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Vraiment, M. Quatremer?

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Once upon a time, when I was young and innocent, I had the opportunity to spend 5 months running around in the Council Legal Service. My director at the time was a brilliant lawyer by the name of Jean-Paul Jacqué (and, the French being the masters of the Legal Services of the Institutions, his boss […]

Vatican Courts

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The Worden Report asks an excellent question about the Vati-leaks case: What exactly are we meant to think about a criminal trial in Vatican courts concerning a crime where the Pope himself is both the victim and the sole ruler of the country? While I have very little to add to dr. Worden’s general analysis, it […]

Lagarde on Greece

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There’s nothing like a bit of unexpected truth to get people upset. Christine Lagarde said this: [W]hile this might come as a surprise to Greeks suffering under extreme austerity, some say Lagarde’s approach to the eurozone is less draconian than the IMF’s traditional policy towards developing world economies. Is it easier to impose harsh demands […]

A Two-Tier Commission?

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In light of the arrival of 34 new French ministers, I thought it might be worth reposting my suggestion for a two-tier Commission: Is it possible to create a two-tier Commission without changing the Treaties? Firstly: What do I mean by a two-tier Commission? What I mean is a Commission that, in some respects, continues […]

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European Oratory

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It is my habit, each Europe Day, to go back to what Robert Schuman actually said 62 years ago. I find it is one of the few pieces of true oratory in recent European history, as well as oddly prescient about the subsequent development of the Union: World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative […]

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Hello world!

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Welcome to my new blog on Ideas on Europe. I’m not entirely sure yet what I’m going to do with this blog, and what I’m going to leave on my old one. I guess logically I should put the EU-related stuff here, and the rest there. I’ll see. I guess it’ll depend on whether I like […]

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