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In their search for ’an eminent European personality able to represent the common interest of the three EU institutions ’, Merkel and Macron came to Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Not Verhofstadt but Thorning-Schmidt President of the EU Future Conference

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have put forward the former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as President of the Conference on the Future of the EU

"Chancellor Merkel’s days are numbered. Who will be her successor? And will she or he make the same kind of ‘dreamteam’ with President Macron to rule the waves in the EU?"

Angela’s powerplay, with the help of Emmanuel

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, December 15, 2020

An historical agreement! With a budget of 1.800 billion euros and by linking that amount to respect for the rule of law, the EU will have unprecedented resources

The Brexit-minded newspapers are steadily increasing the pressure on Boris Johnson not to give in to the EU demands.

High chance of a hard Brexit

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, December 11, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sees a no-deal Brexit rapidly approaching

"The EU behaves as an old-fashioned colonial power: they want to keep free entrance to the British fishing waters, the UK has to stick to the EU competition rules and to the EU rules on workers’ rights, environmental regulations and state aid."

When Boris meets Ursula

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, December 8, 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will travel to Brussels to meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a last-ditch effort to salvage a post-Brexit trade deal

Greenpeace political campaigner Chetan-Welsh: ‘Governments need to do everything to reduce traffic on the road. That includes giving people the confidence to get back on public transport safely’.

Another Covid-19 effect: more old cars, less public transport

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Internet searches for older cars has spiked since the summer. A for Reuters conducted analysis of car registration data in, among others, France, Germany, Italy and Spain shows a significant shift toward older, used cars

"Biden, originating from Irish immigrants, was always anti-Brexit, ignoring the fact that (three times) the Brits clearly chose independence from the EU’s often Kremlin-like rule over the incoherent Union."

Joe Biden and his catnip effect on the EU

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 25, 2020

‘It is a new beginning for the EU-US global partnership’, tweeted (yes, she does too) Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, after she had a phone call with US President-elect Joe Biden

"In an interview, Timmermans had hinted at the possibility of a withdrawal of the CAP, because he is not very happy with the final position of the European Parliament on the original Commissions proposal."

Blundering Commissioner Frans Timmermans called to order

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Withdrawing the proposal for the reform of the massive EU’s farming subsidies programme (CAP) is off the table

"The EU’s open internal and external borders have proved to be a gift to drug traffickers, people smugglers and other criminals."

Macron doubts about a borderless EU

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 11, 2020

French President Macron wants to reintroduce border controls between EU countries and to guard the external border of the Union with an EU police force

‘We are witnessing increasing activity of the anti-5G movement across the European Union’, says the letter, signed by Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden.

EU countries raise alarm on anti-5G movement

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Fifteen EU member states call in a letter to the European Commission to launch a strategy to address a spate of conspiracy theories in the EU

"The European Trade Union Confederation is in favour of the proposal, although the Nordic countries are against legal interference in autonomous collective bargaining on wages amongst social partners."

Commission proposal on minimum wages is ‘a recipe for disaster’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, October 29, 2020

The European Commission has proposed an EU directive on minimum wages and collective bargaining

Over 60 years EU farm policy has been blind for farming’s impact on nature, rewarding farmers for producing more and expanding their farms.

Greenpeace rings emergency bell for nature, climate and small farms

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

While the Council of the EU heralds that its negotiating position on the post 2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package puts forward strong commitments from member states for higher environmental ambition, Greenpeace let us know that the European Parliament has ‘signed a death sentence for nature, climate and small farms’

After last year’s European elections, there was an informal agreement between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron that Verhofstadt should be allowed to chair the conference on the Future of Europe.

EU Memberstates do not want Guy Verhofstadt

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

For Guy Verhofstadt to chair the conference on the Future of Europe is a red line for a group of member states

"Did common sense finally break through on the EU side?"

Merkel hints at room for manoeuvre in final Brexit talks

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, October 6, 2020

In a videoconference call on Saturday (3 October) UK MP Boris Johnson and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed ‘on the importance of finding an agreement, if at all possible, as a strong basis for a strategic EU-UK relationship in the future’

"In the original title of Margaritis Schinas’ function, Von der Leyen called it quite clearly ‘protection of our European way of life’, however, under pressure from the left in the European Parliament, she changed ‘protection’ in ‘promoting‘."

Is ‘more EU’ also a solution for the immigration issue?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 30, 2020

According to President Ursula von der Leyen, ‘more EU’ is the panacea for a lot of maladies of the European Union

"Von der Leyen put forward a plan to establish a European Health Care Union. But health care was and still is a policy area for the member states themselves. Who believes they will give the commission the authority to take the lead?"

State of the Union: Von der Leyen’s europhile dreams

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On September 16, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held her first ‘State of the Union’ before the European Parliament in Brussels

‘Chinese people will not accept an instructor on human rights and oppose double standards’, Xi was quoted as saying during the summit.

EU – China Summit : Merkel – Von der Leyen – Michel vs Xi

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 14. While the initial summit lost its official in-person character due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3 EU leaders and the Chinese leader attended a virtual meeting via videoconference

‘The risk of a no-deal is increasing, and that’s not a bad thing’, wrote the Financial Times’ Europe commentator, Wolfgang Munchau last week.

‘The risk of a no-deal Brexit is increasing, and that’s not a bad thing’ for the UK

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, September 7, 2020

The UK and the EU must reach an agreement on their future relationship by the end of October, otherwise a hard Brexit will be a fact on January

Negotiations will soon start up on the historical July agreement by EU leadership on a €1.82 trillion multi-annual budget (2021-2027) and the Recovery Fund to support member states as they repair the economic damage caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The war between the European institutions has been kicked off

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, September 2, 2020

This week, after a long hot holiday, members of the European Parliament travelled back to their palace in Brussels

"Barnier expects that a no-deal will hurt the UK more than it hurts the EU. Probably he is right, but…"

Barnier’s Brexit dictat

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The seventh formal round of post-Brexit relationship talks ended up last week with the familiar stalemate

"EU competition enforcers have been investigating Facebook for practices related to the use of data in apps since last year, as well as reviewing how the company operates its online marketplace."

Does Vestager overplay her hand again?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The EU General Court overturned the landmark 2016 decision by EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Ireland should claw back €13 billion in unpaid taxes plus interest from Apple

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