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Ex-commissioner broke EU law but keeps pension

European Commissioners can trample on EU law but still get their full pension, according to Tuesday's (11 July) European Court of Justice ruling on former commissioner and French prime minister, Edith Cresson.

After a two year legal battle, the court found Ms Cresson guilty of "a breach of a certain gravity" of Article 213 of the EU treaty by fixing a lucrative job for her friend while a commissioner back in 1995.

But EU judges in Luxembourg said Ms Cresson can keep her full €42...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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