1. INTRODUCTION We live in a world where certain words or phrases trigger immediate assumptions. Such assumptions vary depending on the audience - "State aid" being a perfect example. Writing this foreword in Spring 2012, it would be safe to say that for the majority of the European population any reference to "State" and "aid" in the same sentence triggers thoughts of Member States having to seek aid rather then grant it. Nor are assumptions in relation to State aid confined to the wider population. Indeed, I was guilty of a broad assumption when asked to prepare this foreword. On being told that the articles which I would introduce share the theme of State aid and judicial review, I wrongly assumed that the focus would be on judgments of the General Court exercising its appellate
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