Daniel Gueguen

Britain’s business world sees the transition period as a positive achievement, but for the UK it would be like jumping out of the EU plane without a parachute!   Is Brexit inevitable? Could a ‘no go’ scenario be worked out? No, according to EU officials I consulted off-the-record, because the UK is blocked by internal… » read more

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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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Dans notre histoire communautaire seules deux initiatives ont créé un lien direct entre l’UE et les citoyens : le programme Erasmus et la désignation annuelle d’une Capitale européenne de la culture. Le Journal des Arts nous apprend que « les cinq candidatures britanniques pour être la capitale culturelle 2023 ont été éliminées pour cause de… » 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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S’il fallait en tirer un quelconque sentiment positif on pourrait dire que le Brexit constitue pour le Premier Ministre britannique une magnifique démonstration de survie politique. Mais pour quoi faire ? Voici donc que l’on apprend l’engagement britannique d’éviter toute frontière physique entre l’Irlande du Nord et la République d’Irlande, ce qui signifie en clair… » read more

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If there is any positive conclusion to draw, we could say that Brexit represents for the UK Prime Minister a fantastic demonstration of political survival. But for what purpose? Now we know the British have committed themselves to avoid any hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which clearly means no physical… » 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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C’est ce qu’affirme sans point d’interrogation le journal Le Monde dans son édition du 28 novembre quelques heures avant le vote positif des Etats membres. Le scandale selon Le Monde, serait un éventuel passage en force de la Commission faute de majorité qualifiée au Comité d’appel : « Cette option serait politiquement délicate, puisqu’elle passerait… » read more

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L’on se souvient de l’histoire du fou qui saute dans le vide du 100ème étage d’un building et qui parvenu au 50ème s’exclame : « jusqu’ici tout va bien, … ». Ainsi en va-t-il de Mme May qui selon l’humeur plaide un jour pour le « soft Brexit », le lendemain pour le « Hard… » read more

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Remember the story of the madman who jumps from the 100th floor of a building and, when he reaches the 50th, says “This is going well so far…”? This reminds me of Ms May who, depending on the mood, calls for ‘soft Brexit’ one day, ‘hard Brexit’ the next and then for ‘cliff-edge Brexit’, the… » read more

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