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Yesterday’s defeat of the Czech government underlines the need to change the current system of an EU rotating presidency. It is the third time that a presidency country’s government has been defeated – Denmark in 1993 and Italy in 1996. It is essential for the leadership and efficiency of the Union that the system be… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

The Conservatives will leave the EPP-ED group after the June elections. Joseph Daul, leader of the European People’s Party group was formally informed on Wednesday, in Strasbourg, by a Conservative delegation led by foreign affairs spokesman William Hague. The stated intention is to establish a new grouping in the European Parliament. There are currently 27… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

What an institutional mess!

The Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is causing headaches and disagreement between institutions. These centre on the appointment of the Commission president and the composition of the college and the number of MEPs. The new Commission should take office on 1 November. The European Parliament (EP) elections are between 4 and 7 June. The… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Quality Commission needed

The current college has proven disappointing. It has not been helped by a President who has been so concerned about his personal image and reappointment. Echoes of some Member States ideas for their next Commissioner are worrying. The current treaties lay down the following procedure: Member States propose their Commissioners. The Council, by qualified majority… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Three key questions arise from the Irish ‘No’: Why ‘No’? What is the solution? What can all we learn from the Irish experience? Why was the Lisbon Treaty rejected? To understand the context of the result, it is necessary to look at why the referendum was held. The answer is by no means straightforward. Conventional… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick