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Following the Positive Irish referendum result, the race for who completes the EU leadership trio quickens. The President of the Commission will be José Manuel Barroso (EPP, Portugal). He will be joined by the President of the European Council and the EU ‘Foreign Minister’. It would be preferable for the President of the European Council… » read more

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A new Barroso?

José Manuel Barroso was yesterday given a second term as Commission president by the European Parliament, which voted 382 for, 210 against with 117 abstentions. This was an unexpectedly large majority – in fact the absolute majority which the Lisbon Treaty would have required. Barroso rightly claimed “reinforced authority” after this decisive victory, but what… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The German Constitutional Court judgment is likely to provoke parliaments in other Member States to seek ways of controlling their governments when acting in the EU Council. Were they all to choose the Danish model, the consequences for Council negotiations would be dramatic. Danish ministers, before attending EU Council meetings, require a negotiating mandate from… » read more

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‘Shadow’ Foreign Minister William Hague’s speech yesterday to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, seems not to have been influenced by the débacle marking the first stage of the new Conservative policy towards Europe. The Conservatives gave up their alliance with the European Parliament election winner, the European People’s Party (EPP), in which… » read more

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The German Constitutional Court judgment is likely to provoke parliaments in other Member States to seek ways of controlling their governments when acting in the EU Council. Were they all to choose the Danish model, the consequences for Council negotiations would be dramatic. There is a need anyway for national parliaments to buy in to… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

A few reflections on last week’s European Parliament Election results: · The results are broadly as expected, with the centre-right clear winners, the centre-left clear losers, and the extreme right and euro-sceptics doing well. · In comparing the sizes of the old groups with the current sizes of the new groups, the reduction of the… » read more

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Commission Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen considers that late payments by public authorities are “intolerable” and lead to SMEs going bankrupt. How right he is. However, the Commission is one of the worst offenders, with its cumbersome and arcane rules. The European Ombudsman has opened a new investigation into the timeliness of payments by the Commission.… » read more

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The following letter has just been published in the European Voice: The European Voice editorial ‘Next Commission president must be appointed in June’ (19-25 March) refers to “the centre-right governments , which are likely to have a majority of MEPs in the next European Parliament and therefore to appoint the next European Commission president.” The… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick