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by Fran on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 03:06:28 PM EST
Libertas leader to run in European elections - EUobserver

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The head of the anti-treaty Libertas group, Declan Ganley, has announced he will run for a seat in the European Parliament in the June elections.

The announcement that he will contest a seat in the North West of Ireland puts an end to months of speculation about whether Mr Ganley, a business man who last year led a successful campaign against the Lisbon treaty in Ireland, would take the ultimate step by personally entering the political arena.

Mr Ganley is to run in the North West of Ireland

"We have to wake up in this country and realise that being in favour of Europe does not mean being in favour of everything Brussels wants," Mr Ganley told supporters on Saturday evening (12 March), reports the Irish Times.

Mr Ganley, who during the pre-referendum campaign played on fears about Ireland losing its tax sovereignty under the Lisbon treaty, said his group was against the treaty "not because we opposed Europe, but because we opposed its direction.

by Fran on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 03:14:34 PM EST
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Was there ever any suspense?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 04:56:32 PM EST
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French far right launches European election campaign - EUobserver
French far right party FN on Sunday launched its European elections campaign, with its leader Le Pen, 80, lashing out at the EU and the euro, which he accused of creating "a social nightmare," AFP reports. "Europe authorises Polish workers to work in France according to Polish social law," he said.
by Fran on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 03:18:04 PM EST
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EGP: Do you want to blog live from the EGP Congress?
Do you want to blog live from the European Greens' Election Congress in the heart of Brussels, in the European Parliament? Capture insights from behind the scenes? The EGP will invite 3 bloggers to the upcoming Election Congress of the European Greens on 27th and 28th of March.

The EGP will cover the travel and accommodation costs for the 3 selected bloggers and provide access to the entire event and a pass to the press centre. We will offer one to one interviews with top-ranking politicians. There will also be someone who will provide the selected bloggers with the help and assistance they require.

Furthermore, we will post direct links to all blog entries on the EGP website.

by Fran on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 03:23:27 PM EST
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Next year I could try... Anyone else for this year?
by Nomad on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 06:06:42 AM EST
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I'm in the wild west of america that week or I would do it. That sounds really special.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 08:07:17 AM EST
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I'd love to but I have no expertise to offer.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 08:50:26 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | UK | UK Politics | Barroso 'regrets' Tory EPP move

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso has said he "regrets" the Conservatives' decision to leave the European Parliament's EPP group.

Speaking after talks with Gordon Brown in Downing Street, Mr Barroso said he had spoken to David Cameron about the plan "on a number of occasions".

He said groupings like the centre-right EPP helped shape the EU's agenda.

The Tories hope to set up a new group, which party leader Mr Cameron said was a "profoundly" necessary change.

The Conservatives informed the European People's Party (EPP) last week that they intend to leave it in May.

by Fran on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 03:25:06 PM EST
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et's hope he'll really regret it.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Mar 16th, 2009 at 04:58:31 PM EST
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Is there any chance we could get some candidates to come and diary at ET?

Money is a sign of Poverty - Culture Saying
by RogueTrooper on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 at 04:16:46 AM EST
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