State of the European Union 2018 – 3

This post is the third and final part of our review of Jean-Claude Juncker’s speech to the European Parliament. The full text of his speech can be downloaded from here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-speech_en_0.pdf Responsibility: Swipes and Digs “It is our Galileo programme that is today keeping Europe in the space race. No single Member State could have … More State of the European Union 2018 – 3

State of the European Union 2018 – 2

This post is the second part of our three-part review of Jean-Claude Juncker’s speech to the European Parliament. The full text of his speech can be downloaded from here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-speech_en_0.pdf Unification The Five Presidents Report [1] is not often referred to directly these days but its plan still underpins the economic activities of the Union … More State of the European Union 2018 – 2

Spinning Past the Point

Comments on Lessons for the EU from the Austro-Hungarian Empire (The Economist ‘Charlemagne’ on 01/09/2018) Even usually uncritical Remainers have noticed that there is something amiss with the EU. The Economist (TE) has a revealing article on this. However, without actually saying so explicitly, the author appears to assume that the Project will be rescued, … More Spinning Past the Point

Chequers White Paper

The White Paper (WP), following the agreement of (much of) the Cabinet in early July, sets out the details of the UK Government’s latest proposal for the UK to leave the European Union. This posts offers comments on selected ‘highlights’ from the paper. In her Foreword the Prime Minister refers to the result of the … More Chequers White Paper