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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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Since the very beginning I have said that Brexit will not work. Today, we can clearly speak of a “Brexit failure”, considering that the 31 October deadline will not help to unblock the situation. This document aims to examine rapidly the reasons for the failure of Brexit and possible scenarios for the next two years.… » read more

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L’on n’ignore pas les défaillances techniques du Parlement européen. Je parle des bâtiments de Bruxelles. Faut-il les rénover ? Les restaurer ? Les reconstruire ? Un vent favorable nous transmet une note sûrement confidentielle qui examine chacune de ces trois options et en évalue le coût. Pour une « simple » rénovation il faudrait compter… » read more

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Un nombre très significatif d’Etats de l’Union sont en crise : le Royaume-Uni avec le Brexit; l’Allemagne et ses immigrés; l’Italie, l’Espagne, la Grèce victimes d’un Schengen inabouti ; les 4 de Visegrad trop régionalistes ; la France trop française, … Faut-il quitter l’Union ? Tenir dans la tempête en espérant qu’elle se calme ?… » read more

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When you are a senior civil servant or politician, can you apply for any position? Or does each post demand specific qualities? Recent news provides us with several striking cases. The best case: Martin Schulz After being elected for a second two-and-a-half year mandate as European Parliament President, Mr Schulz ran for Commission President as… » 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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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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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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