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EU-Ukraine relations further deteriorate

EU ambassadors in Kiev have complained after authorities began holding closed trials inside the jail cell of former PM Tymoshenko on an array of new charges, including contract killings, embezzlement and tax fraud. "It shows they are not listening to our concerns at all," one EU diplomat said.

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EU Ombudsman warns of 'new normal' of crisis decision-making

Emily O'Reilly cited the post-pandemic recovery funds, the windfall taxes on energy companies, and the joint purchase of vaccines, as procedures which received limited scrutiny from the national parliaments — as a result of emergency decision-making powers that bypassed parliament.

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How do you make embarrassing EU documents 'disappear'?

The EU Commission's new magic formula for avoiding scrutiny is simple. You declare the documents in question to be "short-lived correspondence for a preliminary exchange of views" and thus exempt them from being logged in the official inventory.

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