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But how is Britain? Let me quote the columnist Simon Kuper of the Financial Times, an absolute quality paper but to put it mildly, not pro-Brexit. ‘There has been lots of talk lately about how unhappy the UK is. The vote for Brexit is often described as a cry of pain from suffering people’, he wrote. But he was stunned by research done by the independent Resolution Foundation think-tank. About 93 per cent of Britons now say they are ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their lives; a very marked upward turn since 2000.

Brits, Boris and Brexit

‘Brussels’ politicians, eurocrats and the unconditionally pro-EU media (almost all) are telling us, time after time, how bad Brexit is for the British people. Much, much worse than for those left behind

Merkel’s choice for the function of President of the European Commission remains Manfred Weber, the ‘Spitzenkandidat’ of the centre-right EPP.  But Macron, and many of the leaders with him, see Weber as a too light weight, with insufficient experience for this job. He has never achieved a more important function than leader of the EPP group in the European Parliament.

EU leaders struggle over EU top jobs

Last week, when the EU leaders left a summit without a decision about the EU top jobs for the second time, Dutch PM Mark Rutte said to reporters, ‘we got nowhere’. Therefore, next Sunday, the EU leaders must reconvene during a dinner

There is only one clear route to survival for the Conservatives and that is to be unequivocally the party of Leave, they will lose support of the Remain-supporting Tories, but they have discovered now, to great costs, that trying to find a path in the middle has proved pointless.

Great Britain: what next?

In the UK, the elections to the European Parliament that were never supposed to happen, delivered an outcome many had expected; but it was no less a traumatic moment.

Pro-EU parties can no longer prevaricate and must expedite their attempts to think beyond traditional political families in the way they battle for seats in the EP, according the ECFR. Listening at the mainstream political parties, you can hear they share seriously the ECFR concerns, but looking at them, you see that they are exclusively busy with tackling each other in the race for delivering the President of the European Commission.

EU mainstream political parties feel cornered

According to a recent report* published by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), there is a distinct possibility that anti-EU parties could form the second-largest group in the European Parliament after the elections the end of May

It is true, the experiment has helped to undercut the ‘gilets jaunes’, but this movement remains volatile and could erupt again if people are disappointed by what Macron is going to do with the demands for tax cuts and better public services. But also for more measures to protect the environment and a system of government that allows for direct participation by citizens.The government announced already to put cash in the pockets of everyday French citizens, including a boost to minimum-wage earners and cuts in taxes for some pensioners. The decree to freeze the state pensions for a period of two years has been reversed.

President Macron wants a change, the French people tax cuts

After months of town hall debates across France, it is clear: the French people demands for tax cuts and better public services


Victor Orban, the ‘thorn in the flesh’ of the EPP

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, February 22, 2019

Ailing Eurozone can learn from Britain

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, January 28, 2019

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

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, January 14, 2019

Juncker calls Romania unable to lead the Council of the EU

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, January 4, 2019

Britain becomes an EU colony?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The weakening economy in the Eurozone and Brexit still to come...

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 19, 2018

The end of the Merkel era

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, November 1, 2018

The hard Brexit is no longer far away

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The peculiar world of the Christian-Democrats

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The battle about the EU multiannual budget has begun

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, September 20, 2018

EU chief negotiator Barnier has to turn the Brexit-tables

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, September 6, 2018

A ‘Union’ in disarray

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, June 22, 2018

Dramatic political changes in Italy and Spain

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, June 4, 2018

US sanctions against Russia are threatening European industrial giants

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, April 23, 2018

Macron’s trick and Merkel’s weakness

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, March 29, 2018

It is clear: voters in the EU are moving more and more to the (far-)right

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, March 9, 2018

A difficult year ahead for the EU

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, January 12, 2018

Britons looking positively to their future

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, January 4, 2018

EU Energy ministers give Europeans coal for Christmas and ditch the Paris Climate Agreement

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Eurozone banking supervision shows a growing audit gap

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, December 14, 2017

Greece is recovering, ’slowly but steadily’

By: N. Peter Kramer | Thursday, December 7, 2017

A week without winners in Berlin…

By: N. Peter Kramer | Monday, November 27, 2017

Is the end of the Merkel era within sight?

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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