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The paradox is, that the EU hates one of its members having a budget deficit of 2 percent of GDP (Italy) but is totally fine with another member having a surplus of the same size (Germany). Is starving your country of money any less egregious than borrowing to spend?  A parallel can be made with how the European Central Bank manages monetary policies. The ECB keeps, in contrast with for instance the Bank of England and the FED in the US (under pressure of President Trump), interest rates higher than they would be for fear of allowing inflation above the ceiling of 2 percent.

Ailing Eurozone can learn from Britain

Barely a year ago they told us that the Eurozone was at its strongest and that Britain had stepped into the jaws of Brexit and would become the sick man of Europe again

Macron’s government abruptly raised the price of car fuel, without any comprehension of millions  living in rural parts of the country, where public transport is lacking and driving is an unavoidable reality of life. But that became a bridge too far,  the last straw that broke the camel’s back!

"Monarch" Macron, an out-of-touch president

France is a republic that creates monarchs out of its presidents only to behead them

 ‘Der Manfred’ made his audience even more stupefied when he told them that he appreciated the European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR). Ten years ago the ECR was formed by the British Conservatives to provide a euro-critical alternative to the EPP’s traditionally blind pro-EU stance. Weber even praised ECR’s member and Poland’s governing national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party

“Spitzenkandidat” Manfred Weber is everyone’s friend (except Marine Le Pen’s)

Probably Socialists will be wiped out in the European elections in May; and also for the liberals the ‘political barometer’ doesn’t show nice weather

The origin of Juncker’s doubts is that Romania’s government has been rocked of fights within one of the ruling parties, the Social Democratic Party, the resignation of the country’s EU minister, and of backsliding in the fight against corruption

Juncker calls Romania unable to lead the Council of the EU

In an interview in the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker expressed blunt and unprecedented negative comments on the next EU Presidency, Romania

May’s deal keeps the UK aligned to the EU but with no jurisdiction of EU courts.  Of course, it will not have the full benefits of a customs union, but neither it will have the same obligations.  It allows the UK to have its independent immigration policy. Regarding the Irish question, the backstop will give the UK frictionless trade possibilities inside the customs union, without contributing to the EU budget

Britain becomes an EU colony?

The dust has a bit settled on Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU. It looks like that more people took the chance to read more of it and to compare it, for instance, with a no-deal that no one knows what exactly will mean

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