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Anti-Islamic party weighs coalition role

from FT.com – World, Europe
The Dutch general election has raised the prospect of an extreme anti-immigration and anti-Islamic party being invited to join government in a European capital. The..

Dutch dilemma

from FT.com – World, Europe
Excluding the surging Freedom party from the coalition would offend some Dutch voters’ sense of fairness. But actually incorporating the party into the government would be a step too far

Deficit reduction in Greece: Official publication

by Grahnlaw

There is a striking difference between financial markets and news reporting operating globally around the clock on the one hand, and the complex task of officially publishing information about the European Union in all the languages on the other hand.

UK, Dutch and Spanish players dominate EU ‘dream team’

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

Shale gas and EU energy security

by Centre for European Reform

by Katinka Barysch

Will unconventional gas solve Europe?s energy security problem? Many EU member-states rely a lot on Russian gas; in the case of some Central and East European countries the dependence is total. What if these countries suddenly discovered that they themselves sit on huge gas reserves? They should not hold their breath. Unconventional gas will make a big difference to the EU?s energy security ? but perhaps not in the way that shale gas enthusiasts expect.

Eurozone team rescue Greece: Legal base

by Grahnlaw

Today the Council Decision on fiscal surveillance and deficit reduction in Greece was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU):

Eurozone rescuing Greece: Conditionality is a big stick

by Grahnlaw

Solidarity towards Greece and eurozone self-interest both motivated the efforts to get the team back into the play. The stakes were unprecedented on both sides, and they still are.

European Council?s Rules of Procedure

by Grahnlaw
During the coming week, the European Council is going to meet.

Six months after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the web pages of the European Council are still unhelpful with regard to such basic public information as the Rules of Procedure of the European Council.

The European Citizens’ Initiative: Critical remarks in Committee of the Regions report – updated

by Julien Frisch

According to a press release, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) – a consultative institution of the EU – has issued a critical opinion regarding the Commission’s plans for the European Citizens’ Initiative.

Countdown to the Belgian Federal Elections

from Public Affairs 2.0 by fhbrussels

On April 22, Open VLD, the Flemish Liberal Party, withdrew from the Belgian government coalition after having lost confidence in the government?s handling of the complicated dossier surrounding the electoral district of Brussel-Halle-Vilvoorde (BHV).

EU: Updated stability programme Cyprus

by Grahnlaw

Following the financial and economic crisis, what do the economic policy challenges look like for the governments in the EU (and the eurozone)?

EU Council opinion on stability programme of Cyprus

by Grahnlaw

After looking at the Cypriot government?s update and the Commission?s assessment, we turn to the Council of the European Union.

KLAUS JURGENS – Quo vadis, Netherlands?

This week Dutch voters went to the polls and, as had been widely expected, declined to hand an overall majority to any one single political party but opted for a future coalition government instead. The dilemma is it is far from certain which parties will be part of that coalition.

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