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Five transformative years for Europe NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 2 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
At last the sun is shining, after months of rain. London gears up for the Olympics and is thronged with visitors. Brussels is quiet, Paris is empty. The roads to the south are crowded. The mountains and the beaches beckon. It must be the summer holid...
Banking Union: magic solution to eurozone crisis? NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 2 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
It seems that a European Banking Union has become the magic solution to the eurozone debt crisis. This week’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels confirmed that European funds will provide direct support to Spanish banks, to the tune...
Rio +20 boost for EU fisheries policy reform? NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
The word “sustainability” can cover a multitude of interpretations, but when it comes to fisheries policy there is no ambiguity:  today’s overfishing means tomorrow’s collapsing fish stocks. Until recently the Common Fisheries Policy has...
Eurozone crisis challenges UK role in Europe NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Britain is buzzing with talk of a referendum on “Europe”. See the Nucleus blog.  In May Peter Mandelson was advocating a national vote some time after 2016, when a new Europe of fiscal union will have been defined. He sees it as a way of resolvi...
EU resists pressure on airline emission scheme NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
There is no doubt that European standards for commerce and industry have had a profound influence across the world. Europe’s standards have become global standards, if only because anyone wishing to sell their goods on European markets must respect...
Guess who’s coming to dinner! NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
European Council president Herman van Rompuy has arranged a summit dinner for EU leaders on May 23. For François Hollande the Brussels feast will be a first opportunity to brief all his colleagues on France’s new approach to the eurozone crisis an...
Budget chickens come home to roost NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
The European Commission is struggling to justify an increase of nearly 7 per cent in the EU payments budget for 2013.  The timing could hardly be worse, with national budgets feeling the full force of austerity, governments facing fierce opposition...
Economic growth is the theme for spring NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
Spring is the season of growth, and economic growth in Europe has become the dominant theme of the moment. It is certainly a central theme of the French presidential elections. In a few days time the European Commission plans to launch its economic g...
Good news for the ozone layer, but what lessons for climate change? NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 3 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 23 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
A few days ago the death was announced of F. Sherwood Rowland, the American scientist who identified the damage being caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to the earth’s protective ozone layer. His pioneering scientific work and the fierce campaign...
New deal on finance tax may bring calm NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 3 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
A compromise may be in sight to defuse the conflict over a proposed EU turnover tax for all financial transactions. It seems that finance ministers are looking at stamp duty on share deals as an alternative way of taxing the financial sector, perhaps...
Greek debt report reinforces doubts on bail-out package NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 5 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
It’s no surprise that the “disciplinary” elements of this week’s Greek bail-out deal have been badly received by many in Greece. Strengthening of the Commission Task Force in Athens to provide an “enhanced and permanent presence” to overs...
Fierce troika attack on Greek labour costs NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Devaluation was invariably the path to survival for weaker European economies in the days before the euro. But when devaluation is no longer an option, there is evidently no choice for failing economies but to squeeze public spending and slash labour...
Human Rights Court under fire NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
For many British politicians and for much of the UK press, the European Court of Human Rights is the very embodiment of foreign meddling in British life. Two particular findings of the Court have stirred passions in Britain: a 2005 ruling that anyone...
Hungary poses a stern test for Europe NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
The European institutions have rarely faced a sterner test than in their dealings with Hungary. As defender of the European treaties the Commission must do all in its power to protect the fundamental principles that underpin liberal democracy in the...
Consequences of Britain’s summit veto NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
It’s too early to gauge the real impact of David Cameron’s veto at the European Council in the early hours of December 9 and the decision of 26 countries to devise a new treaty, but there have been straws in the wind over recent days which indica...
Little choice for Cameron in Europe à la carte NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
This week’s summit in Brussels has certainly been a defining moment in the history of the European Union. The UK’s decision to block any revision to the existing EU treaties as part of the package to save the euro is confirmation that we live in...
Centre-right now dominates the European scene NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 21 Minutes ago
It’s curious how centre-right governments have come to dominate the political scene as Europe faces its biggest economic crisis for a generation. Given the fierce pressures on public spending, the battle by public sector workers to protect their jo...
No respite Down-Under from Eurozone crisis NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 20 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Any hope that travelling to the other side of the world would offer some respite from the daily diet of the Eurozone crisis has been rudely dashed. Here am I, blogging from Sydney, Australia, and finding no escape. Globalisation has never seemed more...
Libyans win their freedom but Europe’s response falls short NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
The triumph of Libya’s National Transitional Council culminating in the death of Colonel Gaddafi owes everything to the support provided by NATO air operations under UN Resolution  1973, yet the UN involvement and the military action which followe...
Footie fans’ jubilation on TV case may be premature NEW
Michael Berendt’s blog 3 Years, 9 Months, 12 Hours, 34 Minutes ago
It’s not often that court rulings from Europe are celebrated in British pubs, so it was a rare sight to see the delighted reaction of football fans to this week’s ECJ pronouncement on the broadcasting of Premier League matches. The Court of Justi...