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Politicians always think they are able to perform in any job. A failed candidate for Commission President, Mr Verhofstadt has now stood for EP President, with the same success. But here, it is failure coupled with indignity. To win votes, our unfortunate candidate sidelined everyone who stood in his way (in particular Sylvie Goulard –… » read more

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Does anyone remember Antoine Wiertz? For the honest European, Belgian fin de siècle art can be summed up in three names: Ensor, Rops and Khnopff. But not Wiertz! What a pity, because Wiertz was a pioneer of symbolist art, a mysterious and fertile period including among its ranks prestigious figures like Odilon Redon, Munch, Böcklin,… » read more

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You will recall that last year PACT European Affairs published its booklet ‘Better Regulation: 10 graphs to help you understand’, providing a useful visual overview and analysis of the Commission’s Better Regulation package and what it means for EU public affairs. PACT has now updated its booklet in light of the new Inter-institutional Agreement on… » read more

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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

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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

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Crise de l’UE. De l’autorité et des valeurs pour recréer un « vivre ensemble » européen   La réaction de Jean-Claude Junker sur la tuerie de Nice est éclairante. Dans Le Soir, le Président de la Commission déclare : « On en est à se demander quand ça va s’arrêter. » Depuis des mois, je… » read more

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A century ago – I mean in fact the 1980s and 1990s – the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) was an EU Institution with great influence. Closely involved in the initial reforms of the CAP and in the drafting of Directives (in particular food law) that helped create the Internal Market in 1993; a… » read more

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Before going back to school, every pupil makes sure to have the best pencils and notebooks. In a child’s mind, it is a question not just of reputation, but effectiveness: with a nice pencil and a nice notebook, he or she will write a lot better, make fewer mistakes and make real progress. In a… » read more

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Inundated with delegated acts, should Parliament hire more or simply reorganise? In the same week when the European Parliament’s SecretaryGeneral, Klaus Welle, called for staff reinforcements to deal with the growing number of delegated acts, Richard Corbett – one of the fathers of the 2006 comitology reform – recommended that all MEPs faced with the… » read more

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The European Parliament will table more resolutions to cast its veto in future; some will fail but others will succeed   Faced with this, lobbyists will have to adapt their strategies so they can act within a very short space of time. The current EU institutional setting is quite paradoxical. On the one hand, reforms… » read more

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