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European commitment and gender balance NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
In addition to the treaty criteria of general competence, European commitment and independence, as well as the expectation of irreproachable performance of duties regarding each commissioner, we can expect Juncker to bring up the gender balance of th...
European Council 2013 on competitiveness NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 11 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 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 22 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. Read Van Rompuy on EU competitivenes...
Reinventing EU competitiveness? NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Hours, 8 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 mu...
What is competitiveness, Mr Lidington? NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 24 Minutes 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 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
After the selective foreign policy participation appetizer and what looks like Cameron's self-betrayal over Juncker, we get to the UK Europe minister David Lidington's menu of market courses, intended to prove that there is, indeed, a positive Britis...
Was Cameron betrayed? (Updated) NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Despite dark hints about betrayal from perceived European allies, this much should have been clear even to a 10 Downing Street enamoured with its own cleverness, before forcing the issue: If the EU countries must choose between Europe and Britain...
David Lidington tackles ”misconceptions” NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 38 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 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
The Mauritshuis in The Hague has just reopened after renovation, part financed by the European Union. Let me therefore recall Rembrandt's painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, before I start dissecting the United Kingdom as a member of the...
Ever closer union – without Britain NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 6 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
Since the government of the United Kingdom did not propose an alternative candidate, we do not know who would have been so much closer to their agenda of exceptionalism and narrowly defined market reform calls, as to merit such a vicious and counterp...
European Council 26-27 June 2014: Ad fontes NEW
Grahnlaw 8 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 6 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 9 Months, 14 Hours, 19 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 9 Months, 14 Hours, 29 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. Read Jun...
European Council on single market and regulatory reform NEW
Grahnlaw 9 Months, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 21 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 9 Months, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
The Review of the Balance of Competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union: The Single Market (HM Government; 83 pages, including the annexes): This report is an overview of the single market, but it also presents sources and evidence...
Cameron introduces transparency in the European Council NEW
Grahnlaw 9 Months, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
By insisting on a vote among the heads of state or government to end his ill conceived, misdirected and calamitous crusade, PM Cameron does a good turn for transparency in the intergovernmental EUCO chambers, where past eliminations of candidates hav...
UK review of the balance of EU competences NEW
Grahnlaw 9 Months, 3 Days, 19 Hours, 18 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. Read UK revie...
EU democracy and reform – for Europeans and for Cameron NEW
Grahnlaw 9 Months, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 39 Minutes ago
Because the United Kingdom has cast itself in the role of the principal opponent of a democratic European Union, Britain's contrary aims have been the focus of the discussion. For ease of future reference, I am going to offer a compilation of links t...
European Parliament Elections 2014 Pamphlet NEW
Grahnlaw 9 Months, 5 Days, 18 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
More Europe, more democracy declares the Athens based think tank Bridging Europe – @BridgingEurope on Twitter - thus keenly interested in EU institutions and democracy. Read European Parliament Elections 2014 Pamphlet...
Help me find Cameron's EU reform NEW
Grahnlaw 9 Months, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
I have wondered. I have read speeches, newspaper reports and articles. Still, I am at a loss to explain what Cameron's ”positive agenda” is. What does the UK prime minister and leader of the Conservatives mean by EU reform? Read Help me...