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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.

The new legislation allows new sanctions on Russian mining, metals, shipping and railways and targets Russian guilty of conducting cyber-attacks and supplying weapons to Syria’s government. The new punitive measures could expose European companies involved project in Russia to fines. This could include – and here we have it! - the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

US Senate decision: cold war or export promotion?

Last week the US Senate voted nearly unanimously for new sanctions on Russia

Regarding the ‘divorce bill’ or ‘Brexit bill’, the manifesto’s echoes the language of May’s March 29 letter that triggered Article 50: a settlement will be reached ‘in accordance with the law and in the spirit of the UK’s continuing partnership with the EU’. Much work is left for UK chief Brexit negotiator David Davis, who introduced Theresa May on stage at the manifesto launch in Halifax. He has to trash out the specific details with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

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

Last week Prime Minister May introduced the Conservative Party election manifesto, that kills off any lingering hope of a soft, half-in-half-out Brexit

The election is undoubtedly a risk for the Conservatives, but it also offers the opportunity for incredibly high rewards. The party enjoys now a working majority of just 17 seats, a margin that has proved highly susceptible to backbench revolts and coordinated attacks from the Labour Party.

UK Prime Minister announces general election for June 8th

The Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a general election will take place in the United Kingdom on 8th June


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

Merkel sends the wrong signal

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Belgian tragedy

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, April 01, 2016

MEPs prefer private drivers in EP uniform above staff checking their expenses…

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

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