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In a rare moment of synchronicity, Europe was un-der a heatwave a decade ago, as Brussels finally waslast week, this time after a long, cold and wet Sum-mer for the continent. The weather is no longer aspredictable as we like to think it once was, but thepoint is the effect. Ten years ago, winter feed was be-ing put out early because of drought and even powersupplies were disrupted.Commissioner Walstrom, then in charge of the En- vironment was also taking action, over genetically modified food, having to take legal action againstmember states over agreements they had agreed with, but not put into law. As we said, Europe wassplit over GMOs, it still is. We were also raising consumer rights, beginning with the right to return faulty goods. We noted,“From the point of view of the average Europeancitizen there is no reason for the EU to exist at all,if it does not make sure that his or her rights areprotected.”