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As everyone knows, the European Parliament is not a real Parliament. It is a co-legislator rather than a legislator, and does not possess the power of legislative initiative, which belongs to the Commission. This anomaly, which needs to be corrected as soon as possible, provides justification for determined action by a Parliament becoming more and… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Between October 13-16, the governing Syriza party held its second congress in Athens. Many debates, fruitful discussions, but above all the need to re-address some major issues that define the party’s new vision and political scope. Euclid Tsakalotos ranked first in Central Committee voting Greek Minister of Finance achieved to get the first place among… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

At a time when the European Union is faced with major dangers both internal and external, our elite leaders are focussing on issues that, while perhaps important, have no relation to their priorities. So we see Mr Juncker – otherwise inaudible – taking action on secondary legislation concerning roaming and glyphosate, but still not proposing… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

It is a turning point for the Syriza-led government. After more than one year since the painful agreement on a third bailout for the country has been reached, the society and the business world are suffocating under the burden of tax hikes, lack of liquidity from the banks, weak improvement of macroeconomic factors. Unemployment has… » read more

  Posted by Dimitris Rapidis

My article ‘Barnier and Brexit: bad mood before the holidays’ provoked a lot of comment about the respective roles of the Commission and Council in the upcoming negotiations. Some people responded saying “the negotiations will be conducted by the Commission.” This is not accurate, but not necessarily inaccurate. Article 50 of the Treaty does not… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Décidément le Président de la Commission est embarrassant. Embarrassant quand il commente. Embarrassant quand il ne décide pas. Et même embarrassant quand il décide. La nomination de Michel Barnier comme négociateur en chef du Brexit pour le compte de la Commission entre précisément dans cette dernière catégorie et à plus d’un titre. D’abord sur le… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

EU crisis

  Authority and values to restore Europeans’ desire to live together The reaction of Jean-Claude Juncker to the Nice attacks was interesting. In Le Soir, he stated: “We have to ask ourselves when this is going to stop?” For months, I have been saying over and over again that the President of the Commission is… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

Brexit, rightly seen as inadvisable, will turn out to be impossible both technically and politically. Far from destroying the EU, Brexit is a chance to re-launch it by creating a two-circle community: a circle based on Eurozone integration and a circle for the Single Market. Everyone would benefit from this. I do not agree with… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

BREXIT le 23 juin; fin de la saga glyphosate le 24, grandes politiques ou petits dossiers, l’UE doit se reconstruire de A à Z   Voici 20 ans j’ai publié « L’Europe à contresens ». Un petit ouvrage avec un fort retentissement médiatique. Son message-clé était simple. Partant du constat que l’élargissement de l’Union à… » read more

  Posted by Daniel Gueguen

In Bed with Rutte

Some say I was already practicing politics in the crib. In my memory, 1984 was a breakthrough year. It was the year of the cruise missiles and the people’s petitions. Of pacifist Woodstock residues Strikwerda and Faber of the Interdenominational Peace Council (Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad; abbreviated as IKV in Dutch). Seventy-five percent of the students were… » read more

  Posted by Wytze Russchen's 'Oliemannetje'

A few weeks ago, Swedish journalist Göran Rosenberg made a welcome appearance on the radio program Good Morning World. Speaking on the European Union and UK’s membership, he said: “A very human reaction to external threats, real and imagined, is to secure a place somewhere, behind a border of any kind, where the threat can… » read more

  Posted by Kaj Embren

Near Death Experience

Having the Revu debacle freshly in my memory, I worked extra hard. Every week, there was an article in the newspaper; a lot was bulldozed to protect my boss. Hard work from my side and lots of dark chocolate after lunch. I learned my classics quickly. However, I started noticing that I took my job… » read more

  Posted by Wytze Russchen's 'Oliemannetje'

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