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Oh, bummer... NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Days, 7 Hours, 27 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 3 Days, 13 Hours, 58 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 4 Days, 14 Hours, 1 Minute 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 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 44 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 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 29 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...
Cameron reveals EU Reform package NEW
Berlaymonster 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Unicorns and the Allternet of Everyone NEW
Berlaymonster 1 Month, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Time to award the European Commission's tech-and-telco department another one of these.Repeat offender DG Connect has published a report on Net Innovation following a meeting of sector experts earlier this year.It's littered with such jewels as:"Soft...
New Commission Make-up Update NEW
Berlaymonster 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 4 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Following further additions to - and omissions from - the Wurstfest that is the new European Commission line-up, here's an update. More to follow as fresh saucisses arrive.BM(and no. Dombrovskis is actually that colour.)...
The make-up of the new European Commission so far NEW
Berlaymonster 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 2 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
They're going to need plenty of it if they're going to disguise the lack of women candidates.(If you think this is disturbing to look at, imagine what it was like photoshopping it...)BM...
EU Council window cleaner turns up for work at the new premises NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
"Budget overshoot" warning as €300m 'Herman's Egg' EU building delayed again NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
Look! I done a news!*satire mittens off*Claims for more money from contractors working on the EU's new 300 million-euro 'Council' headquarters could push the project over budget, according to a memo announcing further delays to the edifice.The "Europ...
Get a chamber, you two. NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
Juncker and Farage flirt today in the European Parliament.Farage later called him a "sociable cove" with a "better sense of humour than most I've come across in Brussels."Which hurt.BM...
Commissioner Who NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
UK PM David Cameron has ended months of uninteresting speculation over who he'd nominate to be Britain's next EU Commissioner. And he's ended it uninterestingly.In a clear bid to secure one of the least important portfolios in the next EU administrat...
Juncker's new Chef de Drinks Cabinet NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
I appear inadvertently to have created a new monster.Last week I pundered idly on the Twitters as to whether incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had nominated a "Chef de Drinks Cabinet."In no time a new Twitter account held by...
Juncker limericks, continued NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Poor Juncker is having some stresses,In finding commissioneresses,If he doesn't installAny women at all,Half the men will just have to wear dresses.(previous effits here and here)BMUPDATE this just in from @CraigWinneker off-of the twitters:The presi...
Aaaaah, breakfast of EU champions... NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 20 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
Dalli's €1,913,397 appeal - the court doc NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
For Dalli watchers, legal nerds, and the inquisitive.The details of the former Maltese commissioner's EU court case against his forced resignation, and the commission's defence, as set out by the court itself in the background document prepared for t...
EBRD 'gutted' as Juncker poaches chief of staff NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 18 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Officials at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are inconsolable this week, after incoming EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker poached senior EBRD director Martin Selmayr to be his chief of staff.The announcement came just t...
New on BM-Tees - Jonny the Jolly Grey Winosaur NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
OK, it's never going to be a bestseller, but I couldn't resist it...New from BM-Tees:BM...
Spot the difference NEW
Berlaymonster 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
After the European Parliament elections this year ran under the slogan "This Time It's Different," here's your chance to see quite how different it is:BM...