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D Day and Europe’s Long Peace

Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of D Day. I am always humbled to hear the stories of those men who went ashore that day. They speak of the horror, not of any glory of war, but what that generation was forced to achieve and did so was truly heroic. The first big commemoration I remember more…

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“this month you will see a kind of victory for the Eurosceptics…”

Ahead of the EU-wide parliamentary elections, a much needed overview from BBC Europe editor Gavin Hewitt of the state of the European Project and its extant political trilemma.  From Gavin Hewitt’s article Unless the polls are very wrong, sometime next weekend Europe will learn that at least a quarter of the seats in the next more…

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“The JHA Council’s approach of 7 June represents a slap in the face of parliamentary democracy”

If the euro crisis wasn’t enough of a concern for supporters of the European Project, the attempted reform of Schengen is causing another headache.  The European Parliament has now suspended co-operation with the European Council on five draft bills connected to border security “until a satisfactory outcome is achieved on Schengen governance.” The Conference of Presidents also decided to more…

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Euro crisis: “Europe’s common currency is its formative element.”

The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has a plan.  Or, at least, a timetable. Herman Van Rompuy told a news conference in St Petersburg, Russia that, by the next summit of EU leaders at the end of June, he and three other EU officials would present “the main building blocks for this deepened economic more…

Bilderberg 2012: “Are you here for the brunch?”

The Guardian’s Charlie Skelton is in Chantilly, Virginia, ahead of the, whisper it, annual Bilderberg conference – “a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced”.  As he says at the Big G’s US News blog Everything’s set. The hotel is being primped and hoovered, the security is more…

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Euro crisis: “Slithering to the wrong kind of union”

A number of people point to the warning by Otmar Issing in the Financial Times that the measures eurozone leaders have agreed in response to the continuing euro debt crisis “is not a move in the direction of a true political union. It is a dangerous step, and one which will end up dividing Europe.” From the FT more…

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Euro crisis: “The euro area crisis has reached end game…”

The Italian finance minister, Giulio Tremonti, has held crisis talks with  Jean-Claude Juncker, chair of the Eurogroup of finance ministers.  The Spanish Prime Minister,  Jose Luis Zapatero, “has postponed the start of his holidays” to keep “an eye on the international economic situation.”  Both countries’ bond yields have reached their highest rates in 14 years, and more…

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Van Rompuy: “Europe is still sexy…”

So sayeth the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, as the BBC Europe editor Gavin Hewitt notes Europe’s leaders are unsettled, scratchy. Old certainties have given way to anxiety. The open road to ever closer union is now strewn with boulders. You can gauge the ebbing confidence from remarks that didn’t need to be made. more…

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Jean-Claude Juncker: “The sovereignty of Greece will be massively limited.”

After the Greek parliament voted to give everyone more time to come up with a  better solution, Eurozone finance ministers agreed to release the promised €12billion to Greece to avoid an immediate default. But those same finance ministers have now delayed discussions on the details of a second bail-out for Greece, thought to be around 120bn euros, needed to more…