canard...
Mandy candy comes in handy NEW
Berlaymonster 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Former Danish deputy PM Margarethe Vestager has clearly been taking tips from Darth Labour himself, Peter Mandelson.Vestager appeared before MEPs this week in a confirmation hearing to become European commissioner for naughty companies. Or something.
Selmayr's form with leaving fingerprints on docs NEW
Berlaymonster 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Juncker's chief of staff has form in leaving his mark on official European Commission documents.This week it transpired Martin Selmayr had redacted submissions by candidate trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström to the European Parliament. A bad m...
Oh, bummer... NEW
Berlaymonster 9 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
Couldn't decide between the two. So I did both....Feel free to *right-click* & *save image as* if you feel so moved.BM...
Accept cookies? No. NEW
Berlaymonster 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 54 Minutes ago
EU court ruling takes the biscuit/That's how the cookie crumbles in trademark law/Few crumbs of comfort in biscuit trademark ruling etc etc.Imagine the scene: The roof of the European Court of Justice canteen, 8.30am. Three judges gather to dose up o...
A kick in the Arias Cañete NEW
Berlaymonster 9 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 57 Minutes ago
This Charming ManThere once was a man called Miguel,Who knew he was bound to get hell,For being demeaningTo women, and gleaningA profit from oil as well.(off-of the news)BM...
"The Juncker Quandary" - a thriller based on wild and uninteresting speculation NEW
Berlaymonster 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Brussels, Brussels, Brussels.Let me tell you a cautionary tale, in a slightly patronising tone.Many, many years ago, when the EU was much smaller, and when Directorates-General had numbers, and people wore hats and carried newspapers, there was a Eur...
List, Oh, List NEW
Berlaymonster 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 21 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
No snark here. Just a list of the candidate EU commissioners and links to their wikipedia entries.Jean-Claude Juncker LuFrans Timmermans NLMaros Sefcovic SKDidier Reynders BEVytenis Andriukaitis LTKristalina Georgieva BGNeven Mimica HRCorina Cretu RO...