Andrew Duff -  On Governing Europe

This time it is at least a bit different. Thanks to pressure from the European Parliament, the main European political parties have selected champions to compete for the job of President of the European Commission. This raises the stakes. The numerous debates between Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Schulz, Guy Verhofstadt and the Green leaders have introduced… » read more

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The Camera dei Deputati has just voted (12 March), by 365 to 156, after 36 hours of debate, to reform Italy’s electoral law. Followers of Italian politics may jump with joy, because the current electoral system – nicknamed Porcellum (pigsty) – is a significant cause of the country’s perennial instability and economic weakness. But the… » read more

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In its recent White Paper, the Scottish Government says that an independent Scotland would seek to continue membership of the European Union on the basis of a negotiation conducted under Article 48 TEU. Does the Commission agree with this proposal? Why would Article 49 not be the appropriate legal base for an independent Scotland to… » read more

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Last month, I blogged some questions which, I thought, needed answering by the Commission and the ECB about the chaotic circumstances surrounding the Cyprus bail-in/out. The questions were tabled by my colleague Sharon Bowles before the ECON meeting on 8 May with MM. Rehn and Asmussen. The Greens also tabled some questions. Here are the… » read more

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A new band of ‘euro-realists’ has appeared on the scene. Who are these people? They are mostly British and mostly Tory British. In the European Parliament, the euro-realists cluster in the group of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR). Here Tory MEPs are joined by Czechs from the party of outgoing President Vaclav Klaus and Flemish… » read more

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Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, is among those who want to improve Parliamentary scrutiny of what goes on in the eurozone and suggests we could do this by removing British MEPs. He’s right on the first point but wrong on the second ‑ and risks having his Parliament sued in the European Court… » read more

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