In fact, the Greeks and the Greek Cypriots, along with the CDU-CSU and Elmar Brok at the top, as well as the other anti-Turkey politicians, made their famous anti-Turkey propaganda. Let’s remember that Elmar Brok, who is the right hand of Merkel, said last year: We will do whatever the Greek Cypriots will ask us.
Retail prices of food, according to a UK bank, have increased almost twice as much as they should have done as a result of recent food commodity price increases. Prices to consumers have increased far more than indicated by the small proportion of raw material cost in the total cost of processing and delivering. An… » read more
How do you turn a country that has been ruled by a tyrant into one that respects human rights and is based solidly on democracy? That is more than possible. There is a positive example about how to bring it to success. Recently one country was rebuilt from a broken tyranny, ruined cities, and utter… » read more
I feel that many of us are watching Revolution 2011 sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East in very much the same passive manner as we watch a weather report map. Our citizen journalists on the ground are sending tweets and our leaders are expressing concern, but there is very little analysis on the… » read more
The European Commission’s approach to yet another upcoming reform of the common agricultural policy is largely devoted to the continuation of the current policy with a few added concessions to green pressures on the side. This approach is increasingly irrelevant at this stage in the development of European agriculture and in an increasingly unstable world… » read more
József Szájer, MEP and founding member for Fidesz, the Hungarian governing party that has secured a two-thirds supermajority with 53% of the votes in 2010 boasts that the Hungarian constitution is written on iPad. Actually, on his iPad. Mr Szájer is a member of the European Parliament, and also the leader of the committee that… » read more
For Greece, it all started in late 2009. One bright day around mid-November, the now ruling Socialist government of G. Papandreou decided to take Greece out of the closet and reveal the true size of Greece’s deficit to the world. The funny thing is, back then no one was really shocked. “Greek statistics”, the constant… » read more
The sovereign debt crises in Greece and Ireland and the mounting economic trouble facing Portugal, Spain and Italy, have long been a cause for alarm in European capitals. Many fear that one or several of the so-called PIIGS countries may be forced to leave the euro, which could exacerbate the pressure on the euro itself… » read more
African leaders are a breed apart. They worship power and when their hold on it is contested, either by elections or by mass protests, they are ready to kill their own citizens in order to keep it. Not only that, but leaders like Gaddafi or Mubarak wanted to keep power within their families and have… » read more
THE LATEST developments from Tripoli and the surrounding towns demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Gaddafi is a madman. By attacking his own population and killing them indiscriminately, he and his family are disqualified from the human race, let alone from leading an important oil producing country like Libya.
For the last 50 years Turkey and the EU have been toying around with EU membership. But at the beginning of 2011 they are not really advanced to the point where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Negotiations for accession have been going on without enthusiasm for the past five… » read more
Improved food security has long been a justification for protecting farmers. In the long history of European agriculture policy flinging up tariff walls and subsidising production has nearly always been the governmental response to the prospect of potential food shortage. The evidence that such actions generally result in a reduction of production outside the protected… » read more
In December 2010, at the PES Council, it was decided that the European socialists and social-democrats will select the candidate for the European Commission Presidency through a democratic and transparent process. Therefore the PES Council will set up a Working Group “Candidate 2014“ to discuss and propose a process until the end of the year.… » read more
Like many in Brussels involved in policy debates, I rolled my eyes when I had learnt about the inclusion of a Citizens’ Initiative section in the Lisbon Treaty. Perhaps it was my well-honed, smug, academic elitism, but I had visions of hordes of the great unwashed coming to Brussels to clog up policy processes with… » read more
The Belgian government was left in chaos in April after Belgium’s King Albert II accepted the resignation of the Flemish Christian democrat and Prime Minister, Yves Leterme – Leterme’s third resignation since July 2008. This was the latest installation in the long-term power struggle between the country’s French-speaking Walloons and Flemish-speaking majority. Leterme’s five-month old… » read more