Schulz, the challenger
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Schulz, the challenger

Martin Schulz has been confirmed by the Party of European socialists (PES) as candidate for the European Commission presidency which will be renewed in autumn 2014. This is not a surprise really insofar so as the current European Parliament chairman and the former PES than Socialist and Democrat group leader from 2004 to 2012 was … Continue reading

“Is France’s economic policy laid down by Europe?”
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“Is France’s economic policy laid down by Europe?”

“Is France’s economic policy laid down by Europe?” This is a burning issue participants tried to reply during a conference-debate organized by the French weekly L’Express (in association with the Franco-German TV channel Arte and the European Commission representation in France) which took place this Tuesday, 24th of September. During near two hours, Anne Houtman … Continue reading

The strange Barroso-bashing
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The strange Barroso-bashing

Divorce seems to be consummated between France (its national leaders rather) and José Manuel Barroso, the current president of the European Commission. Indeed, Claude Bartolone, French National Assembly Speaker, recently declared in Le Parisien, ex-Portugal’s Prime minister was an outdated man. Some days before, Arnaud Montebourg, minister of Industry, even compared Barroso with Marine Le … Continue reading

Iceland’s volte-face
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Iceland’s volte-face

This is an unnoticed but quite important piece of information. Indeed, Iceland – by its new government – has just announced it suspended negotiations regarding its adhesion to the EU and it should hold a referendum during the next legislature. The centre-right government’s decision, winner of the last 27th of April national elections, is not … Continue reading

Three men and a Nobel
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Three men and a Nobel

On Monday noon, Herman Van Rompuy, Jose Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz went to Olso (Norway) to receive the Nobel Prize awarded to European Union. In addition the main faces of the EU institutions, some heads of State and government came at this occasion to attend the ceremony as François Hollande (French President), Angela Merkel … Continue reading