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What does the European lifestyle mean to Mrs von der Leyen, especially when she decides to give Mr Orban’ s , former Minister of Justice, a sensible portfolio of Enlargement, who is also responsible for sliding Hungary on the front of the state of justice and of the statutes’ independence?

Concerns and expectations for the new Commission

The incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, presented the new structure of the Commission, the body of the Union’s executive power and the responsibilities of the Commissioners

Deepfakes, which are manipulated or fabricated but highly realistic video or audio clips, have the potential to take the problem to another level: experts are already warning that deepfakes could threaten national security, democracy, and the world order.

Can the EU prevent deepfakes from threatening peace?

By: EBR | Thursday, September 19, 2019

Highly realistic fake videos could take online disinformation to the next level. The EU must take action to prevent deepfakes from becoming the next propaganda tool

Foreign policy remains a daily activity for President Trump, such as the negotiations with North Korea on phasing out of nuclear armament, the Trade War with China on tariffs, the implementation of the Middle East plan, and also the problems about limitations of the nuclear capabilities with Iran.

President Trump: “Politics is the craziest business.”

By: EBR | Thursday, September 19, 2019

Recently President Trump and his Vice-President Pence started their campaign for reelection in 2020. The campaign tour seems to be a great success. The audience comes to the stadiums in large numbers and is enthusiastic. Trump talks for more than an hour about domestic and foreign politics. And Democrats are criticised

Angry at the ignorance of the unelected elite around British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about how a hard, no-deal Brexit would destabilize Northern Ireland.

How Brexiteers Are Destabilizing Ireland’s Fragile Peace

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The damage Brexit is inflicting on Northern Ireland and the Republic will become Europe’s newest neighborhood crisis

The truth is that the EU is ill-suited to defeating populism and has yet to show either aptitude or ambition in confronting the long-term demographic shifts that gravely threaten future living standards.

Never mind the EU’s policies, where is its strategy?

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The European Union needs to get its mojo back

The SYRIZA leader said Greece’s problems were not “magically solved,” but “the country’s image has changed radically and no one can deny it,” he said.

Former Greek PM Tsipras: ‘We Are Still Here, after Four-and-a-Half Years of Struggle, the Struggle to Keep Greece Standing Upright’

By: EBR | Monday, September 16, 2019

“We are still here, after four-and-a-half years of struggle, the struggle to keep Greece standing upright,” is how main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras started his speech at the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday evening


Eurogroup President, Mario Centeno, said that “despite all the uncertainty looking, we remain positive about the euro area economy, which is still growing, albeit at a slower pace.”

Growing pressure on eurozone economies to launch stimulus

By: EBR | Monday, September 16, 2019

The European Commission and some member states including France and Italy have followed the ECB in pressing Germany and several other EU countries to invest more to counter the risk of recession.Following discussions between euro area finance ministers on Friday (13 September) in Helsinki, Commission vice-president for the euro, Valdis Dombrovskis, said that “monetary policy alone cannot do the trick”

For most people, the European way of life is not something that needs explaining. It is simply a daily reality. But clearly a debate has sparked this week on the connotations and the concept of the term.

The European way of life

By: EBR | Monday, September 16, 2019

“The Union is founded on the values of the respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for the human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, nondiscrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”

EUROCHAMBRES’ President will emphasise the strategic importance for the EU and USA decision-makers to work together with the view to address common challenges, such as those posed by state capitalism.

Eurochambres’ President goes to the US to improve the EU-US economic relationship

By: EBR | Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The President of EUROCHAMBRES*, Dr Christoph Leitl, will lead a high-level delegation to the United States with an objective to meet key stakeholders and to stress the importance of EU-US transatlantic economic relationship. He will stress the importance of transatlantic relations to the joint economic fabric, on which 14 million people on both sides currently rely on; and address the need for both the US and the European Union

This year’s European Parliament elections produced startling results in Britain. Together, the combined support for Conservative and Labour was just 23 percent.

How Brexit is undoing Britain’s Political System

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Brexit could wreck Britain’s centuries-old character of alternating rule by large, ideologically capacious parties.If so,the irony is that British politics will end up resembling politics in much of the rest of Europe

Given Italy’s economic stagnation, a well-designed fiscal stimulus makes for a sensible policy — provided that these steps are accompanied by economic reforms to boost labor force participation and productivity.

Italy’s new coalition faces tough choices

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Italy has moved—again—in the direction of stability in the short term, while facing long-term fragility of its economic and financial situation

’’As EU Commission President, you will only be able to really hold your head high on the global stage if you practice what you preach. You must have the courage to take action against EU governments that are in breach of the rule of law, democratic standards and media freedoms.’’

Navigating a dark and dangerous world: a primer for von der Leyen

By: EBR | Tuesday, September 10, 2019

’’Dear Madame President, We don’t know each other yet. But the contents of this letter have been swirling around in my head for weeks. I’ll keep it short and simple. And, yes, I’ll be speaking frankly..’’

In truth, it is impossible to make plausible predictions thanks to the political maelstrom that is Brexit. But some economic and social projections can be envisaged. The antagonisms unleashed within the UK over Brexit are acting as a smokescreen for the inexorable trends that will transform British society, regardless of whether or not the UK leaves the EU.

The impact on Europe of ‘make-believe’ Britain

By: EBR | Thursday, September 5, 2019

Until Brexit reared its ugly head, the EU’s more far-sighted policy analysts were worrying about relations with a very different Britain

Many German economists, and not just those on the left, are now calling on the government to reform the country’s constitutionally binding commitment to balance the federal government’s budget over the economic cycle. They rightly argue that it is preventing the country from upgrading its worsening infrastructure, and that with the government’s borrowing costs having turned negative—that is, investors are prepared to pay the German government to lend to it—borrowing to fund investment would more than pay for itself. Most conservative economists and business figures, however, continue to argue that what the country needs is tax cuts for business and more labor market flexibility.

Germany Is an Economic Masochist

By: EBR | Thursday, August 22, 2019

Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to

The Soviet Union could have lived on beyond 1991. In March of that year, then Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev held a referendum on preserving the USSR in a looser federation in which a strong majority (more than 77 percent of all Soviet citizens who took part and 73 percent of voters in Russia) voted in favor. Six republics— Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Moldova—boycotted the vote and could have achieved independence in time on their own with Western support, but the rest of the union still looked quite solid.

The Story of Boris and Vaclav, or How to Break Up the UK

By: EBR | Thursday, August 22, 2019

Boris Johnson could end up being the English leader who allowed the breakup of the UK to achieve Brexit. There are lessons in the dissolution of two other unions, the USSR and Czechoslovakia, and the role played by Boris Yeltsin and Vaclav Klaus

On economic issues, the group is likely to follow the EPP, while it could follow the S&D on climate and migration issues, according to Ferrari.“However, we need to wait and see how the group’s internal dynamics develop,” he added.German MEPs are numerous and experiencedOn average, French MEPs will be gaining the most influence, and Spanish MEPS will also expand theirs.However, German MEPs will carry the most significant weight – not least because Germany sends a slightly higher number of experienced MPs to Brussels and Strasbourg.

The balance of powers in the new European Parliament

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 24, 2019

With majorities in the European Parliament becoming more unstable, votes are becoming more unpredictable. The power structure has shifted considerably as a result of the European elections. While the liberal group Renew Europe will likely be decisive, German MEPs are set to be the most influential

Under Lagarde, the IMF has also played a crucial and constructive role over the last five years in seeking to pull Ukraine out of virtual bankruptcy. Lagarde appreciated that securing sound fiscal and monetary policies alone would not suffice.The Fund not only moved further than ever before to seek civil society allies in Ukraine, but it explicitly targeted kleptocracy. I believe this is where Lagarde really appreciated that the IMF could play a very meaningful anti-corruption role.She has used her formidable managerial skills to embed her anti-corruption approaches into the IMF bureaucracy. This will be a shining jewel in her IMF legacy. My hope is that her successor builds on her initiatives in this area.

Lagarde’s Leadership Should Not Be Underrated

By: EBR | Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The scope of central banking has expanded significantly in recent years. The former IMF boss is well prepared for those challenges

Europeans are living in a time of great uncertainty filled with both enormous opportunities and profound risks for the future of the common European project. Many feel uneasy about their economic, social and environmental futures and anxiety about how to keep up with rapid technological change and deepened globalization.For the first time since the beginning of the European integration process, there is real urgency for Europe to reaffirm its unique raison d’etre. A changing geopolitical landscape leaves the region with the responsibility to step up its global leadership role and to stand up for democracy, rule of law and multilateral diplomacy

An open letter to Europe’s leaders

By: EBR | Thursday, July 18, 2019

2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic agendas has called into question the raison d/etre of the European project and core European liberal values

The ambitious agenda she presented has more green, center-left and risk-sharing elements than German chancellor Angela Merkel has ever endorsed.However, as head of the European Commission, von der Leyen will have little control over which elements, if any, will be enacted. But that she, as a modern German conservative, has put forward such an agenda can soften German resistance to some of the ideas she put forward. In that sense, her election may make a modest difference.

EU Politics: A Narrow Vote for Progress

By: EBR | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Can von der Leyen make a difference? Probably yes — but only modestly so

Many Conservatives are frustrated. The Greens and some key members of the center-left have publicly opposed the deal. Although von der Leyen faces an uphill struggle, I expect her to prevail.

Four reasons why von der Leyen can prevail

By: EBR | Friday, July 5, 2019

Despite some obstacles, it is likely that Ursula von der Leyen will lead the next European Commission

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The EP cacophony after Lagarde’s hearing

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On Wednesday Christine Lagarde had her ‘hearing’ in the EP’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

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