• IN ONE of those bizarre juxtapositions of events, we all watched spellbound while European space scientists landed a probe on a comet three hundred million miles away - while at the same time the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, was emulating the nineteenth century Luddites who destroyed machinery because it threatened their jobs.

  • THE EUROPEAN Commission is not known for good management of its finances - hence the reason its auditors have not been able to sign off its accounts for 19 successive years.

  • THE NEW farm commissioner, Phil Hogan, had barely got his feet under his desk in Brussels before the Irish Farmers Association was setting out what it expected, and to be fair it has a reasonable case.

  • THIS WEEKEND it is a case of all change in Brussels.

  • 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.