Opinions on a federalised Europe

Earlier today I was reading a blog entry on the Economist Blogs by Charlemagne on the relationship between the EU budget approved by the Council and the European Parliament. And this paragraph caught my eye: “The argument boils down to the question of where democratic legitimacy really lies. Little-known MEPs can scarcely claim to command… » read more

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No, Mr. Hollande..

..it’s not economic credibility or political credibility that we would loose if we fail to agree on the budget. It’s the advantage of a upper hand in all negotiations with any third party. I’ll be really short. Mr. Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic made a series of statement in his address to the… » read more

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New treaty or older issues?

Would a new treaty solve the current EU debacle? There is a distinct possibility, argued by many, that a new treaty, sparked off the Cameron speech could in turn prove to be a turning point in EU development. Even if in principle I share that view, some things need to be achieved beforehand. And chief… » read more

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Soft secession in the EU?

Could the UK`s perceived attempt at leaving the EU be considered a sort of European Soft Secession War? What I want to state from the beginning is that this is an exercise of thought, and in no way am I claiming any connection between reprehensible actions of both North and South during the American Civil… » read more

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Quiet Friday thoughts

Thought for the weekend: “We the People of Europe, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the European Union.” It’s the we… » read more

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On representing sheep.

I have turned this subject on all sides the last couple of weeks, not really sure how to approach it. I’ve done some reading, talked to people, and maintained my point of view: representative democracy is far from perfect, and it has a limit. This all started a few days before Christmas. I was out… » read more

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Home or bunker?

After reading Protesilaos Stavrou‘s post on Bundesbank and Target 2 and the recommended readings I was left with this daunting idea that as a matter of fact there is no difference between the quarrels and tribulations of the debate on the budget and the apparent fractures within the Eurozone. Although the scale is slightly different,… » read more

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