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How not to use the Health in All Policies principle

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In November 2009, following a sustained campaign by health actors and against strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry, responsibility for EU policy on health technologies and pharmaceuticals was moved under the purview of the Directorate General (DG) for Health and Consumer Policy (SANCO). On 10 September 2014, the President-elect of the new European Commission, Jean-Claude […]

The Juncker Commission: On the way to a smaller European Commission?

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Today, the new President-elect of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced the composition and structure of the European Commission for 2014-2019 (video of the press conference, press release), a Commission that looks much more like a prime minister’s cabinet than any other Commission before. However, is this the first step to a new type of […]

Scottish referendum – A humble opinion from France

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In February 2005, three months before the French referendum on the constitutional treaty, I went to some of the first public information meetings on the stakes of the vote to come. One was organised by a local pro-European association, one by a local Member of the French parliament. At that time, the polls predicted a boring campaign with a positive vote by […]

Daily Mail breached The Editors’ Code

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The Press Complaints Commission has upheld three of my complaints against the Daily Mail. The commission ruled that the newspaper breached The Editors’ Code of Practice on accuracy with its story about buses and planes from Romania and Bulgaria to the UK being full-up and sold-out. On New Year’s Eve last year, the Daily Mail […]

A missed opportunity

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20 years ago, on the 1st of September 1994, two German MPs from the CDU led by Helmut Kohl published a position paper, which bore the innocuous title ‘Reflexions on European Politics’ and which became quickly named the ‘Schäuble-Lamers Paper’ after its authors. The propositions and recommendations formulated in this rather dense document of a […]

Trajectories of a new European elite: A closer look at Mogherini’s CV

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You could look at yesterday’s nomination of  Federica Mogherini as the future High Representative of the EU from a simple power balance and recent past perspective: She’s representing  one of large EU member states, one of the founding member states and her political party is the largest group within the Socialists and Democrats in the […]

The devolved political institutions should have a say in Britain’s EU future

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This past week, the Scottish Government published a paper outlining its priorities for EU reform. Naturally, considering the pro-independence position of the Scottish National Party (SNP), it makes a number of references to how an independent Scotland would interact with the European Union. However, arguments on independence aside, the paper is noteworthy for its compelling […]

A list of all Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) since 1979

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For research purposes, we requested a list of all MEPs since 1979 from the European Parliament (under Regulation 1049/2001 on access to EU documents). We received the data today, 25 August 2014, from the European Parliament in two Excel sheets, one for 1979-June 2014 and one for the new period since July 2013. I’ve combined […]

The Juncker Presidencies & EU budget stability

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I’m just doing some research on budgetary rules in the Eurozone, pre- and post-crisis, and stumbled over some interesting EU trivia: Reading the original Council Regulation (Regulation 1466/97) on the Stability and Growth Pact which was meant to ensure fiscal discipline in the Eurozone, I saw that this regulation was signed by then Council President […]

How Europe should change tax policy?

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Last June Eurostat published the 2014 edition of ‘Taxation trends in the European Union‘ which outlines current tax and social security issues within EU. According to the report European economy experiences recession and one of the catalyzing factor of the process is current tax policy. More recently, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) announced […]

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