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Like every year, the European Commission has a habit of tabling proposals for secondary legislation just before the winter holidays. In the past week, delegated acts on the generalised scheme of tariff preferences and a track and trace regime for tobacco products were adopted, meaning the scrutiny period at the European Parliament and Council will… » read more

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In the history of the EU, only two initiatives have created a direct link between the Union and its citizens: the Erasmus Programme and the annual nomination of a ‘European Capital of Culture’. According to the Journal des Arts, “the five UK candidates for Capital of Culture in 2023 have been eliminated due to the… » read more

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That is what the newspaper Le Monde asserts, without any question mark, on the front page of its 28 November edition, just a few hours before Member States gave a positive opinion. According to Le Monde, the scandal would have been the Commission forcing glyphosate through without a qualified majority from the Appeal Committee. “This… » read more

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The first opinion poll dates from 1936 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected US President. Following a notional vote by 10 million Americans, a national magazine predicted Roosevelt’s defeat. Gallup took a representative sample and anticipated Roosevelt’s victory with 62% of votes. The conclusion: a small representative sample is worth far more than consulting everybody.… » read more

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Clearly pro-EU, President Macron and his government are starting to translate En Marche! to the Union level. This is good. Recent years are similar to the 1980-85 period when there was much distrust and paralysis in the EU. In 1985, Jacques Delors was appointed Commission President with the aim of jump-starting the European Economic Community.… » read more

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Clairement orientés pro-EU la Présidence Macron et son Gouvernement s’attèlent à une remise En Marche de l’Union Européenne. Très bien. Il faut se souvenir que les dernières années rappellent la période 1980-85 caractérisées par la méfiance et la paralysie de l’Union.   C’est en 1985 que Jacques Delors est nommé Président de la Commission avec… » read more

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100 days on from the fateful UK referendum, the only thing agreed on is the huge complexity of Brexit. This justifies the wait-and-see approach of the UK government which, by cataloguing the many problems that need to be resolved, is carrying out a kind of giant impact assessment. But one aspect of negotiations seems to… » read more

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