According to a report in the Financial Times, EU leaders have prepared for the Summit they are holding today in Brussels a statement according which Northern Ireland would be welcome to “seamlessly rejoin the bloc after Brexit in the event of a vote for Irish reunification”, following the model of the eastern part of Germany after the country’s reunification in 1990. Continue reading
It is regrettable that Britain voted to leave the EU, and it is regrettable that the British government neither looked for, nor found, a way of convincing the populace that it would be better to remain. Now that the Brexit process has started, it is increasingly clear that this will become a nasty divorce. Possibly a very nasty one. Continue reading
In order to get the EU back on track following the Brexit vote and against the backdrop of a growing frustration among citizens, Jean-Claude Juncker has presented a new “White Paper” to initiate a new debate on the Union’s future. In it, the Commission President sketches out five possible scenarios. Very remarkably, for the first time such a paper offers for consideration the possibility of a “leaner” version of the EU in which certain competences would be returned to Member States, and the EU institutions by consequence would stop interfering in areas where they are not able to provide real added value. Continue reading
In his riotous, and therefore quite amusing, press conference last week, US President Trump, among other things, sketched out his intended policy on trade:
Let me list to you some of the things that we’ve done in just a short period of time. I just got here. And I got here with no cabinet. Again, each of these actions is a promise I made to the American people.
I’ll go over just some of them and we have a lot happening next week and in the weeks — in the weeks coming. We’ve withdrawn from the job-killing disaster known as Trans Pacific Partnership. We’re going to make trade deals but we’re going to have one on one deals, bilateral. We’re going to have one on one deals.
So it is not that he wants to have no trade agreements at all, it is that he thinks he will cut better deals when negotiating bilateral rather than regional agreements. Continue reading
A small group of left-wing extremists took part in a vulgar protest against US Vice President Mike Pence in Brussels on 20 February. The protesters, which included pro-abortion and LGBT activists, displayed lewd posters, while some women daubed slogans on their naked breasts. Continue reading
It appears that Der Spiegel is going to serve us the saga of Martin Schulz and his cronies only in small instalments, so that we can expect further details to emerge in the coming days or weeks. Given that Schulz’s light-handed favouritism was legendary even by the European Parliament’s standards, there is probably a lot more to come.
Following the shocking revelations surrounding former European Parliament President Martin Schulz this weekend, the Parliament’s Press Service, run by a Schulz loyalist, has sought to cover up the scandal, refusing to highlight any media articles in their Weekend German Press Review. Continue reading