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By voting down Theresa May‘s deal once again decisively, the UK parliament yesterday rejected the first option, and probably for good.  An exasperated EU will not reopen negotiations to further finesse details of this deal. If the UK parliament votes against a no-deal hard Brexit today, as seems highly likely, the softer Brexit variants or a new referendum would be the only options left.

Brexit Mess: The EU Angle

A short eight-week delay to adjust the joint statement on post-Brexit relations accordingly would be fine for the EU27

EUROCHAMBRES President Christoph Leitl underlined that Chambers are ideally placed to promote the importance of the European elections to citizens. “Our network can decipher the jargon from Brussels into topics that touch the millions of people who work in our member businesses and the millions more with whom they are in daily contact. That is the challenge over the next three months.”

Chamber network kicks off European elections campaign

March 6, in the prestigious PressClub Brussels-Europe (PCBE), EUROCHAMBRES* set out its ‘#Chambers4EU’ campaign to encourage EU citizens to vote in May’s European Parliament elections and to vote for candidates who are engaged and committed to an ambitious, forward looking EU agenda

The approach is typical of Macron, who appears to like throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. Le Macronometre, a project set up by the think tank iFRAP, shows the president has initiated 60 domestic reforms, of which three have been dropped and the rest either have been legislated upon or are in progress.   As implemented, though, these reforms vary in the degree to which Macron has kept his election promises; iFRAP estimates 27 percent of these to be broken, 40 percent more or less kept and 33 percent fully kept

Macron Is Getting Ahead of Himself on Europe

The French president’s European election agenda is overambitious and badly thought out

His latest speech—it’s in fact an opinion piece published in several newspapers across the EU addressing the citizens of Europe—makes no mention of Germany or that special relationship, which over the years had driven the European project.  It’s as if Macron has lost any hope in Chancellor Angela Merkel helping him pull Europe out of its deep malaise and lack of self-confidence.

Macron’s Bid to Wake Up Europe

The outcome of the European Parliament elections will be decisive for the EU’s future

Today, the liberal political elites proclaim, louder than before, progress should be made in European co-operation in three key areas: Under the heading European foreign and defence policy, they demand a boost to the military self-assertiveness that would allow Europe “to step out of the shadows of the USA”; under the motto of a common European asylum policy, they further demand robust protection of Europe’s external borders and the establishment of dubious reception centres in North Africa; and, under the slogan “free trade”, they wish to pursue a common European trade policy in the Brexit negotiations as well as in the negotiations with Trump.

“New” Perspectives For Europe

Certainly, the risks associated with a significantly changed state of the world have penetrated public awareness and have altered perspectives on Europe


Migration Into Europe: A Long-Term Solution?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Joint press freedom report says Europe’s democracy is in danger!

By: EBR | Monday, February 18, 2019

Poland Is Europe’s Growth Champion. Can This Continue?

By: EBR | Monday, February 18, 2019

The next European Parliament must commit to making Europe Poverty Free

By: EBR | Monday, February 18, 2019

The loss of European memory

By: EBR | Friday, February 15, 2019

The EU-wide unemployment benefit idea could be a political winner

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

France and Italy on a collision course

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, February 8, 2019

Groundhog Brexit is driving us crazy- but it's also a global cautionary tale

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Why the Berlaymont will want to cosy up to the Kremlin

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 29, 2019

What Franco-German Engine?

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 23, 2019

PM May will stick to her Brexit principles

By: N. Peter Kramer | Friday, January 18, 2019

Eurozone in economic bad weather

By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Brexit: A Cultural Morphology

By: EBR | Thursday, January 10, 2019

Europe: Five Big Surprises for 2019

By: EBR | Thursday, January 3, 2019

Europe matters, but how do we tell young people that?

By: EBR | Thursday, December 27, 2018

The fight for liberal democracy can only be won on the offensive

By: EBR | Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Growing Danger of EU Disintegration

By: EBR | Thursday, December 27, 2018

Europe After a No-Deal Brexit

By: EBR | Thursday, December 20, 2018

Brexit: What Brexit?

By: EBR | Friday, December 14, 2018

Britain, France, and the State of the EU

By: EBR | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Don’t Write Off Angela Merkel or AKK

By: EBR | Monday, December 10, 2018

Merkel: Nationalism and egoism out of Europe

By: EBR | Thursday, November 15, 2018

Greek minister: Far-right rise in Europe needs a progressive federalism response

By: EBR | Friday, November 9, 2018

Europe: The psychological gap between East and West

By: EBR | Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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