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# Deficit Sinners

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# Deficit Sinners
If the EU were one country, it would be breaking its own budget rules
New Eurostat figures show the EU as a whole ran a budget deficit of 4.7pc of its GDP – €180 billion above its limit.
# Flagpalm
Facebook joke about EU commissioner’s flag gaffe ‘not an official remark’
A comment on the EC’s official Facebook page, saying Gunther Oettinger has “form in the foot in mouth department”, was a joke.
# Flagged
German commissioner insists he doesn’t support ‘half-mast’ idea
Gunther Oettinger says lowering the flags of “default sinners” is an idea already out there – and that he didn’t say he supports it.
# Deficit Sinners
Germany’s EU commissioner wants Irish flag flown at half-mast
Günther Oettinger wants the flags of ‘deficit sinner’ countries – including Ireland – to be at half-mast at all EU institutions.