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The Juncker Presidencies & EU budget stability

Ideas on Europe by Ronny Patz

I’m just doing some research on budgetary rules in the Eurozone, pre- and post-crisis, and stumbled over some interesting EU trivia:

Reading the original Council Regulation (Regulation 1466/97) on the Stability and Growth Pact which was meant to ensure fiscal discipline in the Eurozone, I saw that this regulation was signed by then Council President – ”J.-C. JUNCKER“.

With three weeks left before general elections in Sweden, conservative Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, and the alliance of centre-right parties are heading towards a heavy defeat, according to the latest polls.

Rome’s rebel lake is a parable of the contemporary commons

Earlier this summer activists in Rome won the right to self-manage a vast lake in the city’s capital, effectively expropriating a private company from prime real estate. From marches and public debates to concerts and open dinners their campaign is an inspiring example of a rebel city at work.

MAIN FOCUS: Russian sanctions: EU helps farmers | 19/08/2014


The EU will offer financial aid of up to 125 million euros to growers of perishable fruit and vegetables in the wake of the Russian import ban, Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cioloș announced on Monday. Only an end to the Russian sanctions will help growers in the long term, some commentators write. Others place their hopes in alternative markets.

MAIN FOCUS: Merkel to mediate in Kiev | 20/08/2014


German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Kiev on Saturday to discuss a solution to the Ukraine crisis with President Petro Poroshenko. Commentators praise this step as evidence of Germany adopting a more aggressive role in foreign policy, but warn that Merkel should not confine diplomatic talks to the Ukrainian leadership.


What Is The Risk The Euro Crisis Will Reignite?

A Fistful Of Euros » A Fistful Of Euros by Edward Hugh

The euro zone crisis is not back — at least not yet.

Recent movements in global markets following concerns about Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo really had as much to do with market nerves after a long spell of repressed volatility as it did with the state of the bank’s balance sheet. Despite the current calm, everyone knows that volatility will return one day, and no one wants to be caught on the back foot when it does arrive. So the initial response is to hit the “sell” button and then ask questions

For research purposes, we requested a list of all MEPs since 1979 from the European Parliament (under Regulation 1049/2001 on access to EU documents).

Juncker’s Commission looking politically conservative, gender imbalanced

With one week left before deadline and only four Commissioner nominees waiting to be revealed for the next term, Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission looks to become ever more politically one-sided and gender unbalanced.

Learning from Herman: A handbook for the European Council president

Centre for European Reform

When member-states reconvene on August 30th in Brussels to decide on the remaining top EU posts, they should agree on candidates who not only have the right party affiliation, nationality or gender, but who can also respond to the EU’s mounting challenges. This applies to the President of the European Council, whose role is to forge a consensus among EU leaders — a difficult task these days. But the appointment of a successor to Herman Van Rompuy has so far been overshadowed by political squabbles around Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister and candidate for the post of High Representative.
VIDEO: Eurozone growth slows in August

BBC News | Europe |

French and German growth slows in August, as Steve Evans reports from Germany, and Duncan Crawford reports from France.




During her visit to Kiev German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to support the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko both financially and through diplomacy. At the same time she called on both sides in the Ukraine conflict to lay down their weapons. Commentators praise Merkel for backing Kiev but are doubtful about the success of her efforts to mediate.

Germany will back Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos as the next head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, replacing the Dutch finance minister, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday (25 August).

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