On substance he is right, but the language is inappropriate. Will on a next occasion the European Parliament retaliate, and qualify the Commission as ridiculous? Certainly there is every now and then a good occasion for doing so… this will not improve the relationships between two key EU institutions.
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
Jean-Claude Juncker has announced that he will not seek a second five-year term as EU Commission President when his current mandate ends. Following the departure of Martin Schulz as European Parliament President last month, the announcement gives the EU an opportunity to reform, free of the arch-federalist pair. Continue reading
The EU advocacy office of Transparency International, an NGO committed to combating corruption in government and international organisations, has released a report aimed at exposing the phenomenon of a “revolving door” between EU institutions and the lobby industry. The report highlights cases of senior EU decision-makers moving directly into lobbying positions. 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
Documents obtained by Brussels-based news service EUobserver reveal that the majority of EU laws passed in 2016 were agreed behind closed doors in secret meetings between the European Parliament and national governments. This is against a backdrop of EU claims to be the most transparent legislator in the world, and an increasing crisis of confidence among EU citizens. 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