• WHEN IT comes to decision making, it is often difficult to follow the logic of the European Commission.

  • IT WOULD be an understatement to say things are not good in agriculture at the moment, and this is the case across the EU.

  • IF HIS performance as commissioner is as impressive as his appearance before the agriculture committee of the European parliament, Phil Hogan will be a popular choice for the job.

  • IT SEEMS an unlikely statement - but when it comes to implementing CAP reform, the government at Westminster seems to have a more farmer-friendly approach than the devolved regions.

  • THESE ARE days of marking time in Brussels.

  • IT SEEMS bizarre writing this on a Wednesday morning, knowing that by the time it is read Scottish voters will, one way or the other, have made the biggest political decision in a generation.

  • POLITICS IS a murky game and that is as true in Europe as it is anywhere else.

  • IT IS not down to a single event - but it is difficult to escape the conclusion that cash could be scarce this winter on many farms.

  • WHEN THE European Commission was reforming the CAP it promised a less bureaucratic and more flexible policy.

  • POLITICIANS ARE often judged by how they respond in a crisis - and as he battles to secure a second term as farm commissioner, Dacian Ciolos has been handed a huge economic and political crisis, in the shape of the Russian ban on food imports.