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
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.
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.
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
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?
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.
At 50, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) met its preordained fate and passed away (23 July 2002).
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.
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.