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Brussels’ cheerleading journalists were euphoric as never before. They agree with Juncker and Verhofstadt that the ’populist spring’ was halted in Austria, the Netherlands and France, ignoring that in the next Austrian elections nationalism may be close to winning.

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

Even the ultra-Europhile Guy Verhofstadt applauded after Juncker had finished his State of the Union address yesterday morning in the European Parliament, an ominous sign!

It’s clear, the EU elite, still flabbergasted by the decision of the Brits to leave the EU, is in trouble. After the UK has left, there will be a big hole in the EU budget. The remaining net-contributors, most importantly Germany and The Netherlands, don’t want to fill the gap; the net-receivers with Poland by far on top of the list, insist that they want to continue with unchanged financial EU support. Trouble lies ahead. In this context, it was not very smart of President Macron of France, also a net-receiver, to set Eastern-European EU memberstates, also notorious net-receivers, against him.

Brexit negotiations make EU elite nervous

The third round of the negotiations over the UK’s exit cannot be called a success

Friday last week VW’s Audi division followed Daimler’s and BMW’s plans to upgrade emissions software on diesel vehicles across Europe.  They have good reason to act; the public is losing their faith in the integrity of German carmakers. High pollution has prompted several European cities to consider banning or limiting diesel vehicles. The British government announced recently that it will ban all new diesel cars by the 2040, following France’s announcement earlier in July to do the same.

Lies, cheating and German carmakers

The full extent of lies and cheating that enabled automobile manufacturers to sell diesel vehicles that were anything but ‘clean’ is coming to light

What about the money? And what about the relationship with NATO?  Proud Commission President Juncker presented the EU Defence Plan and mentioned the price tag - €5,5 billion!  Naturally born by the member states. The money will be redistributed to them by the Commission, of course after deducting the costs of Brussels bureaucracy and probably a new palace, a HQ for the EU Army.

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

Listening to the martial language used by the highest ranked EU dignitaries such as Juncker, Tusk, Tajani and Mogherini, their EU has many enemies: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan and, after Brexit, maybe even the UK

The dilution of his proposal shows that the new French president will not have an easy ride in ‘Brussels’. It was also a warning for the German chancellor: most EU member states are waiting critically for the results of her political bond with Macron.

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

The new French President put forward at his first EU Summit a plan of tougher screening of Chinese investments in the EU.


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

Draghi between Scylla and Charybdis

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, January 16, 2017

Commission’s Christmas Carol for Poland

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, December 23, 2016

The blinkers of EU leaders

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, December 09, 2016

Who is afraid of the Commission?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 21, 2016

Brexit, Trump, what’s next?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 14, 2016

European Commission: Insult and be promoted!

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, November 01, 2016

CETA’s future lies in doubt: trade or democracy?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Is UK heading for a hard Brexit?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, October 04, 2016

50% of Germans oppose 4th term for Merkel

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fresh UK PM May let EU leaders wait and appoints Boris as foreign minister…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, July 18, 2016

Brexit brings chaos

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, June 27, 2016

The question is: Does the Juncker Plan really work?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, June 10, 2016

Juncker plans to meet Putin in St Petersburg

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Turkish Prime-Minister Davutoglu’s exit

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Debt relief for Greece comes closer

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Amid an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, the Greek bailout drama continues

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, April 28, 2016

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