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Ed Miliband…

MAIN FOCUS: “Red Ed” shifts Labour to the left | 27/09/2010

from euro|topics

Ed Miliband has edged out his brother David to win the elections for the position of chairman of the British Labour Party. The victory of Ed Miliband – situated on the party’s left – means a change in direction for Labour, writes Europe’s press.

David Miliband is a better fit for another international job ? a job in the EU currently held by another Brit

from Jon Worth

Immigration: why Brussels will be blamed

by Centre for European Reform

By Hugo Brady

Liberal Sweden elects an explicitly anti-immigrant party to parliament for the first time. France’s president and the European Commission lacerate each other in public over deportations of Roma. A former German central banker publishes a bestseller warning that immigration is diluting the nation’s human stock. And even Britain moves forward with plans to cap economic immigration. The last three weeks have been a startling illustration of how immigration has come to dominate European politics.

The real Greek economy: owners, rentiers and opportunists, Aristos Doxiadis

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Aristos Doxiadis

DISCOURSE

Formal and demotic language

The way we talk about the economy has changed dramatically in the past few months. Before our own debt crisis erupted, public discourse was not very different from that in western countries. We would discuss the merits of public vs private, of boosting demand vs cutting expenditure, of liberalism vs social democracy.

Roma paper to dominate next WEEK in the European Union

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

French protesters take to the streets for a second time in a month

from EUobserver.com – Headline News

European Union challenges: Parliament or governments? Opening shots

by Grahnlaw

This September 2010 has been a fertile month for a renewed debate about the fundamental traits of the European Union, although the discussion takes place between the institutions, unnoticed by most EU citizens and with scant reference to them (us). Is this the ?Brussels bubble? at its best or its worst?

A new Germany-EU discourse

from Jon Worth

I heard a short speech in Berlin yesterday evening by Ulrike Guérot from the European Council on Foreign Relations. The essential gist of her presentation was that, now, 20 years on since the fall of the Berlin Wall (and indeed that?s half as long as the Bundesrepublik existed during the cold war), Germany is on a fast track to escaping from its traditional role as the country that pays for everyone else in the EU. Fair enough, Merkel?s behaviour during the Greece crisis seemed to show that very well, and Germany?s strong growth in the second half of 2010 shows that the economic motor is still doing OK.

EU: “Community method” RIP ? or a stake through its heart!

by Grahnlaw

Why on Earth did they start a debate about the ?Community method? now? (Opening shots here and more discussion here; ?they? meaning leading EU politicians)

At 50, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) met its preordained fate and passed away (23 July 2002).

EU politics and law: ?Community method? dead and reburied ? What instead?

by Grahnlaw

Almost two decades ago, from 1 November 1993, the Treaty on European Union (TEU; Maastricht Treaty, 1992) established the European Union (EU) as the overall term and as the framework for intergovernmental second pillar foreign and security policy, as well as third pillar justice and home affairs.

EU politics and law: Part federation, part something else? What?

by Grahnlaw

Yesterday?s blog post ?EU politics and law: ?Community method? dead and reburied ? What instead?? found that the European Union has ?parliamentary? traits, but because of the structure of the EU it still feels artificial to try to cram even co-decision (the ordinary legislative procedure) under such a heading, now that the term ?Community method? is obsolete.

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