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Andrew Burgess
Journalist and EU Blogger (Exmouth, United Kingdom)

European citizen with a well-used UK passport.

A graduate in French, Journalism and European Politics from universities in both France and the UK, I have spent time as an active member of the press corps in Brussels and Strasbourg at the European Parliament.

During what was a historic time for the EU with the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty, the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen and the financial troubles in the Eurozone, to name just a few, I attended the twice-monthly plenary sessions in Brussels and Strasbourg, as well as hearings on diverse subjects of interest, press conferences and numerous high-profile press points.

I regard meeting former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, UEFA President Michel Platini, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs Baroness Ashton as particular highlights to date.

It would be an honour and an amazing opportunity to extend my reporter's portfolio from the UN summit in September.

I write a regular blog on European Union business, La Treizième Étoile, and can be found on Twitter at @andrewjburgess.

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19/09/2010 EU to remain on the sidelines at UN Assembly after 'surprise' refusal to grant it more rights
15/09/2010 The Guardian launches dedicated Global Development news microsite
14/09/2010 Europeans, development aid and the MDGs: 90% still support aid despite global recession
31/08/2010 UN set to ditch EU's observer status but falls short of granting it a vote
28/08/2010 How ECHO delivers EU aid - a process illustrated in comic book form
27/08/2010 Georgieva to update MEPs next week on EU's Pakistan aid response
20/08/2010 Kosovo receives Commission endorsement to join key European Investment Bank
18/08/2010 Barroso defends EU response to Pakistan as Georgieva conveniently increases aid to €70m
17/08/2010 Is the EU a step closer to establishing an aid 'Rapid Reaction Force'?
14/08/2010 Scrap overseas Aid to fund the renewal of the UK's nuclear deterrent?
05/08/2010 European countries are still failing to meet MDG 3.3
04/08/2010 79% support 'important' external EU aid but only 18% are 'well informed' about it
28/07/2010 Clegg outlines DFID’s vision for International Development
20/07/2010 The 281 MEPs who don’t support the EU’s MDG Targets
02/07/2010 MEPs demand 'strong EU commitment' to get MDG progress back on track
29/06/2010 Cameron to send his Deputy PM Clegg to UN MDG Summit
16/06/2010 UK to stop aid payments to China and Russia (but not immediately)
15/06/2010 Joseph Deiss elected next president of UN General Assembly‎
12/06/2010 Big Brother with a twist - Your task, housemates: find peace in Middle East
09/06/2010 “If I Can Dream” the unlikely Terry Venables' World Cup charity single
03/06/2010 New UK overseas aid watchdog will ensure 'value for money' vows Andrew Mitchell
25/05/2010 Will the United Kingdom ever pay its due in Development Aid?
10/05/2010 Where next for the EEAS after agreed-blueprint faces legal action from NGOs?
23/04/2010 Why every (Ash) Cloud has a Silver Lining…
21/04/2010 EU still underperforming but MDGs 'are still achievable' admits Piebalgs (updated)
13/04/2010 'Més que un club' - FC Barcelona's priceless partnership with UNICEF (updated)