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European commitment and gender balance NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
In this blog entry I offer a few remarks about the EU top jobs, the next European Commission and the president-designate. EU top jobs An extra European Council meeting is just behind the corner, 16 July 2014, in order to fill the top jobs (on the...
European Council 2013 on competitiveness NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 20 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
In the previous blog post we saw president Herman Van Rompuy presenting, in the publication The European Council in 2013, how the European summits were engaged to enhance competitiveness, promote free trade, to develop the single market and to ease t...
Van Rompuy on EU competitiveness 2013 NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Against the background of the UK Europe minister David Lidington's calls for EU competitiveness, free trade, single market reform and cutting red tape, we continue to explore the reality of European Union efforts. European Council in 2013 After t...
Reinventing EU competitiveness? NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 20 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
Competitiveness requires more comprehensive action than negotiating free trade agreements, clearing single market obstacles and cutting red tape. Membership of the EU, or even the maligned eurozone, does not exclude world class competitiveness. We...
What is competitiveness, Mr Lidington? NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 17 Hours, 1 Minute ago
When the government of Britain is betting continued membership on competitiveness reform by the European Union, the situation is serious enough, at least politically. Growth and jobs are important for us EU citizen regardless. For our own sake it i...
David Lidington confronts EU competitiveness NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 19 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
After selective foreign policy participation appetizer and what looks like Cameron's self-betrayal over Juncker, we get to the UK's Europe minister David Lidington's menu of market courses, intended to prove that there is, indeed, a positive British...
Was Cameron betrayed? (Updated) NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 4 Weeks, 20 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
A number of European Union countries share Britain's drive to expand free trade and to improve the EU single market, especially in new fields, such as digital and other services and energy. Germany, the Netherlands, Nordic and Baltic countries and s...
David Lidington tackles ”misconceptions” NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
The European Council 26-27 June 2014 conceded that some countries may halt on the road to ever closer union, provided they allow for the rest to proceed unhindered, something Britain has still to learn. Currently, the United Kingdom is far from a ful...
Anatomy of Britain in Europe NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 13 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
We saw that the heads of state or government, as Jean-Claude Juncker earlier, were willing to apply the principle of 'live and let live' with regard to Britain, provided it worked both ways. The Mauritshuis in The Hague has just reopened after reno...
Ever closer union – without Britain NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The member states of the European Union have been unwilling or unable to define the destination (finalité), but the spirit of the Churchill Zurich speech (1946) was clear: 'We must build a kind of United States of Europe', the first step in th...
European Council 26-27 June 2014: Ad fontes NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
To the sources – ad fontes – inspired the humanists of the Renaissance to study the original classical texts and the leaders of the Protestant Reformation to base religious teaching on the Bible. Here, more modestly, I want to remind read...
European Council to set strategic agenda NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
We can expect a strategic European Council agenda, trying to reconcile different ambitions on how the European Union should tackle the internal and international challenges during the five year term of the newly elected European Parliament and with...
Juncker vote NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Impetus, political directions and priorities are necessary, but the doers for the EU have to be found, as laid down in the treaties. Today, the European Council needs to take the first decision to form a new EU Commission in a timely manner. Juncke...
European Council on single market and regulatory reform NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 44 Minutes ago
After the presentations of the UK review of the balance of EU competences and the single market overview, I promised to look up some later policy papers and developments. This takes us to the European Council meeting today and tomorrow (26-27 June...
Review of EU single market competences NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The blog entry UK review of the balance of EU competences offered an update of the ongoing exercise of the British government to audit what the European Union does and how it affects the United Kingdom - #BoCReview on Twitter. After a short detour...
Cameron introduces transparency in the European Council NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 1 Week, 14 Hours, 1 Minute ago
It is strange that one member state, the United Kingdom, causes more online and media discussion than the whole European Union or all the other 27 EU members put together, but it looks unavoidable. Yesterday, prime minister David Cameron persisted...
UK review of the balance of EU competences NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
This blog entry contains short references to the democratic Europe theme and to the British prime minister David Cameron's renegotiation and EU reform calls, before an introductory look at the UK review of the balance of EU competences. Democratic...
EU democracy and reform – for Europeans and for Cameron NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 10 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
Yesterday I asked UK officials, journalists and other experts what Britain's prime minister Cameron wants to change through renegotiation of Britain's membership of the European Union, ahead of the 2017 EU referendum and possible Brexit. The call o...
European Parliament Elections 2014 Pamphlet NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 8 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Yesterday I offered you two reading tips regarding the European elections, so today we can make a smooth transition to a compilation of short comments by researchers. I offer you a few appetizers. In the Bridging Europe 'European Parliament Electi...
Help me find Cameron's EU reform NEW
Grahnlaw Suomi Finland 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
You can read a number of my earlier blog posts about David Cameron's campaign against European level democracy, the lead candidate system, the European Parliament elections, the European Parliament, the European People's Party and its political group...