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I want my F T T NEW
the Brussel Jungle 3 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
As part of its campaign to make the Financial Transaction Tax even more wildly popular as a solution to the dire straits the EU’s in, DG COMM is planning to ask the eponymous group to rerelease their monster hit from 1985, with slightly updated...
Twitter to add age rating to Profile – VP Kroes rated +18 NEW
the Brussel Jungle 3 Years, 6 Months, 2 Days, 16 Minutes ago
Following their controversial announcement about local censorship in order to comply with national legislation, Twitter have decided to go one step further by giving an age rating to profiles. Though the initiative is only at pilot stage, the roll ou...
Can we know it’s Christmas? NEW
the Brussel Jungle 3 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Do you recall the Bob Geldof/Midge Ure Band Aid single from 1984 (or even the 2004 version)? Well, it seems some other iconic figures are working on the next chart-topping hit (not). Rather like the new intergovernmental treaty, nobody seems to know...
Dr Haiku addresses staff at the start of a new semester NEW
the Brussel Jungle 3 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
“As headmaster, it is my duty to remind you that a viable future for the pupils in our charge depends on instilling discipline first, second and last. For too many years we have allowed laxity to undermine our capacity to push them towards the...
Danish Border Controls Create Tensions at EU Level NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 2 Weeks, 23 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The Euro and the financial crisis are not the only elements of disagreement within the Council these days. The adamant continued will of the Danish government to control the quality of imported Danish at their borders is also a source of discontent.
What’s wrong with this picture? NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
This is definitely part of a new series at the BJ: Hint: multiple answers allowed.
No10 scandal of fake civil servants hits EU institutions NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Yesterday, BBC revealed that Downing Street had admitted it uses false names on letters to MPs and members of the public, faking signatures of non-existent civil servants such as a “Mrs E Adams”. The BJ reporters decided to check if such...
Today, everyone is a BJ reporter NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 4 Months, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 22 Minutes ago
It’s April’s Fool day so no point in the BJ writing anything: competition is simply yoo harsh out there. Nevertheless, we have decided to do an attempt at real reporting…of all the false news that is out there today. Your additions...
ex-MEP Strasser announces next surprise move NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 5 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
It has been all over the press: MEPs have allegedly been caught by undercover journalists posing as lobbyists accepting payments to defend amendments. Whilst the case is still pending against some of the involved parties, the Austrian MEP Strasser ha...
European legislation to create generations of flat chested women NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 5 Months, 20 Hours ago
On 1 March, a ban prohibiting the manufacture in the European Union of baby bottles containing Bisphenol A (BPA) substance entered  into force. When confirming the ban, John Dalli, Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, said: “M...
Berlusconi incident: EU mision apologises NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
On Sunday 20 February, a small team of EU experts arrived as part of the ‘Joint Operation Hermes 2011′ on the island of Lampedusa, to help Italian authorities cope with the latest wave of North African refugees. The team, made up of so-ca...
Iran censorship of Ashton cleavage inspires EU press NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 6 Months, 5 Days, 15 Hours ago
The BBC reported with outrage: “Asriran.com showed Iranian press pictures of Lady Ashton next to Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, with her black top raised higher than in the original.” (see picture from Reuters and pi...
Buzek warning followed with immediate effect NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 10 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
The President of the European Parliament issued a stark warning yesterday in an interview given to Euractiv: “Freezing the European Union’s budget as demanded by some countries would be “very dangerous”" (see full article here...
Ashton Head of Cabinet denies influence of lobby NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Rumours have been spreading rapidly after the appearance of High Representative Catherine Ashton at an event organised by the new Hungarian Presidency of the Council for the first half of 2011: nothing can justify the clothes worn by High Representat...
Marking 10 years of euro coins NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
An anonymous well-wisher sent the Brussels Jungle this image of what appears to be a draft design for the commemorative two euro coin to be introduced next year.
European diplomacy to launch unprecedented exchange programme NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
EEAS, the European External Action service, has officially launched only recently but seems to be bursting with international ambition already. BJ reporters were able to take a peak at a top secret internal report commissioned by non other than the H...
Commissioners Kroes and Reding valued at 200 and 400m Euros amids protest NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Wall Street and the mainstream press are not the only ones busy doing valuations. A secret internal document from the European Commission was leaked (as always) and found its way in the hands of BJ reporters, indicating that similar exercises are bei...
Boratier: “Bonking will never be the same again” NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 6 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
London, 2nd January 2011. An impeccably dressed gentleman with an impressive head of silver hair arrives at the reception desk of Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2. A bleary-eyed entourage stumble uncertainly after him, wondering why their holidays...
Wikileaks’ Assange on dating site? We have better NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 7 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
So everyone is speculating about the profile of a certain Harry Harrison on data siting OKCupid and if it could truly be Julian Assange’s, the man from Wikileaks. The BJ reporters spent some time going through profiles on OKCupid – for pu...
Wikileaks and Russian spies: UK MI5 presents new guidelines to MPs and diplomats NEW
the Brussel Jungle 4 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
The UK secret services are fed up with the latest incidents affecting the secret world of spooks. First, Wikileaks’ Cablegate reveals all the disparaging comments so-called diplomats make about each other, and now a UK MP’s assistant is c...