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Reding vs. Lellouche: Round Two

by Open Europe blog team

Following the infamous quarrel over the Roma deportations, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding isn’t exactly the French government’s préférée.

But, it seems, there is one person in Paris who really can’t stand the Commissioner: French Europe Minister Pierre Lellouche. The two are now at it again. This time the disagreement concerns the Franco-German proposal to change the Lisbon Treaty to allow struggling eurozone countries to default.

MOISI: The French Reactionary Revolution

from Project Syndicate by Dominique Moisi
To the dismay of their European neighbors, and in front of a bemused global public, the French are once again demonstrating their bizarre tradition of using revolutionary means to express extreme conservative leanings. Today’s protesters want protect the status quo, and to express their nostalgia for the past and their fear of the future.

Barroso cools down Croatia’s accession fervour

from EurActiv.com
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso made it clear yesterday (25 October) that Croatia’s accession talks to join the EU may be completed by the end of 2011 rather than in the spring, as initially targeted by Zagreb.

MAIN FOCUS: Conflict over EU Stability Pact | 27/10/2010

from euro|topics

Opposition is growing to tightening up the Stability Pact in the run-up to the EU summit on Thursday. Germany and France want to reform the Treaty of Lisbon to ensure that deficit offenders to subjected to stricter punishment. Commentators say it will be impossible to push through an amendment to the Treaty and fear the summit will fail.

The EU looking like a Swiss cheese

from Social Europe Journal by Andrew Watt

Previous posts have criticised economic governance reforms in the EU for, among other things, paying too little attention to the problem of tax competition within the EU and the leakage of tax revenue to non-EU states.

European Council: Impetus for European disintegration?

by Grahnlaw

The European Council meets Thursday and Friday (28-29 October 2010), but two days ahead of the meeting of the heads of state or government of the EU member states the public information appears poorly structured and incomplete in the light of the published press releases and the old draft agenda.

The EU’s problems with agency-itus

from Open Europe blog by Open Europe blog team


The past week has seen the EU come under immense pressure, from press and politicians from across member states, as negotiations for 2011’s budget come to a head. However, criticisms have seemed to fall on deaf ears, as the Commission and the European Parliament have continued to push for an overall 5.9% increase in spending.
İtalya'da mini etek yasağına mini etekli protesto

The dress code would ban everything from miniskirts to low-cut jeans

Not too short – Italian resort plans miniskirt ban

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A seaside city in Italy is planning to ban miniskirts and other revealing clothing to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency.

MAIN FOCUS: Serbia moves closer to EU | 26/10/2010

from euro|topics

The EU foreign ministers resolved to formally initiate the accession process for Serbia on Monday in Luxembourg. This is excellent news for the Balkan country, but it must first hand over the war criminal Ratko Mladi?, writes Europe’s press.

Civil Justive

More and more Europeans are working, studying or living in Member states other than that of their citizenship. As a consequence the likehood of citizens being involved in disputes in the area of civil justice in another Member State is increased. According to a the new Eurobarometer survey in the civil justice area, 3 out of 4 Europeans (73%) want further action to help them resolve such kind of disputes and expressed the view that this is the EU’s responsibility.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ): The Court of Justice and the General Court plus the Specialized Panels: Getting the Names Right after the Lisbon Treaty

from EU Pundit by Andis Kaulins

By virtue of the Treaty of Lisbon, the Court of Justice of the European Communities recently changed its name to Court of Justice of the European Union (EU).

Remarkably, as of the last time we looked (22 October 2010), the official EU pages for “the Court” have not been properly edited to reflect all the changes required by the Treaty of Lisbon, which amended the treaties comprising the constitutional framework of the EU. The official EU page currently writes:

“Following the entry into force of a new EU treaty, the content of this page is under revision.”

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