Will Juncker’s Commission survive unscathed? (picture via @Gruene_Europa)On Monday we will see the first hearings of European Commission nominees by the European Parliament committees responsible for their respective policy areas (full calendar he…
Die erste Lektion, die ein neuer EU-Kommissar zu lernen hat, ist deutlich: In Brüssel darf er nicht als Deutscher, Franzose, oder Italiener agieren, er hat Europäer zu sein. Wer dies nicht verinnerlicht hat, wird bei den Anhörungen vor den Volksvertretern aus den 28 Mitgliedstaaten keine gute Figur machen können. Denn die fragen nicht nach der […]
Was Jean-Claude Juncker elected president of the European Commission because he was the Spitzenkandidate for the winning party in the European elections? Or would be had been elected anyway? That question is difficult – if not impossible – to answer, but there are things that indicate that it was his position as the lead candidate […]
Russian President has signed a federal law about election to the Crimean State Council and to Sevastopol Legislative Assembly, which would take place on September 14. Ukraine has already called these election as illegal and warned coordinatiors to be under criminal prosecution. Due to high represive activity of russian law enforcement agencies agains those who […]
Scientific experts are attempting to explain the EU’s communications paradoxes. In 2009, Prof. Peter Van Aelst analyzed the election campaign of the first President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, stressing that the basic rules of politic…
The day after the official presentation of the new European commission by the President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker, the press remains ambiguous in its analyses. Some have praised the audacity to try a new structure with the designation of the 7 Vice-presidents, while the mergers and splits within some of the portfolios are still quite incomprehensible. Others […]
Will France’s Moscovici (left) be effectively shackled by Finland’s Katainen (centre) and Latvia’s Dombrovskis (right)?The new European Commission (EC) also sees the overhaul of its approach to the Eurozone. While Pierre Moscovici holds the Econom…
One knew, of course, that Jean-Claude Juncker is well possessed with a dry sense of humour. How delightfully on display is his sharp wit in the disposition of portfolios to his new college of Commissioners. While claiming falsely, but as he must, that “I have given portfolios to people – not to countries”, Juncker has […]
With the future of the UK seemingly hanging by a thread it is understandable that events north of the border are dominating attention, but today’s announcement of the new European Commission also has far-reaching consequences for the future of the UK’s…
Today the European Commission’s president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced his “winning team”, a commission in which portfolios are given “to people, not to countries”. AEGEE / European Students’ Forum sees some good developments in the attention given to Citizenship, Mobility and Employment, but has concerns about Education being overshadowed,the total absence of mentioning Non-Formal Education for […]
Some years ago, DG Sanco, the health directorate for public health, took over the lead role for medicines and medical devices from DG Enterprise the industry DG, which was responsible for promoting industry, including the pharmaceutical industry. The change was a good one, enabling a clearer focus within the Commission on medicines as an essential […]
Whitehouse Consultancy Political Consultant Alessandro Fusco provides an analysis of the new European Commission unveiled yesterday in Brussels by President Jean-Claude Juncker.
To read Alessandro’s article, please click here.
The Whitehouse Con…
Con la rivelazione dei commissari candidati, in attesa dei voti nelle Commissioni parlamentari e nella plenaria nel Parlamento Europeo, trovo interessante ricordare che Jean-Claude Juncker è il primo presidente della Commissione Europea a essere stato eletto dai cittadini dell’Unione Europea. Nonostante, quando si è votato, quest’aspetto sia rimasto in secondo piano rispetto ad altri, tutto […]
Es gibt allen Grund, Donald Tusk zu seinem Posten zu gratulieren. Mitten in der Freude darüber gibt es aber doch Anlass zu der Frage, ob es das richtige Paar ist, das die EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs am Samstag ausgewählt haben, als sie nach monatelangen Verhandlungen Donald Tusk zum EU-Präsidenten und die italienische Außenministerin Federica Mogherini zur […]
After many months of interviewing, research and writing, I am happy to announce the launch of my fourth book: Next Europe.