Kücükdeveci case, France’s rediscovery of nationalism and more from Europe…

Kücükdeveci – A European case

by Julien Frisch

If you believe the comments of bloggers from all over Europe, the Kücükdeveci case (C-555/07) in front of the European Court of Justice might have been both, another milestone in the legal primacy of EU law over national law and a precedent for the importance of the Charta of Fundamental Rights after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Thinly veiled misogyny,

by openDemocracy
Laurie Penny
As French President Nicolas Sarkozy attempts to drive through a ban on the niqab and burqa, Laurie Penny describes how the Islamic veil has become yet another item of women?s clothing for men to fight over for their own ends

EU tax policy: ECOFIN 19 January 2010

by Grahnlaw

I start by mentioning two interesting documents for those who want to see the big picture of European Union activities in the area of taxation.

France’s national identity plans

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Newcomers to France will have to sign a declaration of values as part of a campaign to define national identity.

EU to slam new Facebook privacy settings

from EurActiv.com

The commissioner in charge of data protection, Viviane Reding, will announce her “concern” about Facebook’s recent moves in a speech today (9 February), during European Safer Internet Day celebrations in Strasbourg.

Social networks put minors at risk, EU warns

from EurActiv.com by frederic

The majority of Europe’s youngsters who go online are regular users of social networking sites such as Facebook, according to a recent Eurobarometer poll.


from Atlantic Review

There is a significant amount of hand-wringing going on in the US that the Euro is fraying on the edges. Some pundits have even coined a rather derogatory acronym for Euro-countries in economic distress: the PIGS (Portugal, Italy or Ireland, Greece, Spain). The acronym bunches together four countries with very different backgrounds but one shared fact: they all face serious budget shortfalls.

EP says NO to SWIFT

by Julien Frisch

The European Parliament has said “No!” to the SWIFT agreement between the EU and the USA, with 378 votes in favour and 196 votes against (plus 31 abstentions) the report by rapporteur Hennis which recommended to reject the SWIFT agreement.

Whose side would a European army be on?

from Open Europe blog

Following German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s speech at the weekend, announcing that the long term goal of EU security and defence policy under Lisbon should be the creation of a European army, the French Defence Minister Hervé Morin today made a rather different, but nonetheless important announcement.

Berlin opens door to Greek bail-out

from FT.com – World, Europe
Germany and other eurozone partners are prepared to lend Greece money or to buy its sovereign bonds should Athens run into trouble funding itself on the financial markets, according to officials in Berlin

EU against tax fraud

by Grahnlaw

The work programme of the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union has described as unfocused and full of good intentions, but the part concerning taxes, under the ECOFIN Council, is quite concrete: Taxation: The fight against fraud (pages 5 to 7).

Eurozone vanity

by Open Europe blog team

Latest word is that the eurozone group is holding an emergency video conference this afternoon to discuss Greece’s economic situation and possible ways to go ahead with a much anticipated (read: much feared) bailout of the country. This morning’s press reports noted that eurozone countries had decided “in principle” to provide financial assistance to Athens, with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble telling officials in Berlin that there ?was no alternative? to a rescue plan.

How bad is Greece’s debt?

from FP Passport by Annie Lowrey

Here are a chart and a graph showing the PIIGS’ and the United States’ indebtedness — more specifically, their public debt and 2009 deficit relative to GDP.

MAIN FOCUS: Europe apprehensive about Athens | 11/02/2010

from euro|topics

Ahead of today’s summit meeting on Greece in Brussels several EU members are apparently willing to provide aid to the crisis-riden state. The press fears a devaluation of the euro and says any measures to help the country should be attached to strict requirements.

More evidence that no one knows who’s in charge in Europe

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

Croatia’s accession negotiations set to conclude this year

from EurActiv.com by Georgi

Accession negotiations with Croatia could be wound up in 2010 and Croatia’s successful accession would give a “positive impetus” to the process of integrating the rest of the Western Balkan region within Europe, say MEPs in a resolution drafted by Austrian MEP Hannes Swoboda (S&D).

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