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On Wednesday this week, finance ministers reached an agreement on the basic mechanism for a single supervisory authority over eurozone banks – the key first step to a banking union. The supervisory mechanism will be carried out by the European Central Bank (ECB) which will be the direct authority of at least the biggest banks… » read more

Posted by Henriette Jacobsen

Unlike in any of the other Scandinavian countries, snus is a very popular form of tobacco use in Sweden. 12% of the Swedes love the smell of snus. Ewa Björling, the Swedish minister for commerce, has said Sweden is ready for a full-scale “war” against the EU over Swedish snus future. Björling has already been… » read more

Posted by Henriette Jacobsen

With less than two weeks until Christmas and with some of us already counting down to the best day of the year (that’ll be the 24th of December), I thought it would be best to begin this EU blog with a post that could be seen (with some good will) as timely and seasonal (I’ll… » read more

Posted by Henriette Jacobsen