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EU chief negotiator Barnier has to turn the Brexit-tables

After the EU summit of the end of June, it was reported that some EU27 leaders were considering arranging an informal summit with UK Prime Minister Theresa May

Meanwhile, the EU memberstates refusing to take in migrants, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic (the ‘Visigrad Four’) let know they would not attend. French President Emmanuel Macron however wants a swift deal on migration; it would allow the European Summit to focus on his plans on reform to the Eurozone.

A ‘Union’ in disarray

Commission President Juncker announced an ‘informal working meeting’ on Sunday June 24 to discuss the migration and asylum problems

Leaving the euro is not on the agenda in Rome, but there is no doubt that the new Italian government will be on a collision course with ‘Brussels’ over the tight strictures of the single currency and the fiscal stance that it demands.

Dramatic political changes in Italy and Spain

We write at the very beginning of June 2018. Two new national governments were sworn in in the 3rd and 4th biggest economies of the Euro-zone

Rusal is the world’s largest producer of aluminium outside China.  US sanctions made prices to jump 30% in the past fortnight.  Rusal is also a major supplier of alumina, the refined white powder used by Europe’s leading aluminium producers to make the metal. Insiders said that if these producers could not secure alumina supplies, they would be forced to cut production. With a disastrous effect on industrial giants such as Airbus, BMW and Volkswagen.

US sanctions against Russia are threatening European industrial giants

They are going, cap in hand, to President Donald Trump this week. First Emmanuel Macron, President of France, and later in the week Germany’s Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel

In Brussels, France easily gets  away with it, as Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says: ’ because it is France!’.  France is too big to fail. But Macron has a solution. He wants, in the name of European solidarity, an EU transfer union to keep the French system afloat. The money should come from Germany, the Netherlands and some other member states, the so-called net-payers who are paying the EU bills already.

Macron’s trick and Merkel’s weakness

The French president Emmanuel Macron has lost his popularity. France is striking again. Macron profiled himself as the leader of a revolution against "a caste of privileged top officials of the French state."


It is clear: voters in the EU are moving more and more to the (far-)right

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, March 09, 2018

A difficult year ahead for the EU

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, January 12, 2018

Britons looking positively to their future

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, January 04, 2018

EU Energy ministers give Europeans coal for Christmas and ditch the Paris Climate Agreement

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Eurozone banking supervision shows a growing audit gap

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, December 14, 2017

Greece is recovering, ’slowly but steadily’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, December 07, 2017

A week without winners in Berlin…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 27, 2017

Is the end of the Merkel era within sight?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

To hold off Wilders, the new Dutch government embraces some of his rightist ideas

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Brexit negotiations: the EU stays persistent

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, October 23, 2017

In a ‘constructive’ Brexit spirit May repeats: ‘better no deal than a bad deal’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An ominous sign: Verhofstadt applauded Juncker’s State of the Union

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, September 14, 2017

Brexit negotiations make EU elite nervous

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, September 04, 2017

Lies, cheating and German carmakers

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, July 31, 2017

High Representative / VP Federica Mogherini also Commander-in-Chief of the EU Army

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Macron had taken the wind out of his sails in his first EU Summit

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, June 26, 2017

US Senate decision: cold war or export promotion?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, June 19, 2017

‘For the UK, no deal is better than a bad deal’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, May 22, 2017

UK Prime Minister announces general election for June 8th

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Viktor Orban, EPP’s tolerated maverick…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, April 03, 2017

Did Wilders really lose?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, March 20, 2017

Scotland: part of EFTA instead of EU membership?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Timmermans will lose his battle with Poland

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, February 28, 2017

No apocalypse after Brexit vote

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, February 02, 2017

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