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Lisbon Treaty: Ireland is not the only problem

Whilst there is a unanimous view among the Irish electorate that their ‘no’ vote on the Lisbon Treaty should be respected, it is "necessary to respect the fact that a substantial majority of member states have approved [the text]" too, argues Peadar ó Broin, a researcher at the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), in a paper for the European Policy Institutes Network (EPIN).


Twelve wise men to rethink Europe

Details of the composition of a planned but somewhat controversial reflection group in charge of anticipating long-term challenges to the Union are starting to emerge. It now appears that the nine wise men will in fact be twelve, as the chairman of the Group Felipe Gonzalez had not included himself and his two deputies in his proposal to the French EU Presidency.

Beaten by the Brits

By Boz

Despite Sarko’s renewed hyperactivity with regard to the financial crisis, it appears that Gordon Brown may be the big winner at the end of the day, receiving a rather glowing review from Paul Krugman in today’s NY Times (who just won the Nobel). Sarko comes in second.

Italian racism – not just against Roma

By nosemonkey on Economics

After the worrying moves against Italy’s Roma population back in the summer, it seems that racial tensions are on the rise Italy-wide. After all, if the state’s going to sanction the persecution of one ethnic minority, why not start having a crack at the rest? In times of growing economic hardship (and it’s not like Italy’s economy’s been doing too well in the last few years anyway), finding scapegoats is always popular. And so:

Expert: Time to free EU elections from national straitjackets

Having previously described European elections as "second-order national elections," Professor Cees Van der Eijk of the University of Nottingham spoke to EurActiv about the outlook for next year’s vote as well as MEP Andrew Duff’s radical proposals to overhaul the European electoral system.

EU struggles to choose ‘wise men’ to ponder its future

The French Presidency wants an EU summit on 15-16 October to back the establishment of a "group of wise men" to lead reflections on Europe’s future, but there is still no agreement on its composition, EurActiv has learned from diplomatic sources.

EU Foreign Policy Perspectives

Annegret Bendiek

A Call for the Revival of the Weimar Triangle

SWP Comments 2008/C 20, October 2008, 8 pages

Joschka Fischer: talk is cheap about an avant-garde

By Jon

From time to time up pops ex-German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to demoan some aspect of how the EU conducts its business. Last week was no exception, with a short interview with Euractiv that contains this passge:

I think we need an avant-garde to deepen integration. We are unable to move together because of some misperceptions by our British friends. We need an avant-garde, such as the Eurogroup, to deal with challenges such as the developments in Georgia and the current financial crisis. Otherwise we will be sitting, doing nothing, waiting for the Irish miracle.

MAIN FOCUS: The European right after Jörg Haider | 13/10/2008

In MAIN FOCUS

Following the death of Austrian right-wing populist politician Jörg Haider, the European press speculates on the consequences for coalition negotiations in the country and the future of Europe’s right-wing parties. Haider’s Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) could now possibly reunite with the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ).

BLOGGERS COMMENT ON EU BAILOUT PLAN

By EUROPEUS.ORG

Jörg Haider: Charismatic right-wing politician whose controversial beliefs and policies led to isolation for Austria

MAIN FOCUS: Europe goes its own way | 14/10/2008

The European press praises the joint action by the 15 Eurogroup states in the global financial crisis. Commentators applaud Europe’s strong stance with regard to the US, and say Europe should go on forging its own way – that of a "social market economy" – in the future. But there are also those who warn of an imminent recession.

Wa??sa: Europe is in need of solidarity

Europe should not fear Russia like it did before the fall of the Berlin Wall, despite Moscow’s temptation to revert to posturing from the past, the historic leader of the Polish anti-communist movement ‘Solidarno??’ and former Polish President Lech Wa??sa told EurActiv Poland in an interview.

Developing and regulating lobbying in the new EU countries

"Lobbying is still in its infancy" in the ten newest EU member states, but the practice is continually developing as civil society actors recognise the value of participation in the political process, argues Conor McGrath, an independent Dublin-based scholar, in a paper published
in the Journal of Public Affairs.

New frontiers

EU moves towards joint immigration procedures

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