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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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The Treaties give the European Commission an exclusive power of legislative initiative. In principle, only the Commission can draft and propose Directives, Regulations and Decisions. The Lisbon Treaty also gave the Commission the power to propose AND adopt delegated acts, with the risk of creating an imbalance of power. Considered boring by the ‘Brussels Bubble’,… » read more

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The bear is sleeping soundly in its lair. The Parliament is in a kind of early recess. The Commission is waiting for the next College. The Member States are self-centred. Elsewhere, everything is moving. Here, nothing is moving. Brexit: when things are beyond us, let’s pretend we are the instigators Nobody has control over this… » read more

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In its 60-year history, the European Union has often distinguished itself by the use of innovative tools. Two come immediately to mind: the quotas and mechanisms under the Lomé Convention that offer developing country exporters the internal EU price rather than the dumping price practised on world markets. The regulatory innovation that was the rule… » read more

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It does not happen so often that an editorialist begins his piece by requesting readers, first of all, to read the articles on the following pages. Such is the case here! The articles published on pages 2 and 3 of this Newsletter are very illuminating in exposing the bureaucratic impasse the EU finds itself in.… » read more

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Last week the US magazine Newsweek had Emmanuel Macron on its cover as the “Last Man Standing”. Why not? But in an EU looking for direction, the boundary between leaders and followers seems to be reversed. Curiously, the leaders fall into distinct groups, while the followers are individuals. It seems the EU is being driven… » read more

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Representing interests (more commonly known as ‘lobbying’) is a complex profession founded on a simple choice: either you try to convince and build consensus via mediation, or you work to impose one side’s view upon the other. The European Union, so long a beacon of mediation, is slowly drifting towards the second option. This is… » read more

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Everyone knows the European Parliament (EP) is deficient in terms of technical knowledge, but let’s forget that and talk instead about the Parliament buildings in Brussels. Do they need to be renovated? Restored? Or rebuilt? This month a friendly bird dropped onto our desk a memo – undoubtedly intended to be confidential – that examines… » read more

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The changes made by the Treaty of Lisbon (making the European Council a proper institution, appointing a permanent EU president) and related practices (electing the Commission President via Spitzencandidaten, systematic use of trilogues at first reading) have reduced the European Union to a big bureaucratic body led by a Commission that takes refuge in low-level… » read more

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