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 We’ve withdrawn from the job-killing disaster known as Trans Pacific Partnership.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
The new centre-right coalition ruling the European Parliament since the start of 2017 is seeking to block US President Donald Trump’s expected nomination as US Ambassador to the EU, economist and author Ted Malloch, claiming that it is unacceptable to accredit an ambassador to the EU that has openly declared he wants to destroy the Union. Continue reading
Kai Diekmann, a German journalist, has had an opportunity to conduct a long interview with President elect Donald Trump. In today’s edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung he reports:
“Trump mentioned that a nice gentleman from the EU had called him to congratulate him on his election, but he couldn’t recall the name. We then tried to help him: was it perhaps a Mr. Juncker? – Ah yes, that’s right, that was the guy’s name… Trump couldn’t care less for the EU – to him it is there only to undermine US trade interests. He says that very candidly.” Continue reading