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Back page gossip from the 7 March issue of Research Europe

Mob handed The European Commission deleted one of its own blog posts last month, acknowledging that “its language and title were not appropriate”. The Commission apologised “for the fact that it has been seen as offending”.

The item in question was titled The Copyright Directive: How the mob was told to save the dragon and slay the knight. It likened expressions of concern around the EU’s highly controversial directive to tactics used in “recent elections and referendums”, saying that “simple memorable slogans—however untrue or unobtainable—can go a long way to winning over hearts, minds and voters”.

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