“The European Union is not an à la carte menu”

Business quote of the day.

“The European Union is not an à la carte menu”

Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s deputy prime minister, says Britain should not be allowed to set up a different category of membership in the EU. His comments follow a letter from prominent business leaders to the FT saying David Cameron risks destabilising the economy if he tries to seek a “wholesale renegotiation of our EU membership”.

Eamon Gilmore, Ireland’s deputy prime minister. Photograph: Getty Images

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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