SIMPLICITY is not one the virtues that is readily associated with the institutions of the European Union, so it is refreshing to note that the European Parliament has recently taken a straightforward step to boost its accountability to the citizens of the continent that it serves.

Following years of pressure, the parliament has decided that its members' declarations in its Register of Financial Interests be posted on the Internet. And to make the information easy to access, online links to the relevant entries have been included on ...

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