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The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, has sent a letter to Dominic Raab with ‘serious concerns’.

The rules are the rules, for English sandwiches and for EU diplomats

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, January 25, 2021

The EU border authorities confiscated English trucker’s homemade bacon sandwiches, completely in accordance with the post-Brexit rules

"PM Conte prefers to put himself and some appointed technocrats in charge of disbursing the funds. Renzi on the other hand demanded strong parliamentary oversight."

‘Brussels’ preference for technocrats instead of democracy

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Matteo Renzi, once the favourite of Brussels eurocrats, withdrew his support from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s coalition, leaving the Italian government several seats short of a majority in the Senate

A report by an American institute showed that the Green Deal will result in 12% less agricultural production in the EU in 2030.

Will the Green Deal cause food shortages?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The green sustainability plans of the European Commission are increasingly criticised in the European Parliament, who fear that the Green Deal will cause food shortages in the EU

"The faster rate at which the UK, Israel and the US are vaccinating is increasing pressure on EU governments and particularly the European Commission, which is coordinating the joint EU vaccine strategy."

European Commission vaccine competence?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, January 7, 2021

With vaccination campaigns in EU member states stalled because there is not enough of approved vaccines, vaccination in the United Kingdom is going fast, due to the urgence of the situation

Barbel Kofler, Commissioner of Human Rights in Angela Merkel’s government, stated recently: ‘ I am shocked by the large number of judgments against lawyers, journalists and opposition activists in China in recent days’.

Angela ‘schafft es’ again: business is business

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

No doubt, the German Presidency will end today (30 December) as Angela Merkel always wanted it to, with an investment treaty between the EU and China

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

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