Category Archives: Miscellaneous

“It’s alive!”

There was a paragraph in a Financial Times blog post about the Greek debt deal that really caught my eye this morning: The [International Swaps and Derivatives Association] is important because they are the industry group which decides whether so-called credit … Continue reading

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De nominibus piscium

On Tuesday night (21.2), the Danish television channel DR1 news programme TV Avisen ran a story about ‘new EU regulations for fishmongers’ as their ‘feel-good segment’ in the end of the broadcast. The basic gist of the story was that … Continue reading

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European 112 Day

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how one possible answer to “What has the EU ever done for us?” was “Flying cars” (and I still think it’s an awesome answer). But today, I’d like to mention another great thing … Continue reading

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Norwegian butter protectionism: An update

Since my post on the butter shortage in Norway has easily become the most frequently visited one on this blog (it’s amazing how many people google for “norway butter protectionism”), I feel a certain obligation to help my readers keep … Continue reading

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The ultimate reply

Dear readers: You know that annoying question that Euro-sceptics always like to ask? I’m talking about “What has the EU ever done for us?” And you know how it can sometimes be a bit hard to answer satisfactorily, because you’re … Continue reading

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Hooray for News Math: 10=13

(With apologies to Tom Lehrer for the title.) It seems that there are certain headlines, certain ideas or themes that are so compelling for some journalists that they will throw all of their critical thinking and basic research skills overboard … Continue reading

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Great video… or *greatest* video?

So the technical quality is not the best – but seriously, if this is not the greatest thing ever, it’s definitely somewhere in the top 20. (From the Council of Europe website. Apparently produced by the CoE Information Office in … Continue reading

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