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European Parliament should be more involved in choice of Commission president than provided for by Spitzenkandidat systems

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The European institutions soon have to choose new heads of the Commission and the European Council for the next five years. At present most of the debate is over the choice of the next Commission president and whether it should be by the so called Spitzenkandidat system favoured by Germany and which was introduced in […]

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Spanish election result provides much needed boost for Socialists across EU

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A good result for the Sanchez’s Socialists The Spanish election result provides a much needed fillip to Socialist/Social Democrat parties n the EU which have suffered severe setbacks in the last two years – for different reasons – in France, Italy, Germany and other countries.  The Socialists (PSOE) who had formed a minority government under […]

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Is the Backstop the real reason for UK gridlock? What are the options?

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The Brexit process seems to have got mired in something called the Backstop which few people, at least outside Ireland, understand but which is portrayed as way of keeping either the whole of the UK or just Northern Ireland more closely tied to the EU than they would have wanted. But is it the real […]

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EU should not set itself up as scapegoat by fining Italy

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The EU is trying to deal with two headline issues at present: whether the Brexit deal agreed between the Commission negotiators can be agreed on the one hand by the British parliament and on the other by all 27 member states, the other is whether the Italian government’s budget which has been deemed to breach […]

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The Link between the EU’s Budget and its Values

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Debate on 2021-27 budget is underway The EU Commission wants to have agreement on the guidelines for the budgetary framework period 2021-27 by the planned summit in Romania on May 9th2019, based on proposals it made in May this year. Although agreement that early is unlikely, the debate on this issue of fundamental importance is […]

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EU needs to make radical reforms to its budget

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The next EU budgetary framework period starts at the beginning of 2021. It is none too early for a serious debate about what should be the priorities. The only suggestion that has received publicity so far is President Macron’s proposal for a euro zone budget. This could be a good idea but not for the […]

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