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Time to take a break from the beef crisis and the IGC. Where better than Badia Fiesolana-resting place of mediaeval monks and retired Eurocrats.

In the valley below, the city of Florence in all its Renaissance glory; on the hill above, the secluded village of Fiesole. Badia Fiesolana in San Domenico is home to the European University Institute (EUI), a sort of Euro-campus which attracts bright graduates from all member states and professors looking for something short of the 40 hour week. The campus echoes to the sound of French, German, Italian, Spanish and English. European civil society in the…

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