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Every Commission must be judged on how far it has been able to deepen the polity of the Union and widen the scope of European integration. The outgoing college of Jean-Claude Juncker has not had many big successes on that score. There has been no enlargement, no treaty change, and only a stuttering effort at… » read more

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Running Commentary XXI

Towards the political declaration The European Council (22-23 March) has to assess the strategic impact of Brexit on the future of Europe. Although the heads of government have followed the Brexit saga, initially with regret turning increasingly to alarm, it is the Commission’s Task Force 50 under Michel Barnier that has done the heavy lifting.… » read more

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In fourteen months time the European Union treaties will cease to apply to the United Kingdom. This event will bring to an end almost half a century of Britain’s unquiet membership of the continental bloc. Britain will have rejected the closer unity to which the EU is committed, marking a signal failure for Europe as… » read more

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Not savaged but salvaged The big news is that, after some febrile weeks, the latest European Council (19-20 October) agreed to salvage Theresa May. President Donald Tusk and his colleagues took the point — made for example in my article for the European Policy Centre (3 October) — that to savage the British prime minister… » read more

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Over the years, step by step, the European Parliament has won a share of real constitutional power. At times, as in 1984 with the Spinelli Draft Treaty and in 2002-03 in the Convention on the Future of Europe, Parliament has had a decisive influence on the constitutive development of the European Union. At other times,… » read more

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Rocket science Incipient panic about the future of Britain’s nuclear industry has rocketed Euratom into the Brexit headlines. In so doing, staggering ignorance is displayed by too many MPs and journalists about the basic facts of the matter. Lest we forget what it is we’re leaving before we leave it, therefore, here’s an explanation. The… » read more

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Running Commentary XIV

The wheels are starting to fall off   Some thing important is happening to the Article 50 process, and it’s not good. The EU side seems well prepared to start the first formal session of the negotiations with the British on 19 June, but its stance is constrained by tight guidelines from the European Council… » read more

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