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2014, A European Year
In 2014 all of the European institutions will be elected à new Parliament, Commission, Presidency of the European Council and the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. It is therefore an opportunity for the Union, now that we are emerging from the crisis, to learn...
European defence: Don't shoot the pianist!
Defence issues are vital enough for them to be left out of controversy. The European Council meeting will be specifically devoted to them and therefore has to be seen objectively and realistically as good news. In this domain certain things have been known for a long time: Not all Europeans share...
France-Germany, a duty to help recovery
On 17th December Angela Merkel will take up her place as head of the German government again. She is now supported by a grand coalition which comprises 80% of MPs in the Bundestag. The following day she is coming to Paris in preparation for the European Council on 19th and 20th December. This...
Europe: Weak Powers
Europe has been built on power sharing. Dialogue has been obligatory, negotiation organised, compromise forced - this has been the constrained path of European decision making. It has added a supranational dimension to discussions between States, a painful reminder of the obligations previously...