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This famous phrase was uttered by Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the EU. Most likely he meant that the economy and the law of the marketplace no longer suffice. Perhaps he was also suggesting that without a cultural seed, there can never be a united Europe. The question merits examination in the… » read more

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Lobbying and governance, having a direct institutional link, are permanently interacting. There is no point in regulating lobbying without achieving a high degree of “responsibility, transparency and integrity” at the level of the EU Institutions. Having said that, the regulation of lobbying needs courage and persistence, as it requires a reshaping of outdated practices.  … » read more

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Ayant un lien institutionnel direct, lobbying et gouvernance européenne sont en interaction permanente. Inutile de règlementer le lobbying, sans l’achèvement d’un haut degré de « responsabilité, transparence et intégrité » au niveau des Institutions. Cela dit, la règlementation du lobbying demandera du courage et de l’obstination car elle nécessitera de repenser des pratiques inadaptées.  … » read more

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There is hardly a day when lobbying is not on the front page, and always with a negative connotation. Lobbyists can only be ‘bad’ because they express the voice of industry. The “good lobbyists”, on the other hand, are not really lobbyists since they represent civil society, an emanation of the “public interest.” None of… » read more

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Chaque jour, le lobbying fait la une de l’actualité. Avec toujours une connotation négative. Les lobbyistes ne peuvent qu’être mauvais car ils expriment la voix de l’industrie. Les « bons lobbyistes » ne seraient pas des lobbyistes car ils représenteraient la société civile. Ils seraient l’émanation de « l’intérêt général ». Tout ceci n’a aucun… » read more

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Comme au plan national, le lobbying européen fait désormais partie des « forces occultes ». Depuis longtemps « on » s’en méfie. Aujourd’hui « on » le combat. Si ça continue « on » va l’interdire. Qui est « on » ? Les gens ? Les media ? Les politiques ? La société dans son… » read more

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Like at national level, EU lobbying is now part of the “dark arts”. For a long time, “one” has mistrusted it. Today “one” fights it. Soon, “one” will prohibit it. But who is “one”? People? The media? Politicians? Society as a whole? In this climate of great hostility, the focus is on “bad lobbyists”, creating… » read more

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After two seminars on Brexit organised by Queen’s College in January 2018 and the Oxford Martin School in October 2019, we expected to receive more answers than questions. But that was not the case! At Queen’s, the negotiations (in January 2018) were at an early stage. The title “The facts facing the UK’s Future” set… » read more

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A l’issue de deux séminaires sur le Brexit organisés par le Queens College en janvier 2018 et la Oxford Martin School en octobre 2019 on s’attend à recevoir plus de réponses que de questions. Ce ne fût pas le cas ! Au Queens, en janvier 2018 les négociations en sont dans leur première phase. Le… » read more

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The Robert Schuman Foundation has published a paper entitled: “Juncker or European added value: The positive legacy of the European Commission (2014-2019).” One can never talk enough about the harm that subsidised associations do to the cause of the EU. Even for the most pro-European of Europeans, the Juncker Commission has been a failure in… » read more

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