If implemented, the strategy should bring “at least 2% growth” to Europe, Barroso said, presenting his proposals in Brussels on Wednesday (3 March).
In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There?s a dyin? voice within me reaching out somewhere,
The decline of public confidence in Parliament owes as much to the impression that what happens in the chamber of the House of Commons is remote from people?s real needs and concerns, as it does to the scandal of MPs overcharging for their expenses. Most people are aware that almost all parliamentary debate is boringly predictable, following strict party lines, while legislative measures proposed by the executive are hardly ever rejected, or even substantially amended, by MPs.
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
Amid gloomy economic news about the state of Greece’s public finances and impending austerity measures, former MEP and Greek singing legend Nana Mouskouri has today said she will donate her pension from her time as an MEP (1994-1999) to the public coffers to help Greece tackle its debt crisis.
The campaign for the regional elections on 14 and 21 March 2010 seems already all but lost by the party of France?s president, Nicolas Sarkozy. In order to infuse it with at least a semblance of life, parts of the political elite have found an appealing tonic: Islam-bashing. This sorry game has become a near-permanent element of French political life – all too often combined in a toxic mix with unfounded insinuations about crime and immigration (see ?France: identity in question?, 11 December 2009).
On the blog of the German party “The Left” – a parliamentary party in the German Bundestag that also sits in the European Parliament among the GUE/NGL group – there is a leaked ACTA document prepared by the EU Commission on 12 February.
The Dutch coalition government collapsed last weekend over the country’s commitment to the NATO mission in Afghanistan, setting the stage for early elections in June and putting politics in the Netherlands in turmoil.
EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn on Monday urged Greece to do more to reduce its bloated budget deficit. Europe’s help is badly needed but Greece must also show initiative of its own, writes the press.
The European Central Bank (ECB) could have done more to provide liquidity to new member states in Eastern Europe, such as extending its currency swap lines to the countries’ central banks, argues Zsolt Darvas, from the Brussels-based Bruegel think-tank.
According to data released today (Monday) by the Swedish statistical office Sweden unexpectedly fell back into recession in the fourth quarter, adding to the impression there has been a growth dip among Europe?s economies and raising further questions about the durability of the recovery in Europe.
After almost 16 years of bitter recriminations over France?s role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first French leader since the killings to visit the tiny Central African country.
“It is high time the German economy got some respect. It has been faring much better lately than either the United States or Britain, despite the scornful predictions of Anglophone economic observers,” writes Eamonn Fingleton in the American Prospect.It turns out that the German system was quite successfully reformed after all:
Economy Minister Louka Katseli said Prime Minister George Papandreou would review Greece’s fiscal plans, after an EU mission to Athens last week decided that the country’s austerity measures were not strong enough to reassure financial markets.
By accident – via Google – I came across a publicly available database on EU internal jobs announcements.