•03/11/20142014: a turning point for Europe?
This year all of the European institutions will have been re-appointed afresh.
It is said that they are now more "political". What does this mean?
A straight reading of this imposed by some is certainly not the right one. With this they aim to move forward democratically but they are...
•06/10/2014 Juncker's other challenge
The crisis and its budgetary constraints have simply accelerated Europe's disarmament.
Together Europeans now only spend 18% of the world's military appropriations against 30% 10 years ago. At the same time the world has stepped up its efforts by 65% to total 1,750 billion $. Europe only spends...
•11/09/2014Jean-Claude Juncker - an ace in leadership
Jean-Claude Juncker has made a successful start.
As he handed out precise tasks to his new Commissioners he indicated to them that Europe now has a 29th Member State, i.e.the 25 million unemployed, and that this has to mobilise all of their energies and employ all of their time. With this he has...
•01/07/2014The real no2 at the European Commission
There is a great deal to reform in the way the European institutions are run.
The appointment of new personalities should be an occasion to make notable change.
For example a consensus seems to have formed on the need to bring clusters of the Commission's competences within the responsibility...