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An ever more powerful Europe needs to be watched - but that's not easy

Published 29/10/2015 | 02:30

European Parliament will play a greater role in the short term during the push for greater economic unity. Photo: Getty Images
European Parliament will play a greater role in the short term during the push for greater economic unity. Photo: Getty Images

IT seems Henry Kissinger never did ask, "If I want to phone Europe, who do I call?" but your correspondent did once say, "If I want to report Europe, where do I point the camera?"

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There is now an answer to the first question and the answer is five. That's the number of presidents that the EU now has - of the Commission, the Parliament, the Council of Ministers, the ECB and group representing countries in the euro.

Which shows all too clearly the problem posed by the second question. How can one have any satisfactory media coverage of an entity so disparate, complex and, often, secretive? While recognising the valiant efforts of Brussels correspondents and many editors, no-one has come up with a satisfactory answer.

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